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Nothing says Thanksgiving like a jar of green beans

Austin American-Statesman, November 28, 2013

Here we are at Thanksgiving, that holiday when we gather in a confined space to eat to oblivion with loved ones and rediscover all the reasons why we don’t actually live with them. But seriously, Thanksgiving is the near-perfect holiday, untainted by commercialism except for its promiscuous proximity to Black Friday. The annual celebration of […]

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Religious sisterhood’s mission never ends

Austin American-Statesman, October 27, 2013

The announcement in September that the Daughters of Charity will leave Austin by 2014, after 113 years in this community, came as a shock to those of us who chose to ignore reality and pretend they would be here forever. But that’s not how it works. When Saints Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac […]

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She was our rare Rose, and she left city better

Austin American-Statesman, June 1, 2013

At 1 p.m. Saturday, people will gather at the Central Presbyterian Church downtown to honor Rose Lancaster, who died last week at the age of 86. Lots of people. It may turn out that the Erwin Center would have been a more appropriate-size venue. I first met her in the ’70s when my son, Burton, […]

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Catching Up on Christmas Past

Austin American-Statesman, December 26, 2012

There’s nothing like the day after Christmas for reading those family newsletters you didn’t have time to read before today. Reconnecting with those we care about is part of the holiday season. We want to hear how family and friends are doing and to share how we’re doing. But we’ve all gotten those letters we can’t […]

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Newsletter 2012

Unpublished, December 20, 2012

Newsletter 2012

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Whistle-blower nurses see justice in the end

Austin American-Statesman, July 27, 2012

The outcome of the Winkler County nurses’ whistle-blower saga would have ended differently had it not been for three public servants doing their jobs and doing them well. For defending a nurse’s right to act as patient advocate, Assistant Attorneys General David Glickler and Shane Attaway and investigator Randy Muenzler recently received the Texas Nurses […]

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The boy’s curse of the unpleasant pecan tree

Austin American-Statesman, May 5, 2012

An Austin tradition for 34 years, the Pecan Street Festival is happening this weekend. Hearing the name never fails to take me back to my son Burton’s 2005 email. For Christmas, he and his family had given me and Ian a nice bag of cracked pecans. Their majestic backyard tree in Dallas had produced 120 […]

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Newsletter 2011

Unpublished, April 12, 2012

Christmas Newsletter 2011

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Newsletter 2010

Unpublished, April 12, 2012

Christmas Newsletter 2010

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Neighbor, glider pilot, bringer of perspective

Austin American-Statesman, April 11, 2012

From 1981 to 2004, I had the incredibly good fortune of living on Scott Crescent, a crescent-shaped street about a quarter-mile long. Most of my neighbors had built their homes and planted their cedar elms in the 1940s. My neighbors were as captivating as the tree-lined street. One neighbor was Jack Lambrecht. Retired from the […]

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