Disability Employment Awareness

LETTER FROM THE GOVERNOR By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi Gov. Greg Abbott has declared October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Texas. “The often-used slogan for the Lone Star State’s approach to commerce is that ‘Texas is wide open for business,’” Abbott announced. “This openness and dedication to inclusivity has been a major part of the […]

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ a well-acted and trippy adventure

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ a well-acted and trippy adventure

By Chic DiCiccio On September 23, 1994, “Pulp Fiction” was released and changed the way that movies could be made. It became okay to have sprawling stories with multiple characters while mashing genres together. Snappy, pop culture-laden dialogue became the new hotness and it spawned countless copycats.  Director/writer Drew Goddard’s second film, “Bad Times at […]

Pizzeria Testa as authentic as they get

Pizzeria Testa as authentic as they get

By Sara Newberry Pizza started out as what we call focaccia, or flatbread, in ancient Rome. What we consider pizza was first created in Naples, in the south of Italy, when tomatoes started to be incorporated as a topping. (Tomatoes were introduced to Europe in the 16th century, after Spanish explorers brought them back from […]

Cat got your thumb?

Cat got your thumb?

By Nancy Black I no longer exist. I have lost my identity. And it is all because of my cat. The cat I rescued, no less, from certain death as she tried to hop across Skillman Street near Home Depot. It all began innocently enough. My cat, now one year old, and I were batting […]

Always go to the funeral

By Nancy Black Am I the only one who gets mad at funerals? Forgive my honesty, but it really ticks me off when a priest, minister or holy leader starts off a funeral or memorial service by saying, “I didn’t know [name of dead person] personally, but I read in his obituary that he was […]

Our justice system fails women

Our justice system fails women

By Judge John Creuzot We cannot afford to continue to sit idly by and remain silent as the number of female inmates in Texas jails and prisons grows higher and higher. Between 1980 and 2018, the percentage of women held in state penal institutions has grown by approximately 861 percent. This is wrong, and we […]

Andrea’s needs some local sourcing

Andrea’s needs some local sourcing

By Sara Newberry   I only ate at La Parrillada, the previous tenant in the space on Gaston that now houses Andrea’s, once. It was fine, average, nothing really memorable good or bad. Andrea’s has changed up the interior slightly and, obviously, has a completely different menu, but the feel is the same in that […]

Princesses and peas

Princesses and peas

By Nancy Black I nibbled at first; then I finally took the bait. After driving my K-Pop music-crazed teenager to and from Fort Worth twice this past weekend, I was hooked. I had to find out what the “sign” was all about. “Mattress companies lie!” the billboard on I-30 I kept passing reads. The website […]

Statement on the death of Botham Jean

Statement on the death of Botham Jean

By Judge John Creuzot Once again, we are experiencing the pain, sorrow and anger caused by the death of another black male at the hands of a police officer. We ask with dismay, how can it be that an officer meant to serve and protect instead shoots and kills an innocent person like Botham Jean? […]

Who ya gonna call?

By Nancy Black Eight-six-seven-five, three O nine! That’s the only telephone number I know by heart these days. And it doesn’t even belong to anyone I know. It’s from a hit Tommy Tutone song from 1981 about a girl named Jenny.  Kind of humorous, not knowing any telephone numbers these days. And I am sort […]