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In March, Texans celebrate Independence Day. Many Texans know the oil industry is a patriotic bunch of folks, but sometimes we forget how much the energy producers of this country contribute to our nation’s security. In honor of all the amazing Texans that have gone before us, I am saluting an East Texan I admire in one of our favorite Texas traditions, the oil industry. Marilyn Wood Trolinger’s family goes back four more
My tendency to mislabel my kids surfaced when our middle child was less than a year old. She knew her own mind from the moment she arrived on the planet, but she wasn’t talking yet. more
Just when parents shiver with excitement because school is back in session, a sneaky little thing happens. Normally happy children come home all droopy. Worn out is one thing, but what if kids get a little hostile, too? Smart parents immediately ask perceptive questions. more
It is a story from decades ago that I’ve retold countless times. Its punchline--wadded up into a few words--sums up the conundrums that hit us daily with tornadic force. more
Authorities usually offer specifics when asked about origins of expressions. “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” however, is not one of them. Attempts to pinpoint its first use are baffling to some and invite “waffling” for others. Most linguists agree that the idiom began as a French expression in the mid-19th century. Hardliners maintain that its genesis is biblical, birthed by the scripture about “nothing being new under the sun.” more
I want to thank the wise young mom who brought the question all parents of future leaders ask about our strong-willed children. “I’m a mild-mannered person who has an extremely strong-willed children. How do I cope?” more
They were called “greasy spoons,” those folksy diners of yesteryear. Printed menus were limited, but waitpersons had their slang menu “down pat.” The one I remember best had a single line of stools, and patrons typically waited in outdoor lines for weekday “lunch runs.” more
While we see hundreds of visitors every week at the Texas Capitol, this week the Sweetwater Jaycees featured a little more unusual guest, the rattlesnake, in the open rotunda of the Capitol. They come to raise awareness of their annual rattlesnake round up, which started as a way to help local ranchers prevent problems for themselves and their livestock. While I did not visit these snakes, I believe some of my staff got up close and personal with them. more
Almost two months into the legislative session, the Legislature is approaching the first of many deadlines, including the last day to file most bills. As of this writing, more than 1,500 bills are filed in the Senate and more than 3,000 have been filed in the House. I expect these numbers will continue to increase during this last week of filing. more
Christmas has been a favorite holiday of mine since I was a young boy. Of course, I was lucky to grow up in a toy factory where my father, Talley Nichols, manufactured toy cap guns. As you gather with friends and family during this Christmas season, I wish you a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Here are five things happening around your state this month: more
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