Parents of autistic kids embody selfless love

Published Saturday, April 27, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

You can't take a break. That is one of the biggest realities of being a parent of an autistic child.

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Rising to the ghost pepper challenge

Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Sometimes you're proud of doing something stupid. Recently, I pretty much set myself on fire just to see if I could stand the heat.

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A boy and his dog, exploring the Grasslands

Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Recently, I've been spending a lot of time out in the LBJ National Grasslands north of Decatur.

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There’s hope for an early spring

Published Saturday, February 2, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

Today is one of my favorite holidays - Groundhog Day.

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Finding joy in little things

Published Saturday, January 12, 2013
By Jimmy Alford

I bought an eggplant the other day. I've never cooked eggplant before, but I heard they can be good. I'm pretty sure I still haven't cooked one - I just messed one up and threw it away.

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Memories are made of this?

Published Saturday, December 29, 2012
By Jimmy Alford

I have and haven't been looking forward to 2013. I'm always happy to see another year, but this year brings back a flood of memories.

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Exploring the mysteries of autism

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012
By Jimmy Alford

I believe one of the hallmarks of my profession is the ability to give back to a community. We all like to think that our work helps people in some way.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Published Saturday, December 8, 2012
By Jimmy Alford

I feel very lucky. I've had the chance to meet and talk to survivors of Pearl Harbor. My kids won't have that opportunity.

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Every beagle needs a monkey

Published Saturday, November 17, 2012
By Jimmy Alford

Nicole found a flea on Chloe. That's right, one flea. This, of course, spelled disaster and chaos.

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Nothing says Halloween like pet torture

Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012
By Jimmy Alford

I don't dress up for Halloween. I'm a big fat white guy and an adult and feel I really don't have any business dressing up for kids' holidays ... that's what I tell myself.

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Family ties cost me lunch

Published Saturday, October 13, 2012
By Jimmy Alford

My dog has been banned from the dining and den area of my parents' home. When we visit my parents, Chloe now will be spending the bulk of her time in the back.

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The beagle, a cuttlefish and a math teacher

Published Saturday, September 22, 2012
By Jimmy Alford

If anybody out there feels the need to follow my columns regularly from now on, they'll become familiar with my fiancee, math teacher Nicole and our beagle, Chloe, with her many aliases - like needle-feet, crazy-pants and a couple that can't be printed.

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Politics get in the way of good stewardship

Published Wednesday, September 5, 2012
By Jimmy Alford

The Republican National Convention just finished, and the Democratic National Convention just began. I didn't watch the former, and I'm not going to watch the latter.

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