Every town and city across America has its unsung heroes who perform exemplary community service. This is the story of one such citizen whose selfless, unwavering dedication and hard work have immeasurably helped thousands of victims of violent crime across the State of Texas.
Austin, Texas now had the potential to become the largest American city to achieve No Kill status. With that in mind, the dedicated board members and volunteers set their sights on finding a physical location that APA could call home.
As I got off the plane in Austin, the first thing I noticed was an airport gift shop displaying T-shirts that read "Keep Austin Weird." Weird? Austin is definitely quirky -- in a good way. At every bridge, park and intersection, Austin made me smile.
The stories usually stopped when James was 22 years old. They missed the great story of what James accomplished after sports ended and business life began. He built one of the most successful structured settlement and settlement planning firms in the United States.
Painted a ghostly white, the tree -- a 35-foot cedar elm that died in the 2011 drought -- stands a few feet above the dark waters of Lady Bird Lake. The tree's thirsty roots, also painted a ghostly white, are just out of reach of the water below.
Five years ago I looked into a shelter cage and said, "Stay here, I'm getting you out," to my dog, Dusty-Danger. I had no intention of getting a dog, but was enamored by his one blue, one brown eye and his charm.
In an era where there is too much noise, authenticity is now king, engagement is the new barometer for successful capitalism and the smart phone is now the television, phone and computer. In an ocean of information, streams of influence are powerful.
I came to you as a young woman yearning for excitement, eager to be seduced by your weird ways. I was attracted to your friendly vibe, the ease of living, the vital spirit I could find everywhere in your