The Colors of Kindness

I love watching the CBS evening news. Especially the last story of the broadcast, because it features somebody doing something good in the world. Like those guys who changed my tire last week when I had a blowout on Interstate 30, just outside of downtown Dallas. Fortunately, not long after I ran over whatever it…

The Things People Do On Planes

I never cease to be amazed at the things people do on airplanes. But what I witnessed yesterday topped them all. Usually I sit next to a talker. (Ironic, I know, but I really do like to just sit quietly and read.  When I’m on a plane, that is.) Often I wind up next to…

A Different Life

At lunch on Sunday a friend was telling me about her brother taking in two children whose parents had basically abandoned them.  They already had three biological children when they adopted these two little boys.  Giving them a very different life than they would’ve known otherwise.  When I was five years old I went with…

Standing Ovations

I love Helen Keller’s story.  I love that final scene from the old black and white movie version of The Miracle Worker with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.  Where Anne Sullivan takes Helen out to refill the water pitcher after throwing a fit at the table and it finally clicks with Helen that the finger…

Gratitude & Gabrielle Giffords

Dear Congresswoman Giffords: One year ago today I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, and as a doctor told me, “there ain’t nothin’ mild about it.”  Not quite five months later, on January 8, I watched the news coverage reporting that you had been shot.  My heart immediately went out to you, for I was…

Friends named Beulah in Green Ford Pickups

My grandmother had this friend named Beulah who smoked like a dragon.  She had the yellow fingernails to prove it.  And the leathered skin.  Beulah had the voice of somebody who’d been smoking Camels for decades, the scratchiest, most guttural voice I’ve ever heard.    A combination of Carol Channing and that woman who played…

A Trip to the Dentist: The First In An Unfortunate Series….

Last week I had to go to the dentist.   I’ve heard that you should only floss the teeth you want to keep.  Turns out that’s right.  I went to a pediatric dentist until I was 23 years old.  My feet hung off the end of the chair, but I couldn’t imagine going to anyone else. …

Dirty Rice Gumbo

For a brief stint in my life I was a civil trial lawyer in Beaumont, Texas, and there were two things I liked about it.  Being in the courtroom and Miss Euna’s gumbo.  Every day at noon all 14 of the lawyers in the firm were expected to eat lunch together around this huge solid…

Starbucks University

This morning I rewarded myself for getting up and going to the gym with a trip to Starbucks.  The drive-through was packed, so I waited patiently a little ways back from the queue so as not to block traffic.  While I was waiting patiently this big black GMC SUV pulled up slightly behind me and…