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Keeping Faith Through The Tough Times By: Anne Granado

Cheri Rainer is a wife, mother, employee, and friend. On top of everything she has accomplished with these different titles, she can now add another one: breast cancer survivor. Cheri was diagnosed with Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in January of 2022. She rang the bell at the cancer center victoriously, signaling that she had finished her chemotherapy in July. Now, she is sharing her story, hoping it inspires other women to keep up with their routine mammograms, a dreaded yearly task that saved Cheri’s life. Cheri grew up in Elgin, Illinois, near Chicago. Then, her family moved to Magnolia, Arkansas, during her junior high years, and she graduated from Magnolia High School in 1981. Cheri married her high school sweetheart, Jay, in 1983, while he was a student in pharmacy school. “We started dating at only 16 years old and dated for four years. We just celebrated our 39th anniversary this past June,” Cheri says. “We have called Texarkana home since 1994. Jay is a pharmacist at Red River Pharmacy, and we raised our three children in Texarkana. All three of them graduated from Pleasant Grove.” While their three children, Ryan, Morgan, and Hannah, were growing up, Cheri was mostly a stay-at-home mom, but she occasionally worked various jobs. When Hannah started first grade, Cheri went back to school, even though she was in her 40s, and earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching certification. “I taught 4th grade for four years; then I took off for three and a half years to help my parents when my dad had stage four prostate cancer. I drove them to DFW for appointments and treatments and to LSU Shreveport for a trial study. Then, my parents stayed with me while my dad did radiation for pain control at T. Webber Cancer Center at St Michael’s in Texarkana,” Cheri says. “In 2015, I returned to work as a Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones. Though I loved teaching, I needed a job that was over when it was time to clock out, and teaching is a career that you end up taking home with you.” A LT M a g a z i n e | O c t o b e r 2 0 2 2

Cheri’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999, diagnosed at stage four in 2012, and passed away in 2015. “He lived with prostate cancer for 16 years,” Cheri says. "Later on, when I underwent genetic testing, I discovered that certain gene mutations are tied to breast cancer and prostate cancer, and others.” After her father passed, Cheri focused on her passions and her family. Jay and Cheri are active members at Highland Park Baptist Church, serving in the choir and on the praise team. The two love traveling and watching University of Arkansas baseball and football on the back porch. Cheri “dabbles” in painting and loves to spend time cooking for her family. But Cheri says being a grandparent is the best part of her current reality. “My ‘grandma’ name is Honey. Once a year, I put together a ‘Honey Camp’ with my grandson, and we both really look forward to it,” Cheri says. “We didn’t get to do it this summer because I was in the middle of chemo and radiation, but I know we are both looking forward to getting back at it next summer!” Cheri’s grandson lives in Waco with Cheri and Jay’s daughter, Morgan, and her husband, Sean. Morgan works for Baylor and is also a freelance writer and copy editor, and Sean just earned his Ph.D. and is teaching at Baylor. Cheri and Jay’s oldest, Ryan, and his wife, Leah, moved to Texarkana this past summer from the Nashville, Tennessee, area. Ryan works for Lifeway, and Leah works for Danny Gokey, and they can work from home. “Our youngest daughter, Hannah, and her husband, Jarod, call Ft. Worth home, but they have been in Everette, Washington, for the past two baseball seasons due to Jarod being a pitcher in the Mariner’s minor league team, the Aquasox. Hannah is a graphic designer,” Cheri says. “Even though they each have busy lives, all my children were there for me at every step of my diagnosis and treatment. Each of them even arranged to come to a chemo treatment with me, which provided us with some one-on-one time that we don’t get very often. My 013


family is such a blessing to me.” In January 2022, Cheri went in for a routine mammogram, ordered by her primary care physician. “I faithfully get a mammogram every other year, but to be honest, I hate them and only went because my doctor told me to,” Cheri says. I am thankful that my doctor sent me for that test. My tumor was found on the mammogram that I had on January 11. It was deep in the breast and could not be felt by anyone.” Cheri was stunned when additional tests were ordered because she usually never gave the mammogram a second thought after leaving the Imaging Center. This time, she went back for an ultrasound a few days later and then had a biopsy the following week. “I told my grown children I had to have a biopsy. I remember getting on FaceTime with my son and his wife in Nashville, and I could not get the words to come out because my youngest daughter was sitting next to me, stroking my long hair. We all got choked up,” Cheri says. “That weekend, at separate times, one of my sons-inlaw and my daughter-in-law prayed over me, and it touched me deeply.” The tumor they found was small (only 1.8 cm), and right away, the doctors believed they had caught it early. Cheri’s first biopsy told them it was cancer. Unfortunately, they did not get enough information from the biopsy samples to make a treatment plan, so Cheri went to a breast surgeon in Little Rock and had a lumpectomy in February. The pathology report came back with Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. “I was so calm the day we went in to get my results. I felt like God had prepared me for that day. He told me it was cancer, but everything would be ok, and He filled me with a peace I could not explain,” Cheri says. “My doctor, whom I have seen for over 20 years, seemed to have more anxiety than we did.” Cheri says that Jay was by her side, and when they were given the diagnosis, he told her that this was something they were going to get through together. “I had so much support from my friends and family. Jay made sure that I never felt like it was something ‘I’ was facing; instead, it was something ‘we’ were facing,” Cheri says. “I had a lumpectomy and opted for conventional treatment (chemo and radiation) that my oncologist recommended. My cancer was aggressive and could spread quickly, so I did not feel I had time to consider other options.” Though Cheri does have a family history of breast cancer and other cancers, it was interesting to her that the genetic test came back negative. Her paternal grandmother had breast cancer, 014

and Cheri found herself thinking about her grandmother quite a bit during this time. “We did not live close to my grandparents, and I don’t know much about her breast cancer journey,” Cheri says. “I wish I knew more. Even other family members do not remember specifics.” The plan that Cheri’s doctors outlined for her included eight chemo treatments and 21 radiation treatments. Though she went to Little Rock to a doctor specializing in oncology breast surgery, she chose to see oncologists and have her treatment at T.Webber Cancer Center at St. Michaels in Texarkana. “I would like to mention that my care in Texarkana was fabulous,” Cheri says, “Triple Negative Breast Cancer has fewer options for treatment, so I would have been given the same chemo drugs no matter where I went for treatment. Staying close was important to us so we could keep our lives as normal as possible.” In February, Cheri went to see Lacretia Barry. She has a wig ministry for women who lose their hair due to medical issues. “I took my best friend and my daughter-in-law, and we had a precious afternoon with Lacretia. She helped me choose a wig, and she prayed over me,” Cheri says. “I am so thankful for her ministry. Texarkana is so blessed to have her ministering to women in this way.” Cheri had four treatments of AC (aka Red Devil) and four treatments of dense dose Taxol, and she tolerated chemo well. She says that she did not have nausea and vomiting that many people experience. “I had treatments every other Thursday, and I normally took off work chemo day and the following day. During the first four treatments, I had fatigue and weakness, and of course, I lost my hair. I experienced leg weakness and major bone pain during the last four treatments. There were days I could barely walk from the recliner to the bathroom, and I had to use a walker. During that time, I did miss a few extra days of work but thank God; there were not many days like that.” Cheri is so thankful to her boss, Greg Cordray, at Edward Jones, who worked with her and her treatment schedule so that Cheri could still work. “My job at Edward Jones was a reason to get out of bed, get dressed and be as normal as possible. My boss was very understanding and reminded me that nothing in the office was as important as what I was going through. Clients and colleagues called to check on me and even prayed with me over the phone. Many prayed for me every day,” Cheri says. “During the months I was in treatment, I took intermittent FMLA, so I could work most of the time through chemo and radiation without a problem (except when I got COVID). I will admit that there was not much else that I did during the week except go to work. After work every day, I rested and made sure to rest on the weekends.” Another Texarkana ministry that supported Cheri was the Trinity Baptist Church Quilters. On chemo days, Cheri stayed cozy under a quilt that they made. “The Quilters also prayed for me throughout my journey,” Cheri says. A LT M a g a z i n e | O c t o b e r 2 0 2 2


“On chemo days, I also held tight to a heart-shaped rock my daughter-in-law found. I wrote ‘Faith over Fear’ on one side and ‘You hem me in, behind and before and lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5’ on the other side. I had reminders that I was covered by God, which gave me great comfort.” Cheri’s strong faith in God helped her get through the physical and mental trials she was facing. “I knew that whatever I walked through, He would be right there with me,” Cheri says. “Right away, He filled my heart with peace. Scripture and worship music also gave me lots of comfort.” Another source of support came from Cheri’s family and friends, who rallied around her to encourage her on the journey. “My best friend, Melissa Mitchell, was with me when I needed her, and I’m so thankful for her. I even had an old friend from Elgin, Illinois, who would make the trip to Texarkana to pray with me,” Cheri says. “We also had so many people send meals and gift cards to restaurants, and someone even paid for a housekeeper to come every other week while I was in cancer treatment. We had blessing after blessing!” As early as January, Cheri shared her cancer on Facebook because she felt like the Lord was leading her to. At first, she did not plan on sharing her entire journey, but as time passed, her Facebook community rallied around her with prayers and well wishes. “I connected with other women going through similar situations, which activated my prayer circle. Every day I had messages, mail, texts, calls, meals, or flowers from someone. I knew my circle was praying for me and that moved me,” Cheri says. “Even today, it makes me emotional every time I think of it. Knowing people took time out of their day to reach out to or pray for me touched my heart.” Cheri found that one thing that helped her through the mental strain of fighting cancer was to stay as positive as possible. “I had to let some people know that negativity had no place in my journey and not to bring negativity to my door. In order to get through this, I needed prayers and positive encouragement,” Cheri says. “Now, I must admit that I had my share of worry and negative thoughts, and I cried my share of tears. But, I always had to get out of that mindset and trust God. In the beginning, He told me that it would be ok, and I had to believe His words were true.” Surrounded by family and friends cheering her on, Cheri rang the bell at the cancer center on July 14, 2022, which is the same bell her father rang in 2014. Then, Cheri completed her radiation treatments on August 24, 2022. “My cancer was removed with clear margins, and my lymph nodes and scans were clear, so we believe I am cancer-free,” Cheri says. “However, Triple Negative Breast Cancer is the hardest to treat and the most likely to recur. I have a 40% chance of recurrence, so I plan to stay in touch with my oncologists and keep up with whatever tests I need. I try to stay positive instead of having a negative doomsday outlook about this, but it is definitely a mental challenge.”

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Cheri has several tips for others who may be facing a cancer diagnosis. First, she suggests leaning on God and faith. Second, she urges people not to be scared to let their circle of friends and family know what is going on. “People cannot pray for you on your journey if they do not know,” Cheri says. “Third, let your circle serve you. This is hard, but it not only blesses you greatly but also them. Fourth, listen to your body. Don’t overdo it. Rest when you need to rest.” However, her biggest tip to any woman who may read this article or find Cheri’s story on Facebook is to get their routine mammogram on time. “My cancer would not have been found at an early stage if I had not shown up for my mammogram that day. If I had waited, it would have spread,” Cheri says. “Get your mammogram because one of them could possibly save your life.” Through it all, Cheri has been blessed by the outpouring of love from her family, friends, Facebook followers, and the cancer ministries in Texarkana. Every person who reached out to check on her, pray for her, or support her has helped her face the fight of her life. “So much of this journey has been a mental journey as much as a physical one. My faith, family, and community encouraged me every day. Cancer becomes mind-consuming and has been a major player in my mind every day since January,” Cheri says. “Now that treatment is over; I tend to think about the future and the possibility of recurrence, especially with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. However, I know God got me through this once, and if it creeps back up, He can do it again. He told me it would be ok, and I am ok.”

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What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger By: Anne Granado

Most people cannot imagine hearing the dreaded “c-word.” Though we all know people diagnosed with cancer, it is even harder to imagine one of our friends or family facing it more than once. However, MaryAnn Pavey was diagnosed with a brain tumor and, years later, kidney cancer. Facing her diagnoses with grace and bravery, MaryAnn is now on the other side of both major health scares and is ready to live life to the fullest. “I don’t know the reasons for these bumps in my journey, but I do know that God loves me and has blessed me with life each time I felt like I was facing the end. Never ever lose love and hope because God loves each and everyone one of us,” MaryAnn says. “Why some live and some die, I have no idea, but I know God has a plan for each of us.” MaryAnn’s story starts in Sulphur Springs, Texas, where she grew up. She had her daughter, Amy, in 1973, as a single mom, and she worked hard to support her daughter and herself. Even at a young age, MaryAnn was strong-willed and tenacious, determined to achieve her goals. For seven years, she worked for HD Lee, the manufacturing company that made Lee jeans, and then she started working for GTE (General Telephone Electric). In 1989, GTE moved to Texarkana, and MaryAnn moved to keep her job, but a year and a half later, they closed in Texarkana and moved to Dallas, leaving MaryAnn without a job. “I was forced to search for another career, and my daughter, Amy, was always interested in doing hair. A LT M a g a z i n e | O c t o b e r 2 0 2 2

She said that she had this dream of us owning our salon, and when I researched it, I thought, this could be something I would like,” MaryAnn says. Intent on pursuing her new dream, MaryAnn enrolled in Kilgore College in 1995 to become an esthetician. It was the only school in the area that offered training in the field, but Kilgore College was over an hour and a half away. MaryAnn made the taxing drive every day from August to March the following year. “I would leave the house at 5a.m. Monday through Friday, go to school all day, and then get home at 7:30 or 8:00p.m. every night,” MaryAnn says. “It was extremely hard, but I was determined.” MaryAnn graduated from Kilgore College in 1995 and took her state board exams in Austin, Texas. Then, she opened her dream salon in the building where Twisted Fork is currently located. It was called Salon Visage Esthetique. “I was told I wouldn’t find enough business in Texarkana as only the second esthetician in town, but I worked hard to build an excellent clientele. At the time, I offered skin treatments and a vichy shower for mud treatments, but Texarkana wasn’t ready for some of that,” MaryAnn says. “At one point, I employed ten hairstylists, including my daughter, Amy. We also had two massage therapists, four nail technicians, and six tanning beds. But, some of my stylists thought that ‘the grass might be greener somewhere else,’ so I decided to

close the big salon and go into business on my own.” MaryAnn rented a building and started offering tanning, facials, and waxing services. She continued doing what she loved until she was told she had a brain tumor on May 24, 2016. On this day, life for MaryAnn changed forever. “I tend to talk about my life in two parts: before and after the brain tumor. Now, I’ve added more because I have before and after kidney cancer as well,” MaryAnn says. “My husband, Kip, who has been wonderful through it all, rolls his eyes, but it’s true. Things changed forever that day.” MaryAnn met Kip Pavey on a blind date. One of the massage therapists who worked for Amy said she had to meet Kip, who was working at International Paper. “I finally said, ‘Fine, I’ll meet him,’ and the rest is history!” MaryAnn says. “We met in 2003 and got married in 2009. We dated so long because we’d both come from bad relationships and said we would never get remarried. But, after all those years, neither one of us was going anywhere, so we decided we might as well get married!” In 2016, MaryAnn started having some strange symptoms. She felt like she could not walk in a straight line, was running into walls, and was having “brain freeze” headaches. “I knew something was wrong. I drink wine, so I even gave up drinking wine, but that didn’t change anything,” MaryAnn says. “I went to 019


my doctor in town, and he suggested an MRI. When we looked at the results, there was this great big white spot in my cerebellum, which is where all your motor skills come from. It was the size of a lemon, and my whole world stopped. I just knew it was a death sentence.” MaryAnn was sent to Mark Smith, M.D., in Texarkana, and he referred her to a doctor in Little Rock named Ali F. Krisht, who planned her surgery. “I was forced into early retirement. I had to close my salon after 25 years of service,” MaryAnn says. “I loved every one of my clients, but I could not return to work.” MaryAnn had her first surgery on June 4, 2016, and a second removal surgery on July 13, 2016. This second surgery took nine hours, and MaryAnn spent nine days after surgery in the ICU. “I really never thought that I would wake up from this surgery, and I was thrilled when I did! On top of that, Dr. Krisht told me that he had gotten all of the tumor. It was meningioma blastoma, and it was benign!” MaryAnn says. “I spent three days in the regular hospital room and five days in rehab. Then, I came home and had to adjust to my new normal. It took me almost two years to recover.” MaryAnn used a walker for three weeks after surgery. To this day, she has balance issues and a heightened sense of smell and taste. She also did not drive for two years following the surgery. “I turned 60 on September 5, 2016, just a few months after the surgery, and it was rough. I felt like I was all over the place,” MaryAnn says. “I found brain tumor support groups online and was able to talk to people going through the same thing. Talking to others kept me from depression. I was so blessed, and there were so many people going through so much worse.” 020

As she adjusted, MaryAnn learned to love retirement. “I paint, latch hook, and care for our precious fur babies. We have a three-year-old Rottweiler named Maggie and an eight-yearold Yorkie named Cali,” MaryAnn says. “I am also married to the most wonderful man in the whole world. He’s my rock and my soul.” Looking back on the experience, MaryAnn cannot help but see how God worked through every step in the process. “It honestly was a miracle. God put me exactly where I needed to be when I needed to be there. There is no other reason why I was referred to a neurosurgeon in the top 1% of the world. There is no other reason why my brain tumor wasn’t cancer,” MaryAnn says. Six years later, MaryAnn and Kip were in Florida visiting his son and their family when a family friend took them out on a boat. Though tropical storms were everywhere, they were protected on the intercoastal canal. However, the smooth, glass-like water quickly changed when the driver steered them onto the volatile, open sea. “We hit these six-foot swells, and everyone was vaulted four feet in the air and slammed back in the boat three or four times. I honestly thought I might have broken my back!” MaryAnn says. “I went in for X-rays, but there was nothing broken.”

A few days later, MaryAnn noticed a lot of blood in her urine and went to her regular doctor to check it out. He ordered a CT scan, and a mass on her right kidney showed up. He referred her to a kidney doctor, who ordered a CT with contrast and an ultrasound. Both showed the hard mass, so MaryAnn was sent to Dallas to see a nephrologist surgeon. On May 24, 2022, exactly six years to the day she was told she had a brain tumor, MaryAnn was told that she had a mass on her right kidney, and it was cancer. “Honestly, that boat ride saved my life! I really thought something was wrong from the whole ordeal, but it made my cancer start showing symptoms,” MaryAnn says, “Every doctor I went to said those exact words, and I knew that everything happens for a reason. God is good.” Though MaryAnn saw God’s hand in bringing it to light, she was still facing the dreaded c-word. Her fear was only exacerbated by the fact that both of her parents had passed from cancer. Her mother died from multiple myeloma in 2005. Her father died of acute lymphocytic leukemia, or bone marrow cancer, in 2013. “My diagnosis was really hard on my whole family, especially my daughter, Amy. She thought she was going to lose her mom. Also, I lived at home with my parents until Amy was six or seven years old, and my mom was a second mother to her. We lost my mom, my dad, and then I had a brain tumor,” MaryAnn says. “You don’t think you will live through a brain tumor, and it’s hard to believe that you will live through cancer.” MaryAnn underwent surgery on July 24, 2022, to remove the bottom part of her right kidney, and she came home the next day. Even though she was home, MaryAnn was in a lot of pain post-surgery. “I’ve never had such horrific pain in my life. I thought I was dying, but I didn’t! What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” A LT M a g a z i n e | O c t o b e r 2 0 2 2


MaryAnn says, “They were able to remove the entire mass, so I didn’t have to do chemo or radiation. Once again, God got me through it, and I was blessed beyond belief.” Post brain tumor and kidney cancer, MaryAnn’s new philosophy is to live life for every moment because everything could change in the blink of an eye. “When I could travel again after my brain tumor, we went to see Kip’s two sons in Florida, and while we were there, Kip’s son’s boss offered a ride in his private jet helicopter. Kip said, ‘My wife would never get in that helicopter.’ But, I took off running for the helicopter. Then Kip said, ‘My wife will never get off the ground in that helicopter,’ but we went for the ride. Kip just kept saying he didn’t know who I was anymore,” MaryAnn says. “It is true that I’m extremely scared of heights, but I just wanted to do something I had never done before. And I’m

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so glad I did. It was a beautiful experience.” Now, MaryAnn wants to do something out of her comfort zone to celebrate facing kidney cancer. A few years ago, they were in Costa Rica, and everyone ziplined except MaryAnn, so she has asked Kip to take her ziplining. They are currently talking about going to Las Vegas and ziplining over the Strip. This is just one of many trips the couple plan to take together. Soon, Kip hopes to retire, and the two plan on buying a mobile home and traveling the country on a whim while spending much time in Florida with Kip’s son and grandchildren. “We are looking forward to the memories we still have time to make together,” MaryAnn says. For other readers facing cancer or a cancer scare, MaryAnn suggests keeping positive, staying hopeful, and

leaning on faith. “Always pray and pray hard. Let your friends and family pray with and over you. I never felt so loved as I did when a client or friend asked if they could take my hand and pray with me,” MaryAnn says. “It’s an awesome, awesome feeling.” MaryAnn and Kip still keep a close eye on MaryAnn’s health. She goes back for CT scans every three months, and if she continues to get good results, she will go every six months and then, hopefully, yearly. She also gets yearly MRIs to check for new tumor growth. “God, my family, and my friends are the ones who got me through the toughest times in my life,” MaryAnn says. “I don’t know God’s plan for me in the future, but He is now and will always be in my heart. I know He loves each and every one of us and has a plan for our life.”

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CATERING YOUR EVERY CRAVING by: Michelle Horton

Although food has not been officially recognized as one of the love languages, it should, by default, be the sixth language. It incorporates all five senses and speaks boldly about the host and their desire to satisfy each guest. However, with the hustle and bustle of preparing holiday dinners, office parties, Girls-Night-In, and beyond, we are often left scrambling for something to serve. While it is understandable to want a lavish meal, why not give yourself a break and outsource your holiday catering to professionals? We assembled this catering company review to offer you a glimpse at Texarkana’s local caterers. For groups large and small, for treats savory and sweet, all you need to do is look local!

VERONA RESTAURANT

Verona’s is a fine Italian Restaurant serving traditional classics like Pollo Fettuccine Alfredo and heartier meals such as the Tomahawk Marsala. The interior boasts a luxurious place to host your event, or you may order from their catering menu.

WINGSTOP

Wingstop is the destination when you crave fresh wings, hand-cut seasoned fries, and any of their famous sides. For people who demand flavor in everything they do, I will always recommend Wingstop; it truly is a flavor experience. With three locations in Texarkana, hosting a party at this wing restaurant is a breeze, just like ordering their 100-piece wing pack! Order for your next Monday-night football party!

BENCHMARK AMERICAN BRASSERIE

Benchmark invites you to savor their French-American cuisine, from scallop provencal to steak frites, roasted duck jalapeños to French dip, and an Un, Deux, Trois Burger. With a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, it is an elegant place to host your holiday gettogether. Their entrees taste both new and familiar, always delicious, as they are prepared by a classically French-trained chef raised local to Texarkana, Chef Becky Williams.

POP’S PLACE

There is something retro and enjoyable about dining at Pop’s Place. With an inviting atmosphere full of great music and a fabulous menu, it’s a go-to favorite among the locals for their holiday parties. I am a fan of the Mushroom Cheese Dip, Prime Rib, and of course, their Fried Fish! For a more casual party with mouthwatering menu items, book your catering or party with them today.

JULIE’S DELI When you crave made-from-scratch meals and decadent desserts, my first thought will always be Julie’s Deli. Julie’s offers an extensive range of catering, from simple pickup/delivery options to Platinum Full Service catering. Complete with beautiful grazing displays, Tex-Mex Fiestas, and full Dinner Buffet Packages, Julie’s provides the perfect catering for your cravings.

NAAMAN’S

No smoke and mirrors here - Naaman’s has been perfecting their premium BBQ and prime steaks since the 80s. Naaman’s is the cool place to host your party or cater your holiday meal with flavor profiles unlike any other and a large open seating area. My favorites are the Loaded Pork Nachos and Sliced Brisket Plate.


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Family traditions sustain bonding and connection with loved ones. Create thoughtful traditions that are meaningful to your family, embracing the changes to come while also honoring the past. Here are a few new family holiday traditions to consider!

Food Traditions

•Make traditional dishes for your holiday meals and include foods from your culture or foods you ate growing up. Ask for recipes from relatives to keep your family food traditions alive. •Organize a cookie-baking party. Invite friends and family or a group of your kids’ friends. Ask everyone to bring their favorite holiday cookie recipe.

Giving Back Traditions

•Volunteer your time as a family at a soup kitchen or a food bank that hands out food to needy families. • Find a giving tree that allows you to sponsor a family or purchase toys for children in need. Go shopping for the items together and donate them. • Start a canned food drive in your neighborhood or at your church. Ask friends to donate canned and non-perishable foods, then donate them to a food bank. • Go through closets and donate gently used clothing (coats are particularly useful this time of year) to a local shelter. •Don’t forget senior citizens! Volunteer time at your local senior citizens center or see if there is a giving tree specifically for the residents.

Gift Traditions

•Draw names in your immediate family and make a gift for that person. It can be as easy as a photobook of your family’s greatest moments of the year. •Spend a day and possibly a night in a local metropolitan area and complete your holiday shopping. Ask your mom, sister, or sisters-in-law to come along! • Start a gag gift tradition. Give a funny gift to a family member. Each year, pass the gift on to another unsuspecting family member.

At Home Traditions

• Have your child start an “I Am Thankful” list on November 1st. Have them add one thing they are thankful for each day. You can turn this into a decoration for your Thanksgiving table. •Go to a tree farm to locate the perfect Christmas tree. At home, decorate it as a family or let the kids do their thing. Have some treats, hot cider, or cocoa on hand to keep energy levels up! • Set aside one night each week to watch a holiday movie or television special, such as “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” • Start a holiday village display. Add a new house or shop to your collection each year.

Neighborhood & Community Traditions

•Get a handful of friends together and go caroling. You’ll be surprised by how well-received your singing group is, even if you’re out of tune! • See a local production of The Nutcracker, held at the Perot Theatre the first weekend in December. • Check out holiday lights in your area. Get in the car, turn on your holiday playlist, and find brightly lit houses.

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A Cocktail Party

This festive party features your best friends, sparkly and fun decor, and a menu full of finger foods and big-batch drinks.

What we are serving: Spicy Cheddar Cheese Straws Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs Perfectly Poached Shrimp Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Crackers Cranberry Punch Garlic Parmesan Green Beans Ingredients

1 ½ pounds fresh green beans, trimmed 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 ½ ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded (about ⅔ cup) 2 bacon slices, cooked and chopped

Perfect Poached Shrimp Ingredients

Ice 4 qt. water 1 lemon, halved 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 2 bay leaves 2 teaspoons salt 2 pounds unpeeled, large raw shrimp (26/30 count)

Directions

Fill a large bowl halfway with ice and water. Pour four quarts of water into a Dutch oven; squeeze juice from one lemon into the Dutch oven. Stir in lemon halves, black peppercorns, bay leaves, and salt; bring to a boil over mediumhigh heat. Remove from heat; add shrimp. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Stir shrimp into ice water; let stand for 10 minutes. Peel and devein shrimp.

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine green beans, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until green beans are tender, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Sprinkle green beans with Parmesan, and continue to bake until Parmesan has melted (about 1 minute). Remove from oven, and sprinkle with bacon. Serve immediately.

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For your favorite foodie holidays, you will find the best recipes, menu ideas, and more—from ideas for a festive cocktail party to a lavish Christmas feast and everything in between! Here are a few of our favorites!

Fresh & Elegant Holiday Dinner

This beef tenderloin menu inspires the creative cook in you while pleasing guests who love a traditional meal.

What we are serving: Beef Tenderloin Smashed Baby Red Potatoes Garlic Parmesan Green Beans Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

Ingredients

8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained 8-ounce can pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple, drained 1 cup maraschino cherries, drained 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Directions

In a large bowl, stir together the whipped topping and yogurt. Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold remaining ingredients into whipped topping. Chill before serving.

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Traditional Thanksgiving

A Sweet Brunch

Banana Punch Ingredients

6 medium ripe bananas 12 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate 3 cups warm water, divided 2 cups sugar, divided 46 ounces pineapple juice, chilled 6 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled Cover and process the bananas, orange juice and lemonade in a blender until smooth. Remove half of the mixture and set aside. Add 1-1/2 cups warm water and 1 cup sugar to blender; blend until smooth. Place in a large freezer container. Repeat with remaining banana mixture, water and sugar; add to container. Cover and freeze until solid. One hour before serving, remove punch base from freezer. Just before serving, place in a large punch bowl. Add pineapple juice and soda; stir until well blended.

What we are serving: Cranberry Pineapple Tea Bacon Wrapped Turkey Green Bean Casserole Chicken and Dressing Creamy Mashed Potatoes Sweet Potato Casserole Turkey Gravy Brown ‘n Serve Rolls Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

2 pounds red or yellow-skinned potatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon garlic powder

12-24 hours. Remove roast 1/2 cup salted butter, softened from the refrigerator; let 2 tablespoons coarsely ground stand at room temperature 1 black pepper hour. Preheat oven to 450°F. 2 tablespoons kosher salt Place roast on a lightly 1 tablespoon chopped fresh greased rack in a roasting rosemary pan. Bake in preheated 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage oven on lowest oven rack 1 tablespoon chopped fresh 45 minutes. Reduce oven thyme 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive temperature to 350°F; bake until a meat thermometer oil inserted in thickest portion 1 (8-lb.) 4-rib prime rib roast, registers 120°F to 130°F chine bone removed for medium-rare or 130°F Directions to 135°F for medium, about Stir together butter, pepper, salt, 1 hour and 30 minutes. Let rosemary, sage, thyme, and oil in stand 30 minutes. Transfer a small bowl. Spread evenly over roast to serving platter. roast. Chill, uncovered,

A Festive Christmas Feast

A Savory Brunch

You will not find a more impressive way to feed a crowd during the holidays than this standing rib roast.

What we are serving: Arugula Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette Eggs Bendeit Casserole Oven Roasted Potatoes Bacon Breakfast Burritos

What we are serving: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch Baked Brie Bites Peppercorn-Crusted Standing Rib Roast Baby Hasselback Potatoes Roasted Broccoli Soft Dinner Rolls

If you always order savory at brunch, we’ve made a brunch menu you will love.

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Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F. Scrub potatoes (do not peel them). Dice into 1” cubes. If time allows, soak potatoes in cold water for up to 1 hour., then drain and dry. Toss potatoes, olive oil, and seasonings. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes until browned and tender.

Ingredients

Peppercorn-Crusted Standing Rib Roast

What we are serving: Banana Punch Ambrosia Salad Cinnamon Rolls Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Directions

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Classic Thanksgiving recipes that you’ll come back to year after year.

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Living life and facing death can be liberating – and it doesn’t have to be hard. The more emotional tasks like writing Depending on the source, about half letters of love or an ethical will, which of Americans know they should have a outlines your values, may actually be the will but don’t. And a National Library of hardest. Medicine study found that in 2017 only a third of us had completed end-of-life Financial power of attorney. Durable forms that outline our wishes for comfort powers of attorney give someone and care during that final transition. Not permission to make decisions on your surprising, maybe, since the process can behalf – anything from communicating be confusing and perhaps distressing with your cable company to dealing with when considering our own mortality. What banking, real estate, business and legal may be surprising is the fact that the matters. unpredictable pandemic may have shifted POLST forms outline physician orders Americans’ attitudes toward codifying our for life-sustaining treatment for those wishes in a very practical sense. with serious conditions, indicating things like whether you’d like CPR, mechanical The why ventilation, feeding tubes or ICU treatment. It seems, despite living through a once-ina-century pandemic, our interest in actually Medical power of attorney. Sometimes called a living will or advanced directive, completing the task still wavers. However, this outlines medical treatments you want top of the list of benefits is peace of mind – and those you don’t and authorizes a proxy saving cost, time and heartache. Doing the to make decisions for you. work to have everything in place means A last will and testament. medical professionals will be guided by Beneficiary forms. For insurance policies, your voice, your loved ones won’t have retirement accounts and some other to bear the burden of guessing what you assets, the beneficiary form prevails over would want, and you’ll know that your heirs the will. will receive the accounts and assets that A declaration of guardian appoints you intended for them. It may not make it easier to say goodbye but should make the someone to look after your minor children. A trust. In many states, a living trust can aftermath a lot easier. be used to transfer assets and personal property in an orderly and more private Another beautiful potential benefit, perhaps manner than a will and can even stipulate even the most important one? Quelling special provisions such as age-based the potential for intra-family strife during distribution so young adults don’t inherit all an already stressful time. Proper planning at once. could help protect sibling and family relationships, which can get ugly when it The where and how comes to medical and financial matters. If you need help getting started, first get Experts recommend making your wishes organized clear and communicating them well before your passing, particularly if you’re part of a Discover what you already have. For blended family. example, you may already have a

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You’ll want to put some strong safeguards in place. Ask your medical and financial professionals if you need any or all of these documents. Don’t be intimidated. You don’t have to codify everything at once, and many are fairly straightforward.

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healthcare proxy. From there, make an appointment with an attorney who specializes in estate or elder care law to review what you have and help you fill any gaps. Include your financial advisor to ensure you’ve made a plan for all relevant assets.

You may want to also make an advanced care planning appointment with your doctor. Often this can be done remotely (two 30-minute appointments are covered by Medicare, as is advanced planning for a cognitively impaired patient). Be sure to ask so you’ll know what your financial liability may be. Once gathered, store all relevant paperwork in one place. Some prefer a binder in a safe deposit box, but another secure way may be an online vault that allows you to grant differing levels of access to those you trust most. Just make sure your family members and righthand professionals know where to find these important documents and how to access them.

The who

Last, but certainly not least, make time to share your decisions with those they’ll affect. Talk to your loved ones about your healthcare and financial plans and preferences, where important documents live and how to access them. Your advisor can help you set up regular family meetings to address who inherits what and why, as well as other details. Of course, the most important thing is to take the time to tell your family just how much you love them.

Raymond James is not affiliated with any organizations mentioned. Raymond James does not provide legal services. Please discuss these matters with the appropriate professional. Sources: vox.com; theatlantic.com; compassionandchoices.org; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Health Affairs; nytimes.com; time.com

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Drug Take Back Initiative Operation Medicine Cabinet The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is proud to partner with Texarkana Emergency Center in an effort to remove unused and out of date prescription medicines from your homes. •It is important to know that law enforcement is only interested in the removal of unused and/or outdated medications from the homes of our citizens. •It matters not whose name is on the prescription, by whom it was prescribed, where it was prescribed, or where you reside. •We stress that it makes no difference if you live in Texas or Arkansas. •We take back all medications, no questions asked. You can remove the label if you desire but it’s not necessary. •We ask that you do not deposit needles (sharps), inhalers, medication from businesses or clinics, ointments, lotions, liquids, aerosol cans, hydrogen peroxide, or thermometers. One box has been placed behind the Bi State Justice Building at 100 N. State Line Ave., Texarkana, Arkansas and another outside the Texarkana Emergency Center, 4646 Cowhorn Creek Rd., Texarkana, Texas. These boxes are regularly checked and the contents are immediately packaged for destruction. If you would like to personally drop your medications off to law enforcement, you can at the Miller County Sheriff’s Office on East Street and Bi State Justice Building in Texarkana.

National Take Back Day October 29, 2022 8am - 12pm at Texarkana Emergency Center & Hospital

You can learn more about this program by visiting www.artakeback.org or on Facebook by searching Arkansas Take Back or Arkansas Drug take Back.

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Suzie TK Snippets By: Suzie Tyler

Are you a Texarkana Baby? The song Texarkana Baby was recorded by Eddy Arnold in 1949. It was one of the first 45 RPM records issued by RCA. We don’t hear it as often now as we did in the fifties. I can’t say I’m a ‘genuine’ Texarkana Baby because “My pappy came from Arkansas and my maw from Louisiana.” But, I am a real “Texarkana, Arkansas” native! Born and bred here! When Odis and I dated in 1958, he teased me that I was his ‘Texarkana Baby.’ He said I was his precious thing that had him “twisted round his finger like a little piece of string.” But I did give him “lots of sugar!” I don’t know about the next line in the song: “If she hauled off and slapped me, I would never feel the sting cause she’s my Texarkana baby.” I never tried it. Lol! I never asked him if the diamond ring he was going to offer me was “with one installment pay.” In the 50s, our little world comprised the four-state area; Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Today, we are such a mobile society. It’s easy to go to the Texarkana Regional Airport and hop a plane to Dallas. Then the world is within our reach. Texarkana is unique in so many ways. We are a city with two city governments in two different states but share a water department and a post office. We are the only city with a border city exemption for state income tax for Arkansas residents. You can stand in one place and have one foot in Texas and one in Arkansas. It’s the only small town that was featured in the new Elvis movie. It has been the subject of Smokey and the Bandit and The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Texarkana has been mentioned on numerous television shows. Jet airplanes and the internet have opened up new horizons and some Texarkana natives cannot wait to leave and find their dreams elsewhere. For those of us who stay or moved here and love it, Texarkana really is “Twice As Nice.” ***Check out my books on Amazon. On Loan From God For Twenty-Four Hours, My Love Story In A Nutshell and Growing Up In The Fifties. A new experimental feature called Vella allows writers to post one episode at a time. I have seven episodes available. Look for Finding A Perfect Love. P.S. On October 15th, my 1960 Arkansas High School Class will have our 60th class reunion. If you are a member and haven’t been contacted, please message me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. A LT M a g a z i n e | O c t o b e r 2 0 2 2

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HandsOn Texarkana TH 14 ANNUAL TAPAS & WINE presents

FINE DINING UNDER THE STARS 1920’S STYLE! FABULOUS DINNER BY VERONA, WITH CHEF HECTOR JIMENEZ CHARCUTERIE BY GRAZE BY BLUEBIRDS LIVE MUSIC BY CHASING RITA PAIRING WINES BY ENOCH’S STOMP WINERY PICTURES BY SMILE ON THE LINE

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Fish Tales with Mike Brower

The Fish Had A Plan

This past August, Debbie and I took our usual trip to Montana, and I fished while she relaxed. On the second day of fishing, my guide took me to DePuy Spring Creek, where I normally fish. I thought it would be cool to fish there with a guide to show me what I don’t know. We eased up to a spot in the creek and saw several nice trout in between grass patches feeding. James directed me to a three- to fourpound brown trout on the bottom end of the feeding fish. After two drifts, it took my fly, and the fight was on; for about ten seconds when it took me into a grass patch and broke off. After several choice words and a re-tie, I started fishing for a real nice five-plus pound rainbow feeding in a patch of sand between two patches of grass. It would rise and eat on just about every bug that came into the zone but not ANYTHING I sent drifting its way. The fish would rise about every three to five drifts and look at my bug but would not eat. We spent four and a half hours and probably 15 – 20 fly changes trying to make this fish eat a lure. BUT NO! It would rise up,

look and go back to its feeding position. What makes it so bad is that if something came by other than my fly, it would eat it, including a small leaf. This is another one of those “life lessons” I hate. I’m very patient where fishing is concerned, but again we spent over four hours on this fish, and many of my drifts were outstanding, but to no avail. We kept saying, “let’s give it five more drifts,” like the dummies we were. This fish suckered us into his plan to keep us tied up all day, and we fell for it. For the umpteenth time in my life, I had a “character building” moment (or rather, over four hours.) I don’t like them anymore. I want more fish-biting/catching moments, but you can bet another fish somewhere will sucker me into its diabolical plan, and I’ll be all “five more drifts” that turns into all day. I love fishing. Fishing humbles everyone.

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MICHAEL W. SMITH @ PEROT THEATER

Multi-platinum artist and bestselling author Michael W. Smith returns to the road this fall with The WayMaker Tour. Join Michael W. and his special guest Jon Reddick for an unforgettable night of music and worship. Set at the Perot Theater, The WayMaker tour is designed to bring the fan up close providing a chance to experience Michael W. Smith LIVE in a way they never have before. Find tickets on www.perottheatre.org/tickets

MARKET BENEFITING 9 FALLCASA OF TEXARKANA

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Join our first Fall Market at The Silvermoon on Broad on Sunday, October 9th, from 3pm-7pm. You’re invited to shop local as talented vendors will be set up showcasing their items for sale from art and jewelry to clothing, food, and more. There will be raffle tickets being sold at the door for $5 benefiting our friends at CASA of Texarkana. You’ll be entering for your chance to win a basket full of gift cards and merch from the markets’ vendors! We will pull Donut • Croissant • Kolache • Fruit Sticks • Burrito names throughout the Biscuit • Muffin • Coffee afternoon for door prizes and draw for the grand prize at the end of the night!! This event is free for the public to attend. Bring your little ones down for fun, as we will have a kid’s area with hands-on crafts!

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For more information on this event or to become a vendor, please contact: Jakie Arellano at 903-7919355 ext. 1087 or Jakie. arellano@gohce.com

13TH ANNUAL GATHERING OF AUTHORS CHARITY EVENT AND BOOK SIGNING

Come out and help us celebrate literacy and reading, as we raise money for Autism. Friday, October 14th, 6:30 - 8:30 is the Charity dinner, speakers, and live auction. Saturday, October 15th, 10 am to 3 pm, is the Author event with two dozen authors, vendors, kids corner, silent auction, dozens of door prizes and free refreshments. FAMILY EVENT!!!! For more info, go to www.gatheringofauthors.com.

AT 16 HARVEST THE HILLS

Join Northern Hills Baptist Church for a fun-filled family event on Sunday, October 16th, from 3-7pm. Lots of fun activities for children of all ages and family entertainment. Bring a lawn chair and join in the fun at 6000 Sammy Lane in Texarkana, AR! Contact 870-773-3580 for more info.

TRS-CARE 20 HEALTH FAIR

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) will host a free health fair for retired Texas public educators in Texarkana from 9am–12pm on Thursday, October 20, 2022. Register today to get critical health information on your TRS health benefits, talk in person to your health care vendors, learn about your wellness options, get a head start on Medicare, and more. For more dates and locations in Texas, visit TRS Health Care Events. We hope to see you in Texarkana in October!

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DISCO FOR DOWN SYNDROME

Join us under the disco ball at Studio 72 for a night full of Disco, Dining and Drinks! 100% of all proceeds will be used locally for our Camps, Education Programs and Awareness Campaign!!!

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