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My husband Robert and I will celebrate our 28th anniversary this year. If you count the two years we dated before our wedding, we’ve been together for a total of 30 years. We decided sometime early on in our relationship that celebrating Valentine’s Day really wasn’t that important to either of us. more
Last weekend, we made a trip to see my older daughter who lives a couple hours away. We made the trip to her apartment to hang out, go eat lunch, help her with her taxes and just visit and spend time hugging her. It was a safe drive there, a good visit, a fruitful tax return and we had a yummy lunch. But when it came time to leave, I had a moment in the car of feeling just as choked up and emotional as the very first day when we drove away and left her there to live on her own in the fall of 2016. I stopped myself from crying and thought it through, wondering why I felt so overwhelmed with emotion since I know I will see her again pretty soon. more
Every community needs a “go-to” guy. At the end of the day, however, there are far more “run-from” folks perfectly willing to let the “go-to’ers” lead the way for the common good. One such man known for leadership is radio executive Rex Tackett. For a dozen years, he’s been a corner post in Central Texans’ fence row of life. Rex is counted on to show up, put up and play up projects and causes utilizing his unique talents. more
Have you ever noticed there are many sayings that have to do with time? He’s got all the time in the world. We’re ahead of time. There’s no time like the present. It’s only a matter of time. It’s about time. I’m pressed for time. I’m running out of time. It’s a race against time. I’m certain there are many more idioms you could think of if just given enough time. more
As I type this article, I have my washing machine running and I am praying that it goes well. You see, just moments ago as I drained the bathtub, the toilet in the master bath began bubbling. In other words, something is clogged up. But I needed to do a load or two of laundry. My husband encouraged me to go ahead and try and “see what happens”. His logic is that maybe the washing machine will run and as it drains, it will push through whatever is clogging the pipe. Maybe it will. more
“Words failed us”--accompanied by a smiley face--provided a touch of grim humor on the front door of a bookstore when its owner declared Chapter XI bankruptcy. Front-page headline writers for the New Orleans Times-Picayune reacted similarly following the Saints’ shocking last- second loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League play-offs. more
Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy a good football game. Though my favorite team didn’t make it into the playoffs, I will probably be watching the Super Bowl come Sunday, Feb. 4. I may be taking a risk by stating that I’ll be cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles. I might even be endangering my own life by revealing that while my preferred team is in the NFC East conference, it isn’t the Dallas Cowboys. I actually pull for the Washington Redskins. more
When I was a little girl, my mom cooked all the time. We rarely ever had anything that was not ‘from scratch’. Pretty much every morsel was homemade. Somewhere around age eight when I discovered canned chicken noodle soup (which I loved), I was in heaven. I don’t know how I missed it the first few years of life, but I did. I more
Officials charged with safekeeping and maintaining order at Times Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve must have been sweating, even if the weather outside was frightful. The mass of humanity--estimated to number in excess of one million people--surely could have been forgiven had they chosen to celebrate indoors. But, when the role was called up yonder in the “Big Apple,” they were “there.” Critics contend, however, that all were NOT accounted for, nor did they wish to be. more
vSnow days. Whether you love them or hate them is usually dependent upon whether or not you have to work in them. Several years ago, when my children were younger and I worked as a substitute teacher, we had snow. Of course, it didn’t start falling until after the school day had begun and I was in a room full of kindergartners. Five-year-olds that aren’t allowed to go outside because the weather is too cold can be a handful. more
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