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“Greed is good,” proclaimed Gordon Gekko, lead character in a 1987 film lampooning the low ethics of the high finance barons of Wall Street.You might think that, surely, this Hollywood portrayal … more
We, in America, have been living in alternate states of reality for quite some time. They are neither red or blue. They are states of consciousness and perception.New borders and boundaries have been … more
To the editor:In Chuck Robison’s “Little White Lies We Tell Ourselves,” the quote by Stephen Colbert he used in his article that “...we are to love the poor and serve the needy without … more
That phrase, often associated with former House Speaker Tip O’Neill, is worth remembering. While statewide and congressional races are certainly meaningful, local elections have a more … more
A chat window opened on my computer screen. A Facebook "friend" I didn't know began communicating with me."Happy birthday, Tom!" wrote the woman."Who told you it was my birthday?" I wrote back."You … more
According to NBC News, the majority of the Washington, D.C. council as well as the mayor and the "Washington Post" are pushing a bill that would make the District of Columbia the first place in the … more
My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents' home in Houston.It was a benighted time for people with AIDS. There were no antiretrovirals then. There was … more
Last week, while hiking on the hills overlooking beautiful Lake Martin in East Alabama, a snake fell on Lucy’s shoulder. She screamed at the top of her lungs, which startled me. Abigail just looked … more
The other day, I walked past one of the azalea bushes. I noticed something strange, so I moved in for a closer look. Wrapped around one of the branches was a little snake—a monster of a snake … more
On MLK day I listened to an interview on the NPR program “Fresh Air” with Melba Pattillo Beals. She was one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. more
I’ve never claimed to be Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. In fact, I’d say I’m more Rip Taylor than Tim Taylor, without the confetti and bad toupee, of course. I may not be much of a tool man, … more
It is the beginning of the year and we are well into January. I want to encourage you it is not too late! It is not too late to wake up. It is not too late to begin again, dream again and live again. more

It’s the end of an era. Last week, both Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell and Leander Mayor Chris Fielder announced they will not be seeking reelection this May.

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I’m going to use my space this week to brag on a friend of mine. more
 So, our question for the first Roundtable of 2018 is about science and faith: “can they coexist in religious rhetoric?The short answer is “Sure, they can”—and we’ll demonstrate how … more
First, let’s make one thing clear. The mainstream media loves conflict. Man vs. woman. Man vs. dog. Republicans vs. Democrats. Christians vs. atheists. When I was in journalism school at The … more
Yes, and it seems obvious to me that this is so. People of faith rely on science everyday for health care needs to give one example. People of science may eschew faith expressions, but that is also a … more
Happy New Year! I believe 2018 is your year for fulfilled dreams. The round table question is: “From your perspective as a faith leader, can science and faith co-exist in religious … more
The answer is maybe. They both exist right now without a lot of conflict. In religious rhetoric the conflict comes from religionists who fear losing their power with the … more
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