As we’ve listened to the hateful exchanges between President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the two most powerful people of our country, we think, “This is not leadership. This shames us in the eyes of the world and undermines everything we try to do as leading country of the free world.”

In January 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that “insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic” linked to everything from vehicle crashes, industrial disasters and chronic diseases ranging from hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity and even cancer. 

Driving in my car, I listened to a news station report on the June 6 D-Day celebrations commemorating the day of the Normandy landings — initiating the Western Allied effort to liberate western Europe from Nazi Germany. 

The beautiful and well-known 500-acre Mo-Ranch camp and conference center in Hunt had a problem. Children from the Rio Grande Valley have not been attending its camps in any recognizable numbers. Why?

“Unfortunately, the U.S. media have become a positive hindrance to public understanding, reducing everything to a binary question of believers vs. deniers, good guys vs. bad guys. Here’s the sad truth: This narrative is mostly an invention of journalists. It relieves them of having to unders…

I can’t count the number of times I have heard someone say they want to make their landscape “look natural,” only to then describe their view of a “natural” landscape or show me a picture or invite me to come see for myself, and it turns out to be, in my opinion, anything but natural.

I’ll bet many of you have driven through the town of Hye, Texas, and not even realized you were passing by a 100-year-old dance hall. I know I’ve made that journey between Stonewall and Johnson City countless times, and only had eyes for the old Post Office perched on the southeast corner of…

One of the questions I often get asked around town is: What happens on campus when students leave for the summer?  The assumption is that the campus becomes a sort of ghost town shortly after commencement, and those of us who remain on campus enjoy several months of leisurely coffee drinking…

Last week’s fascinating glimpse into the lives of hummingbirds led to another compelling story regarding the lengths people go to, trying to save them when threatened.

I nearly always limit my columns to discussions specifically about the Hill Country, but after watching a TV documentary some time ago about conditions in the Americas before Columbus, I thought a few observations about the larger area would be of interest.

Of the men listed on the Kerr County War Memorial, I personally knew only one, and while every soldier listed on that monument left a painful gap in our community when they died, torn away from their families and friends, it’s that young man I think of first on this holiday.

We’ve all heard variations on the notion that the world is comprised of “two kinds of people.” Coke people and Pepsi people. Dog people and cat people. Beach people and mountain people. You get the idea. 

High pressure is located east of our area across the Deep South. This will draw a very steady flow of Gulf moisture into our area for the next few days. Rain chances, in general, are not impressive locally. With that said, it’s not zero percent. Keep an eye to the skies as we enter the tail …

I first came to the Texas Hill Country in 1978. Yet I’d never visited Castell. Last weekend, I fixed that. The Castell General Store — which is essentially Castell — was celebrating its Testicle Festival. As auspicious an event as any for finding out what a place is all about.

WASHINGTON — America is going through a period of deep contradictions. The economy grew at a robust rate of 3.2 percent in the first three months of 2019. But a recent voter poll found that a majority of voters believe it’s mainly benefiting the people in power, not them.

Calling all volunteers: We need help delivering Meals on Wheels to our homebound seniors. We have lots of wonderful volunteers who are winter Texans, and they are headed up north for the summer. Please consider joining our volunteer team. 

Feeling rather discouraged by the news — Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, stymied China trade talks, overwhelmed border and Congress still too busy fighting to take notice — I looked for something soothing and beautiful in a Nova piece on hummingbirds. Hardly! I was instantly confronted with am…

A friend brought by a book on the history of raising sheep in the southwest, and it’s fascinating.

Where are you right now in your life? Are you in a difficult situation or a low spot? Are you trying to just keep your head above the water as the storm rages? Do you feel all alone and caught in the waves? 

The unusual term “Baccalaureate,” originally referring to the bachelor degree conferred on graduates from colleges and universities, is commonly used for a service of worship and spiritual commitment of graduating seniors of high schools and colleges including a sermon of challenge and commitment.

When Tim Wilborn came to First Presbyterian Church 14 years ago, we immediately noticed a difference from any organists that had preceded him. We marveled at his seamless transition from the offertory to the response that followed, a crescendo informing choir and congregation of its time to …

Ever hear the phrase, “The older I get, the smarter my father gets”? I have always been in awe of how much folks in the 1800s and early 1900s knew and understood about the world around them. When you think of how much time most people back then had to spend every day just raising, gathering …

When I study black and white photographs from my collection of historical Kerr County photographs, sometimes I forget how colorful our area was in those days. I suppose my mind processes pre-1940s images as grayscale, and jumps to the conclusion that nothing was in full color in those days.

When one of our sons was about 4, he was really into his toy fire truck. It was a ladder truck with flashing lights, sirens, doors that opened, even a working steering wheel. One day, we were walking down the sidewalk and parked across the street by what was not only a real ladder truck, but…

When our last civil war was finally over, President Abraham Lincoln, in his most famous Gettysburg address, expressed the hope “that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for…

Years ago, I had the idea to create an athletic competition that required no athleticism whatsoever: Der Sitzenfest. Competitors would vie for prizes by sitting comfortably in their favorite chair, rocker, or recliner.

To gain an understanding of international affairs, Dr. Michael Grillo’s Political Science class traveled to New York to participate with worldwide students in Model UN. Kerrville participants were assigned to become Ecuador’s delegation. Everyone spoke English, but at times communication was…

We had a great volunteer appreciation dinner at the Dietert Center last week. The center would not be able to serve our community so well without our many, many volunteers, and we love to be able to thank them for their service. 

During a week in which shades were removed as windows were replaced, I woke to sun streaming in and a view of a gnarled pine and a couple of hawks circling in the blue sky. It instantly reminded me of my childhood in the Black Hills. We never had window shades and looked out on a forest of p…

City government exists to serve residents, but it can’t effectively do that without citizen engagement. Resident participation and oversight of city government helps promote transparency in city affairs and is crucial to ensuring good governance and service that is responsive and effective.

Recently I decided to take a walk on the ribald side and go to a big city comedy club. It was not the experience I expected.My motivation was to catch a comedy act that I stumbled across on the internet. These guys post two-minute bits that hit me in the holy trinity of humor: they are funny…

There is still time to sign up for the first Dietert Center Sneaks and Cleats Tournament on Sunday. It is going to be a really fun day, where you gather a team of four people (two 2 men and two women) to have a friendly competition of tennis in the morning and golf in the afternoon.

“Masterpiece” produced a drama imagining royal life after Queen Elizabeth’s death, filling it with conflict: King Charles refuses the usual signature of a parliamentary bill because it limited freedom of speech, with resultant chaos and rioting in the streets. A conflicted Prince William urg…