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As a little girl, I remember our Easters being a big “to do” at my house. In a family of three girls (plus mom) I’m sure my dad dreaded the annual shopping bills from buying Easter outfits. In those days, we all had to have the works. We got new dresses, new tights or frilly socks, new purses to match the dresses, new shiny patent leather shoes and new accessories to more
If all of his certificates, proclamations and other awards were tacked up, Hershel Kimbrell would need a bigger room, hopefully with at least six sides. Still, there’d be other memorabilia stored, and that’s fine with him. more
First there were two, now there are four. The head count at Michael and Angie Fleming’s house doubled back in August. Their oldest son Ben is 13 and in the seventh grade. Their youngest son Luke is 10 and in the fourth grade. Just before the start of the school year in 2016 two more children became part of the mix and they came with hair bows. more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
Guess what, y’all? It’s April. How can that be? We have blasted through January, February and March. We’ve passed up New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring break and April Fools’ Day, all in, seemingly, under a minute. Perhaps it’s been a smidge more than that, but it sure seems like we just blinked and made it from Christmas to Easter. Before we know it, we’ll be staring at the Fourth of July or Halloween. more
My friend John, whose profession requires his being on airliners much of the time, is pretty much a “follow the rules” kind of guy. He adheres to flight attendants’ directives to the letter. If you guess he keeps his seat belt securely fastened at all times--just like the pilots do up front --you are correct. He acknowledges that many fellow flyers are way off course on travel etiquette, however, and just when he thinks he has seen all possible gross conduct, up pops another vignette that begs for inclusion on the list. The other day--flying at 35,000 feet with his tray table in the upright and locked position--he glanced across the aisle. more
“I have to write to make myself feel sane sometimes,” Cynthia Matlock said. “And then you reveal that and let everybody know your laundry! Oh well. My writing is a release for me.” “Hold That Face: How To Stay Calm When Life Gets Tough” is the title of a recently released article in Autism Parenting Magazine written by Cynthia. She is not a medical expert on the subject but she is certainly schooled in the day-to-day life of a loved one with autism. more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
This past weekend our church celebrated our pastor’s thirtieth year of service to the church. On the same day, our family replaced a refrigerator that was nearly twenty years old. The day before, a neighbor friend of ours commented about how my husband and I were meant for each other. After nearly twenty-five years more
The new owner of the thicket’s general store has “hit the ground running” on her promise to introduce changes, one of ‘em featuring “bait and grab.” (When dealing with clientele like my 104-year-old Uncle Mort, grabbing is easier than switching.) more
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