WHO: Patty Francis, Holly Lake
WHY: Physical exercise gets the blood flowing, and I feel sharper mentally and have more energy afterward.
WHO: Crystal Heddins, Mineola
WHO: Mary Poppins
WHY: She is fun and whimsical and just brings me to a feel-good moment.
WHO: Lynn Wilson Haas, Tyler
WHAT: Waking up alive
WHY: After my husband’s diagnosis of mucosal mela- noma, he became the most positive person I’ve ever met. He’s grateful for every single day and experience afforded to us.
Every morning he says this: quick reminder of another day for which to take advantage and do and say the things you may have been saving for another time.
A time that doesn’t come for all of us.
WHO: Debbie Lee Townsend, Hawkins
WHO: Nature and the natural rhythm
WHY: I love the music of nature. Especially the night music of East Texas summers, thunderstorms, birds in the early morning, crackling fire, wind in trees or wind chimes and the sound of water flowing or crashing on a shore. As far as other “music,” my taste is as ever-changing as the rhythms of nature.
WHO: Daphne Hatcher, Pine Mills
WHAT: By the pond
WHY: (I) sit quietly in the forest at the woodland pond at my home and just listen to all of the life that surrounds me, listening to the living, breathing earth and the creatures that inhabit it.
I so enjoy looking at the beauty of nature and feeling that I am a part of it all.
WHO: Sarah Starr, Tyler
WHAT: Children’s books
WHY: I happen to love children’s books! My mother and many teachers read to me and instilled in me a love for stories and reading when I was young. When I became a mother almost 20 years ago, I fell in love with children’s books all over again. One of my favorites is a little book called “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. It is about a student who doubts her own abilities and the wise teacher who encourages her to make her own mark. It’s a story of courage, creativity and growing confidence, and it makes me happy to read it and share it!