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Learning to lose

By John D. Pierce After more than 20 years of publishing my opinion I’ve learned to not take the praise nor the pushback too seriously — realizing that only weak writing receives one exclusively or neither. Long ago I embraced the guiding principle that one of life’s...

Good answer

By John D. Pierce Nothing provides a good night’s rest like having the whole family under the same roof. That was my rare and treasured experience last night. A few years ago I casually coined the term “dawghter” when referring to our firstborn — now...

Lessons for children and ourselves

By John D. Pierce Each generation is responsible for keeping alive important stories that can inform and shape the next generation. The children’s book, Mr. Tuck and the 13 Heroes: A True Story does just that. It is the account of a 13 African-American students...

A good man remembered: Howard E. Butt Jr.

By John D. Pierce His name was well known and even more so his initials, bequeathed from his entrepreneurial father. The family’s highly successful grocery business put H.E.B. on the map in Texas and beyond. Often loyal customers refer to the closest of their stores...

Ministers and the sin of false witness

By John D. Pierce The late Christian ethicist Foy Valentine used to quip, “I’m not just preaching, I’m telling the truth.” Truth telling, one might think, would be a primary concern and function of preachers. But the truth is that when it comes to professional...

Avoiding alarmist anxieties

By John D. Pierce Our well-established, sprawling neighborhood has a Facebook page that serves a variety of purposes — ranging from helpful to annoying. Residents recommend painters, plumbers and other home repair specialists. And there are shared opportunities for...

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