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Since I was a young child, I’ve always loved to read. My mom loves to tell the story of how I took a Reader’s Digest to Mrs. Tomlin’s first grade class at Cain Elementary to read just for fun. At the time, it didn’t seem at all weird to me. When my now twenty-one year old daughter was in elementary school, she was exactly the same way. She got an early approval to begin checking out books from the school library long before her peers were allowed to, and she had a special pass so that she could return and check out new books more frequently more
A childish “giddiness” engulfs my Uncle Mort annually about this time. Maude says his behavior is as predictable as the arrival of hummingbirds to the colorful feeders the couple hang each summer. “Come to think of it, Mort goes for the ‘red stuff,’ too,” she said. “But his weakness is for the season’s first delectable watermelons.” more
Chris Legg recently came on Fireside Talk Radio and shared his best life hacks for fathers. Defining Fatherhood We all have ideas about fatherhood. How would you define fatherhood? About comforting? Protecting? Providing? Naturally, given that it’s Chris, there’s nothing standard about his definition of fatherhood. more
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, though I think fathers are often not as celebrated as mothers are on Mother’s Day. I personally find that a shame as I see the breakdown of the family, especially absentee fathers, as the single greatest problem of our society today. There are so many groups, organizations and individuals who want to fight against poverty, for better education or to improve employment opportunity. The common element we should be fighting for is the family. more
Back in 1992 when I met my husband, I was in eleventh grade and he was a freshman at TJC. We fell head over heels for each other and both just knew that this was our future spouse right away. We saw everything through rose-colored glasses. The world was our oyster. Love could conquer all our problems. We could see no flaws in our future plans because, after all, we were young and in love and together, we could make it through anything, right? Two years later, we got married and enjoyed a wonderful, happy, fun-filled, joyful first couple years of marriage. Our bank accounts were full. Our hearts were bursting at the seams. Our lives were pretty ideal. more
But what about girls? Our heart breaks at the way girls are often treated these days. Sadly, young women may not realize they are worthy of first-rate treatment. Don’t young girls need healthy male role models, too? more
On Thursday, June 14, we will commemorate the adoption of our country’s flag with 13 stars and stripes to represent our nation and our founding colonies. With 50 stars in our current flag, our pride for our country stays strong. Here are five things happening around your state this month: more
Memorial Day is past and so are local high school graduations. School is out for summer vacation and many parents wonder what their children will do until school starts again. Some parents may even be concerned about how much knowledge their children may lose between now and the fall semester. more
Last weekend my second child walked across a stage, flipped a tassel to the left side of his cap and walked out of that gymnasium an adult. I spent most of the last year crying every time I thought about that day, so I guess I had run out of tears by the time graduation day came. While I did get misty and spent a few moments more
For the bulk of their professional lives, he went his way, and she went hers. Their careers, both awash in words, began with the single-syllabled “I do’s” exchanged at their Kilgore wedding almost 55 years ago. Linda Pirtle, a career educator, taught English and spent her final years in administration. Caleb, an award-winning journalism graduate of the University of Texas, has likewise been consumed by the “word business.” more
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