Sarah Barnes, Austin Writer & Speaker
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Time to pack it in. Kids are back in school and the trash bags are full of  leftover tamale shucks and hard plastic inserts to toys we'd thought we'd never get open. It's almost like you want to leave this packaging  out as a trophy...

There are plenty of singer-songwriters who pull from personal experiences in writing songs, but my friend Billy draws from a deeper,  more beautifully complicated well. With songs about beer joints, cheese enchiladas and the Marfa lights, Billy often does not keep to the set list....

It's hard to explain to Meredith's friends and teachers what she is capable of, but I do know she is so much more than the sum of her parts....

Note: The majority of my stories are about Meredith and her impact on the world. This story is about my other daughter Caroline and the bond we share over Camp Mystic. Sometimes I just want to write about the typical side of my life. As my...

When our family walks into a room, she is rarely noticed first. She is the one with the pretty blue eyes, a boatload of poise and academically gifted. She is the taller sister, the deep thinker who came into this life already saddled with a different...

CENTER POINT, TX  — As I wiped the sweat off the back of my neck, I wondered if my sun hat was welded to my head and if my family and I could make the next 20 yards through a dusty parking to get to...