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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
As you read this article on Thursday, November 9, I am having my forty-second birthday. I’ve made another trip around the sun. I’ve spent another three hundred sixty-five days celebrating waking up each morning. The older I get, the faster each year seems to pass. In the past year, I’ve seen, done and learned a lot of things. While every year of my life has been significant, my forty-first year seemed especially full. more
At a time not so long ago--when smiling was a frequent response to something said or done-- we were more relaxed, feeling that much was right with the world. Sadly, smiles have pretty much abandoned faces around our shrinking world. Today, if Abbott and Costello somehow reappeared on earth with their best verbal exchanges about “who’s on first,” there’d be quick searches for strait jackets instead of readings on laugh meters. more
Conspiracy theorists. I’m certain many conspiracy theorists were stirred up with the recent governmental release, and non-release, of classified information regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Many theories abounded when the murder took place nearly 54 years ago. more
I have never been keen on sales people. I suppose that is not an entirely uncommon thing. Anyone who is pushy and tries to convince me that I should buy something from them comes across all wrong to me. My defenses immediately go up. Those types of sales people usually strike me as cocky, overly confident and stuck on themselves. I have a hard time hearing any of their sales pitch once my walls go up, no matter how much I might actually need their product. Once they’ve rubbed me the wrong way, I can’t hear anything else from them. I just want to run away. more
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