• We are somehow assembled in a studio. It's a TV commercial, we are to understand. None of us comprehend how those two facts came to be, or even if they are in fact facts.
  • On Nov. 2, 1954, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment making women eligible for jury service. Prior to that change, there were three classes of people not allowed to serve on juries in Texas: convicts, lunatics, and women.
  • We all have 'em. Those days when we feel like we're retaining more water than a rain forest. You know youíre sensitive about it, especially when two people stand up on a bus and offer you their seats. You want to slap Jenny Craig. If you get a dress to fit your hips, you have enough material left over from the hem and sleeves to slipcover the Olympic Games in Rio.

  • European regulators' recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech giant in an unwelcome spotlight. But Apple's tax dodging is just the tip of a huge iceberg of offshore corporate tax avoidance.
  • How I long for the good old days when I could visit across the fence with my neighbors about hot flashes, soap scum or cotton vs. nylon panties. Now, it seems like everyone walks on eggshells, afraid of offending someone from the other side of the political arena.
  • I have always considered myself fortunate to have grown up on a Texas farm during the 1940s and 50s. I gained a wide range of first-hand experiences, from raising our own vegetables to slaughtering a hog for meat, planting and plowing corn crops, picking cotton and harvesting tomatoes, peddling watermelons door-to-door and working as a hay-hauler for one cent a bale. I enjoyed high school courses in Vocational Agriculture and earned the Lone Star Farmer degree in FFA (Future Farmers of America).
  • Domestic violence is the most common cause of injury for women in the U.S. ages 15 to 44.
  • Okay, I have selective memory. I remember every person who ever borrowed a book, a sweater, a pen, a plastic leftover dish, or money and has not returned it. I remember my grandmother's phone number from 1960, the naughty words to "Louie Louie," the Gettysburg Address, and the identities of the entire cast of the Mouseketeers.
  • I was surprised recently to learn that the term "Hoover hog" is not familiar to some Texans old enough to know better. When Adali Stevenson ran for President of the USA back in 1952, the New York Times reported that he gave speeches in San Antonio and Houston which included this comment about the Great Depression: 
"In those days, Iím told, there were people in Texas, one of the richest states in the nation, who actually didnít have enough to eat. They went out on the plains and caught armadillos and ate them under the name of 'Hoover hogs.'"
  • Question: How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb?

    Answer: 1,000,001---One to change the bulb and 1,000,000 to rebuild civilization to the point where they need light bulbs again.
  • You are my students, my grandson, nieces and nephews, and most importantly, the future of our great country.
  • "There is no research stating it is harmful, but I wouldn't." These are the words of my wife's OBGYN when I asked him about spraying insect poison and its potential effects on my unborn son at the time. A very scholarly way of saying, ďI donít know.Ē And you know what, there is nothing wrong with that reply. It reaffirmed two points for me. The first being Iíll throw out the poison and well, bugs, "Welcome."