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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
Is a man passive? This is a favorite topic for discussion over lunch with girlfriends throughout America. I know, I know, men talk about sports. But, we all know women talk about men. If anyone at your house seems passive, maybe they are just frozen with fear. It doesn’t have to be your hubby, it can be your wife, your kids, your parent, your friend. When we understand how fear affects us all, we are cultivating relationship super-powers. Plus, we can give the people we love the credit they deserves. 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
It all started because I asked what topic would be appropriate for a speaking moment. You never know what a particular group of people might be interested in unless you ask. 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
Books are a gateway into another world and the reader can choose which door to walk through and what world to enter. Whether you prefer science fiction or a steamy romance, there are plenty of stories to read and nowadays, many ways to read them. I prefer the old fashioned way of reading - holding an actual book, smelling the ink and paper and turning the pages as you progress through the story. Don’t get me wrong. Electronic readers do have their uses. Considering the slim designs of the various readers, one can carry multiple books on trips without having to carry multiple books. more
A few weeks ago my husband and I attended a wedding for a young couple we met a decade ago when they were young teens. In their wedding invitation, which we received about a month prior to the wedding, there was a note requesting that everyone attending RSVP to a phone number included by a certain date. I set the note aside with every intention of calling the number to let them know we would be coming, but I got busy. Before I knew it, the date had come and gone and I had never replied. Fortunately, we know the family and I was able to send a message through the bride to apologize for our tardiness and to let them know we were coming. I felt terrible for being late in my response. more
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