In January 2014 the estimated number of homeless veterans in the United States totaled almost 50,000.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.
I recently had the opportunity to see Mickey Gilley when he visited our area. The country music artist delivered a powerhouse performance that recapped the highlights of his iconic career. In doing so, he reminded us that he will be forever associated with a defining cultural touchstone: the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy.”
As he performed landmark songs from the movie’s soundtrack, I found myself reminiscing about the film. The next morning I pulled an old VHS tape of it from my stash and began watching it as I pedaled away on my stationary bike.
That in turn caused my focus to turn to the film’s legendary star.
Q: My two teenage daughters, 13 and 15, are constantly begging me to buy them clothes. It’s become highly annoying. To stop the constant whining, I’ve decided to stop buying them any clothing and give them each an $800 annual clothing allowance. Should I give them the whole amount at once or give it to them on a monthly basis?