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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
Seven years in the same building, same classroom – my own little world in room 103 and the old high school commons area is my art museum and display space for the amazing art that my students create! They just never fail to impress me with what they can accomplish with just a little inspiration, some guidance and the talents hidden inside of each of them. Creativity comes in many forms and fashions and is something that is given by God to each of us. We choose to manifest it in many different ways. 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
Early in the 66-year marriage of Dr. and Mrs. Seale T. Cutbirth, she was named “Mrs. Texas.” At his memorial service recently in Brownwood, the 88-year-old physician was remembered for contributions to his community, church and family. more
Clear as mud. That’s the phrase my dad used whenever I tried to explain something, but just confused the issue even more. Somehow, piling one explanation on top of another never really helped any situation. Though I was trying to make myself clear, rather than clarifying the situation, I simply muddled it. Or is that muddied it? I’m not certain when it happened, but at some point I realized I could write much better than I could speak. On paper, I can see my words and I have time to read and re-read what I’ve written before presenting it to another. When I speak, I often forget to take the time to actually think before simply blurting out whatever I may be thinking at the time. Maybe this is what my dad referred to as “running off at the mouth.” more
Halloween is almost here. What will your family do Tuesday night? Over the years I have learned that families handle this day very differently. Some families go all out, adorning the yard with a host of spooky decorations. I’ve seen complete graveyards, spider webs, zombie statues, witches and the like. Other families choose not to acknowledge the day at all, feeling more comfortable not delving into anything related to the day. My family has always fallen somewhere in between. more
The current standing/kneeling/sitting controversy--played out by a sliver of our population but on the minds of most Americans--seems to have no end. Most of us yearn for bygone days, when allegiance could be paid and reverence shown, if only for the sake of civility and respect, whether or not we were in total lockstep agreement. more
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