June 26, 2020

Margie, our daughter-in-law (whom I call my daughter-in-heart) recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin. This is momentous, in and of itself, but you may applaud all the harder when you learn she is the first in her family to...

May 31, 2020

Law Enforcement Oath of Honor

On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the ag...

May 1, 2020

This is a short note I sent home to my middle school students this Friday. I've adopted the routine of posting an assignment for them on Monday and a friendly "thinking about you" note on Fridays. The quarantine is no fun, but we can all take a lesson from Winston and...

April 1, 2020

I'm a rookie 7th-grade science teacher in New Mexico. Last week Governor Lujan-Grisham made the prudent decision that all schools in this state will be closed for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus. New Mexico is a poor state, and I work at a Title...

March 7, 2020

I’ve thought often of late about a young man I met in the first year of my public safety career. I was an ambulance EMT then, not yet a police officer, but the downtown streets of Austin were frenetic and immersed in violence and fear. Gang warfare had broken out in se...

February 10, 2020

I’m six months into this teaching gig, and it’s time for an update. (Click right here if you’re interested in how this nutty experiment started.) For those of you not interested in clicking over to that previous post, suffice it to say I teach 7th-grade science, where...

January 1, 2020

I’ll tell you if you have spinach stuck in your teeth, and I’ve got your back if you forget to zip up, have toilet paper trailing your shoe, or there's something fluttering from a nostril. So, listen up, because I need to whisper something in your ear. Some of you have...

December 12, 2019

True story--I met my wife at a murder trial. I was a detective working on the case, and she was a journalist covering the proceedings. I​

​ testified about finding the box of ammunition and a photo of the killer holding the murder weapon; she reported the story that nig...

October 11, 2019

I’ve started teaching this year—real muck-deep in the trenches kind of teaching—you know, seventh graders. I’d planned to teach criminal justice, but the college gigs out here (New Mexico) are few and far between or require a PhD. So, I decided I’d take a plunge into p...

August 4, 2019

I posted the first chapter of this novel-in-progress about seven months ago. I've worked with my critique group and edited viciously since then (my favorite part of writing), and here is the newest version. As always, let me know if you like it, and feel absolutely fre...

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