The Texas Drought Continues

The Texas Drought Continues

The National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, released new findings this last week showing the drought levels in Texas continue to increase. They say that 11% of the state is in “exceptional” drought, which is the highest and most severe level. Technically, we’re in the same drought that we’ve been in since 2011. If the weather continues as many predict, this will be the second worst drought on record for the state. The lower than...

Crazy Ants Have Become A Crazy Problem In Texas

Crazy Ants Have Become A Crazy Problem In Texas

Once known as Rasberry Crazy Ants (named after Pearland, Texas resident Tom Rasberry, who first discovered them in the Houston area), this invasive species was already established in Brazil and is technically known as Nylanderia fulva, or the Tawny Crazy Ant. If you’ve ever seen one, you’ll understand its “crazy” moniker due to its erratic, irregular movement. The rest of their behavior as a species is pretty crazy, too. In recent weeks, these ants have...

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If Psychiatry Were Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It

I’ve heard a million rumors about Adam Lanza’s history and I’ve chosen to believe none of it. Nobody seems to have the truth but one thing everyone has agreed on is that the man, as a younger man, had a lot of prescriptions for mental illness doled out to him. As someone who has been medicated for over 20 years, I just have to weigh in on all of this. While I have never shot...

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Things That Go Bump In The Night

One of my professional-but-comes-with-no-paycheck jobs is being the lead researcher for Lone Star Spirits Paranormal Investigations. My function is to do all the background work on the residence or business, people involved, history of the area, and everything connected to the allegedly haunted location. In a former life, I was a skiptracer for a repo company and for collection agencies. I found people who didn’t want to be found. I had to use every...

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Maybe Women Are Just Bitches After All

Why do women always get mad when a man asks them, “Do you have PMS or something, because you’re obviously in a bad mood?” It’s been a commonly-held belief for all eternity that the hormonal changes during the premenstrual days causes women to be moody, whiny, and overly-emotional. Knowing that, it seems to be a reasonable question for man to ask. Of course, no man’s ever asked me that, because I pretty much act like...

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What Is Our Obsession With Zombies?

For the longest time, I rejected everything zombie, simply because it seemed like the newest fad. Vampires became passé when everyone finally realized how annoying Kristin Stewart is, so the public had to find something new. Zombies became the next logical step. So I avoided all things zombie simply because. It’s sort of like buying a Camry. It’s the best-selling passenger car and has been for years. Apparently there’s some appeal, but having the...

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The Science Behind A Co-Worker’s Tragedy

I’m a bitch. It’s no secret. So when I saw the news segment about an autistic child who wandered onto the access road of the busiest freeway in the city and was killed by a car, I immediately jumped to judgment and thought all kinds of horrible things about the irresponsible, incompetent parents. I was reminded of a morning where I was in a hurry on my way to work and, as I passed an...

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When The Teacher’s Away… What Happens During The Day?

How many questions do you ask your child about their school day that consists of more than “do you have any homework,” or “how was your day?” Sometimes there are other questions that don’t seem obvious that you might want to get answers to. I try not to go to the dark place of my profession but I see this more as a way to educate parents about an often-overlooked issue: substitute teachers. Do you...

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I Should Apologize For This Post, But I Won’t

I'm going to be sad instead. The Association for Psychological Science is going to be releasing a full study soon that discloses information that will probably not be too surprising when it’s available. The press release, titled “Feeling Guilty Versus Feeling Angry – Who Can Tell the Difference,” discusses the identification of a person’s feelings and emotional intelligence. The study concludes that people who suffer from depression have a harder time classifying their negative emotions than...

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My Texas Brigades Experience (Part IV)

After the connections I’d made with the coordinators and long-time board members of the South Texas Bobwhite Brigade camp, I was flattered, thrilled, and beyond honored when they asked me to come back with an instructor title. At this point of my involvement, I couldn’t imagine a summer without a week at Brigades and I felt like I had finally become a part of something I could fully support with all my heart. If...