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New beginnings are always exciting: weddings with candles and flowers, beautiful bridesmaids, handsome groomsmen, laughter, toasts and dancing; the birth of a baby wrapped in blankets, showered with gifts; graduations with speeches about dreams and possibilities; a new job; a new home. Start…

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I don’t remember when I learned the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. I guess it was sometime before I learned to read or write, probably when I first entered school.

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If you’ve wondered what I have been doing for the last couple of weeks, the answer is weeding. The first three hours of every day, I’ve spent trying to get rid of those green things that are growing where I don’t want them to grow.

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Five years ago, I wrote about Sandra Bland, a 28-year old black woman who changed lanes in Waller County, Texas, to allow an approaching patrol car to pass. Instead of passing, the patrolman pulled her over for failure to signal a lane change.

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George Floyd's death at the hands – or rather the knee – of Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin has sparked protests nationwide, including some looting and destruction of property in my hometown of Dallas. I do not condone senseless violence, but I understand some of the rage and frustration that fuels it.

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Every May, when trees splash green lawns with shade and wildflowers fill the air with fragrance, we celebrate one of the significant rites of passage for each generation.

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