Paying to play

Published Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Growing up, I was consumed by baseball. I lived, breathed and even dreamed about it. Throwing dozens of balls daily through a tire in the backyard, I was convinced with enough practice that I could be the next Roger Clemens.

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Parents say the darndest things

Published Saturday, June 24, 2017
By Richard Greene

It's happened. I've officially become my parents. I've tried to fight it as I've warped toward middle age. I even abandoned cargo shorts to slow the pace thanks to the ridicule of the Millennials in the office, but it's not helped.

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Finding the courage to tri something new

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017
By Richard Greene

A quote that I often turned to for inspiration is by runner and author John Bingham: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."

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Remaining thankful on dark days

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017
By Richard Greene

Last week I left an interview in Boyd with only one thing on my mind: stopping for a bottled water before returning to the office. But as I turned onto Texas 114, I was greeted by a wall of smoke.

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Meeting a stranger on the road

Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017
By Richard Greene

The sports desk gets pretty crazy in the spring and this year was at another level. With a total of 12 basketball teams in the playoffs, playing games all across North Texas, it meant several late nights.

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Holdman’s time in Wise was short, but showstopping

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Richard Greene

For two seasons, Keenan Holdman dazzled Bridgeport fans and the rest of the Wise County with his ability to create breathtaking plays on the football field and basketball court. But even more impressive was Holdman's drive and willingness to lead in any situation.

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Learning the art of exterior illumination

Published Saturday, December 3, 2016
By Richard Greene

Growing up in the Greene household, the day after Thanksgiving never involved trips to jam-packed stores fighting over the latest gadgets or new electronics. Instead, it was my father's day to turn our little two-bedroom home into something akin to a lit runway with red and white lights shining from every corner of the house and any nearby vegetation.

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Frisco taxpayers send loud message with vote

Published Saturday, September 3, 2016
By Richard Greene

The eight high schools of Frisco ISD opened the new Star football stadium last Saturday with a day full of action, starting a new era of high school football in a state-of-the-art indoor facility.

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Hate hits too close to home

Published Saturday, July 9, 2016
By Richard Greene

Shocked, sad, mad, numb and finally, just paralyzed. That was the range of emotions I felt as I watched the news from downtown Dallas unfold Thursday night and Friday morning on television and through my Twitter feed.

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Oh the terror caused by fan; Coming to terms with being a curse on favorite teams

Published Saturday, June 11, 2016
By Richard Greene

I take pride in the fact that I willingly accept blame, especially when I've caused harm to others. The most notable example was in 2007.

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Skip the party at local level

Published Saturday, March 5, 2016
By Richard Greene

About 15 years ago, I was regularly visiting school campuses in northeast Denton County, and on those visits I'd usually bump into deputies from the Precinct 5 constable office. The then-Democratic office holder, Mike Ballard, was dedicated to helping schools with truancy on top of the usual duties of the office.

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Super Sunday brings nation together

Published Saturday, February 13, 2016
By Richard Greene

After months of waiting and sacrificing Sundays in front of the television to prepare, the manliest of all holidays arrived last week - Super Bowl Sunday. Other than Thanksgiving, no other day gives us reason to sit around and gorge ourselves on foods reserved for one day. And like Thanksgiving again, there's only one thing to watch - football.

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Looking back at 2015: Inspiring ‘mom’; Sister pushes siblings to their best

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Richard Greene

Last spring at a track meet in Jacksboro, I went to interview Sequoia Smith after competing in the shot put.

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Santa’s workshop truly exists

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Richard Greene

I can't recall the exact year that my cousin Luke spilled the beans about Santa Claus, tarnishing the magic of Christmas. Even before then, I had my suspicions.

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My unhandy hands; Fumbling through home repair projects

Published Saturday, November 21, 2015
By Richard Greene

Like Liam Neeson in the "Taken" series, I possess a certain set of skills. Unfortunately, those skills do not include home repair. When taking on the simplest tasks, I've come to realize that I'm far more Tim "the Toolman" Taylor than Al from "Home Improvement."

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Dealing with being a sick man

Published Saturday, November 14, 2015
By Richard Greene

At 37 years of age, I don't consider myself old. Though I'm nearing the masters category as a runner, I'm still fit enough to run double-digit miles on the weekend (humble brag).

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School backs down on dress code policy

Published Saturday, October 24, 2015
By Richard Greene

Usually once a year at school board meetings, the dreaded discussion over dress code starts.

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Time for discussion on ending the violence

Published Saturday, October 3, 2015
By Richard Greene

Fifteen years ago in August, I walked off the University of North Texas campus in Denton with a degree in hand. Over four years around campus, the biggest worries were scraping together 99 cents for tacos at Jack In The Box and if four hours was enough time to start, complete research and pile together a 10-page term paper. Those claims are not exaggerations.

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Embracing change on the sports page

Published Wednesday, September 2, 2015
By Richard Greene

Way back in the 1980s, I remember helping my parents carry in cameras and cannisters of film to record the Pilot Point football games. After the game, my father would make the 35-mile trip to Sherman to help process that film, along with dozens of others. He'd then make the trek back to Pilot Point before dawn and deliver the film to coaches for the Saturday morning session with players.

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It’s easy to second-guess from sidelines

Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015
By Richard Greene

The American proverb "Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes," is a great thought but one rarely put in to practice.

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