— This is part two of a series. Find the original post here. REGARDING THE MYTHICAL MEREDITH LEE, Dixie and Sue are often asked why they chose to have a pen name that combines their middle names. Why not list two names on the cover of one novel? Dixie explains, “At some point we decided to create this persona. I’ve done some writing, Sue’s done some writing, and so this way we can preserve our individual work separately from our joint …

— FOR THIRTY-FIVE YEARS, they’ve been together. Sitting with each other in hospitals. Laughing until their sides hurt. Through funerals and festivities, Dixie Everett and Sue Cleveland have remained self-declared “super friends.” And now, they’ve written a book. Using the joint pen name Meredith Lee, a combination of Sue’s and Dixie’s middle names, the team published their first mystery novel in 2017. The story of a troubled graduate student who travels abroad, Shrouded details intrigue behind a series of murders connected …

— Beginning today and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation around the country–including at more than 200 sites across Texas–through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Last year in Texas alone, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide …

— Texas historian weighs in on Black History Month It’s midday at Huston-Tillotson University, and rows of offices are quiet, a lunchtime lull. Dr. Theodore Francis’ office, however, is buzzing with activity. As I sit talking to the professor, a series of students eagerly appear in his doorway. One student drops in to ask Dr. Francis what he missed the other day in class. There’s a moment between them, a sense of rapport. “I’ll see you in class,” Francis reminds the …

— In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, we recently presented State Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock) with a Texas Legislative Achievement Award. Rep. Frullo authored and fought for successful passage of legislation – SB 507 – that increases Texans’ access to mediation after being hit with a surprise medical bill. Specifically, SB 507 makes mediation available regardless of physician or facility type. It also gives current and retired teachers this right. The legislation was signed into …

— AARP Texas is helping residents of the Linwood neighborhood in Fort Worth revitalize their urban community. The Better Block project engages community members in a two- to three-month planning process, which culminates in a weeklong collaborative effort to improve a city block physically or economically. In Linwood, the project is bringing to fruition residents’ ideas for solar lighting, traffic calming and pedestrian crosswalks. The project demonstrates AARP’s commitment to livable, age-friendly communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Built in the …

— In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) was presented today a Texas Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. Rep. Price authored and fought for legislation – House Bill 2425 – known as the CARE Act to help Texans when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act ensures that family caregivers receive consultation in medical tasks, such as how …

— In recognition of her work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) was presented today a Texas Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. Senator Zaffirini sponsored and fought for legislation to strengthen guardianship oversight in Texas. Senate Bill 39 and other legislation authored by Senator Zaffirini will help courts protect some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. “Guardians are essentially financial caregivers,” said AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson. “As with other caregivers, they play a …

— By Thomas Korosec After Hurricane Ike struck Houston in September 2008, volunteers with the nonprofit Avenue CDC helped fix Angela Guerrero’s grandmother’s house. Now Guerrero is in a position to repay the favor by helping restore houses damaged by Hurricane Harvey in August. Guerrero, 31, is part of a small army of volunteers in nonprofit organizations who are helping to restore their communities in Harvey’s wake. Many are being helped by funds from AARP Foundation, which has invested $3.2 million …

— Former Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Commissioner Jon Weizenbaum joins the AARP Texas Executive Council as its newest member. Since 1998, Weizenbaum has worked with AARP Texas on a number of policies and advocacy issues. Now, he will lend his leadership experience and background of supporting older Texans to a two-year term on the council. “AARP has one of the strongest voices in Texas for the rights of consumers and seniors,” Weizenbaum said. Executive Council members serve as …