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Prima Donna Politics

There’s this kid in one of my drama classes.  He interrupts rehearsals.  He talks out of turn all the time.  He says whatever is on his mind, whenever he wants, regardless of the appropriateness at the time.  He talks about how he doesn’t want to be in the class at…

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Elf Control

I’m not a fan of the holiday season.  Did I mention that already?  I think I might have. You can go on and on about getting the spirit of the season wrong, about the commercialization, about whatever irks you.  People do that, and I get it.  I do it too…

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Peace on Earth?

I am not a fan of the holiday season. Oh, I love getting together with the family at Thanksgiving, and Christmas is full of such beauty and meaning, but the season has always been problematic for me.  And now that ‘the holiday season’ has been pushed back far enough to…

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Consider The Source. Really.

So the other day JD drew my attention to a video by the Vlog Brothers entitled ‘Benghazi: Explained’ and I knew we were in for trouble.  I’ve been chewing on it for a couple of days, and it’s something I think we need to talk about.  You’re going to want…

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Guide to Texas 2015 Ballot Propositions

Who cares about ballot propositions?  Well, for starters, the people in Austin who are pushing them.  Usually the people who work on and pass legislation and proposed amendments are people who are VERY invested in the outcomes.  That could be a lobbyist for an industry, or an issue advocacy group, and…

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Post Trump

I think it’s important to analyze why Trump has the mass of followers he has, and I’ve thought a lot about it. If we understand it, maybe we find a way to treat it. Even if we don’t, we can learn from it for the future.  I’d much rather be…

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Kill It With Fire: GOP Edition

Sometimes the things I write come from great conversations I have with people I know who think a lot about the issues and the problems we face and what to do about them.  Brass is one of the ones who has kickstarted articles of mine more than once, and so…

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The Horror of Knowing

I don’t like horror movies.  I suppose I did at one time – I mean I’ve watched quite a few of them, and I enjoyed ‘Scream’ a lot because I got the scary movie conventions they were playing on.  And I don’t know if it’s just age or shifting entertainment…

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#SaveFifthWard

To someone like me, who has spent fifteen of her eighteen years in the Houston area living outside the city limit, the Fifth Ward is a drive-by zone; a place you zoom past on the way to somewhere else along Interstate 10.  It’s words in a headline in the newspaper…