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For the last couple decades, our family’s tradition has been to put up the Christmas tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Amongst our friends, there are many who put up trees on Halloween night or by November first. Others wait until the very last minute to put it up and rapidly take it down on the day after Christmas. I guess they are the ones who would fall into the “bah-humbug” category. As for the rest of us, I guess we are either Christmas enthusiasts or we are just very efficient. more
In the world of sports broadcasting, the late Jack Buck--and son Joe--might best fit the “like father, like son” description. The former, known as the “Voice of the St. Louis Cardinals,” was revered throughout the nation, winning highest national awards in his career--one that bridged radio and television sports coverage. more
Illness is difficult in and of itself. But when your sickness is attacking you from every angle, it is tough to even get out of bed. Your head says go and your body says no. more
Dear Editor, A very important issue on the ballot is concerning the taxpayers of Whitehouse ISD. There are two propositions on the ballot that our local school board and administrators want you to support. They are asking you to vote for a $95 million school bond which includes a host of grandiose items such as a new Brown Elementary campus, to be built on 83 acres of land that they have already purchased in Tyler.  They also want to level the existing Jr. High campus, including the historic C.L. Nix gymnasium, and build a new one on top of the existing tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, which they are going to relocate to the High School. Along with these projects, they also want to construct a covered practice facility at the High School for only $5.5 million and have you pay, for 30 years, for a new HVAC system for the High School, something that any other business would have paid for out of budget. more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
When I was a little girl, my family always attended our church’s carnival on Halloween night. I think we called it a Fall Festival or something of that nature to keep from calling it a Halloween party, though. Looking back, I remember loving it and really not realizing that other families did something different. It wasn’t until late elementary or early junior high that I learned some kids went trick or treating on that night. more
The old adage first appeared in an American publication in 1862. Generally, we have gone along with the declaration that sticks and stones can be “bone-breakers.” That words are skating by without harmful effects, however, hasn’t been true for decades--maybe never. When they first saw the light of day, words weren’t assaulting us so often and in so many ways as they are currently. more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
It seems like every day I hear something on the news about patriotism. Whether that is related to the upcoming Presidential election or something about respect for the flag during the pledge of allegiance, it seems to come up frequently. It always baffles me that so many people have such ambivalence for the country we live in. more
I don’t know who first said it; perhaps it was the late radio newsman Paul Harvey. Whatever, it wasn’t dissected by WikiLeaks, a come-along lately “source” that sounds like a product “do-it-your-selfers” might use to repair automobile radiators in the comfort of their very own garages. more
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