Shout Outs: From our readers to those who matter most to them

Published on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 22:47 - Written by


Celebrating those who make a positive difference in the world, highlighting today my very own life partner, Robert Sterken. Today was the last day of class before finals. He ended one of his classes with a discussion of his students’ roles as tomorrow's leaders, and pleaded with them to make the world a better place. (I am sure he also told them to drink water and to avoid texting while driving.) Then he concluded class and told them goodbye. They all clapped. I am so glad that I don't have to say goodbye to him at the end of each semester.

Alison Johnson Sterkin, Tyler



Kudos to two of the most amazing people on the face of the earth today: my parents! The two of them have all sorts of aches and pains and hitches in there giddy up and still went out in this terrible weather to help a neighbor get to her truck because she was bent on going to a doctor’s appointment and they did not want her to slip or fall in the process. I hope my life will reflect all the amazing and beautiful parts of my parents because they sure do a lot of good out there!

Debbie Lee Townsend, Hawkins



Happy anniversary to my sweet, handsome and wonderful husband. You have stood by me think and thin, sickness and health, and I love you more today than the four years ago than when we stood in Bryan Grant's office to say "I do." Not only are you my husband, you are my best friend! You bring out the best in me, and I cannot imagine my life without you. God is my Rock, and you are my anchor. I love that we both have the same crazy sense of humor. Even though we need pass keys to our smartphones from each other, it makes life with you so much fun. Every day with you is a new adventure, and at the end of the day, I always look forward to the next day with you!

I love you with all my heart always and forever!

Krista Pollard Peterson, Tyler



I just want the whole world to know I have an amazing daughter. I don’t know what I would do without her. I love you so much.

Tammi Branch, Gun Barrel City



I have had the privilege of seeing many plays this year here in Tyler, as well as in Dallas and many other cities throughout Texas. While Tyler Junior College and Tyler Civic Theatre perform multiple productions each year that are certainly worth seeing, it is the APEX Theatre, located on West Front Street, that has made me truly appreciate the potential of great theater in Tyler.

I have been fortunate enough to see “Equus” at the theater and the full production of “Rent” at the Liberty Hall. Each time I left the theater feeling I had discovered something substantial and significant. It is through the hard work of producers, directors and actors that theater goers in Tyler finally have a refuge. I extend a special thanks to Chris Abraham, Felicity Enas and Hannah Morris for their hard work and benevolent contributions to the culture of Tyler.

Kyle Beard



So proud of this program with Pets Fur People and Meals on Wheels!

Zoe Elizabeth Lawhorn, Tyler