Rewarding and ignoring are the two key tenets of dog training. They’ve helped me get through this summer, too.
After living most of my life in Texas, I finally gave Willie Nelson a serious listen and learned a few things about my Nigerian mom.
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 heretical choice to not own a vehicle in a city that worships the automobile.
When my wife, Sonia Van Meter, was chosen as one of the Mars One finalists, I realized that my potential loss was humanity’s gain.
Growing up in my family, there were things you just didn’t talk about. Like feelings. Or sex. Or dying from AIDS.
I thought being a landman in the Eagle Ford Shale would help replenish my bank account. I quickly got more than I bargained for.
The lonely, calloused, plaster-caked ballad of the do-it-yourself renovator.
If you have kids, being a caregiver to an elderly parent may feel a bit familiar.
The lessons of a family heirloom.
In my 86 years I’ve come into the possession of an assortment of firearms: a Colt .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol that my grandfather bought at a hardware store in Cuero; a Remington Model 870 pump, 20-gauge shotgun that my Aggie uncle-by-marriage used to shoot birds; the Winchester Model 06 pump .22