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Statement on Conditions in Austin, Texas from June 1, 2020 PSC Meeting

In starting today’s Public Safety Commission meeting, I want to use my platform as the Chair to make a statement.  This is not how I expected to start our June meeting.  June first marks the first day of Pride Month.  It was my hope to celebrate this and honor this, but it is hard to… Continue reading Statement on Conditions in Austin, Texas from June 1, 2020 PSC Meeting

Books

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

Loveboat, Taipei was suggested into my hands by a colleague at work the other day.  She'd been raving about the book for several days and decided to write a staff recommendation of the book.  I read the recommendation after she wrote it, and I had to write the book. The colleague is also a friend, and… Continue reading Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

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Goosebumps: Deep Trouble by R.L. Stine

Yesterday was my day off, but instead of reading I spent my day writing.  I don't know if the mid-grade book I have been playing around with is any good, but I am certainly having fun writing it.  It may be doomed to the drawer forever, but it is good practice. Today, I don't have… Continue reading Goosebumps: Deep Trouble by R.L. Stine

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Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary is an epistolary novel that follows one side of a penpal relationship between Leigh Botts and Mr. Boyd Henshaw.  Leigh is a sixth grader, and he is Mr. Henshaw's number one fan.  Mr. Henshaw is an author.  Leigh enjoys Mr. Henshaw's books and decides to write to him.  At… Continue reading Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

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Murder Your Darlings: And Other Gentle Writing Advice from Aristotle to Zinsser by Roy Peter Clark

In addition to reading every book that I can get my hands on, I also enjoy writing.  I do not know if my works of fiction are any good, but I do enjoy the writing process at least.  I have been reading more books on writing craft lately.  When this book came in at work,… Continue reading Murder Your Darlings: And Other Gentle Writing Advice from Aristotle to Zinsser by Roy Peter Clark