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Celebrating the Green Stuff

It’s Spinach Festival weekend in Crystal City, my hometown, which boasts two statues of Popeye and still calls itself the Spinach Capital of the World. Yet, as far as I know, no Spinach is being shipped out of Crystal City. … Continue reading

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Poem: Autumn Ritual

(Published in The Sonora Review, Issue 74)   We leave you in the dark, always in pre-dawn darkness, la madrugada, in hopes of making it to Nebraska or Kansas by nightfall. With square blank stares, you watch us cram the … Continue reading

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Please: It’s Beto, not Baydough!

SERIOUSLY, NOW: Beto O’Rourke is probably going to be out next US senator from Texas. With that in mind, I think we should make certain we all pronounce his name correctly. Not O’Rourke. As weird and as complex the last … Continue reading

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On Flags and Patriotism (or, Who Says Flags Don’t Talk?)

[In June, 1980, less than a year after starting to work for The Houston Post, I was sent out to do a Flag Day story for the next day. I wasn’t given any guidance and I didn’t ask for any. … Continue reading

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Voodoo politics

I WAS GOING through some old files today when I came across a page from a reporter’s notebook. It didn’t look like much and I was about to throw it out when I realized what it was: Part of my notes … Continue reading

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The column that changed history?

AFTER MANY YEARS of lobbying for the job, I finally convinced the Houston Post to agree to make me a columnist for the paper in the summer of 1990. I had been working as a Washington correspondent for The Post when … Continue reading

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My Barbara Bush Memory

IN 1992, I was asked to write an editorial to be published in The Houston Post the Sunday before the Republican National Convention was to open in the Astrodome. My assignment was to welcome President George Bush to his hometown but … Continue reading

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