Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.
Ellie, who lives with autism, has struggled with the loss of routine wrought by the pandemic. But her enthusiasm has buoyed both of us.
Across Texas, Santa is staying jolly this year with contact-free visits, drive-through light displays, and more pandemic-proof festivities.
This Year, Our Family’s Día de los Muertos Altar Will Memorialize Those Who Have Died From the Coronavirus
The ofrenda we build to honor loved ones will include not only our distant past but also the very sorrow that we’re living through now.
The border city treated my family with care and invited us to find community there.
A Houston poet laureate believes that outrage by any other name is hope, and protest is its ultimate demonstration.
Fish tacos, a hip-hop ‘Pomp and Circumstance,' and a fake diploma: throwing a safe backyard party was a welcome, memorable diversion.
"When you're in a rural community, it's difficult to receive services and be very discreet about it. … Those complexities are amplified at this time."…
Teaching our three-year-old to use the bathroom has added structure to hours that feel like days, and days that stretch on like weeks.
“I guess the pandemic didn’t exactly end my marriage. It just revealed that it no longer really existed.”…
Shortly after Holly Allen fell ill with COVID-19, she learned that her mother had died. At home in Fort Worth, she grieved in isolation, watching her mother’s funeral online.
A reflection on family and home, on the heels of my parents retiring from their longtime business.
Critics of the forthcoming transformation of the state’s child welfare system worry about the new model’s lack of transparency. Legislators are running out of time to introduce greater safeguards.
Texas leads the country in hot-car deaths of children. Was Michael Thedford a horrible father, or did he make a mistake any parent could make?…
Montannah Kenney became the youngest girl to climb the mountain two months before her eighth birthday.
How an African-American family managed to rise to prominence during the height of Jim Crow-era segregation.
Returning to my devastated hometown, I found my friends and family putting on a brave face in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
The celebrated Plano novelist on how the Columbine massacre and growing up in ”The Suicide Capital of America” influenced his new book, 'Oliver Loving.'…
"Good news, kids! The Astros have the chance to win the World Series tonight. Oh, and you're not going trick or treating."…
The storm left hundreds of thousands of households without homes. Many are still looking.
Photos and memories from the public pool that brings a city together.
If the age of the flash mob proposal is upon us once more, we’re kinda here for it.
My son was jobless, directionless, and apartmentless. So when he decided to join the Army, we were just glad he was out of the house. What we didn’t know was just how much the military would change him—and us. …
With their forthcoming EP, the singer-songwriters seek to raise awareness for an issue that hits both of them close to home.
They have fled war-torn countries, given up livelihoods, and left behind possessions and family for the safety of a foreign world of cowboy hats and Walmarts. But the refugees who land in Amarillo’s Astoria Park have an ally who understands their confusion and loss: a 64-year-old former teacher named Miss…
She died twenty years ago, when I was ten. Yet even as the distance grows, I've found a way to keep her close.
The scion of one of Laredo’s first families wants to build a mammoth landfill on his ranch. But the opposition is fierce and vocal—and backed by none other than his uncle and his cousin.