Put a bird (in) it: I built a birdhouse

For the first time that I can remember, it actually snowed here in Austin on Dec. 7. As temperatures fall below freezing for the first time each year, I always think of people who don't have anywhere to go, who are in the cold outside overnight. Then I get really sad. I noticed there were… Continue reading Put a bird (in) it: I built a birdhouse

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What I want for Christmas

Since my mid- to late teens, the inevitable, though heartfelt and always sincere, question from my mom and dad has been a source of heartache for me: What do you want for Christmas? The older I've gotten, the harder it is to answer that question. Isn't the season about Jesus Christ, a renewal of faith… Continue reading What I want for Christmas

When my inner voice speaks, I’ve learned to listen

Sometimes I hear a small voice that tells me to do things. Now that I read the prior sentence again, mentioning that I hear a voice makes me seem a little bonkers. Oh well. I think the voice is probably just part of my own internal dialogue or my conscience. Sometimes I wonder if it's… Continue reading When my inner voice speaks, I’ve learned to listen

Street knowledge: The wisdom of Al

Some of the wisest words I ever heard came from a guy who lived in the woods near I-35. I met him when I was going through a bit of an adjustment phase at my then-new job in 2011. I was in a new city—Austin—with new people, and I felt excited and terrified at the… Continue reading Street knowledge: The wisdom of Al

No girls allowed on one Austin country radio station

This post was updated Sept. 21 to include rankings from Rolling Stone and Billboard rankings of country albums in 2016. Though I am mainly a classic rock fan, I enjoy country music, too. And I can sum up a sizeable chunk of country radio airplay here in Austin in one sentiment, it seems: Bro to… Continue reading No girls allowed on one Austin country radio station

My thoughts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Harvey has apparently left the Austin area but is wreaking havoc in Houston where many of my co-workers live. Here's some things I noticed during a weekend of heavy rain: ◊ Why were flags flying? Both Texas and American flags were on flagpoles—and nearly ripped off of them—over the weekend as the storm came through.… Continue reading My thoughts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Facts and numbers I find interesting—and you might, too

I was eating pizza with my wife the other day, and as we sat in the restaurant, an interesting stat scrolled across the bottom of the TV: According to ESPN, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been "hit or sacked 922 times since ... 2011. Second during that span is Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson at 615." Two… Continue reading Facts and numbers I find interesting—and you might, too

10 Texas vacation observations

I took a day off from work recently to spend time with my wife over a long weekend. We went to a local resort on the edge of town—we didn't go very far away—to try to save money. Key word: try. My mind never shuts off, for better or worse, so here's some things I… Continue reading 10 Texas vacation observations