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We’ve probably all heard the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I have heard and even thought the saying was teaching us not to let the little things bother us. Unfortunately, it is precisely the “little things” that tend to frustrate us. Or is it that they just frustrate me? While we might be aware that the “small stuff” shouldn’t bother us, how do we keep from letting it do so? There is a principle taught in scripture. Bad habits should be replaced with good ones. more
Every week, I sit down on Thursday evening and make a menu and grocery list for the upcoming week. Every week I try to come up with new recipes, new things to cook, new things to serve my family and nourish their bellies. Of course, I am also doing this all on a budget, so sometimes creativity takes a hit and cost is the motivating factor for a meal. I create the menu and hang it on the front of the refrigerator and those are the meals we eat the following week. It solves a lot of things. Not only does it give me a plan for cooking every evening so that I can come home from work and not have to sit and wonder, but it also keeps my family from asking a dozen times “What’s for dinner?” Plus, it saves us a lot of money! more
Childhood illnesses in the mid-20th Century were rarely treated by physicians who practiced medicine. Instead, mothers practiced home remedies with abandon. Many among us can remember times when the treatment was worse than the illness, as well as accompanying psychological damage that won’t let go. Youngsters cringed at hearing parental diagnoses. What now is regularly called an “upper respiratory infection” was then a chest cold, “crud,” croup, or sometimes “epizootis.” Perhaps what moms depended upon most often was castor oil (or black draught) for tummy disorders and Vicks VapoRub for what we called “bad colds.”… ***** more
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
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