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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
In classrooms at schools and colleges across Texas, students are counting down the days until they can start their summer vacation. In an almost identical countdown, legislators are marking the days left until the end of session. As I write this, we have 25 days left in the 85th Legislative Session. more
Uber changed the way we travel. Fresh by Brookshire’s changed the way we cook. Have you ever heard a great idea and thought, “Why didn’t I think of that!” more
The saying goes that April showers bring May flowers, but at the Capitol April bills bring May thrills. With major issues like finalizing the state's budget and school finance reform ahead, May looks to be both busy and exciting. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: 1. Anonymous Lottery Winners more
As both Chambers have passed their versions of the state's budget, The Lt. Governor has appointed five Senate members to a conference committee, who along with the appointed House members will work out the differences between the different versions. The clock is winding down for this session, but I am confident we will come to an agreement and pass the state's budget. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
My dad once asked my grandmother Meme if she had a parachute left over from WWII. Odd question, right? However, Meme was a practical homemaker who never threw anything useful away. Dad needed a parachute for the perfect party decoration project. Dad was always planning amazing parties that included freely creative decorations. Emphasis on the free. more
I covet your prayers as I come to the end of a book manuscript. Please pray a publisher wants to partner with me. more
The members of the Legislature are heading home to spend the Easter weekend with their families. When we come back, we will be on the home stretch to the end of Session. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
For some reason, I can’t get the phrase re-gifted out of my head. People use the term now to mean a gift they pass along to someone else. Re-gifting may be controversial to some, reflecting an ungrateful attitude, perhaps. In my world, re-gifting makes sense. Why keep something you have no use for? more
Since 2003, every "First Tuesday" of the month, doctors and medical students from around the state come to the Capitol to lobby on behalf of their profession and patients. These individuals provide an invaluable service to our state and I look forward to working with them for many years to come. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
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