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False nostalgia

It’s probably silly, because I’m only 23 years old, but I often find myself feeling nostalgic for time periods I was not around for – I call it “false nostalgia.”

Curb the complaining

My wife, Kimberly, has a story she is fond of telling about her little cousin. We often tell it to illustrate what a vibrant — and of course adorable — little girl Kimberly’s cousin, Avari, is.

Speaking Texan

Recently I was looking through some old copies of the paper to read up on something. In my pursuit of the topic I chased, I came across an article about Norman Bennett who, as many people know, was a local teacher, television star and movie actor.

Hello, fall

While fall started a few weeks ago, it wasn’t until a few days ago that it really started feeling like it. Despite the rain and dreary skies over the weekend, I am starting to get excited about it.

Happy birthday, Ike

It isn’t unusual for us to put birthdays in the Good Morning here at the Herald Democrat. It isn’t often though that we get the chance to write an entire column on one such birthday. But today is one of those special times. With that said, I would like to wish a special happy birthday to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Recently, Hollywood director David Lynch ignited speculation with a single tweet that his cult television series,”Twin Peaks,” would be returning after 25 years off the air. The tweet quoted a line from the series, saying, “Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style!”

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice

If you’ve walked into a grocery store this week, you know that the season has officially turned. Just as the leaves of the trees have begun to change color to yellow and red, so have dozens of foods changed to their autumnal forms: pumpkin spice.

Clothing becomes intelligent

I’ve ranted a time or two about modern “advances” and the computerization of everything from diapers to doggy doors. Some of the things are great and some are downright disturbing. Today, I’m disturbed.


It’s no secret that I’m a fairly recent college graduate. I’m still very close with a lot of my friends from college and we almost constantly send Facebook chain messages or ridiculous Snapchats to each other.

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Mailbox ministry

This Sunday I had the opportunity to participate in a day of service with my church – an event called We Are The Sermon. Our congregation devoted the whole morning and most of the afternoon to completing community service projects such as making care packages for our military and repainting the North Texas Youth Center.

Not so descriptive descriptions

Sometimes this job can be depressing and emotionally exhausting. One of the ways journalists have tried to combat that is by amusing ourselves. We often do that by commiserating and sharing humorous stories. (The days of chain-smoking, boozy reporters seems to have passed for this newsroom.)

R.I.P Saturday Morning Cartoons

When I was growing up, one of my rituals as a kid was watching cartoons every Saturday morning. It was part of the transition for me from the stresses of the school week into the much more relaxing weekend. While I have fond memories of it, sadly, the next generation won’t have the same opportunity.

The iBillfold

I have what’s referred to in common parlance as a “Costanza” in my pocket. It’s a nickname for an overstuffed wallet and it comes from an episode in the ninth season of “Seinfeld,” in which George Costanza reveals to his friends, and then is forced to defend, his giant billfold.

What a first grader knows

I don’t know about anyone else’s first grader, but mine is constantly announcing to the world that she is, in fact, in the first grade. If we tell her not to run into the street, she said, “I am a first grader. I know not to run into the street and get runned over.”

It is FINALLY October

Happy October 1 everyone. I can’t believe it has already arrived. I don’t know that I believe in having a favorite month of the year, but if I did, October would be pretty close to winning the prize.

Hurray for corny dogs!

For as long as I can remember, when the long summer days begin to shorten, a cool breeze starts to cut through the humid North Texas air, and walking outside becomes pleasant once again, I’m at my happiest. There are a few reasons for this. Yes, it means football season is starting up again. Yes, it means I’ll get to wear my comfiest warm clothes and get ready for the holidays. But mostly, it means that it is time for the State Fair of Texas.

It is almost here

“Anticipation is making me wait,” I think those are the words of a song. They are also words that fill my head every day as we get closer and closer to the Herald Democrat Writers Conference at Austin College. Oct. 4 is right around the corner and the last day to register is Sept. 30.

Back in the Park

Among television’s ever-growing collection of animated series for adults, “South Park” gets short shrift. There’s been so much talk about “The Simpsons” marathon recently staged by FX, and then everyone turned their eyes to this Sunday’s crossover episode between the Springfield clan and the Griffins from “Family Guy.”