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I blog at "Left-Wing Tex" from beautiful Fort Worth, Texas. For the past 18 years my wife and I have called it home. Here I am a retired English-as-a-Second Language teacher.
I have had poems published in a number of venues, including California Quarterly, Borderlands, The Texas Observer, redriverreview.com, Illya's Honey, Oakbend Review, and two anthologies of Texas poetry. Besides that, my essays have appeared in The Texas Observer, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Peace Times, and Fort Worth Weekly. Finally, stories of mine have been published in Lynx Eye, Hardboiled, and the on-line literary journals: Verdad, Scrivener's Pen, SouthLit.com, and The Write Room. My story, Fire in Galveston was one of four runner-ups for the 2013 Texas Observer Short Story Contest.

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Monday, June 16, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Dubya's Glory Days? For some Americans, nostalgic for what some saw as George W. Bush's strong leadership in foreign affairs and straight talk, a Dubya revival of sorts is underway. But if you are nostalgic for those halcyon days of yore, you need to know, really know, what you're nostalgic for: overweening hubris, war, international crimes, torture, the joys of the great recession? Take your pick.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Lighting Up: Fort Worth, Voter-ID Law, and Willie Before the November 5th election, Fort Worth, my hometown, was ground zero for Texas Voter-ID-law news. But what most people don't know is that not only is the law unfair, its implementation was not ready for prime-time.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Step Down Revolution of Ted Cruz Barring a small miracle, Texas is fated to be represented by an inexperienced ideologue, Ted Cruz, who's never even been elected dog-catcher and is beholden to a lunatic fringe of the Republican party. It's fitting somehow that Texas is a red state. We all should be red from the sheer embarrassment of it all.

Thursday, July 12, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Not all Texans are idiots!: A Tribute to Annette Sanford To outsiders,it must seem that Texas is populated by right-wing, gun-toting know-nothings.Yet the truth is Texas is no intellectual backwater. But we don't trumpet our best and brightest, just our dumber and dumberers. A case in point is this past January when one of our best Texas writers Annette Sanford died. I've been surprised that not much has been written to honor this gem of Texas letters, so I decided to write this.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Middle-aged Foreplay Sometimes poems come from your imagination. This poem comes from my own personal experience, which I think most middle-aged or older people can identify with. Enjoy!

Monday, May 7, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

On Teaching This is Teacher Appreciation Week! Having taught for 24 years in high schools in two states and 5 school districts, I know a thing or two about teaching, which I'm happy to share in this essay, where I'm more concerned about the one that got away, one of the many students that I failed to reach and teach.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Governor Vaginal Probe or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Stupid Laws Our illustrious governor and not ready for primetime former Presidential candidate declared the Be an a**hole to Pregnant Women Bill an emergency despite Texas being in the midst of a several billion dollar shortfall. I think that any governor who would push for women to be raped by a transvaginal ultrasound wand because they wanted to have an abortion should have something done to him.

Sunday, January 1, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Blowback?: Will 2012 Be Our Year of Living Dangerously ? We've been very fortunate that no huge terrorist attack has occurred in the US since 9/11, but the chance exists that in 2012 our luck might run out. Blowback is a possibility because every year that we bully one group or another is another year we need to understand that we might face another possible terrorist attack. The only solution is that we completely reject empire. But when will we come to our senses?

Sunday, November 20, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Dubya is Illegal: Full-frontal Hypocrisy with a Texas Twang "Illegals are illegal!" or so the anti-immigrant rant goes. But what really gets me about that is that it supposes that the rest of us, "legals," are so law-abiding that we're shocked that anything illegal is going on in our midst. But think about my neighbor to the east, ex-President George W. Bush. Honored in this area, he is guilty of the supreme international crime of aggression. Law-abiding? Maybe we're really not.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Rick Perry's Texas: No Miracles Here! As a native Texan I can tell you the truth, that if Rick Perry's Texas is the template for the future of our country, I fear for my country. Rick Perry's Texas is poor and getting poorer. And in the years that he's been governor, Texas has only gotten better for the super rich. The rest of us have gotten the shaft, as usual.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Broken Government Having observed our system for almost 40 years, I've come to the conclusion that our enemies du jour are not our real problems. The real problems in America are caused by deep-seated and systemic problems with our electoral system and our outdated Constitution. And while numerous reforms could correct our problems, I don't think our system is capable of reforming itself.