Front porches

Posted on 19. Sep, 2012 by .

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I came across a story in USA Today this week about the rise in the number of new homes being constructed with front porches. The story said that this trend “hints at a shift in the way Americans want to live: in smaller houses and dense neighborhoods that promote walking and social interaction.” Interestingly, the […]

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Lucky tweet

Posted on 18. Sep, 2012 by .

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The midweek edition of the Messenger features a story on Decatur’s Teela Watson, who won a trip to New York City for a live taping of “Anderson Live” last Thursday. Although the former McCarroll Middle School Assistant principal and Decatur ISD instructional technology coordinator was not able to talk about how social media and news […]

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9/11 reminds us to thank those who respond to disasters

Posted on 13. Sep, 2012 by .

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I attended a program at the Texas Motor Speedway Tuesday where local police, medics and firefighters were honored for their service as part of a 9/11 service. Those honored were from departments that served the communities that make up the Northwest school district. Honestly at times it felt more like a pep rally for the […]

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Harnessing a pinball machine of ideas

Posted on 06. Sep, 2012 by .

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My mind is a pinball machine. Countless ideas bounce from corner to corner, and sometimes it feels like all I can do is grab at them as they whiz past. Although I prefer to work more methodically, I also recognize that sometimes you have to let your mind run and just work with it. This […]

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Remembering a firefighter

Posted on 05. Sep, 2012 by .

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I wrote a short story for the midweek paper on the passing of local firefighter M.L. “Major” Teague. The 75-year-old Greenwood resident died last Monday, and he was buried at Greenwood Cemetery Saturday. For the past 12 years, the chatter of police, medic and fire channels on the scanner have been a constant companion for […]

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Dad’s first day of kindergarten

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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I wrote about my daughter’s first day of kindergarten in the midweek Wise County Messenger, but of course there was way more funny tidbits than could fit in a single column, so here are a few more: When it came time earlier this summer to pick out a backpack, we wanted to make sure it […]

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First-day nightmare

Posted on 28. Aug, 2012 by .

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Our family’s youngest started her schooling today at Paradise Elementary School. I texted my uncle in the morning to see how the morning had gone. “They almost didn’t get to go,” he said. He went on to elaborate on the havoc that was this morning at the Luevanos household. The family planned a late-summer vacation […]

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New school year, new leader, I hope they last

Posted on 20. Aug, 2012 by .

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Tonight the Board of Trustees for Boyd ISD looks poised to pick a new superintendent to lead the district. The timing comes right as teachers, students, parents and principals prepare to begin a new school year. With the hire, the district will have its fourth superintendent in about a six year period. In the short […]

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When lightning leads to fires

Posted on 15. Aug, 2012 by .

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The rain has been a welcome sight the last few days, but the storms that brought that rain have caused trouble as well. When we have an extended period of dry conditions, a storm with cloud to ground lightning is a recipe for fires. Usually, those lightning strikes happen in rural areas – maybe a […]

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