2nd Thought

An Open Letter to Mistletoe Heights

Don Young
I live in West Meadowbrook, not Mistletoe Heights, but I am certain that we share many of the same values and concerns for our neighborhoods. No neighborhood is an island. What goes on in one affects the others.


A Como Farewell

JARID MANOS
And so, after all these years, it’s my last Christmas in Como. This 100-year-old neighborhood, built as a servant city on the virgin prairie back when wolves still howled along the streetcar route to wealthy, new Arlingto...



Losing Our (American) Way

E. R. BILLS
The other day I heard on the radio an industrial-edged remake (by a band called Dissturbed) of the 1986 Genesis pop hit, “Land of Confusion.” It brought back a lot of memories – in particular, MTV footage of a...


The Narrow News of Sports

TRACY EVERBACH
The wide world of sports is more diverse and less overwhelmingly male than ever, but you wouldn’t know it from reading the sports sections of most newspapers.



Bluing from the Bench

DAN MCGRAW
If you want to get into a nasty fight in these parts, mention that Dallas and Fort Worth don’t seem that different. Some old-timers will give you a confused look, like a dog with one ear turned up, and from others youR...


Rethinking Paper Feathers

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
My daughter’s kindergarten class is learning about Indians. This means she made a paper-feather headdress and vest in arts and crafts.



TAKSing Our Patience

E.R. BILLS
Used to be there were only two things sure in this life: death and taxes. Now there are three sure things: death, taxes, and TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) tests. I was never a fan of the first two, but neither...


Memory Loss

DAN MCGRAW
When young people start in the journalism business, the importance of five W’s is tattooed on their brains. The who, what, where, and when are the easy part. It is the “why” part of the job that’s tough.



Save the Magic

E. R. BILLS
It’s getting darker earlier now. There’s a chill in the air and the nights have an eerie foreboding to them. It’s just a matter of time. Any day now, the signs will appear.


Don’t Waste the Boom

DAN MCGRAW
Think whatever you will about the Barnett Shale natural gas boom – whether you’re getting eye-popping mailbox money or watching your neighborhood peace being sacrificed at the altar of greed – but Fort Worth h...