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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
The reason I celebrate Christmas isn’t merely because it is tradition or that I like to give gifts and spend time with family. I celebrate because the birth of Jesus was the fulfillment of several promises from God to send a Savior to redeem mankind from sin, to redeem me from sin. There isn’t enough space here to list all the verses concerning a promised Messiah, his life or his purpose, but let me note a few. more
As you read this article, teachers across the nation are breathing a long sigh of relief. They are unplugging the computers, taking down Christmas decorations from their classroom door and sneaking out to their cars for the drive home. They are exhausted, looking forward to a lengthy break. The first semester of the school year is a hard one. The months between August and December are spent introducing children to new classroom rules, more
Many of our family traditions are focused on holidays, particularly Christmas, both during my own childhood and as a married adult with children of my own. When my children were younger and all still living at home, it was tradition for us to spend Christmas Eve with my side of the family and Christmas Day with my husband’s side of the family. Both sets of parents lived within the Houston metropolitan area making such an arrangement possible. more
A few weeks ago, I asked my friends on Facebook to tell me about funny things they remember their parents telling them when they were children. I was particularly curious about those things that, from the outside, sound a little crazy or don’t make any sense. Fortunately, they delivered lots of funny answers. There were the old standards like “Don’t roll your eyes. They’ll get stuck like that.” and “Don’t cry or I’ll give you something to cry about.” But then there were some real gems. more
When my 105-year-old Uncle Mort dropped in the other day, he claimed to be on the verge of “dropping out” of a world he believes is moving too fast. He claims he is weary of much, beginning with all the strings of zeros encountered in the news recently. “Trouble is, zero clusters--with commas fore and aft--are being lobbed at us two and three at a time,” Mort lamented. “What’s worse, jarring numbers larger than zeros are in front of ‘em, and they’re sucking the air out of the room.” Huh?... more
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