Journal Vol. 10: Weight for it

Journal Vol. 10: Weight for it

Strange that the Senate still files bills on paper. Eleven legal-size copies of every bill. E-filing would be more convenient, of course; and then there’s all that wood pulp… But I must admit there’s something satisfying in signing real paper, with a real pen,...
Journal Vol. 9: “All Politics is Local” – is it really?

Journal Vol. 9: “All Politics is Local” – is it really?

Don’t cry over spilt Topo Chico.  The air conditioner stopped cooling. The dryer stopped heating. Couldn’t hang the wet clothes outside because it started raining. And oh yes, my phone stopped working. Not a great weekend. But I didn’t dare complain. Given the...
Journal Vol. 7: The Feeling is Virtual

Journal Vol. 7: The Feeling is Virtual

  Work, visits to the doctor, ordering from a restaurant – so much has gone virtual. Hunger, however, has not. And right now more Texans than ever need help feeding their families. The North Texas Food Bank is answering the call, and they need our help to provide...
Journal Vol. 6: How things look from here

Journal Vol. 6: How things look from here

SARS-CoV-2 is novel; racial inequity is not. Yet quite suddenly our experiences with both of these threats have altered how we will look at almost everything. The COVID-19 experience has fundamentally changed how we look at healthcare systems, employment, education,...
Journal Vol. 5: Spring hope and pandemic politics

Journal Vol. 5: Spring hope and pandemic politics

Such an odd mix of airs – the beauty and hope of Springtime and the gloomy anxiousness of a viral pandemic. I hope the former are helping sustain you through the latter. The Spring sunshine isn’t the main thing sustaining our spirits, though; it’s our common...