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“Dogs are a man’s best friend.” I don’t know who that quote is attributed to. I also do not know if the author was referring specifically to the male of the human species or to mankind as a whole. I do know that a dog can also be woman’s best friend. I know because I have such a dog. He is a four-and-a-half-year-old full-blooded beagle, though he lacks the papered pedigree. more
Last week my oldest daughter was in town for her Thanksgiving break from college. We filled almost every minute of her time at home with some good family bonding. There was the first day of extended family get togethers, a Thanksgiving meal at a local restaurant. (Thank you for buying lunch for us, Grandpa!) The next day, we went to the second day of extended family get togethers, a Thanksgiving meal at my grandmother-in-law’s home. We all pigged out and loved seeing family. That evening, our children went to the movies together and saw Coco. They arrived back home late, climbed into bed and went to sleep. more
Let us consider bits and pieces of the year to date, sadly remembering that at its beginning, much of the country’s tapestry was intact. Then, humankind got a hold of it. Much is now in shreds. Struck by implosions and explosions around the globe, it’s a wonder our planet isn’t woe-stricken by a worrisome wobble. Odds are no better than even on whether the ball falling in New York City’s Times Square will be dropped or shot down…. more
The night before Thanksgiving, mom rushed about She was seeing to details, and leaving none out She cleaned the whole house with her diligent care Knowing that family would soon all be there Dad watched the TV and I read a book While mom shook her head and gave us “the look.” At least we both were staying out of her way As she was preparing for “Turkey Day.” more
This week we are all observing Thanksgiving. Lately I have been reminded of several things regarding having an attitude of gratitude. While I try to remember to be thankful all the time, do I make a point to express it enough? I think just about everyone is still moved by a handwritten note. When is the last time you received a letter or a card in the mail, even though they are rapidly becoming a thing of the past these days? I think most of us still love going to the mailbox and finding ‘real’ mail, not just bills or junk. A friend of mine used to carry blank thank you cards in her car all the time so she could write a quick note to someone if an opportunity came up. I remember that she told stories of sticking anonymous thank you notes under the windshield wiper of strangers who let her into a parking spot or handed them off to those whom she witnessed moving a grocery cart from the spot where she was trying to park. I love this idea! Let us not forget to express our gratitude to those around us! If you can do it in written form, even better! more
My Uncle Mort--described by his neighbors in the thicket as being “a couple of coats short of a paint job”--seems to be snagged on the horns of a dilemma. Or, maybe he’s suffering from delayed effects of dueling air horns blasting “back in the day” at Kyle Field. “It wasn’t long ago that we didn’t have to fake excitement for the Texas Aggies’ football team. This was true during decades of competition with several other schools in the old Southwest Conference. And, with Thanksgiving at hand, we diehard fans have only memories of annual grudge matches with the University of Texas,” he laments. more
An election held in any year without a presidential contest apparently has little interest to anyone – including registered voters. People are willing to complain about the legal or political system or the laws and all too often do so quite loudly. Yet when given the opportunity to make a change in laws, few of those same people can be found. How do I know? In Smith County only 4.69 percent of registered voters decided the ballot issues. My own Cherokee County saw only a 4.1 percent turnout at the recent polls and I just don’t understand. more
A week from now, most of us will sit around a table piled high with turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. We’ll gorge ourselves until we feel like we might pop and spend time chatting with family members who we only see a couple times a year. We’ll talk about how little Billy has grown, where Suzy is thinking about going to college and the promotion George got at the bank this year. We will shovel pumpkin pie while little Jimmy tells us about his Minecraft creations and Stacy talks about how far her softball team went in the play-offs this summer. Maybe we will go around the table and have everyone talk about something they’re thankful for. We’ll list our homes, the food on the table, our kids’ good grades or friends. And at the end of the day, we’ll climb back into our cars and head home to sleep off the turkey coma. more
Others may choose to “paint the town red,” but not Houston. There, they lean heavily toward another hue. In the bayou city, orange paint is in high demand. Since their Astros won the World Series, some humans--as well as a few animals--sport dyed orange hair. And, the city’s nighttime glow seems Sunkist. more
No sooner do stores begin taking down back to school supplies, then Halloween items are being set on shelves. Turn around and Christmas trees and decorations are being put on display. Soon to follow is New Year’s stuff. Once you’ve purchased new school clothes, be ready to find that perfect Halloween costume. Of course, before you’ve finished handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, you’ll have to pick up items to make the perfect Christmas pie and find toys to go under the tree for your little ones. Is it any wonder that folks are so stressed during the holiday season or why so many even become depressed? more
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