A Daily Conversation
About Dallas

The Latest


Law Man Walking: Nature Treks With Bill Holston

| 3 hours ago
Photo of the author by Ben Sandifer
Photo of the author by Ben Sandifer

What music really moves you? For me, it is the blues, and particularly acoustic blues. I’m a sucker for the raw emotion of the lyrics. I get lost in the ragged sound of slide guitar. Saturday I was driving down to meet my friends Scott and Elizabeth at River Oaks Park. Our goal was Lemmon Lake. I was listening to the album God Don’t Ever Change, a collection of artists covering the great bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. I have three versions of “John the Revelator” on my iPhone. Don’t you? As I drove south across the Trinity River, the sun began to lighten the sky. Sinead O’Connor sang “Trouble Will Soon Be Over,” which I took as a hopeful prayer this election season.

Read More


Dez Bryant Settles With State Sen. Royce West

| 4 hours ago

A just-released statement from Trey Crawford, Royce West’s attorney: “Dez Bryant and Royce West have settled the disputes between them amicably and have withdrawn all claims and counterclaims.” I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Booooooooooooooooo!” But, beyond that, here’s my somewhat longer, more thoughtful take on this development:

Read More

Local News

Leading Off (9/26/16)

| 11 hours ago

Rangers Clinch Division. They became the first team in the AL to make the postseason when they beat Oakland on Saturday. Can they play the Blue Jays in the playoffs? I want them to play the Blue Jays.

Sentencing Phase Begins This Morning in Enrique Arochi Trial. On Thursday, he was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of Christina Morris, whose body still hasn’t been found. Arochi could receive probation or up to life in prison.

Cowboys Win. Zeke Elliott got is first 100-yard game and fellow rookie Dak Prescott threw his first touchdown pass in a 31-17 win over the Bears that honestly wasn’t that close. Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards and also ran for a TD in the Cowboys’ first home victory in more than a year. Guys, we are sooo close. Inject it right in my dang veins.

92-Year-Old Woman Gets New Home For Her Birthday. The house is part of a city reconstruction program that Edwine Howard applied for two years ago. She’s going to stay with her daughter while it’s being built; it should be ready in February.“I’m just hoping the good Lord will let me live so I can enjoy the house,” Howard says. “I know at 92 years old, you can’t sit up and take things for granted.”

Bishop T.D. Jakes Celebrates 40 Years In the Ministry. Pastors and televangelists from all over congratulated him in video messages and President Obama and Collin Powell sent along written statements.

FC Dallas Gets Another Step Closer to Supporters’ Shield. They got a tough point on the road at Real Salt Lake with a 0-0 draw, partially thanks to an incredible Walker Zimmerman tackle.

Hey, It’s Kind of Not Summer. I’m not going to get used to it.

Read More


Winners and Losers This Week in Dallas (9/23/16)

| 3 days ago


Larry Casto
After an exhaustive, nationwide search the Dallas City Council discovered the city attorney of their dreams had been right in front of them all along. He was officially hired on Wednesday. +15

Dallas County Employees
The Commissioners Court voted them 8 percent raises all around. +24 million

Betsy Price
The Fort Worth mayor was praised by Bicycling magazine as “America’s most bike crazy mayor.” +66

North Texas Charities
Donors gave big — to the tune of more than $37 million — on this year’s Giving Day. +142,891

Zac Crain

Rick Perry dancing

+3 and 3/4 stars

Read More

Health & Medicine

Let’s Keep the Best Doctors in Dallas

| 3 days ago
I never made it to the sundae bar at the Best Docs party last night. Photo by Matt Shelley
I never made it to the sundae bar at the Best Docs party last night.

I read a Harvard Business Review article on Facebook yesterday (don’t judge) that gave a horrifying stat: if there’s only one woman in your candidate pool, there’s statistically no chance she’ll be hired. In the HBR series of studies, they showed that if you have one woman in a group of four candidates, she has a 0 percent chance of being hired. If two out of four candidates are women, her odds break even. To have a greater than 50/50 chance of being hired, at least three out of four of the candidates have to be women.

Three out of four.

That’s because humans, apparently, like the status quo. We feel comfortable with how things are. If more men are in the room, we believe more men should stay in the room. And vice versa. Change is scary. Consider the thought of a woman president: to choose one, we want to know that she’s not different from the norm. If she’s the only candidate, ever, there must be something wrong with her. She must be unhinged, unbalanced, and possibly brain-damaged, according to some.

Last night I had the privilege of attending D Magazine’s Best Docs party. It appeared to be an impressively diverse group based on race and gender, although for those whom I didn’t personally know or wasn’t able to read their name tags, I don’t know for sure if they were doctors or significant others.

But I did have a chat with one female surgeon, an incredible local talent. After we hugged and complimented each other’s dresses, I mentioned the HBR article.

Read More

Ranking Stuff

Final Day For Greatest Dallasites Voting. Who Will Finish in the Top 100?

| 3 days ago

This is it, folks. The final day for voting in our Greatest Dallasites competition. Whichever significant locals rank in the top 100 (out of the 303 contenders) at the end of today will be recognized in the December 2016 issue of D Magazine. The remainder will be consigned to the dustbin of history (actually, we’ll just run their finishing order online.)

Afraid that sports stars will dominate the list? Afraid that those associated with the Dallas Cowboys will dominate the list? Afraid of seeing too many old white guys dominate the list? Me too. Get voting, and you can make a difference in the final result.

Thanks to everyone for your participation. We’ve had a lot of fun with this contest, and we hope you’ve done the same.


Read More


D Magazine Scores 7 Folio Eddie & Ozzie Award Finalists

| 3 days ago

Folio:, the magazine about magazines, runs an annual national awards contest, and we’ve learned today that, once again, D Magazine and have scored a number of finalists. They are:

  • For a single article in a regional consumer publication, this May 2016 article by Mary Mapes, “When Henry Wade Executed an Innocent Man”
  • For an online column or blog for a consumer publication, Tim Rogers’ popular Real Housewives of Dallas recaps. (For some unknown reason Folio: credits these to D Home.)
  • For a regional consumer website, in its entirety is nominated.
  • For site design of a consumer website, our Neighborhood Guides have been recognized.
  • Our digital-only Best New Bars feature for 2015 is a finalists for online tool on a consumer website, thanks to its functionality that includes fun “night mode” and “airplane mode” options.
  • For overall design of a consumer (print) publication with a circulation under 250K, D Magazine is in the running
  • And for use of an illustration in a consumer publication, the excellent cover of the July 2015 issue  (you can only see it partially here, or entirely above this post.)

Congratulations to our entire editorial and art teams, on the digital side and in the old-fashioned ink-on-paper format, for this work.

Read More