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Fair winds and following seas, Ranger

July 19, 2015

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Tug boats and other small craft escort the USS Ranger.

Last weekend, I took a trip into the past.

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The Streets of San Antone

May 6, 2013



I made a quick trip to San Antonio over the weekend for a professional conference. After the sessions were over, I had a couple of hours to spare before an after-conference dinner. I’ve been to the city many times and have been long familiar with the tourist-centered part of the famed San Antonio River Walk that winds through downtown. This time, however, I went in the opposite direction.

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A walk in the Lower Ninth Ward

October 7, 2012



Last week, I took a long-awaited vacation to New Orleans, a city that has long figured in my imagination. In addition to covering a court hearing and doing some of the usual tourist stuff, I had another objective: I wanted to see firsthand what has happened in the Lower Ninth Ward since the community was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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A cab ride in the Crescent City

February 11, 2011


I hadn’t been in New Orleans since 2002, three years before Hurricane Katrina swept through and wrought havoc. Though I have several relatives in South Louisiana, most of my experiences here were when I was a young kid. My knowledge of the storm and its aftermath was from afar, from news accounts and my own reporting on refugees who arrived in the Houston area.

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