Polio. Not polo!

By Nancy Black “When she turns 18, I’m paying for her vaccinations,” my youngest child declared about her best friend. Said friend’s mother is one of those parents who choose to not have their children vaccinated. It is a choice every parent has the right to make. My teenager was just afraid for her BFF. […]

Where is Hermey when I need him?

Where is Hermey when I need him?

By Nancy Black I answered my own question before I even finished asking it. This was all in my head, mind you. “Does anyone really like going to the dentist?” The answer was yes. I actually do know someone who loves to go to the dentist. He goes in for cleanings every three months like […]

Just me, and my shadow

By Nancy Black I, for one, hope every Texas groundhog DOES see his or her shadow on February 2. I need some winter, people! This 70-degrees one day, and 27-degrees the next, does not count. I grew up in Dallas, and we used to have four distinct seasons of nature. Winter, spring, summer or fall, […]

Just do it — again!

By Nancy Black I hadn’t done it in a very, very long time. Like, more than 10 years. I know. I know. Nobody HAS to do it. Ever. But it is a great suggestion if you want to avoid stress, so I decided to take action. I finally made a copy of my credit cards. […]

‘Hey’ is for horses

By Nancy Black I’ve spent the last 21 years teaching my children not to holler out at me by saying, “Hey, Mom!” Artificial Intelligence (AI) has destroyed my life’s work in one fell swoop.  “Hay is for horses,” I would tell them. “When you need my attention, you politely say, ‘Mom, will you please …’” […]

‘The new phone books are here!’

By Nancy Black I feel like Steve Martin in the movie, “The Jerk” when he jumped up and down and shouted: “The new phone book’s here. The new phone book’s here!” “The signs are up. The signs are up!” is what I am shouting. White Rock Lake Weekly is now the proud Adopt a Highway […]

An Indoor Species?

An Indoor Species?

By Nancy Black I heard it on a radio ad. And it was for an outdoor sporting goods company. But they called Americans the first “indoor species.” An indoor species? Yes. I looked it up. People spend 95 percent of their time inside, the REI YouTube video says. That adds up to about 70 plus […]

Don’t blink or you’ll wink!

Don’t blink or you’ll wink!

By Nancy Black I never used to do it. At least I don’t think I did. It must be something that happens with age — winking at people. So, I must be getting old because, during the holidays, I caught myself winking at someone. I wasn’t flirting. I wasn’t responding to a shared secret with […]

The Guardians of East Dallas

By Nancy Black They don’t know it yet, but they are our future. The sixth and seventh graders I spoke to on Tuesday have no idea how important they are. But one day, hopefully, they will. The students are part of a journalism class at Robert T. Hill Middle School. Taught by professional journalist and […]

Does Alexa do windows?

Does Alexa do windows?

By Nancy Black It’s really not their fault. They are a product of their upbringing. But it was a harsh reality shocker in my life this past week when I found out my youngest child did not know how to use a vacuum cleaner. Granted, said teenager grew up in my elderly mother’s home, which […]

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