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Austin Makes Me Sick!!!

Among the reasons for not moving to Austin, I bet you think our atrocious traffic problem and lack of mass transit is at the top of the list. Or the lack of affordable housing. Or the high property taxes. But you’d … Continue reading

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Beyond All the Flag Waving…

Mike, my friend and Vietnam vet, recently posted some of his thoughts about his Army service.   I was reminded of my high school years during that war era and the angst over the draft lottery that the boys I … Continue reading

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How about an International Women’s Decade?

I suspect that many of you are oblivious to the significance of March 8th and probably didn’t see any reference to it anywhere last week. Except for the Google doodle referencing International Women’s Day (“IWD”), it didn’t get much media … Continue reading

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Hangin’ High or Muddlin’ Through

[This post is borrowed from my friend Flaco's blog: http://www.toofarfromtown.blogspot.com/%5D According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, is the ninth-most popular Christmas song … Continue reading

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Coming to a Screen Near You: A Taxing Drama

With the upcoming premiere of the 2013 legislative session, we’re beginning to see trailers of this biennial blockbuster featuring a cast of characters who will craft a budget that will either cripple public services and education or save us from … Continue reading

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My Summer Hiatus

I’ve noticed a lot of “news” magazines (e.g., 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning) are re-airing old segments, causing me to wonder whether I’ve become incredibly prescient or just losing my mind,  imagining that I’ve seen something before.  They very cleverly … Continue reading

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Put Muny on the List, Mr. Kelso!!

Whenever a group of my former Austin High School classmates gather, invariably we find ourselves comparing the old Austin (good) to the new Austin (bad). For example, a couple of months ago,  a group of us were sitting around a … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams, Sweet Soldiers

The official day of commemorating our war dead was this past Monday, but something this important is never untimely.  It was in the wake of Memorial Day this year that a friend and I were discussing his father’s death during … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Naming babies has been a hot news topic lately.  Maybe it’s the season, what with Mother’s Day and the rebirth of life that we associate with spring.   And while I’m no longer a potential mom with babies to name, I … Continue reading

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Comrades in Arms and Benefits

If more of us spoke French, I’d introduce my father, Eugene Palmer, as a raconteur, a great storyteller.  He qualified in this category by being around a long time, having many opportunities to meet a lot of characters, and possessing … Continue reading

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