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Music can calm or stir the soul, depending on the type. I personally like many styles of music and can listen to a variety of rhythms and sounds from classical to southern gospel to contemporary Christian – which itself varies widely. What I listen to at any given moment often depends upon my mood at the time. more
Tonight, my husband and I had dinner with some people from our past. While we’re still friends today, the season of our lives when we were really around them a lot and spent tons of time together was ages ago. We met when we were in the same Sunday school class for young married couples in the late 1990s. Our kids were babies together and today those babies are all finishing high school or going to college. While it seems like a lifetime ago, the depth of those friendships in the early years of marriage and parenting were so strong that, all these years later we can pick up where we left off like no time has passed. more
In his 40-year career as a National Weather Service meteorologist, he spent most of his time predicting the near future. As a retiree, he’s studying “the far back,” immersed now in learning of a much-ballyhooed highway a century ago. Genesis of the latter of Fort Worth’s Dan Smith began with a bike ride on abandoned pavement between Aledo and Weatherford, and discovery of an old “Bankhead Highway” street sign. more
Easter is celebrated in many different ways. Communities will often hold egg-hunts. Many malls will have the Easter Bunny visit for pictures with children. Churches will hold special services. The church to which I belong is among those which hold a special sunrise service on Easter Sunday. It is usually held at the home of one of our members whose house sits on a hill with the backyard facing east. We gather on the back porch that spreads across nearly the entire length of the home where we can see the sun rise as our pastor delivers a message. more
As a kid, going to college was never really a topic of conversation at my house. It wasn’t frowned upon, of course, but it was also not really expected. If my sisters and I chose to continue our educations after high school, we were supported. However if we chose to get married, get a job or do something else, that was okay too. I grew up in the era that fell in between when most girls immediately married and became housewives and when girls all regularly went straight to college no matter what. I was the baby of the family, so I had more
Angry “harrumphs” in our crazed, crossways world drown out “hurrahs,” hands down. Flag-waving optimists now droop where they formerly dared. If Johnny came marching home today, a substantial element might try to send him back. (In New York City, someone posted a sign directed at newcomers: “If you can make it there, go back.”) more
Darkness and division. That’s what most of the evening television news seems to portray and I often get the idea that the world has gone wrong, or simply gone mad. However, I have found hope. I didn’t find it on the world stage, in celebrities or in our government. I have found it much closer to home. I take encouragement, not in the stories I write, but in the people behind them. more
In the past few years, I have watched more and more marriages fall apart. While some of these marriages were ones that began on shaky ground, some of them were people I never expected to see break up. The longer I live, the older I get, the more I realize that there are no ‘safe’ relationships. The truth is, we all struggle and we all must fight to keep things together. Even the most secure marriages can face trials. more
It’s a heart-shaped grave marker in the May, TX, cemetery for a not-quite 15 year-old girl who fought the good fight. On one side are Jesus’ words from the Book of John: “I am the resurrection and the life…whoever believes in Me shall never die.” On the other side are engravings of a dog and panda bear. Those closest to Katherine Marie Hester during her short life--one darkened by health complications beginning at birth--understood love’s depth for her Lord, family and friends. She also loved her Jack Russell terrier Rosie, and was fascinated by pandas. more
This past Monday was what I consider the perfect spring day. The sun was shining yet the temperature was relatively cool at 63 degrees in late afternoon. What a perfect way to start the week of Spring Break. So what did I do on such a lovely spring day? I worked ... inside. The weather certainly called me to come outdoors. Years ago, I would have been outside playing basketball at the neighbors or, more to my liking, participating in a game of baseball in the street. more
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