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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5 Texan phrases I find myself usin’

I've lived in Texas for 11(!) years now, and it's been a great experience. I knew in my heart, even as a little boy, that if I wasn't living in my beloved Dayton, Ohio, I'd be in Texas. I even dated someone when I was in my mid-20s who told me I didn't have what… Continue reading 5 Texan phrases I find myself usin’

Alternative facts you may never have considered

In January "alternative facts" became part of our more recent terminology in America. Although some have described alternative facts as "falsehoods," I think we need to dig a little deeper into what we consider to be fact, and then we need to consider possible alternative facts. For example, is it possible that perhaps: North Korea… Continue reading Alternative facts you may never have considered

U.S. map tidbits and stuff I find interesting

How the states are mapped and the proximity of one state to another has always intrigued me. The states get larger as one moves west, for example, almost as if our forefathers got lazy and just started dividing the land into square-ish plots. Here's some other things I love about our states', and cities', mapping:… Continue reading U.S. map tidbits and stuff I find interesting

Do you like your state’s license plates?

I usually notice when cars around me in traffic have various license plates, usually ones that differ from the norm. Here in Texas it always feels good to see a little bit of home in an Ohio plate—which isn't as rare as you might think. Standard Texas plates are fairly bland, but they're supposed to… Continue reading Do you like your state’s license plates?

Sentimental like me? Avoid Google Street View

This post started off as another post about something related to Houston and Hurricane Harvey. I was using Google Maps to double-check something I that don't even remember now. Pretty soon I found myself scrolling across America from Houston to Dayton, Ohio, my hometown, and to the street I grew up on. Then I found… Continue reading Sentimental like me? Avoid Google Street View

Bummed about Harvey? Give blood—then keep giving it

A few Saturdays a year, I'll drive to Round Rock to donate platelets—or cells in the blood that attach themselves to damaged blood vessels, causing clotting—and plasma, the liquid part of our blood that serves many functions, including carrying vital minerals throughout the bloodstream. Still awake? Good. Usually there's more medical professionals volunteering at the… Continue reading Bummed about Harvey? Give blood—then keep giving it

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

No major yet? Don’t fret, college students

My cousin (-in-law) graduated from high school in the spring, and I was super proud of him. He was among the top academic performers in a Lubbock-area class that seemed to be an extremely competitive group. That, and like his older sister, he's just a good person raised by good people. Many of his classmates… Continue reading No major yet? Don’t fret, college students