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24
May
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Faces & Places

“We didn’t know we were making memories. We were just having fun.” ~ Winnie the Pooh to Christopher Robin

Is it me or does the rest of the world get out ahead of me, and start forming long lines where I’m going to be? All that is to say, that I am not a very patient person when it comes to standing in a row of people, like lambs being led to the slaughter. If I’m at the grocery store and the chain is unreasonably long, I have been known to park my basket full of groceries and walk out the door.

It always helps if there is a kid around picking their tiny nose and eating the booger or wiping it on their clean clothes. I laugh to myself because my own darlings did that and it drove me crazy.

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Fri
24
May
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Service and Greater Love

Essays from West of 98

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13

It would be impossible to write an essay that premieres near Memorial Day, an essay whose general topic is service to community, and not talk about the sacrifice and the service of those who are honored on Memorial Day.

Fri
17
May
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A Trip to the Texas Mountains

TUMBLEWEED SMITH

The Texas Mountain County has had one of its most beautiful blooming seasons. Bluebonnets started showing in January. The ocotillo was bright red. The prickly pear came later but showed off its yellows, pinks and purples. I was there in mid-April, just past the height of the bloom, but pale bluebonnets almost the color of lilac lined the highway from Fort Stockton to Marathon.

I spent Tuesday night in the historic Gage hotel. Before dinner I toured the Gage Gardens, a botanical masterpiece in a dry country. Wednesday morning I saw the whimsical Eve’s Garden, a bed and breakfast. Next I visited with Danny Self, who has the Marathon Motel. A resident astronomer lives there and gives star parties every night, weather permitting.

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Fri
17
May
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The simple elegance of humility

GARY W MOORE

Positively Speaking!

Ilearned a little over ten years ago that we should humble ourselves, so others will not feel the need to do it for us. At a young age, I began achieving

success in business. People and organizations began praising my name while speaking and writing about my success … and I loved it. I knew on the inside that much of the praise was over-blown and not deserved, but I accepted it anyway. I reveled in the attention and publicity and before long, I believed it. All of it. I was invincible. I believe everything I touched turned to success and for a long time, it did. I started believing that nothing could take me down, but I had yet to meet the Great Recession that began in 2008. It arrived like a raging wildfire and ravaged my business and destroyed my lifetime of work.

Fri
17
May
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Check Your Mirrors

BY SUE JANE SULLIVAN

In the 1990s, I used this phrase at least fifty times a session when teaching driver education in a small community much like Rotan, Texas. This particular summer job was a shoo-in for sainthood plus it supplemented my vacation funds. Not looking in their mirrors was the number one task those kids neglected.

Of course, we all know the cause/effect of forgetting to perform the simple glances to the left mirror, right mirror, and in the rearview mirror: abrupt stops, curdling screams from the back seat observers, and the instructor wishing she was home watching Bo and Hope on Days of Our Lives, doing anything besides riding shotgun with a 15-year-old.

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Thu
09
May
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A Poem for Mother’s Day

Gary Penney of Lorena writes and recites cowboy poetry. He has performed his work at some of the most prestigious cowboy poetry gatherings in the country. An Arizona artist, Marla Sellers, was working on a book of her paintings and asked Gary to write some verse for the book. One poem is called WRAPPED IN LOVE. “I came across a picture taken forty years ago. The picture was my mother; you could see her youthful glow. She wore a skirt of turquoise and a blouse of snowy white, a blue shawl draped around her and her hair was combed just right. The shawl had been a present given on her wedding day. She shared it with her children in a very special way.

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Thu
09
May
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Property tax reform bill goes to conference committee

AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives on May 1 passed Senate Bill 2, legislation proposing to bring property tax relief to homeowners, but the lower house slowed the bill’s momentum by tacking on 25 floor amendments. If finally passed in the coming days, the legislation would lower the rollback rate for most local taxing authorities from 8 percent to 3.5 percent and 2 percent for school districts. The bill also allows local option elections on proposals to exceed rollback rates. SB 2, like House Bill 1, the state budget bill, is now in the hands of a conference committee of five House members and five Senate members tasked with producing a final, agreed-to version. Meanwhile, all eyes are on the calendar and the clock as constitutional deadlines set in and the May 27 end of the session grows near. Gov. Greg Abbott lauded the progress made on the property tax reform bill.

Fri
03
May
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Faces & Places

BY MEG GRUBEN

“A kind gesture can heal a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Steve Maraboli

We live on a hill on a red dirt road, surrounded by cotton for a season and dirt for the rest of the year after the season ends – no neighbors. I love hearing the crows squawk in their native language and the Scissor Tales that seem to be unafraid of our barn cats. My favorite is the Mockingbird that always shows up each year in April, and builds her nest in the mammoth Fruitless Mulberry tree, my husband’s mother planted 60 years ago, but she is late this year, and I’m worried. I love where I live, but too much of a good thing is not a good thing, and I have to take a short road-trip every once in a while, to chat with people and get their story.

Fri
03
May
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Lessons of Nehemiah

BY JAMES DECKER

Nehemiah is one of my favorite leaders in the Bible, for several reasons. If you aren’t familiar, Nehemiah was a Jewish exile who was cupbearer to Artaxerxes, the king of Persia. The king controlled the areas that formerly belonged to the Jewish kingdoms of Israel and Judah after they collapsed. Nehemiah earned the trust of the king, who permitted him to journey back to Jerusalem to aid the residents who were suffering and to rebuild the walls of the city.

Fri
26
Apr
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Does church still matter?

We are told by the news media that we are living in a post-Christian world. Church attendance is down and the number of Americans claiming to be Christian is shrinking. There are those outside the church who do not attend but there is also an alarming number of young adults who are leaving the church … or so we are told.

I’m always skeptical of statistics that are assembled and analyzed by groups with an agenda. Much like political surveys that gear questions to arrive at a conclusion favorable to them, I think much of the information about church attendance is spun for similar reasons.

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