Your name in lights


Everybody has, at least at some point in their life, wanted to be famous. To see your name on the marqLIGHTS8378uis, presented in enormous letters and brilliant color, lit up for the world to see. I’m no exception as I’ve always wanted exactly that since childhood, and knew that, one way or another, I would make it happen. But, growing up sheltered in a military household influenced by a strong German heritage, professions involving music or acting quickly faded into mere fantasy. This was not my parent’s fault,

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That pesky hidden property tax


Please note that you should be receiving, or should have already received, your 2017 Notice of Appraised Value from Bell County. This is their written notification to you, the property owner, disclosing the appraised value they will use for this year’s property tax assessment. Normally I wouldn’t alert anyone to this very regular mailing but this year offered an unprecedented change in values, at least in my world. Of the single-family homes that my wife and I own in Bell County, every last one saw an increase in appraised value, many on an unsettling level. I’ve always been under the impression that they weren’t allowed to raise taxes more than 10% in any one year but they certainly did on several of our properties . So not only have the values been raised across the board, but significantly.

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Girl Day at UT Austin


My Saturday was a day well spent. Having graduated from the University of Texas at Austin way back in 1988, I was keenly interested in yesterday’s event, not for myself but for my daughter Ava Jane. I had no idea that, every year, the Women In Engineering Program hosts “Girl Day” at UT Austin, wherein girls from around the state, from kindergarten through high school, are welcome to join in a free, fun-filled day at the campus that’s entirely dedicated to exploring engineering, science, and the cool FullSizeRender (18)ways that a future engineer can help change the world with a brilliant new idea.

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