If the Southland gave birth to the blues, Mack McCormick wants to know the time and place of the blessed event.
When Jacob Isom swiped a Quran from an angry evangelist, he figured a few of his friends would enjoy the prank. Two months and one million YouTube views later, his life may never be the same.
"It's still easy to walk around New York unrecognized. I'm kind of nerdy and not fashionable, so people don't give me a second look."…
He’s no Seinfeld. He’s not even Jeff Foxworthy. But Galveston native Bill Engvall is a successful stand-up comic, and one day, just maybe, he’ll get a sitcom of his own.
More Lenny Bruce than Jerry Seinfeld, Hicks wins fans by showing them his dark side.
In the year since my mother died, I’ve learned a lot of things—like how to spend time with my dad.
Let's hear it for beans and cornbread, the tastiest of plate-mates, a classic Southern supper—and a meal any fool can cook.
When it's time for her to give the gift of a revenue estimate, Comptroller Rylander could be naughty or nice. Either way, the Legislature better watch out.
For every one hundred people diagnosed with cancer of the tonsil, fewer than nine survive. I hope I’m one of them.
How I’ll change life at the Capitol as governor. (Hint: Spaying is involved.)…
A charter school that makes the grade.
What happens to your belief in God when your son commits suicide after being molested by a priest? That's a question Nancy and Pat Lemberger have been struggling with for years.
Gangland-style executions are par for the course these days in Juárez, where drugs— and despair—flow freely.
Why reporters who cover the border are finding themselves more and more under the gun.
A cool, brilliantly blue day in early February found me driving north from Austin on a sort of pilgrimage. I was going to see John Graves, the writer and gentleman farmer, now 73 years old, at his place on four hundred acres of rocky blackland prairie near Glen Rose. My…
Why the Emma L. Harrison Charter School in Waco flunked out.
TALK OF CHANGE AND REFORM has been in the air since the Sharpstown scandals more than perhaps at any time in our state’s history. Such talk is welcome, and, as most of us apparently felt in the last elections, mandatory. One imagines that talk of reform came as uncomfortably, but…
One woman’s unlikely crusade to help poor kids succeed—and what Texas can learn from her example.
My mother trained me to be a naturalist in our suburban backyard, one bird call at a time.
In 2006 Texas schools still can’t teach English to Spanish-speaking students. Here’s what we should do about that—now.
When the doctor told me my third child had Down’s Syndrome, I knew that my life had changed forever.
For a laid-back coastal paradise that's reminiscent of the Greek Islands in the seventies, pack a bathing suit and head to Montezuma, Costa Rica. But be forewarned: Half of the adventure is getting there.