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‘The first five’

You can lose a game in the first five minutes, but you can’t win a game in the first five minutes. This is what I would call a “coaching cliché.” Basically, this means that your team needs … more

Hurricane Harvey debris removal funding gains approval

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the Texas Legislature on Nov. 9 announced the approval of $90 million in emergency state funding to help Hurricane Harvey disaster-declared counties pay for … more

The new Sealy Tigers

When the Sealy Tigers faced off against the Bellville Brahmas, a rivalry I had just found out existed and one that has been dominated by the Brahmas this decade, I was joined with another reporter … more

Seeking solutions in a world of violence

I suppose it was only a matter of time before it happened again. A lone gunman goes into a public place, shoots a bunch of innocent strangers and kills himself so we don’t get the voyeuristic … more

Ninja fight club, unicorn bows and gymnastics … oh my!

Have you ever heard the expression, “The days are long, but the years are short?” I first remember hearing it when my oldest was about four months old, now he’s just a couple of days shy of … more

Sometimes you need a win

There are days, sometimes weeks, when it seems like nothing goes "right." You catch every red light on your way to work, there’s a bone in your chicken soup, and you get stuck in the rain without … more

Don’t be a stranger

Recently, my 7-year-old was acting perfectly. He got ready for church, acted saintly during mass, said thank you without being prompted after doughnuts, unloaded the dishwasher when we arrived home, … more

Proclamation honors World Series winning Houston Astros

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed Nov. 3 as Houston Astros Day, honoring the American League champions for winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series. The Astros won their fourth … more

Let’s have a talk about manners

So about that Yuli Gurriel gesture in the dugout … If you’ve been living under a rock, let me fill you in. The 33-year-old Gurriel, a Cuban first baseman for the Houston Astros, made a racist … more

Astros offseason outlook

The word “dynasty” shouldn’t be thrown around casually in sports. It’s one of the hardest things a team can establish and if they’re able to, it etches their name in history. The Houston … more

Paxton asks high court to approve court-drawn House maps

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 27 filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that required nine of the state’s 150 House districts to be redrawn. more

Learning how to age with grace

I’m such an old person. I’ve been called an “old soul” since I was a kid, and I take that as a compliment, but now it’s gone to a whole new level. I tell the same stories over and … more

Get your homework done

“You have to do your homework before you can go outside and play.” I say this every single day to my 7-, 5-, and 3-year old (the 3-year-old doesn’t have homework, but wants to be included). … more

Quitting for the right reasons: 30 is the new 40

OK, time to come clean – I’m a big fat quitter. The last official day of my “40 days of yoga" challenge has come and gone, and let’s just say I didn’t graduate. When I signed up, I had … more

Schedule released for city manager search

Sealy city officials are moving forward with plans to bring in a permanent city manager to replace Larry Kuciemba, whose contract was terminated in late May. Warren Escovy, the city’s planning … more

Self-awareness in coaching

“Slug bug … one point!” “BLUE slug bug…that is my point not yours!” “I said it first!” “You didn’t say the right color … those are the rules.” “If I call it out … more

Portal enables donors to help Harvey-stricken schools

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Morath on Oct. 17 announced that school systems needing instructional materials — either because of enrollment of students displaced by Hurricane Harvey or … more

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

This week I saw our first glimpse into the holidays. We ran to Kroger to get a loaf of bread to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch (meal of champions), and right there next to the … more

State creates mental health task force for Harvey-affected schools

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools … more

Have the terrible twos come early?

Not long ago, I brought our youngest, Cooper, to the doctor basically because he was “extremely fussy.” He’d been on the decline for about a week – more cranky than usual, not sleeping, and … more
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