Sometimes life stinks

By Nancy Black Colorectal cancer. Mass murder at community newspaper. Plano’s very unpatriotic poop in our lake. Those were my notes to myself about possible subjects for this week’s editorial. Colorectal cancer because a childhood friend of mine just died, at the age of 53, from the disease. She wasn’t just any elementary school friend, […]

A glitter-free zone

By Nancy Black “Where is all this glitter coming from?!?!” I cried out those words to my household members this week as I walked our hallways spying little bits of sparkles randomly appearing at my feet. My dog and cats didn’t answer, but my teenager swears they had nothing to do with it. Must have […]

You can’t CON me, Dallas!

By Nancy Black I have the distinct pleasure of being the parent of a media-crazed 14-year-old. Part of that joy is traveling with a teenager to Pop Con conventions. One, called PAX West, is in Seattle each year. PAX South is in San Antonio. And IndyPopCon? Well, it’s in Indy. While my child is wandering […]

Be a Water Watcher for life

By Nancy Black Yes, I finally did it; I broke down and spent the big bucks for a pool. It darn near broke my piggy bank, too. But, I’m telling you all, that was the best $8.99 I have ever spent. Some might refer to our new backyard pleasure circle as a “kiddie pool.” It’s […]

One ringy dingy. Two ringy …

By Nancy Black Ernestine is one of the most iconic characters from television in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Played by the brilliant Lily Tomlin, she was featured on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” one of the funniest, edgiest shows of its time. “Ernestine was a nosy, condescending telephone operator who generally treated customers with […]

Happiness is a warm gun?

By Nancy Black The best part of online high school? Students come home alive. I was going to write this week about how wonderful online high school has been for my teenager and me. All the classes are on the computer. My student talks with teachers and other students, does daily assignments and has huge […]

Medicycling (or Go ask Alice)

By Nancy Black “Do not use [name of pharmaceutical product*] if you are allergic to [name of pharmaceutical product],” the soothing female voice-over actress from a commercial said. “How am I supposed to know if I’m allergic to something if I’ve never tried it?” I responded out loud as I watched late night TV while […]

What happened to freeways?

By Nancy Black Woo hoo! Look at me go. I’m flying down LBJ Freeway like it was made just for me! The road signs in my mind read “Nancy’s Freeway,” just like Bob, the guy from that popular car commercial. He’s seen on TV speeding down the road in his brand-new vehicle, spying a horrible […]

A CERTified victim

By Nancy Black I had a compound fracture of my left tibia with excessive bleeding and severe bruising. I also had a bloody nose, but was not in shock, though I was dazed and confused. My teenager had a dislocated shoulder and a huge gash on the leg. We were victims of a horrible earthquake. […]

‘Float like a butterfly … ’

By Nancy Black I got stung by a bee! Yikes. It hurt. I was moving a huge plant I bought at an estate sale from the back of my van into my garden. As I placed the large container down, I felt a quick sting on the knuckle of my ring finger. Then I saw […]