Senior Cloggers build stamina and balance as they perform at the Tyler Senior Center

The rhythmic double taps of the Senior Cloggers accompanied the sounds of Bob Seger’s classic “Old Time Rock and Roll.” With hands firmly on their hips, the ladies danced to the beat, tapping and shuffling their feet, lifting their knees and stepping from side to side. Some smiled broadly like seasoned performers. Others appeare…

Perfection, distraction and procrastination

“I think the worst and most insidious procrastination for me is research. I will be looking for some bit of fact or figure to include in the novel, and before I know, I’ve wasted an entire morning delving into that subject matter without a word written.

68-year-old retiree says he's 'still got the bug' for Fair rides

Carl Garrett admits that he’s “still got the bug” for going on rides at the East Texas State Fair. After watching his granddaughters — Faith, 8, and Sydney, 14 — in the carnival midway on Friday, he agreed to ride with them on the Ferris wheel.

Mugs, Kilts and Route 66

“Coffee is a language in itself.” — Jackie Chan The nominations are in, the votes are counted.

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My Generation calendar of events

FRIDAY: Tyler Senior Center: 7 p.m., dance with Hoss Huggins & the Ponderosa Band. Doors open at 6 p.m. Security provided. 1915 Garden Valley Road. Information: 903-597-0781. WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY: TASCA: 9:30 a.m., fitness exercise with certified instructor for older…

23 September 2014 [08:28 PM]
Mugs, Kilts and Route 66

“Coffee is a language in itself.” — Jackie Chan The nominations are in, the votes are counted. And your favorite mug is……

16 September 2014 [08:29 PM]
September 11, 2001

What were you doing before 8 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001? Most of us vividly remember that day and time and recall it each year. Some of us may have had friends or relatives who were among the nearly 3,000…

10 September 2014 [12:19 AM]
Focal Point: Sunday, Five Days After

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thursday is the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on America. The following column was written Sept. 16, 2001,…

10 September 2014 [12:11 AM]
Producing Success

MINEOLA — After more than four decades in the grocery business, Carroll Sandifer has a simple work philosophy. “You show up every…

03 September 2014 [02:57 AM]
The War Is Over!

Art Elchek, Guest Columnist THE WAR IS OVER … finally the war is over, and the fortunate ones will return home. No more “Four on and eight off” watches to stand. No more “General Quarters” alerts a half hour before…

03 September 2014 [02:55 AM]
Route 66 and the lost bridge

“There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige…

27 August 2014 [01:33 AM]
Making of the pie

After being married for over two months, I knew it was time for me to learn how to bake a pie. What brought this decision on was when my husband casually said after our dinner the night before, “What kind…

27 August 2014 [01:26 AM]
Jigsaw puzzles are like family

“So now it is time to disassemble the parts of the jigsaw puzzle or to piece another one together, for I find…

22 August 2014 [01:48 PM]
The Scarf

Of all the school pictures, ironic Mom kept that one! I found it when I was getting her house ready for sale.…

06 August 2014 [12:07 AM]
Focal Point: Name Dropping

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take,…

30 July 2014 [12:07 AM]
Focal Point: Smiling down from the fence

“An elm tree still stands facing what was once the Murrah Building … The tree signaled the passing seasons: Spring blooms giving…

23 July 2014 [12:26 AM]
The burglary of poor Mrs. Toppings

When I attend community and family gatherings at Manchester, people frequently recall the 1933 burglary of poor Mrs. Toppings. Nothing like it had ever happened nor would ever happen again in the small rural community just eight miles from…

23 July 2014 [12:08 AM]
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]