Trump declines presidential bid

The Republican field lost some of its flair when real estate mogul and reality television star Donald J. Trump announced Monday that he would not enter the 2012 presidential race. Continue reading


DREAM Act back in Senate

Reporter recalls personal lessons taught by national legislation

The reintroduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act on May 11 marks the latest efforts of immigration reform supporters to provide legal status and a path to citizenship for thousands of undocumented students who were brought to the United States as children. Continue reading

Sheikra delivers thrills

I’m not the biggest roller coaster enthusiast in the world.   In fact, I’ve convinced myself that I’m too old to go whipping through the air and careening toward the earth at high speeds.   Nonetheless, I am willing to try a few things – at least once. Continue reading

Piano art exhibit brings music to Austin

The interactive art exhibit Play Me, I’m Yours struck a major chord with the Austinites who came out to play and decorate 14 pianos that were strategically placed throughout downtown Austin. Participants ranged from accomplished musicians to curious passers-by. Continue reading

Ethics collide with modesty

Official White House photographer Pete Souza captured the expressions of senior White House and military officials as they watched the May 1, U.S. led operation  that killed Osama bin Laden. Continue reading

‘Old’ writer learns new rules

I’m not actually old, but I have been writing for more than 25 years. During this time I’ve summarized court decisions in legal briefs, showcased products with marketing campaigns,  analyzed theories in essays, and expressed emotion through poetry. Still, new lessons arise.  Continue reading

TIPA 2011 yields awards, camaraderie, fun

Along with sixteen of my Accent colleagues – editors, writers, photo journalists and graphic designers – I competed at the 2011 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) conference that was held in Fort Worth from March 31 to April 1. Continue reading