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Rarely do guests at funerals “buy” officiants’ claims that we “gather together to celebrate the life of ____.” You fill in the blank. We’ve all “been there, heard that.” Most are prone to think of funerals as marking ends rather than beginnings. Usually, grief engulfs us, dragging us far below the state of joy we’d prefer. Our spirits don’t seem to be on wings of eagles, soaring across sun-splashed skies. more
My husband Robert and I will celebrate our 28th anniversary this year. If you count the two years we dated before our wedding, we’ve been together for a total of 30 years. We decided sometime early on in our relationship that celebrating Valentine’s Day really wasn’t that important to either of us. more
Last weekend, we made a trip to see my older daughter who lives a couple hours away. We made the trip to her apartment to hang out, go eat lunch, help her with her taxes and just visit and spend time hugging her. It was a safe drive there, a good visit, a fruitful tax return and we had a yummy lunch. But when it came time to leave, I had a moment in the car of feeling just as choked up and emotional as the very first day when we drove away and left her there to live on her own in the fall of 2016. I stopped myself from crying and thought it through, wondering why I felt so overwhelmed with emotion since I know I will see her again pretty soon. more
Every community needs a “go-to” guy. At the end of the day, however, there are far more “run-from” folks perfectly willing to let the “go-to’ers” lead the way for the common good. One such man known for leadership is radio executive Rex Tackett. For a dozen years, he’s been a corner post in Central Texans’ fence row of life. Rex is counted on to show up, put up and play up projects and causes utilizing his unique talents. more
Letter to the Editor, My wife and I belonged to the Whitehouse YMCA, joining a couple of months after it opened many years ago. We were very dismayed when it shut down, thinking the new management, the Crossroads Church, would not do as good a job as the YMCA. Boy, we were totally wrong. After the total renovation of the building, new equipment, and most importantly, the management by Tony and Lonnie; they more
Have you ever noticed there are many sayings that have to do with time? He’s got all the time in the world. We’re ahead of time. There’s no time like the present. It’s only a matter of time. It’s about time. I’m pressed for time. I’m running out of time. It’s a race against time. I’m certain there are many more idioms you could think of if just given enough time. more
As I type this article, I have my washing machine running and I am praying that it goes well. You see, just moments ago as I drained the bathtub, the toilet in the master bath began bubbling. In other words, something is clogged up. But I needed to do a load or two of laundry. My husband encouraged me to go ahead and try and “see what happens”. His logic is that maybe the washing machine will run and as it drains, it will push through whatever is clogging the pipe. Maybe it will. more
“Words failed us”--accompanied by a smiley face--provided a touch of grim humor on the front door of a bookstore when its owner declared Chapter XI bankruptcy. Front-page headline writers for the New Orleans Times-Picayune reacted similarly following the Saints’ shocking last- second loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League play-offs. more
Head basketball coaches usually set goals for their teams and Whitehouse coach Brent Kelly reached two of those goals last week. The Wildcats posted the 20th win of the season and they were able to remain unbeaten in the first half of District 17-5A action. A district crown is likely the next goal and Whitehouse is well on the way to achieve that milestone. more
Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy a good football game. Though my favorite team didn’t make it into the playoffs, I will probably be watching the Super Bowl come Sunday, Feb. 4. I may be taking a risk by stating that I’ll be cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles. I might even be endangering my own life by revealing that while my preferred team is in the NFC East conference, it isn’t the Dallas Cowboys. I actually pull for the Washington Redskins. more
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