In the military, you either have what it takes, or you don't.
Those who don't often face ridicule, embarrassment and shame when they leave training, but unlike days past, now there's a little bit more compassion for this group of forgotten trainees transitioning back to civilian life.
Life inside the gates at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is a microcosm of the world outside, but training is an ongoing ritual. Trainees march in step with one another, and are required to make their commutes in pairs.
The Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program happens under the radar three times each year at Artpace’s downtown museum. Artpace Deputy Director Mary Heathcott explains how it works.
"What the residency program is is that the artists move into Artpace -- they actually live here on site," Heathcott said. "Each year we invite nine artists, three come at a time, spring, summer and fall. Each artist creates a new artworks, which then goes on exhibit at Artpace for two months."
The last 10 years or the "lost decade" has mired the country in debt that we are only now starting to climb out of. The incidence of poverty has jumped in America, and you might be surprised to see where it has grown most.
Although a few foreign refugees come from cities where they had sophisticated education opportunities, many lived in remote areas where there were no schools, or in refugee camps where they may have received sporadic education.
Most are immersed in an irrelevant environment when they come here -- obstacles like speaking English, taking the bus, even learning to work in an American kitchen can be challenging.
Texas Matters: The holidays are a time of stories. There is the divine story of the birth of Jesus and the almost infinite volume of personal stories from each of our families. There's the story of the magic of Christmas seen a child's eyes, then told many years later after that child became an adult. Texas Matters pauses to listen to those stories and we encourage you to tell your stories to your loved ones.
* This program originally aired on November 27, 2009.
Fronteras: What are the prospects for immigration reform next year? Fronteras looks at how New Mexico is dealing with its drug addictions and future efforts to curb drug abuse. In the Southwest, wildlife relocations have proven successful in bringing back populations of some species, but sometimes those relocations come at a steep price. Also, California's DREAM Act has started providing financial aid for undocumented students.
A cup of joe and a cream puff may be on the menu at any coffee shop in town but you'd better make plans to stop by the Pearl Friday. That's because the Culinary Institute of America's Bakery Cafe is closing.
The decision didn't come easy for Alain Dubernard, the man with the French-sounding name and accent, who is a Mexican native and is the bakery school's chair and only teacher.