angel in corduroy

Angel In Corduroy Part 1

The sun had long set over the desert city of Phoenix, as the driver dropped me off at the airport. The last three days...
MOM

A Trip to Mother’s House

(Writer's Note: My mom died several years ago. To commemorate her December birthday, here is a column written while she was still living in...
Pigeon

Billy – The Boy Who Loved Pigeons

My teaching career was broad and expansive. The first decade was spent teaching in small districts the size of Benjamin (97 students) and as...
high school athletics

For The Love Of The Game

COMMENTARY—I am filled with Tiger- pride whenever I watch fellow Lincoln High School alum Chris Bosh take to a NBA court. It's especially gratifying...
local starbucks

My Local Starbucks: Longtime Drinker, First Time Caller

COMMENTARY—It's rare that I do this but I wanted to take a minute and express in writing my gratitude for the tremendous service that...
Father's Day

Grateful For The Things That Matter

My Dad Is Special To Me CEDAR HILL—What separates my dad, Clarence Black, from others is his sensitivity and compassion. My dad always shows me...

Bitten On The Thigh

Searcy, Arkansas is a small, quiet hamlet with fewer than 14,000 folks. The town sits northeast of Little Rock, just off Hwy. 67. The...

Our Inaction Is Killing Us!

By Congresswoman Eddie B. Johnson - Special to Focus Daily News COMMENTARY—Our inaction is killing us! Our inaction has allowed mass shootings to become unacceptably...
sisters of loretto

The Inexplicable Stairs – Chapel Of Our Lady Of Light

COMMENTARY—Albuquerque sits like an arid jewel on the fringe of the Sandia Mountains at the base of the Turquoise Trail. The city is one...
grandfather

Sports And Life Lessons From My Grandfather

Father’s day is a holiday that is often underappreciated by the mainstream media. Television commercials, advertisements, flower companies and Hallmark cards are dedicated to...