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If you are like me, you probably don’t get the whole fan girl thing. For one thing, I have a hard time remembering names of people I know, much less celebrities. Lately, though, I notice that the harder I work, the more I am becoming a fan girl about certain people. more
With Father’s Day this month, many families celebrate, while others suffer. We all know families where there is no end to the trauma the ex-spouse dishes out through the kids. Still, it is only a tragedy if we let it be. more
Anxiety, frustration, and shame are good things. Okay, yes, they feel really awful. Still, if God invented all our emotions, it stands to reason they all have a good purpose. When we judge some of our emotions as bad, its like we fail to read the owner’s manual for our own emotional well-being. We fail to understand God’s purpose in the design of the yucky emotions. more
The 85th Legislative Session has come to an end. I believe it was a successful 140 days, and we accomplished a lot for the people of Texas. My weekly column will now revert back to a monthly column and I will continue to keep you updated as to what is happening not only at your state Capitol, but also in your state. more
This weekend, our country will observe Memorial Day and remember the sacrifices of the military men and women who gave their lives serving our nation. I hope we all take time to give thanks for those who sacrificed everything for our nation so we might live free. more
She woke up long before daybreak, rustling around in their small house in Tanaha, Texas. Each weekday, she carpooled to Center to put in her shift at the Curtis Mathis Air Conditioning plant. Before she left, she turned on the gas heater in his room to take the frigid chill out of the air as he got up Even as a 15-year-old, Wayne Christian recognized how hard his parents worked. Together they covered the basics; his dad worked at the Post Office. more
While essential bills are being passed by both Chambers and sent to the Governor, there is still much to be done, such as passing our state's budget. As I write this column, we have approximately 11 days left in the 85th Legislative Session. more
Our goals in life certainly includes relishing great conversations with our spouse. However, some topics simply stymie the flow of conversation. If only we could get past the hurdle and go deeper. If that’s your wish, we built a tool with you in mind. The Camp Krafve Conversation Starter is designed to get couples talking. Camp Krafve is what we call our family. more
The pace in Austin is getting a little more frantic this week, as members have to be in three or four places at one time. Many times we have to be in one committee to hear testimony, present a bill in a different committee and cast a vote in a third. It's a busy time under the pink dome of the Capitol. more
What better Mother’s Day for me than to have my mom snuggled in at my house. Before Dad died I promised him to take good care of Mom, making me part of the sandwich generation. It was the least I could do; Dad tenderly cared for Mom right up until his last breath. She cared for him right back. But now what? more
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