Focal Point: Skiing amid the whitecaps

  “I am always ready to learn; although, I do not always like being taught.” Winston Churchill   y father was a patient teacher. His efforts to teach us farm kids to water ski were valiant, but I’ve always been puzzled about why putting us up on top of the water was so important to him. We lived on a dusty wheat fa…

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Life during The Great Depression

Economic depressions greatly affect a society’s mental and social life. Day to day survival was the major goal in most households of my childhood. The Great Depression of the 1920s, 1930s and beyond meant poverty, misery and — worst of…

15 July 2014 [11:31 PM]
Manna From Heaven

My mother was an amazing cook; nothing fancy, just wholesome and tasty Southern cooking. Of all the delicious baked items she often prepared, her specialty, most definitely, was yeast dinner rolls. We just referred to them as “hot rolls,” and…

09 July 2014 [12:11 AM]
Free home safety checklist offered to families

In hopes of keeping seniors independent as long as possible, the Home Instead Senior Care offices serving Tyler is offering a free home safety checklist for area seniors and their families this Independence Day. According to the Centers for Disease…

02 July 2014 [12:16 AM]
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Focal Point: What Do I Owe You?

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas A. Edison I…

02 July 2014 [12:12 AM]
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Focal Point: Never pass up a blue boat

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” — William Butler Yeats…

24 June 2014 [11:50 PM]
July 4th in Detroit 4th in Detroit, Texas, Population 732

His 18-wheeler stops at the traffic light on busy U.S. Highway 82 parallel to Front Street. The curious and perplexed driver honks, smiles and waves as he gets a glimpse of Detroit, Texas, celebrating its 2013 July 4th parade. It…

24 June 2014 [11:48 PM]
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East Texas' WWII veterans visiting Washington

Twenty-six World War II veterans leave Thursday for a three-day whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., as special guests on the eighth Brookshire’s/Super…

28 May 2014 [12:30 AM]
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Focal Point: Keeping a promise

  “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” Robert…

22 May 2014 [11:10 AM]
My flag is flying, is yours?

Memorial Day is a meaningful day to many Americans. Symbolic to some, to be sure, and very personal to others! I am a veteran of the United States Navy. I served from 1956 to 1960. I admit that this day…

21 May 2014 [12:19 AM]
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Focal Point: Ants in our pants

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin What could…

14 May 2014 [12:14 AM]
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Moving to retirement community?

In 2011, I took one look at the 2-car garage of the single family house that was available for occupancy at Meadow…

14 May 2014 [12:08 AM]
Focal Point: Playing games in a war zone

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore Jennifer Young proudly wears the moniker “Donut Dollie.” She readily admits…

07 May 2014 [12:06 AM]