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If you are anything like I am, then you spent your New Year’s Day holiday getting your house back in order after the holidays. I took down the Christmas tree and carefully packed the ornaments. I put away most of my nativities, though I always keep a few out on display throughout the year. I put my furniture back in place since it had to be moved to make room for the tree. Of course, I had to vacuum both before and after due to all the pine needles left behind. more
Six years ago this month, I was given the opportunity to pick up my pen and share with you a few thoughts each week in this column. I followed the lovely Lisa Pierce who wrote a column similar to mine in this same space on page two. After a job transfer moved her family away from Whitehouse, she asked me if I would like to sacpeak to the editor and take over for her. Since writing is one of my greatest joys in life, it only took me about five seconds to ponder it and squeal “Yes!” more
Rarely is “pensive” used as a descriptive for my 105-year-old Uncle Mort. In the hours unfolding from an old year to a new one, however, he grows silent. This is the claim of his bride, Maude, who repeated wedding vows with him 80-something years ago. more
The Christmas holidays have come to a close and 2017 nears its end. It is this time of year when many people think about New Year’s resolutions. Some take them seriously, while others do not. A resolution is, according to “Webster’s New World Dictionary,” a decision as to future action. more
Yet another year has come to an end. There are only a few days left to celebrate, to remember and to mark time in 2017. What will this year’s end look like for you? Will you go to a New Year’s Eve party? Will you write a list of resolutions? Will you set goals for the coming year? Will you take time to journal and think on the things you planned to do this year and find strength, a sense of accomplishment and courage in those goals you met? more
To some, it could be a Cinderella story. Djimonii Jackson, a Howard Payne University senior, was featured in the parade and at the football game as the 2017 Homecoming Queen. Snappily dressed and flashing a disarming smile, she charmed effortlessly. She was escorted by her godfather, Michael Thomas, and also present was her mother, Marsena Alexander, all from Beaumont. more
Now and again, a news story piques our consciousness with greater impact than carefully prepared ads. Such was the case a few months ago when ABC News ran a story about a couple whose appreciation for a physician runs deep. They credited a doctor for saving both the mother’s life, as well as the baby she birthed. Months later, they were indebted for his saving the infant’s life a second time. To express their thanks, they gave him a handsome wristwatch. A close-up provided by TV more
The reason I celebrate Christmas isn’t merely because it is tradition or that I like to give gifts and spend time with family. I celebrate because the birth of Jesus was the fulfillment of several promises from God to send a Savior to redeem mankind from sin, to redeem me from sin. There isn’t enough space here to list all the verses concerning a promised Messiah, his life or his purpose, but let me note a few. more
As you read this article, teachers across the nation are breathing a long sigh of relief. They are unplugging the computers, taking down Christmas decorations from their classroom door and sneaking out to their cars for the drive home. They are exhausted, looking forward to a lengthy break. The first semester of the school year is a hard one. The months between August and December are spent introducing children to new classroom rules, more
Many of our family traditions are focused on holidays, particularly Christmas, both during my own childhood and as a married adult with children of my own. When my children were younger and all still living at home, it was tradition for us to spend Christmas Eve with my side of the family and Christmas Day with my husband’s side of the family. Both sets of parents lived within the Houston metropolitan area making such an arrangement possible. more
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