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Fri
17
Jan
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Faces & Places

"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."~ Mark Twain

Blank paper and blank walls bother me a lot. I can't stand them, and I always have to find something to break the silence of plain old white and make it pop. Putting words on paper is easy, but finding the right picture to put on the wall is challenging and can be costly .

. I've searched and searched, but nothing would work until I happened upon a framed 5ft. x 2ft. wall-art inscribed with, "Blessed" in large black letters on a white background. The price was perfect, but it would take grace and creativity to get it in and out of the shopping cart without scratching it or busting a knuckle or two.

Fri
17
Jan
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2 Cents Worth

2 Cents Worth

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

What an adventure Joe and I are on, wow such pretty country we stayed all night at Tyler Texas, didn't get to stay with Ann, she called and said, "Carol both of us are sick and I don't want you all to be sick on you trip, so I told her when we came back maybe we could spend a night or two with her, so we drove to Tyler before we stopped for the night. Had a real nice motel right on the interstate so we didn't have to find the motel, that is one thing I like about this phone I can call it up, find the motel, and when we get there our room is ready. We got up the next morning and started to Sheverport and the smart thing on our pickup said turn and you will go around and you will hit 49 south, so boy we followed her down the road, oh I wish we had some of that water. I told Joe look that ditch is full of running water, Joe I think that is bubbling up out of the ground.

Fri
10
Jan
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Action and Transformation

I want 2020 to be a year of action. By making it so, we can make this a new decade of transformation.

If you have been reading along in recent weeks, you’ll recall that I wrote about using the new year as a clean slate. In that essay, I encouraged each of you to begin the new year with actions that will help achieve your best life (however you personally define that). I even shared a few action items of my own. But as part of the new year of action, I point you to the first paragraph of this essay and the two key words: ACTION that leads to TRANSFORMATION. That’s what I am thinking about right now, because that’s where the proverbial rubber meets the road.

Fri
10
Jan
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2 Cents Worth

2 Cents Worth

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Good morning to all of you, hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas, and are looking forward to a new year, hope all of God's blessings fall on all of you. Joe and I had a wonderful Christmas, we did get tired had it a whole week, and some of the "toys" the great grand kids got blew our minds, sure am glad they didn't expect us to play with them, they knew just what to do with all those electronic toys they got. How times have changed, as Joe says, " Wonder what they would do with that

toy tractor my dad made me craved out of wood." I told him they would probably hook it up to that "thing" they hook everything up to and it would run by itself!!!!

Fri
03
Jan
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Check Your Mirrors

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My father was a pack rat.

He did not apologize for that—not that he needed to. But the summer before he died, my brother Shane and I offered to spend the month of June going through the accumulation of 90 years’ worth of stuff. And a lot of it was “stuff” in the truest sense of the word.

His wife Elaine, to whom he had been married since 1982, had made this one request of him that he allow his children to finally clean out the two storage sheds that were packed to the ceiling. At this point, Dad had little resistance due to his congestive heart failure, so reluctantly he agreed.

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Fri
03
Jan
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Stories from an East Texas Cowboy

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TUMBLEWEED SMITH

“Tell all them hands out there in the west These East Texas cowboys are still the best.”

Carroll Langham of Grapeland is one of those rare and fortunate individuals who can have outrageous experiences and relate them with vigor. He writes cowboy poetry and stories and has put some of them in 2 books. Their titles are THE CUSTOM COWBOYS OF HOUSTON COUNTY and THE RETURN OF THE CUSTOM COWBOYS OF HOUSTON COUNTY.

His wife kept hearing his stories and encouraged him to start writing some of them. That’s just what he has done the past 5 years. One of his stories is about a friend of his who killed a chicken snake just before the vet came to examine some cows.

Fri
03
Jan
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2020 Will Be Awesome!

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GARY W MOORE

Positively Speaking!

How do I know? Read on ...

Outcomes in life are largely based on our belief systems. What we believe will happen, our subconscious mind goes to work to make happen. If you are a weekly reader of my column, you have heard this from me in some state or form, dozens of times this year. It is worth repeating because it is the central ingredient in the recipe of your result and there’s plenty of research to back this claim. There are no absolutes in life. We cannot control external forces that have an impact on our year. Our belief systems shape how we respond, and it is our responses that shape our year.

I believe with every cell in my body that 2020 is going to be an incredibly positive year. I have goals and plans, and I’ve surrounded myself with positive and optimistic friends who support my beliefs and mission.

Fri
03
Jan
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2 Cents Worth

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CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

You know what the sweetest thing you can hear anytime and especially at Christmas Time "Hi! Grandma Merry Christmas from Crystal and Josh!!!" This telephone was worth it's weighed in gold to hear her voice on Christmas night. They are enjoying Japan, and she has sent

Jay some of the prettiest pictures on face book about that land across the ocean. Joe and I have had a wonderful Christmas, we got our best present Monday morning about 11:30 when the Doctor walked in and said, "Joe you have passed the heart test with flying colors, your in better shape than I am!!!!!!!"

Fri
03
Jan
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Paxton lauds 5th Circuit ruling against Affordable Care Act

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AUSTIN — After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit declared the individual mandate in “Obamacare” unconstitutional on Dec. 18, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his agreement.

“The Fifth Circuit’s holding is clear: the federal government cannot order private citizens to purchase subpar insurance products that they don’t want,” Paxton said. “The individual mandate is the centerpiece of Obamacare and I am glad the Fifth Circuit recognized that it is unlawful."

Paxton said he looks forward to demonstrating in federal district court that the rest of the law cannot stand without the individual mandate, and added:

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Fri
03
Jan
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Think About This

Have you ever stopped to think about Heaven? How do we get there and what is it going to be like when we get there. God has given us so much, He placed us on this earth and has given us everything that we have to sustain us and even things for our enjoyment. He sent His Son that our sins could be forgiven and that we can be a member of His kingdom on earth. We get into His kingdom by doing what Jesus teaches in the Bible. We have our sins forgiven by dying with Christ in Baptism and we are raised free from sin and are added to Christ's kingdom (the church) on earth.

If we live our life according to God's will and to His glory, then we are promised eternal life in heaven. The faith we have is belief that Jesus is God's Son and belief in God's promise. What is heaven going to be like?

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