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Busy kids? Give them adventure!

Busy kids? Give them adventure!

I don’t know if I could make it as a kid these days. Many of the junior highers I teach need a personal assistant with the myriad of lessons, and…

Christmas Shopping Survival

Christmas Shopping Survival

(December 8, 2013) Like most men, I avoid shopping sprees, sales, or any outing that calls for hours of store after store and rack after rack of browsing, and after…

An unlikely football coach

An unlikely football coach

ROCKWALL (November 10, 2013) Unprepared for the interview, I rehearsed my words while driving to the high school. My family’s future rested on this final meeting. No teaching contract, no…

‘Goliath Catfish’ spotted in Rockwall

‘Goliath Catfish’ spotted in Rockwall

(ROCKWALL – October 26, 2013) A Goliath Catfish has been spotted in Rockwall. Not a mysterious Chernobyl-grown, bottom feeder or a freakishly big Flathead, but the young adult novel penned by Rockwall…

The boy who needed no costume…a lesson in uniqueness

The boy who needed no costume…a lesson in uniqueness

(Rockwall) October 24, 2013 – Gene looked like a Halloween costume, and when he stole that jack-o-lantern off some folk’s porch, they just stared; didn’t blink an eye. The gag…

‘Goliath Catfish’ spotted in Rockwall

‘Goliath Catfish’ spotted in Rockwall

(ROCKWALL – Sept. 18, 2013) A Goliath Catfish has been spotted in Rockwall. Not a mysterious Chernobyl-grown, bottom feeder or a freakishly big Flathead, but the young adult novel penned by…

Savoring every sip of summer and back-to-school

Savoring every sip of summer and back-to-school

(Rockwall) August 25, 2013 – On a particular day toward the end of the August, Starbuck’s is stormed, ladies line up for lattes and there’s not an open table in…

Delusions and the Ball Diamond

Delusions and the Ball Diamond

(Rockwall) July 30, 2013 –  A friend texted a few weeks ago: “Interested in co-ed softball? We’re putting together a team.” He was crazy; a decade had passed since my…

Fishaholics

Fishaholics

July 8, 2013 – Two of my boys and some friends started a summer contest: the most fish caught by August 12, and the winner receives a new fishing rod…

Summer vacation for the man in debt

Summer vacation for the man in debt

June 27, 2013 – Christy busted in my classroom too excited for schoolwork. Paris would be her summer destination. “Paris,Texas?” I asked. “Paris, France, Coach,” she giggled – although to…