Columnists
  • Eighteen percent of the American population—40 million people— suffer from one of several clinically diagnosed anxiety disorders. These official statistics don’t include the millions of people who, according to Wendy Suzuki, the author of a new book entitled "Good Anxiety," deal with "everyday anxiety," defined as non-clinical yet persistently draining anxiety.
  • In 2007 a person bought a simple-looking bowl for $3; he found out later it was actually a rare Chinese antique. The Ding bowl was a classic example of the Northern Song Dynasty pottery, it was eventually sold at an auction for $2.2 million dollars.
  • Why do our textbooks seldom mention that US troops were deployed to Russia to support our allies in an attempt to defeat the Marxist Bolsheviks?
  • Having just completed a weeklong riverboat cruise from New Orleans to Vicksburg and back (a distance of 684 miles roundtrip), I have a wealth of information to share.
  • There are some different theories about when the first Thanksgiving actually occurred. The one that many people think of as first is the one that was celebrated by the Pilgrims after that first harvest in the New World in October of 1621. Fifty Pilgrims and ninety members of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe celebrated for three days with food, demonstrations, and games.
  • When I look back on my childhood, one of the things I am most grateful for is the bachelor uncle who lived with us and added so much to the nurture and education of myself and my brother and sisters.
  • It's been said that a community is fortunate if it has a college. In Grayson County, Texas, we are lucky enough to have two.
  • Austin College students, in our January Term to West Africa, were intrigued when they learned that at least one ethnic group considers crocodiles as sacred.
  • Veterans Day 2021 is Thursday, November 11. Happy Veterans Day, Texoma veterans! This Veterans Day, I encourage everyone to reach out to the veterans and active duty personnel in your life and thank them for their service to our country. It is because of their sacrifice that the United States, despite many past and present challenges still remains, "the land of the free."
  • When I was a small boy my dad took my brother and me to a house on Park Avenue in Bonham. Inside the old house, Dr. Jack Saunders inoculated us with the smallpox vaccine.
  • The summer of 2021 was a glaring example of what disruptive weather will look like in a warming world. In mid-July, storms in western Germany and Belgium brought up to eight inches of rain in two days. Floodwaters ripped buildings apart and propelled them through village streets.
  • In the early days of the novel coronavirus, we started hearing the term "essential jobs."