Excuses, excuses

By Nancy Black “Due to a combination of high generation outages typical in April and higher-than-forecasted demand from a stalled cold front over Texas, ERCOT may enter into emergency conditions this afternoon [Tuesday, April 13, 2021],” said ERCOT Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations, Woody Rickerson. Really, ERCOT? Really? You’re blaming “high generation outages […]


By Nancy Black Yippee! I’m fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and I don’t have to undergo brain surgery. Now what? No, I’m not going to Disneyland. I’m going to donate blood. I wasn’t sure if I could give, first because of my brain tumor treatment, which is now on hold. And second, because I was afraid […]

Three little words

By Nancy Black Benign brain tumor.  Say what? “You have a benign brain tumor,” my Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor repeated to me. “It’s called an acoustic neuroma,” she added. Flash back to 2017 when I first noticed hearing loss in my right ear. My primary care doctor suggested a hearing test, which I […]

S.O.S. — DDS is MIA

By Nancy Black I didn’t worry about them for the first few weeks of the pandemic shutdown. We were all kind of busy with other priorities. But then my teenager (them/they) pointed out it was time for new “trays.” Trays are the dental term for the plastic teeth guards custom-created to straighten teeth. My 16-year-old […]

Mask on. Mask off.

By Nancy Black One year later. To the day. It was last year at this time we suspended publication of White Rock Lake Weekly because of the national Stay at Home orders. Remember the phrase, “Fifteen Days to Stop the Spread”?  We hunkered down with the rest of the world as the coronavirus swirled up […]

Grid guilt

By Nancy Black Frozen ink. That is why we didn’t print an edition of White Rock Lake Weekly last week. The ink at our printer was frozen, literally. ERCOT didn’t just stop the presses; they froze them. While our printer and so many other hundreds of thousands of people went without electricity last week, I […]

No disguising hunger

By Nancy Black I was blown away when I saw the commercial. Why in the world would an advertising company need to create a child suffering from hunger using Artificial Intelligence? Aren’t there enough food deprived children in America whose image you could have used? Doesn’t it cost a lot of money to create anything […]

Shock and amazement

By Nancy Black My doctor died. He died of COVID-19. And I’m in shock. Doctors and health care workers are not supposed to die while helping others to live. I am also amazed by the people in this city, state and nation who still think the coronavirus is a “hoax.” It’s been almost a year […]

Our common ground needs our help

By Nancy Black One hundred ten. That’s how many volunteers from one local group showed up to help clean White Rock Lake this past weekend. That’s a lot of people — all masked and gloved up — united for a common cause. I wish that could be our community’s collective theme moving forward in 2021 […]

Will you be ready?

By Nancy Black Fifteen. That’s how many people I know who died last year. Remarkably, only one was from COVID-19, the coronavirus, which disrupted all of our lives in the year 2020 and has killed more than 300,000 of our fellow Americans so far.  A few of my friends were old, and some might say […]

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