Let’s travel back in time to the aughts. Imagine what would be today had the mainstream media simply never carried Don’s birther conspiracy. Don’s political traction is all media-driven. He has no grassroots base and no friends. All he has is an audience. Despite what he says, Don loves the media. He is 100% a […]

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The person who runs the Communication Arts Twitter account likes to promote my writing. I am grateful. CA is the creative industry’s standard bearer, and each Tweet sent from @CommArts is seen by a segment of the magazine’s 81,300 followers. .@davidburn says the pursuit of brand truth is the real work of advertising professionals. https://t.co/PSw2Mi3UAg […]

The world’s leading climate scientists warned last year that humanity only has until 2030 for global heating to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. Thankfully, the half-black-half-white man who was […]

I hear a chorus of cautious and concerned voices in the mainstream media warning Democrats to refrain from pushing their agenda too far to the left. When you’re on the inside looking out, I suppose you’ll do that. Here’s what I believe: Hesitation kills and this is the absolute worst time in American history to […]

Texas Hill Country is the second most visited wine region in the United States today. Only Napa Valley receives more visitors on an annual basis. The expansive multi-county area west of Austin is home to dozens of wineries and the Highway 290 corridor from Johnson City to Fredericksburg is literally packed with possibilities. The question […]

Place shapes people and people shape culture. Texas writer and literary lion, Larry McMurtry, knows all about this premise. In fact, he has spent several decades making this geocultural reality his own truth and his books are both products of and reflections of The West. In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas is a book […]

If you were alive during slavery what would you do? If you were alive during the rise of Nazi Germany, what would you do? You can see where this is going… We, the American people, now know what it’s like to be lost inside of a fast-moving, all-powerful political coup. American democracy at the federal […]

Food is an expression of culture and the perfect medium for sharing one’s culture. Philosophers throughout the ages have waxed poetic about the nature and value of food. I like what Wendell Berry said: Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. Following our move to […]

How are you? I am red white and blue Pioneer blood, Indian blood, the blood of slaves, the blood of immigrants… From the heart of the nation our vital fluids flow Into the dirt of Turtle Island, which wants water Delicate flowers, found fortunes So many petals like promises swept Ghosts of pale riders, disease […]

Last March, we sold our house in West Linn, Oregon and moved to Austin, Texas. Positive change and forward motion have been a big part of 2018. We call it our year of the pivot. When it was time to move (after months of preparation), we embarked on an epic road trip from the Pacific […]

I wrote this poem after visiting a photo exhibit at Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin. Maria from Monterrey It’s not terribly far, as a bird flies, from Monterrey to Laredo Young Maria’s journey was wingless She moved at night, her thirst unsatisfied Coyotes and owls shared their star-lit canyons When she slept she had bad […]

Military spending in the United States eats up more than half of our nation’s “discretionary spending,” or the portion of the budget that the president requests and Congress appropriates every year. Yet, you don’t hear cries for change when it comes to military spending. We can’t deprive the American military its right to might. That […]