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Have you ever heard the word synaesthesia? I first heard it years ago on a news program. Synaesthesia is defined as a rare but broad neurological phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sensory or neurological pathway automatically stimulates a second sensory pathway. more
Let’s start this off by making a few things clear. We are not wealthy people. We are not fancy people. We are not the type of people who enjoy shopping endlessly. Not only do we not have the money for that, we’re just way too practical to spend gobs of money on things. If the items don’t have significant, long term, or eternal value, we generally skip them. It just isn’t how my family functions. more
Songs are often slathered in over-simplification. We’ve generally gone along with the musical proclamation that our smiles trigger the rest of the world to smile with us. Wait a minute. The world ignores, remaining ambivalent, whether we’re smiling or not. more
I recently made a long overdue visit to my hair stylist. For some reason I just couldn’t find the time to have my hair cut until I finally became so frustrated with it that I was just about willing to take a pair of scissors to it myself. I made an appointment to have my hair cut on the first free Saturday I’ve had in a long time. Even before my hair was dried I could feel the lightness of it. more
Recently a friend asked if I could reprint a story that originally ran in March 2015 because she’d had so many giggles from it the first time. I hope you enjoy it the second time around as well. I walked into the Dollar General in Whitehouse closely behind a young mom. She looked to be about twenty-five. She had a baby on her hip, about eight or nine months old, and a darling little blonde curly-haired daughter. I grinned as I watched them walk just ahead of me, more
One invites correction when declaring folks to be champions of anything. I learned this lesson 60 years ago as the editor of a small-town newspaper, when a local farmer lugged in “the county’s largest watermelon.” more
The Texas economy has been growing at a relatively healthy pace and the Lone Star State is widely recognized as a good place to live and do business. Our most recent projections indicate that the state economy is set to continue its upward trend. Recovery in the energy sector is improving conditions not only in producing areas, but also in other parts of the state. According to data maintained by Baker Hughes, rig counts in Texas have been averaging almost 500, about 100 more than a year ago and well above the March 2016 level of 217. more
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
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