A man and his kitten: Brian’s new experience

A night in a homeless shelter. A tour of a recycling facility. Wearing a hijab, a veil  particularly worn by a Muslim woman, out in public. A pedicure. These are some of the ideas that sprang forth from the Tyler Morning Telegraph staff as part of the New Experience Challenge, which I created for them in June. At the monthly staff meeting las…

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Learning life lessons on family vacation

My family recently packed up the fifth wheel with kids, the dog and half our house and left for an epic, two-week vacation. The plan was to stop to explore a new destination every day until we reached Monterey, California,…

17 July 2014 [12:02 AM]
There’s someone out there for everyone

Today, I had several moments of introspection that I feel are worth sharing. On my way to one of my cleaning jobs, I was listening to a country music station, and I thought about how much I miss dancing. As…

17 July 2014 [12:01 AM]
Registration open for Ride for the Cure

Registration is open for the Fourth annual Susan G. Komen Tyler Ride for the Cure. This year’s event, which is in memory of Jim Tarrant Sr., features live music, lunch, games, trail rides and a silent auction. It will take…

10 July 2014 [12:31 AM]
What will your story say about you?

Have you ever heard the tale of when first meeting Saint Peter at the pearly gates? He asks, “What would you do differently, if you could redo your life?” All too often, the answer is not focused on what you…

10 July 2014 [12:30 AM]
The nurse who helped me

Having my baby was the hardest yet most rewarding thing I have ever done. There were times during my 19 hours of labor that I didn’t think I could take anymore. Throughout the process, there were several nurses at Mother…

03 July 2014 [01:02 AM]
Have you hugged a service member?

I would like to talk with you about something that should mean so much to us as Americans and Texans. It’s the Texas Wounded Warrior. How many soldiers volunteer freely, to fight for the rights we so take for granted…

03 July 2014 [12:54 AM]
There needs to be more compassion, less criticism

Are you mindful of those around you? I have served on two juries and observed how others respond to someone that is on trial, innocent until proven guilty? Yes, as it should be. On one of those juries, there were…

03 July 2014 [12:47 AM]
Aspiring to inspire ourselves toward our aspirations

I recently started participating with a group of people on a project for healthy lifestyle and eating habits. Much of our work is about retraining the mind, so it will guide us into healthier decisions for our daily lives. One…

25 June 2014 [11:49 PM]
There is good in every day

A few months ago, as I scrolled my Facebook newsfeed, I came across an interesting article on a happiness challenge. All you had to do was register at 100happy days.com and for 100 consecutive days post a picture of what makes…

19 June 2014 [01:17 AM]
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Rocket man is helping kids soar

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of Tree-To-Life stories from Rita Fryer, a local artist. I met…

19 June 2014 [01:16 AM]
Sickly chick teaches life lesson

The full court press started a month earlier this spring with my daughter, Caroline. She came home and said, “Mom, it is time to get chicks with 4H (Club)again.” In that moment, I began listing the many reasons we were…

19 June 2014 [01:10 AM]
Dreams let you live life to the fullest

Several months ago, I wrote about the need for people to have a bucket list and for all of us to become part of each other’s Bucket List Brigade. I spoke to the fact that, without dreams and goals, a…

11 June 2014 [11:10 PM]
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Russian transplant lives the American dream

Before she came to the United States, Valeria Barnhill, of Whitehouse, didn’t consider pursuing her passion for art. "It was almost impossible…

11 June 2014 [10:58 PM]
Remember life before Tyler had a mall? I do

By CHRISTINE BAKER POWELL, guest columnist Picture this: Before Tyler had a mall. I would gather to say that as I grow older, there are segments of my life that have brought comfort and reflection of a memorable childhood. In…

05 June 2014 [09:45 AM]
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For his mentor

Tyler native Bob Buford is a social entrepreneur, a former cable television executive, a best-selling author and philanthropist now living in Dallas,…

29 May 2014 [01:14 AM]
Don't get caught in the 'net'

Using social media, texting or Facebook messaging to communicate is not only impersonal but can cause loneliness and separation. And from personal experience, it also can hurt someone unintentionally. For me, this is not how I want to get to…

22 May 2014 [12:21 AM]
What you see is what you get

“’STANG!” Like adolescent boys are inclined to do, my 12-year-old son recently became enamored with the coolness of sports cars. He now yells, “‘STANG!” whenever we’re driving around town and he spots a Ford Mustang. “I never noticed it before,”…

22 May 2014 [12:11 AM]