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This year, my wife and I made a surprise trip to New England so that I could accept an award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in Manchester, NH. I suspected that the prize would … more
Once every few decades, East Texas experiences a brief taste of early autumn weather. All East Texans know, though, that these few crisp days are simply a prank by Mother Nature, who’s hiding … more
The innocent look cats give us when they misbehave may melt our hearts, but like any pet, cats need to be properly trained. For both the first-time cat owner and a “kitty veteran,” Dr. Sarah … more
Once a year, or so, I feel an uncanny need to atone for my sins against our household budget by holding a garage sale. When our home begins to look like it should be featured on the season finale of … more
In our family, we’ve always tried to focus on the fun, lighthearted aspects of Halloween.  Imagine Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin (which always makes me cry a little), or Winnie the Pooh … more
On Friday, the Republican House of Representatives failed to fulfill its long held and oft repeated promise to repeal the flawed Affordable Care Act, widely known as ObamaCare. In 2016, voters … more
Last month I stood in the middle of the circle of desks at the State Board of Education taking the oath of office. As I was standing there, repeating my oath being administered by Senator Larry … more
It’s time for another installment in the series “I don’t like to pick on mistakes in published writing, but look at this mistake I found in published writing,” in which my disclaimer is … more
Bring a friend and join the fun at the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School, which will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at … more
With the garden season upon us there has been an increase in food preservation questions at the Rusk County Extension Office. Many callers have expressed their hesitance about using a pressure canner … more
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