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Last weekend my second child walked across a stage, flipped a tassel to the left side of his cap and walked out of that gymnasium an adult. I spent most of the last year crying every time I thought about that day, so I guess I had run out of tears by the time graduation day came. While I did get misty and spent a few moments more
For the bulk of their professional lives, he went his way, and she went hers. Their careers, both awash in words, began with the single-syllabled “I do’s” exchanged at their Kilgore wedding almost 55 years ago. Linda Pirtle, a career educator, taught English and spent her final years in administration. Caleb, an award-winning journalism graduate of the University of Texas, has likewise been consumed by the “word business.” more
Between the upcoming shows with Tony Johnson and the challenging brain of Betsy Hahn, I’ve been thinking harder than I wanted to about mentoring. (For Betsy’s Questions 1-4, look for How to be a Single Parent Without Getting on Everyone’s Nerves) more
Many people, myself included, had a three-day weekend due to the Memorial Day holiday. Special services were held in many churches, various community events took place and some folks simply spent … more
By the time you read this, most of our area schools will be done or down to the last few days. That stirs up a lot of emotions. I will admit, at my school the adults have had a countdown until summer … more
They came up with clever nicknames, many of them adopted after much head-scratching and some the result of “blind hog luck.” One came on opening day of Yankee Stadium in 1923, when baseball … more
The date of this issue happens to be my birthday. Somehow, a tradition sprung up where my family would always see a movie for my birthday. When my children were much younger there was a movie … more
Recently, a situation came up that reminded me of the power of friendships. I am a person who is richly blessed with a lot of friends. My heart, and my social media friend list, is full. As I looked … more
The day was picture perfect--A+ in every way. It was the kind prayed for by brides planning garden weddings, and dreamed of by photographers challenged to shoot pictures for world class chamber of … more
I first met Betsy Hahn through Women’s Fund. I like Women’s Fund because it allows middle-class gals like me to be big-giving philanthropists. How? By bringing together lots of generous women to pool our resources. At Women’s Fund events, I get to sit next to dynamic, talented, professional women, like my friend Betsy. more
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