Two childhood friends at the ballpark watching the Astros in a romp — what could be better?

My childhood friend John Reed and I spent three hours at Globe Life Field in Arlington on Monday night watching the team we grew up in Houston cheering for at the Astrodome. The Astros were in town playing the Rangers, and by the time we were leaving just after 10 p.m., the loooong, slow game … More Two childhood friends at the ballpark watching the Astros in a romp — what could be better?

Thank you, technology, for connecting me with my birth family loved ones across the miles

Kay and I had a wonderful hourlong video call Sunday with these two people who are incredibly special to me — and have been since they fell into my life 16 years ago. Big Brother Crys Workman and Big Sis Terry (and our brother Robin before he passed away in 2009) have helped fill in … More Thank you, technology, for connecting me with my birth family loved ones across the miles

Anyone up for an MRI? Or maybe that’s down for an MRI …

I’m guessing many of you have been inside these gizmos a time or two — especially those who are up in years like I am (a mere 60). I’ve lost count of how many MRIs I’ve had, for back, shoulder, abdominal and chronic headache issues. Probably about eight, give or take. Had my latest eight … More Anyone up for an MRI? Or maybe that’s down for an MRI …

Another sad retirement from the DMN copy desk … but we’re all so happy for you, Nancy!

We’ve had a rash of departures from our multiplatform copy desk at The Dallas Morning News this summer, and they’ve all left huge holes in our staff, our institutional knowledge and our hearts. Three people who dedicated a total of over 80 years to the DMN (how mind-staggering is that?) have moved on — two … More Another sad retirement from the DMN copy desk … but we’re all so happy for you, Nancy!

For Gip, from the Love of his Life, beautiful words shared with others who loved him so much

Last Wednesday, I was able to get the day off and drove to Austin. An event was planned that night at the beautiful Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to celebrate the life of a good friend from my childhood who sadly passed away at home on March 21 after suffering a heart attack. Michael Lydell … More For Gip, from the Love of his Life, beautiful words shared with others who loved him so much

A tearful farewell to another good friend and former newspaper colleague taken from us too soon

Just after 7 p.m. Saturday while I was working from home, my dear friend and Dallas Morning News colleague Allison messaged, “OH NO! Chuck will be devastated,” referring to her husband. I didn’t know what she was talking about, but moments later I learned shockingly sad news. Our friend and former DMN colleague Jon Ehret … More A tearful farewell to another good friend and former newspaper colleague taken from us too soon

Keeping all good thoughts for a dear friend, a brave doctor who’s on the receiving end of medical care now

Kay and I have been keeping a good friend in our hearts and thoughts as she’s bravely dealt with health challenges for about 10 months. All the while, our friend has managed to keep doing what she does as a family practitioner, seeing to the medical needs of her patients at John Peter Smith’s clinics … More Keeping all good thoughts for a dear friend, a brave doctor who’s on the receiving end of medical care now

Happy 100th to Betty, the mother who gave me up but never stopped loving me

Happy 100th birthday, Betty. I hope you and all of your angel friends — of which I’m sure you have too many to count — are having a grand celebration. It seems unthinkable that the woman who gave birth to me was really born a century ago. But, I do need to come to grips … More Happy 100th to Betty, the mother who gave me up but never stopped loving me

Sharing memories by video call while celebrating the birthday of a brother who’s gone but forever in our hearts

Three siblings and my wife Kay gathered by video call Sunday evening to celebrate a birthday, remembering and sharing memories of a brother who left this world in his 61st year on January 9, 2009. For over 90 minutes while catching up on one another’s lives and families, we spent around 30 reminiscing about Robin, … More Sharing memories by video call while celebrating the birthday of a brother who’s gone but forever in our hearts