Late on a Friday afternoon in July, I stop by what is one of my favorite stores certainly in the Austin area but also, possibly, anywhere in the world I’ve ever visited. The Turquoise Trading Post has been in operation in the same blue awning–clad shopping center on Burnet Road since the summer of 1994. … Read More Forever Turquoise
The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. –John Ruskin I’ve been thinking about work a lot lately. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about what kind of work I’m meant to do. Our recent relocation from Mississippi to central Texas is truly a new chapter… Read More So, what do you do…?
I had a teacher in graduate school who began each class with a prayer. This wasn’t an unusual occurrence as I was a graduate student at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, and many of my professors did the same. This particular professor prayed in a particular manner, asking God to bless the class, both… Read More A Writer is Someone Who Writes
Today is Tuesday, July 9, 2019, and I have been an official resident of Texas for exactly one week. I’ve been busy since I got here. I’m nesting a bit, organizing our kitchen gadgetry and arranging the decor. I’ve also been dipping quite a bit into the famous Austin live music scene. Over the course… Read More New House, New City, Old Memories?
I’m a fan of Star Trek. The newest iteration with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana. I love J.J. Abrams’s sleek modern vision for the U.S.S. Enterprise and his ability to cast a star like Benedict Cumberbatch, convincingly, as the villain in a big–budget, Sci–Fi action movie. I also love Simon Pegg, so his… Read More Future Forecast: Teachers or Tech?
It’s amazing to me how quickly the summer vacation flies. One minute, we’re wrapping up the school year–final exams, report cards, promoting to new grade levels. The next, we’re staring another year in the face–supply lists, who’s my teacher, don’t forget about that summer reading! I’m thinking about the new school year a lot right… Read More All Roads Lead to the River
My first glimpse heading east on Highway 16 from Carthage was of a large metal sphere hanging in the sky above the treeline on our left. The Golden Moon Casino in Philadelphia, Mississippi, is exactly that–a huge gleaming sphere. While trees obscure your view of the remaining structure, it really does seem to float in… Read More Choctaw Indian Fair
It’s that time of the summer again. July 4th celebrations are behind you. Likely, too, your summer beach vacation has come and gone. Although the weather is still boiling, you’re counting down the days until the kids head back to school and life returns to normal. Ahh, the blessings of fall and football and routine.… Read More Help your student get the most out of summer reading
Where were you the day Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1322 into law? I don’t remember where I was either; truthfully, I hadn’t even heard of HB 1322 until about two weeks ago. I can tell you exactly where I was on Saturday afternoon, July 1st. I was in Midtown Jackson at the headquarters… Read More Lucky Town celebrates HB 1322 in grand style