Tag Archives: Houston

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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Potato-picking World Series memories

[I wrote this column for USA TODAY in 1998 (October 14), shortly after yet another disappointing Astros year. A friend suggested I post it here. It starts off talking about my penchant for choosing underdogs when it comes to sports. … Continue reading

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The homeless and our own humanity

LAST SUMMER I was walking to Minute Maid Park, about a block away from the George R. Brown Convention Center, when a man approached me and asked if I could help him out. He didn’t tell me how he wanted … Continue reading

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Houston composer’s haunting music

I DON’T WRITE much about music on this blog. However, I’m going to make an exception because I want to share my enthusiasm for the music of a young composer, a native of Colombia who lives and works in Houston. … Continue reading

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On languages, culture and civilization – and a genuine apology

THE CLAIM BY Iowa GOP Congressman Stephen King the other day that white people – or people from the United States and Western Europe – are the only ones who have made a contribution to civilization reminds me of a … Continue reading

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These are my babies, he said.

IT WAS A beautiful day yesterday and I opted for a bike ride instead of a visit to the gym. And instead of following my usual route along the Buffalo Bayou trail, I headed east, towards the Mexican part of … Continue reading

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