July 28, 2020

I received one of the greatest compliments of my life a couple of weeks ago when my daughter-in-law said, “Your son is the most gentlemanly man I’ve ever met. He is chivalrous.” She could’ve said things like “most handsome,” “smartest,” “best guitar player,” which woul...

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...

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