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Early in the 66-year marriage of Dr. and Mrs. Seale T. Cutbirth, she was named “Mrs. Texas.” At his memorial service recently in Brownwood, the 88-year-old physician was remembered for contributions to his community, church and family. more
Clear as mud. That’s the phrase my dad used whenever I tried to explain something, but just confused the issue even more. Somehow, piling one explanation on top of another never really helped any situation. Though I was trying to make myself clear, rather than clarifying the situation, I simply muddled it. Or is that muddied it? I’m not certain when it happened, but at some point I realized I could write much better than I could speak. On paper, I can see my words and I have time to read and re-read what I’ve written before presenting it to another. When I speak, I often forget to take the time to actually think before simply blurting out whatever I may be thinking at the time. Maybe this is what my dad referred to as “running off at the mouth.” more
Halloween is almost here. What will your family do Tuesday night? Over the years I have learned that families handle this day very differently. Some families go all out, adorning the yard with a host of spooky decorations. I’ve seen complete graveyards, spider webs, zombie statues, witches and the like. Other families choose not to acknowledge the day at all, feeling more comfortable not delving into anything related to the day. My family has always fallen somewhere in between. more
The current standing/kneeling/sitting controversy--played out by a sliver of our population but on the minds of most Americans--seems to have no end. Most of us yearn for bygone days, when allegiance could be paid and reverence shown, if only for the sake of civility and respect, whether or not we were in total lockstep agreement. more
Books are a gateway into another world and the reader can choose which door to walk through and what world to enter. Whether you prefer science fiction or a steamy romance, there are plenty of stories to read and nowadays, many ways to read them. I prefer the old fashioned way of reading - holding an actual book, smelling the ink and paper and turning the pages as you progress through the story. Don’t get me wrong. Electronic readers do have their uses. Considering the slim designs of the various readers, one can carry multiple books on trips without having to carry multiple books. more
A few weeks ago my husband and I attended a wedding for a young couple we met a decade ago when they were young teens. In their wedding invitation, which we received about a month prior to the wedding, there was a note requesting that everyone attending RSVP to a phone number included by a certain date. I set the note aside with every intention of calling the number to let them know we would be coming, but I got busy. Before I knew it, the date had come and gone and I had never replied. Fortunately, we know the family and I was able to send a message through the bride to apologize for our tardiness and to let them know we were coming. I felt terrible for being late in my response. more
For several days, I’ve started off humming a certain tune extracted from memories of Vacation Bible School days. (At times, I have broken into song, but retreated quickly to humming--or sometimes whistling--upon my wife’s mention that a continuance of the off-key noises, however joyful, threatens to ruin her day.) Mine is a modified version of “This Little Light of Mine.” A more accurate title would be “That Little Light of His.” more
When will it be fall? According to the calendar, autumn actually began on Sept. 22. Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t seem to take note of the calendar. Only in Texas can a cool front bring 80 degree temperatures and folks will cheer the cool relief. more
I grew up way out in the boonies on County Road 2124. I have such vivid memories of living there. [Note: You probably have to be a native East Texan to understand the definition of boonies. If you’re not from here, google it.] I rode my bike down our very long driveway during the summers (and farther if I could get away with it before my parents caught me). I don’t think that they were concerned about bad guys snatching me; they were worried about the wild animals in the woods coming out and getting me. It wasn’t uncommon for us to see coyotes, raccoons, opossums, feral cats and all manner of other wild creatures. more
The admonition--one made by generations--urges others to “get out more often.” I’ve made such suggestions many times in a spirit of good humor. The older one gets, however, the more important it is to seriously consider such suggestions. They likely “fit.” As long as folks can “get out,” predictable results include both invigoration and restoration! ***** more
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