The art of not apologizing

Published Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Joy Carrico

You may have heard, powerful men are being accused of sexual harassment and misconduct and even assault and rape. In this wave of accusations against them, we've seen a lot of statements released and interviews given that are being characterized as apologies.

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Social media fuels compulsive quest for validation

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I have a friend in graduate school who called me the other night because, she said, she felt like either the world was crazy or she was. As a part of her studies, she works with undergraduate students. She told me that for days she felt like everyone around her was hopped up on something, and there was this feeling of a whole conversation that was going on in which she was not involved.

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Experiencing the Pine Tree State

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Joy Carrico

The Fella and I took a trip to New England this fall. We were told over and over "Oooh. It will be BEAUTIFUL!" New England in the fall. It's so idyllic it's almost a cliche.

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Looking for light within darkness

Published Saturday, October 14, 2017
By Joy Carrico

According to the novel Crime and Punishment, what separates humans from other animals is our ability to talk nonsense.

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This is the way the world ends

Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Did you know that the world was supposed to end Saturday? I didn't. I spent my Saturday blissfully unaware of my impending doom. I spent Sunday unappreciative of the fact that I'm still alive.

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Resilience 101

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I've been thinking a lot lately about what makes it possible for a person to get through and beyond major life catastrophes. We need look no farther than Houston for multiple examples of people who are clearing the debris and rebuilding after a disaster.

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He keeps us wanting more

Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Joy Carrico

There's something I've been wondering about regarding the Rangers. Why are we keeping Joey Gallo around? This guy has a batting average of .197. His fielding is OK. At first base he has the benefit of being very tall, but other than that he hasn't shown any particular brilliance.

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Establishing boundaries as impressive as milestone

Published Saturday, July 22, 2017
By Joy Carrico

We Rangers fans are all very excited for Adrian Beltre to reach the milestone of 3,000 hits.

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Who are our enemies, foreign and domestic?

Published Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I went to the Rangers game on July 4th. Before the game, more than 100 Air Force recruits were sworn in.

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Art that’s made to order

Published Saturday, June 24, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I was recently contacted by an old friend via email. I updated her that I had changed from my previous career to graphic design.

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Perdido en la traduccion (Lost in translation)

Published Saturday, June 10, 2017
By Joy Carrico

On Tuesday morning, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt was asked in a radio interview whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies could build a franchise around All-Star outfielder Odubel Herrera. He said no.

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What’s in a name?

Published Saturday, May 27, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Denton ISD named a building after my dad - the Bill Carrico Athletic Complex. It was built as part of the new high school in Denton.

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It ain’t over til it’s over, unless it is

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Earlier this month, Baltimore Oriole's player Manny Machado went on an epic rant so filled with expletives that it's little more than a series of bleeps. He was ranting because Red Sox's Chris Sale threw behind him.

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Demise of the death penalty

Published Saturday, April 29, 2017
By Joy Carrico

The death penalty is facing the firing squad all over the nation. In the past 10 years, seven states have repealed their death penalty laws and four others have moratoriums in place, pending review of the death penalty system.

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Speaking baseball: Translating diamond dialect to follow the game

Published Saturday, April 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Baseball is an efficient language. For those who speak it fluently, there is an amazing shorthand dialect where much can be said about the sport in few words. For those who do not speak fluent baseball, it's gobbledygook.

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Ruby Ridge is right around the corner

Published Saturday, March 25, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I think social media is turning us all into extremists.

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We need a wake-up call from our phones

Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I remember when phones were devices we used to talk to people. They were not portable, and they did nothing more than connect us to the person on the other end of the line so we could communicate.

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Mending fences while building walls

Published Saturday, February 25, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Things aren't good with our neighbor to the South. Why is Mexico upset with us? Well, we want to build a wall to keep people from illegally crossing the border from Mexico, and we want Mexico to pay for it.

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Can’t read her poker face

Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Before Lady Gaga performed her halftime show at the Super Bowl this past Sunday, there was much speculation about whether or not the show would be a political protest.

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You don’t get what you don’t pay for

Published Saturday, January 21, 2017
By Joy Carrico

American Airlines announced a few days ago that they will soon be selling "Basic Economy" fares in addition to the other main cabin fares.

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