Tributes Articles

Ending individual mandate raises questions of morality

The Houston Chronoicle, December 8, 2017

As Congress debates getting rid of the individual mandate to buy health insurance to better afford a tax overhaul, I’m reminded of one of the […]


Lasting health care legacies built by two caring, faithful Austinintes

Austin American-Statesman, October 28, 2016

If Austin had a Top 10 Most Influential Women in Health Care Award, Dr. Mary Lou Adams and Trish Young Brown would certainly rank high […]


Life of beloved rescue dog offers hope in dismal times

Austin American-Statesman, June 16, 2016

With Donald Trump at the helm, like the rest of the world I couldn’t resist following the Republican campaign last fall. But rather than watching […]


Robin Williams exemplifies the link between creative genius and mental illness

Texas Nursing Voice, August 14, 2014

Let’s imagine we’re all sitting in a room together and someone says, “Raise your hand if you love Robin Williams.” We would probably all raise […]


McPhee saved the babies, left spiritual legacy

Austin American-Statesman, April 19, 2014

The iconic Sr. Mary Rose McPhee, who died April 15 at the age of 95 at a Daughters of Charity retirement center in Evansville, Ind., […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


We could use a Barbara Jordan in America today

Austin American-Statesman, February 21, 2012

Barbara Jordan — attorney, former congresswoman and professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs — would have turned 76 today. At the age of […]


Make-believe is a special place we all should visit

Austin American-Statesman, December 24, 2009

A few weeks ago, the American-Statesman ran my column on the widespread, irrational fear of vaccinations among parents. Soon afterward, I heard from my friend Martha Williams. “Bravo, Toni,” she wrote in an e-mail. “Vaccines did not cause my son’s autism!”