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The memory is lodged in my brain’s recesses, as closely as mistletoe clings to mesquite trees. Our parents--neither with educational opportunities beyond high school--provided commonsense … more
You may think of a cat nap as a short snooze, but cats are actually super-sleepers, often slumbering for 12 to 18 hours a day. That’s healthy for them, but for humans, sleeping more than an … more
Did you know there is another upcoming election?  There is!!! On Tuesday, May 24, the citizens of Pampa and Gray County have the opportunity to vote again!  This election is the Run-off … more
The news is good, bad and downright stupid when it comes to the COVID-19 Test-to-Treat Program that was launched in March. Good: antiviral medications. Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s … more
Fourth in a series on philanthropy in higher education. Philanthropy is essential to all universities, especially public regional research universities. Donor giving demonstrates commitment and … more
Toni My problem is different than most couples that I read about in your weekly Medicare column. I am finding out that my company’s group health plan is not paying for any Medicare Part B … more
On a small busy cobblestone street I walked by a girl wearing a T-shirt reading “I SAVED THE WORLD TODAY.” I didn’t want to impose on her so I didn’t say anything to her as … more
Dear Dietitian, I have recently lost twenty pounds, and I’ve been exercising to keep the weight off. My problem is I sometimes eat at night out of boredom. I know I need to break this bad … more
In the late 1990s, National Geographic fell for a big bone scam. A fossil they declared was a missing link between dinosaurs and birds turned out to be a glued-together combo of bone bits from … more
Hey Taylor: I’m trying to cut costs so that I can save for a honeymoon that’s way overdue. My husband and I really want to go to Europe but it feels impossible to save that kind of money. … more
My old Uncle Mort is nothing if not analytical, even when he’s not even looking for ways to make easy bucks. He called recently to provide his analysis of members of the Thicket Community … more
The best time ever might be the next time. Maybe, just maybe, by giving it all that you have, the next time will be the best. On July 5, 1969 a band who called themselves “The Rolling … more
Clay Center, Kansas – Eli was a priest that served the Lord God. He had two sons that served with him, who were perverse in all their ways. Eli knew of his sons’ misconduct, but only … more
In all the years I’ve known my aged Uncle Mort, he has made few observations about horses, if any at all. For the past few days, he has spoken of little else, what with the news that the City … more
I’ve met many people in my life, but none compared to the energy that Mr. Joe Tooley generated every day. This guy was a walking generator that never slowed down! Joe had lost his parents at an … more
Dear Toni, Ten days ago, I placed my mother who has Medicare in a “rehab facility” for approximately three weeks, thinking that her post-hospital therapy would go better there than it … more
There is just something special about mothers that is hard to fully explain. It involves emotions and generally gratitude for the sacrifices they make. I learned to appreciate my mother more when I … more
On Saturday, May 7, voters have the opportunity to consider two legislatively-proposed state-wide constitutional amendments. Proposition 1 would authorize Texas legislators to lower the limit on … more
Hi Taylor: How do I talk about (or avoid talking about) money with my in-laws? My husband’s parents have a lot of money and I come from a very working-class family. I almost have anxiety … more
Micah 3 shows just how truly evil some leaders can become when they make practice of self-serving behavior. Accountability is a given for leaders; God holds leaders accountable for their callously … more
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