40 years later, reminiscing about my gratifying days as a Texas A&M student journalist — and the great team of sports writers we had at ‘The Batt’

It seems unimaginable, but in less than four months, it’ll be 40 years since I graduated from Texas A&M University with a journalism degree. I had spent two years writing sports stories for our student newspaper, The Battalion, including a year as sports editor, and still cherish that time as among my most memorable — … More 40 years later, reminiscing about my gratifying days as a Texas A&M student journalist — and the great team of sports writers we had at ‘The Batt’

Gathering with new work friends to celebrate a colleague’s 60th, joining old work friends for a night at the symphony

After a long week of work for our communications team at UT Southwestern Medical Center, late Friday afternoon gave a group of us a chance to have some fun together to usher in a three-day weekend. And then I got to join a couple of my friends/former colleagues from The Dallas Morning News for even … More Gathering with new work friends to celebrate a colleague’s 60th, joining old work friends for a night at the symphony

No matter the score, we’re proud of the Horned Frogs — who most assuredly deserved to be playing for a title

As Monday night’s sadly lopsided TCU-Georgia national championship game unfolded, I could almost hear them. “See, I told you the Horned Frogs didn’t belong here. They play in a mediocre conference and struggled to win a bunch of their games. They were lucky to get this far.” And they’re absolutely wrong. A lot of those … More No matter the score, we’re proud of the Horned Frogs — who most assuredly deserved to be playing for a title

Doubters gonna doubt, but how can you after watching TCU take down vaunted Michigan to advance to the national title game?

I’m seldom at a loss for words, at least when it comes to writing. Y’all who have been so kind to read my often-long posts can attest to that. After watching the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs, given a chance by absolutely no one but themselves and their faithful to beat No. 2 Michigan, lead … More Doubters gonna doubt, but how can you after watching TCU take down vaunted Michigan to advance to the national title game?

Inspired by a music legend and the mother I never met, putting my vocal spin on an old standard

I’ve never seen Young At Heart, the 1954 movie Frank Sinatra starred in with Doris Day, but I’ve always liked the popular song he sang by the same name. And, of course, I’ve always loved Ol’ Blue Eyes (who doesn’t?!). The song came out the previous year and was a huge hit, climbing to No. … More Inspired by a music legend and the mother I never met, putting my vocal spin on an old standard

Happy 100th to an outstanding man and a fantastic friend I’ve never met, but with whom I share a West Virginia bond

Meet my amazing friend Clyde Jones — C. Clyde, aka Clifton Clyde. Today (Wednesday, December 21) is his ***100th*** birthday. 🎊🎉🎂 You read that right. This young man, who’s a friend to literally everyone, has been on Facebook for years. He has more FB friends — 3,390 — than most. I see photos of Clyde … More Happy 100th to an outstanding man and a fantastic friend I’ve never met, but with whom I share a West Virginia bond

I never met Betty before she died 30 years ago, but what a blessing that she left her beautiful music for us

Betty could sing. I mean really sing. From what I’ve dug up since learning 17 years ago that she was the mother who relinquished me for adoption, singing seems to have come as naturally to Betty as hitting home runs did for Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron.   From her school records in Huntington, West Virginia, … More I never met Betty before she died 30 years ago, but what a blessing that she left her beautiful music for us

Happy birthday to Teresa Ann, the wonderful Big Sister who blessed my life when she arrived in it 17 years ago

Seventeen years ago, I was blessed to gain a big sister — and two big brothers, but that’s nothing like suddenly having a sister, amiright? They, and their families, are all part of this remarkable birth family journey that’s changed my life in wonderful ways I could never have dreamed of. Yes, I’ve learned about … More Happy birthday to Teresa Ann, the wonderful Big Sister who blessed my life when she arrived in it 17 years ago

Thanks to the wonders of Zoom, seeing and catching up with a wonderful friend I’ve known for 48 years

When my freshman year at Conroe High began in August 1974, I’d turned 13 just six months earlier — really young for a kid starting high school, especially one as nerdy, naive and introverted as I was. Thanks to my adoptive parents and Mr. Schaefer, the principal at St. Matthew Lutheran School in Houston — … More Thanks to the wonders of Zoom, seeing and catching up with a wonderful friend I’ve known for 48 years

My friend Randy flew over hurdles with record-setting grace and wrote sports stories with the best of ’em. And then he courageously tried to outrace his toughest foe.

When my longtime friend Randy Lightfoot called me early on the morning of Nov. 1 and left the briefest of messages, he didn’t sound right. “Hi, Frank,” his message began before a long pause. “This is Randy Lightfoot. I was just touchin’ base, seein’ how you were.” That was it. Though we’d stayed in touch … More My friend Randy flew over hurdles with record-setting grace and wrote sports stories with the best of ’em. And then he courageously tried to outrace his toughest foe.