Tinsley column: When we are wounded

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****We bought a rocking horse for our son on his first birthday. It was simple and sturdy, made of unfinished wood. That was 42 years ago. Over the years, it continued to hold its head high, but the tail drooped between its legs. I am sure we intended to paint… … Read More


Tinsley column: Bearing fruit

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****I grew up in central Texas with huge pecan trees that shaded our house in summer. When the leaves fell in fall they left behind bare branches bearing thousands of pecans. It was my job to climb to the top-most branches and shake loose a hail storm of pecans that… … Read More


Tinsley column: Authenticity is among the highest of virtues

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****I stepped up to the counter and handed the cashier my $20 bill. She glanced at me, lifted the bill up to the light, squinted and examined it, then laid it on the counter. She whipped out what looked like a felt tip marker and marked it. After a long… … Read More


Tinsley column: New beginnings: Beyond the coronavirus fog

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****New beginnings are always exciting: weddings with candles and flowers, beautiful bridesmaids, handsome groomsmen, laughter, toasts and dancing; the birth of a baby wrapped in blankets, showered with gifts; graduations with speeches about dreams and possibilities; a new job; a new home. Starting anew stirs our imagination. New beginnings are… … Read More


Tinsley column: Living up to the declaration of freedom, equality for all

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****This Saturday we celebrate the Fourth, a uniquely American holiday. No other nation has a holiday quite like it. No other nation on earth has aspired to a higher and simpler ideal. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by… … Read More


Tinsley column: What are you worried about?

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****The world gives us plenty to worry about. Many worry about COVID-19. Following efforts to reopen, more than half of the states report increased coronavirus cases. Last week my wife and I ventured back to a restaurant wearing our masks and seated in an isolated booth. We attended our first… … Read More


Tinsley column: Liberty and justice for all

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****I don’t remember when I learned the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. I guess it was sometime before I learned to read or write, probably when I first entered school. I grew up reciting the pledge at school assemblies, Cub Scouts, vacation Bible school and on many other… … Read More


Tinsley column: Prayer perspective

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****Perhaps you have heard the story of the church that was incensed because a local bar opened across the street. Knowing nothing else to do, the church members mounted a prayer campaign to rid themselves of this blight on the neighborhood. They prayed that God would intervene to remove the… … Read More


Tinsley column: Our moral drift and the way back

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****Five years ago I wrote about Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who changed lanes in Waller County, Texas to allow an approaching patrol car to pass. Instead of passing, the patrolman pulled her over for failure to signal a lane change. The video of her arrest was haunting. Sandra… … Read More


Tinsley column: The eyes have it

We have entered a new era unfamiliar to us all. We are greeted by family, friends and strangers wearing masks everywhere we go. Some masks are like my own, dull and unremarkable: black, white or gray. Others, like my wife’s, are bright and cheerful. Her mask is decorated with little birds. The designs and decorations… … Read More