The Very Thin Line Between Chaos and Calm

Growing up, I used to pour over the Laura Ingalls Wilder books—fascinated by her seemingly endless adventures. The books got pretty dog-eared; Exhibit A: In one of the books, she wrote of a time she and her family—as they were still in the middle of building their log home on the prairie—found themselves surrounded by…

Let’s Talk About Daniel Shaver

I did something the other day that I routinely criticize others for doing. I reacted to a video emotionally, with zero context, zero insight, zero research. I watched the officer involved shooting of Daniel Shaver, and cringed. I listened to the bizarre commands and watched as a crying drunk man was shot in a hotel…

End of Watch: Dying on the Thin Blue Line

My daughter’s favorite movie is Disney’s “The Jungle Book” –and she absolutely adores Baloo the bear. In the next to last scene, everyone thinks Baloo’s been killed by Sher Khan the tiger in an effort to save the man cub Mowgli. As Mowgli realizes what’s just happened, Bagheera the panther comforts him:  “Now, now,” says…

Black on Blue: The Numbers (7/6/2017)

I’ve been posting a graphic like this since this past year. (Here’s a refresher in case you missed the last four graphs.) Why? Because the numbers simply do not support the narrative that cops are targeting and needlessly killing African Americans en masse. And you’re not hearing this anywhere. But don’t let me sway you –…

Tough Truths: The Case of Philando Castile

The video is heartbreaking. Moments after she live-streamed the death of her boyfriend at the hands of a police officer, a woman cries as she sits in the back of a squad; her young daughter comforting her, saying “it’s ok, Mommy, I’m right here with you!” The little girl herself begins to cry moments later.…

Helping Those Who Help Us All: The S.H.E.R.I.F.F Fund

When the winds finally died down, a pile of twisted wood and nails lay where his house once was. Again. This Collin County Sheriff’s deputy experienced something most never go through once, let alone twice: a tornado took the home he was building for he and his sons in the Dallas tornado outbreak in December…