Spinning their wheels How one Crossroads family is turning an old chore into fun for the family.
Willing and Abel A local doctor leaves the comforts of home to assist physicians in the Phillipines.
No worries, coach The Big Spring Steers basketball program clinches a district title.
One step at a time One veteranâ€™s trek across America to raise money and awareness for the nationâ€™s heroes.
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Local Doctor Alan Abel, assisted by a number of Filipino nurses and physicians, performs surgery during a recent trip to the island nation. See Page 8 for more. .
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Publisher’s Note Spring has sprung. I am glad spring is here, as I am sure most of you are, as well. Spring signifies to me a rebirth, a time for new things. Flowers begin to grow and the birds begin to sing. This season is also a great time for the wild turkey hunter. The spring gobbler season is enjoyed across the country. The sounds echo throughout the forest and hills of this great land. Just like our Native American ancestors, modern day hunters are preparing for the spring turkey hunt. During my younger days, the spring turkey season was one of my favorite times to enjoy the outdoor wonders provided to us. Take some time this season and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. As you take the time to relax and read through this month’s edition of Living, with features from Bruce Schooler and Kay Smith — just to mention a few — we also hope you enjoy the stories our staff has provided. Lyndel Moody brings to you a unique story of Linda White and her passion for keeping the art of spinning fibers and materials alive. Steve Reagan’s article on Dr. Alan Abel takes a look at the local physician’s three-week trip to the Phillipines to provide free healthcare in areas of the poverty-stricken nation. Thomas Jenkins tells us the story of Richard Hunsucker, a retired Marine who is doing his part to raise awareness for disabled veterans, while Joe
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Steve Regan Lyndel Moody Kay Smith Bruce Schooler
Joe Zigtema Scott W. Barclay
Zigtema shares with you the recent district title run of the Big Spring Steers basketball team. As always, our goal is to give you something to entertain and take your mind off the chaos going on around us. We hope you enjoy this edition and we look forward to the next. During these trying times, remember to keep those less fortunate in mind. Lend a helping hand to those in need. Live, love and laugh. Take Care, Ron Midkiff Publisher Published by Heritage Publications (2003) Inc. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Living Magazine is published 10 times yearly and mailed individually free of charge to homes and businesses in the Big Spring, Texas, area. Editorial correspondence should be sent to Living, P.O. Box 1431, Big Spring TX 79720. For advertising rates and other information, please call (432) 263-7331.
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ig Spring resident Linda White uses a bit of old fashion technology to get in touch with the future. On gentle evenings, she and her grandchildren practice an old-fashionED skill — spinning wool into yarn and maybe adding a few family tales to the night’s entertainment. “I’ve been spinning for about a year and half,” White said. “On the way home from church one day, we had our grandkids with us, and it was cotton season. They asked me how they make that stuff into our clothes. We stopped and got a handful of cotton, and I showed them how to start spinning it. The twist is what holds thread together. It’s what gives it strength. I can pull fiber to pieces just like that, but if I twist some, it becomes very strong.” From that handful of cotton grew a new passion. Soon White and her grandchildren moved on to creating yarn from fiber with a hand spindle, but their imagination and gumption
didn’t stop there. “The kids were all spinning fiber and just having a good time,” White said. “We started looking on the Internet at spinning wheels. I said, ‘you know I think we can build one of those.’ Fred (her husband) said, ‘Well, I’ve got this bicycle wheel out in the garage that I’ve had for 20 years. You can have that.’ “So I went to the lumber yard and bought a piece of oak and kept looking at them (spinning wheels) online. At this point I still didn’t know how they worked. There was a lot of trial and error.” Adding copper tubing, half a yoyo and a hook created from part of a coat hanger, White cobbled together a working spinning wheel for the price of $40. Her newest machine — bought four months ago — cost $520. Both pieces of equipment produce quality wool, White said. She can vividly walk you through the whole process now from skirting the wool — getting rid of the trash
and vegetable matter caught up in the original fiber — to dying the yarn, and she is willing to pass on her special dying ingredients and techniques. She uses Kool-Aid. “When you know how things work, I think it gives you a better appreciation,” White said. “We live in a disposable world. If it doesn’t work, just throw it out and go get another one. My mother’s motto when we were little was, ‘Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.’ That’s kind of how I live my life.” If there is enough interest expressed from the community, White hopes to begin a spinning class or to create a group with like-minded spinning enthusiasts. “There are so many cool things to do in this world,” she said.”When you have an interest in things and know how things are made, I think it gives you a great base.” Learning to spin has not only brought a new skill to White and her grandchildren, but has weaved together a
stronger family connection. “Sometimes, in the evenings, we’ll sit and work fiber and we’re always talking about something,” she said.“We’re not always plugged into the box in the corner. We’re connected. We’re grow-
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ing that sense of family, that sense of community.” “Then we start talking about when I was a child and the grandkids start asking questions,” she continued. “The Israelites didn’t write down everything
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that happened to them in their journal when they left Egypt. All of those things had to be carried by word of mouth. “All of those family stories had to be carried orally. Some of my favorite stories are the ones my dad told me. They are not written down anywhere. We didn’t have TV when I was little. We played cards, or I held yarn for my mother. I remember those times. I can feel warm light when I think about them.” Learning a skill from the past has helped White and her family to connect to a piece of their personal history. “I think we’ve lost a lot of our sense of history and family history, not just
American history or your cultural history, but personal, family history,” she said. “I think is it really important to have that to carry with you. It’s who you are and where you
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It’s all about the time...
By Kay Smith What is the question artists hear the most and fear the most? We get asked a lot and share many of the same answers, some true, some flippant and some downright aggravating. “So, how long did it take you?” We have all heard this at least once no matter where we are, at a show, at our studios or just in exchanging pleasant chitchat about our art. Usually, it is the first thing a viewer wants to know. But no matter how often I get asked, the question still surprises me. Of all the things a person could ask — why I chose the subject, how do I get inspired, do I suffer from artist’s block, how do I start, what happens if — no question mystifies us more than this. Our favorite reply is, “all my life.” Whether you spent 30 minutes, three weeks or three months creating it, we draw from our life, every second of it, to produce that painting.
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Recently, I’ve come to take this question more seriously and study to see what might lie behind it. Few professions, if any, place less importance on time than does the visual artist. Others set their lives by the clock. Eight hours of work and eight hours of sleep are interrupted only by the sacred weekend. Clocks tick off the time to our next vacation or to retirement. Time is integral, even in many of the other arts, such as dance and music. These are set to rhythm by choreographers and composers. Even the writers of novels depend upon daily word counts. Theater is partly defined by the length of time an audience is willing to sit still through a performance. If you have been a painter for a while or involved in other fine art pursuits, such as sculpture, you’ve probably experienced how these transcend time. In the creative process, being in your right brain causes you to lose track of time. A halfday will pass in
what seems like seconds. Weeks and months pass when making something from paint or clay, and you’ve lost all sense of real time. When having to do live demos — demonstrations in front of an audience — time is set for the usual one hour, perhaps an hourand-a-half and no longer than two hours. It is rare that any painter can complete their job within that time span. Trying to condense an emotional response onto paper or canvas is difficult. This is why the “how long did it take you?” question doesn’t add up. It is in a forgotten language, and briefly we can’t remember
where we put the dictionary. The question comes from those who haven’t had the good fortune to live in timelessness and in a place set aside in our own minds. Not all who claim to be “artists” experience this absence of time. Recently, while traveling, I was reminded of this. On any trip you are bound by schedules, meeting appointments, airline departure times and hotels who charge by the day. I am forced to cooperate and function in real time during these days. And because my real time is limited, I try to see as much art as possible. Hotels have fine art on their walls, or, as in Vegas, galleries within their facilities complex. Larger airports with bigger budgets feature lots of sculptures and paintings. My favorite is the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport gallery, a bona fide mortar and brick one.
Displays there always delight the travelers passing through, and I’m no exception. On my last trip I quickly stepped inside their doorway to see if anything caught my eye as being interesting and demanding closer attention. I had only a few moments to spare before gate check-in. From the threshold I could see most of what the gallery offered in its current exhibition. Not too overwhelming or compelling, I thought, as I did a 360-degree turn and was half out the door. The gallery sitter called out right then to say surely I had not seen these artists’ works. It was a slow day for the lonely sitter. Anyone who has ever sat at a show knows the hours are filled with endless solitude. Feeling totally guilty, I stated that I was sorry that none of the pieces interested me, and I had a plane to catch. But the sitter wanted to argue.
How could I reach a conclusion such as that without further examining the work up close? How could I properly see all of it from the doorway? Could I possibly imagine how much time the artist had painstakingly devoted to each piece? An inability to think at conversational speed is among my many failings. By the time I came up with an answer to the sitter’s questions I was checking in at Gate 3. “Ma’am,” I answered the lady to myself in my mind, “my guess is that I spent only slightly less time looking at the work than the artist spent in painting it.” And I was talking about real time. Visit Kay’s studio Brushworks, located at 2106 Scurry or see her work online at her new blog: http://kaysmithbrushworks.blogspot.com or email her at 1971ks@ att.net phone 263-ARTT
Willing and Abel By Steve Reagan
urgeon Alan Abel was once a missionary whose missionary streak never completely left him, so it should come as no surprise to learn he occasionally packs up his local practice, heads halfway across the globe and lends a helping, healing hand to those living in squalor. Abel’s latest jaunt came in January, when he and about 70 medical colleagues travelled to the Philippines to provide free health care to to people living in the slums of Palawan and Manila. There, he performed a wide variety of surgeries — ranging from minor procedures to major operations
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— on those too poor to afford quality care. It wasn’t Abel’s first trip to the Philippines. Some 39 years earlier, he had travelled to the Pacific Rim nation as a young missionary fresh from receiving his divinity degree from Concordia College in Missouri. Needless to say, things changed between visits. “The last time I was here, the city where I lived (Cebu City) had a population of 250,000,” Abel said. “Now, its population is 2.5 million.” After four years as a missionary there, he returned to the United States to enter medical school at the Uni-
versity of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After completing his surgical residency at the University of Nevada in 1985, he practiced in Oklahoma and Texas for several years before joining Scenic Mountain Medical Center in 2002. Despite his new career, he never quite lost the urge to help the less fortunate, making several trips overseas to help out in Third World countries. Last year, he found the Web site for the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America. “I got ahold of them and they said they’d love to have me, so I went,” Abel said. “It was something I always wanted to do, something I always looked forward to doing,” he added. “When you have people making the equivalent of $2 a day, they can’t afford medical care and the physicians can’t afford to care for them, so they don’t get taken care of.” The Philippines is a country of contrasts, he said, where one can go from
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sparkling nightclubs to slum tenements in a manner of minutes. “It’s overcrowded, beautiful, dirty, polluted, pristine, very rich and very poor,” he said. “They have shopping malls that would make the one in Midland look like a dump. Then you have people living on less money a day than it would take to buy a hot dog over here.” Abel spent nearly three weeks in the Philippines with his SPSA colleagues.
His first day gave him a clue as to how busy he’d be. “I arrived in Palawan on a Sunday and we went to screen patients that day,” he said. “We went to an outdoor gym area and there were probably 250 to 300 people waiting to be seen ... some of them had come from as far away as 175 miles just to get some help ... so we all went to work checking them.” The group performed hundreds of
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surgical procedures during its stay. Those operations ranged from the relatively minor, such as removing cysts or benign tumors, to more serious procedures. And it wasn’t nearly enough, Abel said. “We did as many procedures as we could. We saved as many people as we could,” he said. “But for everyone we treated, there were 10 to 15 we couldn’t. “At one point, I said I wasn’t sure if I was suited enough to do this, because I was so accustomed to all the procedures and equipment we have over here,” he said. “Over there, you’re working with relatively nothing.” Abel painted a verbal picture of health care far removed from that which Americans are accustomed — Nails hammered into a wall doubled as IV stands. Sponges and other “disposable” items were washed, sterilized and reused. Even surgical tubing, perhaps the most disposable of medical items in the United States, was used and reused during the group’s stay. “They don’t have the wherewithal to just say, ‘Well, we’ll just throw that stuff out.’ Compared to here, conditions were very primitive,” Abel said. In a way, it could have been called hit-and-run medicine. Surgeries were performed, but there was not enough time for needed follow-up examinations. Cancerous tumors were removed, but the patients couldn’t afford radiation or chemotherapy treatments. He said the doctors and nurses had to become adept at balancing what the patients really needed and what the group could realistically provide. “Ethically, were we able to provide the best care we possibly could? Was what we did proper care?” Abel asked. “They weren’t cured, but at least now they feel a lot better. To give people three or four more years of quality life wasn’t ideal, but it was something.” And Abel plans to continue following his missionary streak. “It was definitely worthwhile,” he said, “and I plan to do something like this again. Whether it’s in the Philippines or India or Ethiopia, it’ll be somewhere.”
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The benefits of being active go well beyond a fit body
By Scott W. Barclay, D.O. Are you just thinking about exercising? Are you tired of being a couch potato and not able to keep up with your children? Do you want to surrender the title of “King of the Remote?” Are you worrying about that spare tire around your waist that keeps getting bigger and bigger? Could you use a new look and attitude about life? You must have answered yes to one or more of these questions. In this article, we’ll first look at the many great benefits of exercise, then discuss strategies to overcome common obstacles to starting, and finally help you take those first few steps on your road to a new you. If you are still straddling the fence on whether or not to embrace an active lifestyle and exercise, here’s some food for thought. Everyone could use more energy, right? Fatigue is one of the most common complaints I hear from my patients every day. Invariably,
the lack of regular exercise is the most likely reason. Daily exercise will not only lead to better health, but also improved stamina and endurance in everyday activities. Weight gain is usually the prime motivating factor for most people who adopt an exercise program. And why not? Studies show that frequent exercise is the best predictor of short and long term weight loss. Psychologically, exercise’s impact is “prozac-like.” With exercise, endorphins — your body’s natural anti-depressant chemical — are released. This creates a natural “high” and leads to decreased rates of depression and improved self-esteem. Physically speaking, the effects of exercise are immeasurable. Countless medical studies show that risks of heart disease, the No. 1 killer in America, diabetes, stroke and hypertension are all greatly reduced with activity.
Even smoking cessation success rates increase significantly when exercise is thrown into the mix. The road to a healthy, active life is littered with roadblocks. The first of which is getting and staying motivated. Try to enlist the direct support of friends, family or coworkers. Have someone commit with you to regular exercise, no excuses allowed. Consider making a friendly wager with friends and coworkers over who can drop the most pounds or inches over five or six months. This will help you stay focused both on exercise and also on setting a goal. This leads me to my next point. Now that you have convinced yourself to start, set a reasonable goal. I often encourage my patients just beginning a program to set goals that are sensible and easily obtained. An unrealistic goal sets you up for discouragement and failure. For example, maybe you would
like to be able to walk or run 5 kilometers in three or four months, or possibly be able to walk for 60 minutes on a treadmill. After I gained 15 pounds during medical residency, I took up running and met my goal of completing my first marathon. That was 13 years and eight marathons ago. However, don’t ask me what my time was — I finished. The perceived lack of time is another stumbling block to exercise. Believe it or not, you don’t have to slave away in the gym or on a treadmill for one to two hours each day. You only need 15 to 30 minutes three-tofive days a week to see benefitS. But make sure that 15-30 minutes is quality effort: if you are not huffing and puffing, try harder. After a long day at work or home, it’s hard both physically and mentally to squeeze in a workout. To avoid this situation, make yourself get up a few minutes early and do it then; otherwise, if you are like me, other responsibilities or more relaxing activities will occupy your time. Here’s another option: while at work, hit the stairs or hallways for 15-30 minutes during lunch. Some people are leery about “investing” in their health future. I consider exercise as a form of preventative maintenance for the body. So think about spending about $1 a day on your future and join a local health club — you’ll be more likely to follow through with a financial commitment. It’s important to have a physical
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exam performed by your family physician prior to any significant regular exercise, and possibly an exercise stress test if you have any risk factors for heart disease — high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Once you are cleared to start, I do recommend that the first few weeks of exercise go under the watchful eye of a qualified, experienced personal trainer. And remember the old adage, “Start low, go slow, aim high and be patient.” Hopefully, you now have enough ammunition to start exercising. The hardest part of starting an exercise program is just “getting the ball rolling.” Once you make it past those first 1-2 weeks, you’ll find you feel better and will actually enjoy exercising. As you overcome
these many barriers, you will see and feel positive changes in your life and you will unknowingly become an excellent example for others. You can learn more about the benefits of regular exercise by visiting www.smmccares.com — just click on the “Health Resources” link. Or, contact Dr. Scott Barclay at Cornerstone Family & Sports Medicine, located on the second floor of the Malone & Hogan Clinic. Dr. Barclay, D.O. has been board certified in Family Medicine since 1996, and has practiced in Big Spring since 2008. To schedule an appointment, call 264-6361. You can visit his Web site at www. BigSpringDoc.com.
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916 Lamesa Hwy. - 6 lots, great commercial site. Thorpe/Wasson - Commercial lots-frontage, $80,000. S. Service Rd & FM 700 - Good building site, 1.08 acre. 500 E. FM 700 - 18 acre, corner lot. 1208 E. 4th - 50 x 140 on corner lot, $12,000. 1210 E. 4th - Corner lot, $12,000. 1600 Wasson - 150 x 150 corner lot, $20,000. 1901 Wasson - 150 x 150 corner lot, $20,000. 1210 E. 5th - Corner lot, $6,000. 1611 E. 4th - Corner lot, $65,000. 1201 Scurry - Good retail location, $50,000. 1202 Scurry - Nice retail lots, $15,000. 1605 Scurry - 0.177 ac., 3 sides fenced. 500 Gregg - 100â€™ frontage, 140â€™ deep, $195,000. 1207 Utah - 2 lots, $17,000. 421 E. 3rd - 2 lots, $10,000. 407 W. 3rd - 150 x 150 commercial lot, $19,500. 300 Aylesford - 0.298 acre, $15,000.
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Kentwood - 5.08 acres, South of Merrily St. Kentwood - 89.10 acres, East of Kentwood. Campestre Estates - 5ac. tracts - $15,000. (29 tracts available). South Mountain - 6.187 ac., beautiful building location. 1908 Thorpe, 3.16 acres, $29,000. Richie Rd. - 10 acres, $29,500. Baylor Blvd. - 6.74 acres, $39,900. Stanton - 7.10 acres, beautiful building site, $35,000.
Parkland Estates - Thorpe / Wasson, $35,000 each. Forsan - Warren St., nice building lot, $4,500. Parkway Rd. - 58 lots, great building opportunity, $150,000. Coronado Hills - 6 residential lots. $49,000. Baylor - 7 lots (2 lots could be commercial). Scott Drive - $18,000. 4000 Vicky - $8,000. 712 Craigmont - $17,000. 2513 E. 25th - $10,000. 720 Craigmont - $17,500. 1308 E. 6th - $8,000. 3802 Dixon - $8,000. 702 Caprock - $34,000. 3800 Dixon - $8,000. 3204 Fenn Ave. - $6,500. 3802 Parkway - $4,000. 702 Colgate - $6,500. 3800 Parkway - $4,000. 706 Colgate - $6,500. 601 Bucknell - $5,000.
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4000 W. HWY. 80 - Apartment complex with 14 apartments plus RV Park and 6 storage spaces. Will sell Apartments separate from RV Park.
307 W. 4th - Three lots with concrete building, the two houses on property will be moved.
1901 W. 16th - 9,900 Sq. ft., additional building with 2,000 sq. ft., paved parking, 5 acres included.
502 E. FM 700 - For sale or lease, 11,242 sq. ft., fenced, 2.52 acres.
600 MAIN - Office Building with 8 offices, 2 baths, 2 reception areas, storage building, 3,900 sq. ft.
NEW 1409 LANCASTER - Large office building - 6 offices, 2 bathrooms, kitchen breakroom with extra open spaces, 4,875 sq. ft.
1011 W. 4th - Approx. 7,356 sq. ft, showroom, shop with overhead door, fenced yard.
611 GREGG - For sale or lease, central heat/ref. air, basement, storage shed.
308 SCURRY - Could be used for offices or retail, nice downtown location, central heat/ref. air, 3,164 sq. ft.
1600 WASSON - Nice commercial building, 2,200 sq. ft., 3 large rooms, 2 bathrooms, 0.596 acre fenced with chain link fence.
1501 W. 4th - Good location with small office, garage with overhead door and wash bay.
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3000 W. HWY. 80 - Currently Dâ€™s One Stop. Drive thru window, double gas pumps. High traffic area.
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A Steers season to remember...
By Joe Zigtema 18 Living Magazine
t was senior Daniel Segundo that predicted the Big Spring Steers’ basketball campaign would be one to remember in 2010. “Coach, we’re going to be good,” he told head coach Marcus Morris. It wasn’t a ground-breaking, Nostradamus-like prediction, but the way he said it stuck with Morris, who led the Steers this season to their first district title since 1989 — before any of the current players were born. “He said it in a way which was a nothing-to-worry-about type of attitude,” Morris said as he headed to the state tournament in midMarch. “Now that I look back on it, he was 100 percent right.” But now, looking back on the season that was — a district title the Steers clinched with two games left in the season, district MVP and Offensive MVP honors, district Coach of the Year, and, finally, a playoff run that hasn’t happened in this football-crazed town in more than two decades. But the Steers handled the season just the way Segundo predicted — with a nothing-to-worry-about attitude. Morris figured it out early, while Big Spring was still making its run on the gridiron through the playoffs. He played three games with a skeleton crew of junior varsity players, including a double-overtime marathon at Midland Greenwood where, in the final minutes, the Steers played with just four players due to foul trouble. “I figured out it was going to be a fun year because none of them were selfish,” Morris said. “They were all doing what they could to help the team, and that didn’t change.” But it wasn’t all smiles for the Steers during the season. The team struggled mightily at times through the early part of the season, including a seven-game losing streak that plummeted the Steers’ record to below .500 by the time district play started.
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Some of those games were going to be tall orders for the Steers to win — like a Kerrville tournament in which Big Spring faced off against four ranked teams in a row and a home date with perennial power Lubbock Estacado. But there were others where the Steers had chances to win, and found ways to lose — like a road game at Lubbock Cooper where the Steers battled back from a 20-point deficit early, only to hand the game away in the fourth quarter. Or the following game, at Brownfield, where Big Spring let an 11-point lead slip away with five minutes to go. “Whenever you make the schedule, you always make some games that are winnable and some that are an uphill battle,” Morris said. “There were a couple games there that we lost that we shouldn’t have, but as a team we put it behind us. It wore on us, but not to the point where we were frustrated with our effort.” That all changed, however, when a 5-foot-10 guard from Lubbock joined the team in mid-January, right before the Steers were to begin district play. Luke Adams was the key to the picture
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for the Steers, and after he joined the lineup, Big Spring didn’t lose a game for a month. “It was a big impact,” Morris said of Adams’ effect. “We had a good team before, and then you add somebody that’s basketball savvy, has been around teams like his dad’s and played lots of AAU basketball, that just enhances everybody else’s talents. And that’s exactly what it did.” Adams and Williams were a onetwo combination that took the district by storm as Big Spring cruised to a home win against Lake View before shredding Abilene Cooper, with 25 points from Gerald Williams and 20 from Adams. “Whenever they were both playing well, that’s a tough deal to stop,” Morris said. “One can go by you, and the other is going to make shots when he doesn’t. And then feeding everybody else the ball, and running an offense when we had to, it was fun.” The results was a district Big Spring dominated from start to finish, dropping just one game in the district slate long after the winner had been decided. “Now that it’s over, I never really thought we would take the district by a two-game margin,” Morris said. “I thought we had a chance to win it even before Luke moved in, I figured everybody was pretty close, but watching how the team grew in such a short span, when we had the team intact and continued to get better, it was enjoyable.” Williams leaves Big Spring after leading the team in points and assists for two seasons, averaging about 15 points per game over that span. “He’s definitely one of the better players to play at the high school,” Morris said. “He’s just a phenomenal athlete. There were a couple times he would go up to get a rebound, and it looked like his head was going to hit the rim. I don’t know if he knew how great of an athlete he was, to be honest, but he was great to coach.”
Williams was just one of nine seniors to leave the squad that put Big Spring basketball on the map. “We’ve been through a million miles on the bus and lots of fast food burgers,” Morris said after the team’s season ended. “It’s been a great group.” Looking to the future, Morris says the expectations garnered from a season like 2010’s is something to build a program off of. “Big Spring should have a good basketball team,” he said. “Two years in a row in the playoffs, and next year, when you go into the season, it helps to think about when you made the playoffs or when a district run came because that’s how programs are built.”
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A veteran’s journey across America
o say 52-year-old retired U.S. Marine Richard Hunsucker is gung-ho may very well be the understatement of the decade. Hunsucker, a Green Bay, Wis., native and Vietnam era veteran, is attempting to walk across the United States — from Florida to California — at a rate of 17 miles per day to help raise money and awareness for this nation’s disabled veterans. Starting in Jacksonville, Fla., on Veterans Day in 2009, Hunsucker — who made his way through the Big Spring and Crossroads area in midFebruary — said he expects to finish his march in San Diego on Memorial Day, May 31. “As long as I stay on schedule I should have a cushion of almost three weeks to reach San Diego,” said Hunsucker, who took time during his trek through Big Spring to visit veterans at the local VA Medical Center and Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez State Veterans Home. “Along the way we’ll be taking donations and looking for sponsors. “I walk 17 miles each day, and always with my DAV (Disabled American Veterans) flag. It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. Every morning I have to put my heart, mind and soul into it. But the truth is, if I had to start over right now I would. If I had to give up the 1,304 miles I’ve put in, I wouldn’t give up or toss in the towel. My convictions for what I’m trying to accomplish with this walk haven’t wavered one bit.” And while February and early
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March brought plenty of windy, cold weather to the Permian Basin, Hunsucker said he hasn’t allowed a little wind and rain to deter him from his goal. “It’s the experience of a lifetime,” said Hunsucker, bundled up against the cold and carrying his large DAV (Disabled American Veterans) flag on his shoulder. “I’ve traveled all over this country by car, motorcycle and other means. However, you’ve never really seen America until you’ve done it this way, on foot.” On foot, indeed. Hunsucker took the heel-toe express through the Lone Star State to the tune of 750
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miles — lasting nearly 60 days — before he made his way into New Mexico in early March, with much of his time spent with fellow veteran and Big Spring resident Mike Tarpley. “What I’m doing gives people a chance to see the DAV flag, which has been in existence for many years. However, you’d be surprised how many people don’t recognize it,” he said. “It’s important to raise awareness in this country when it comes to our disabled veterans. When our country called, these men and women were there for us. And it is important to help them build better lives when they come home.”
Hunsucker said he’s seen first-hand the devastating effects war and combat can have on the fighting men and women of the armed forces. “They come home with plenty of scars,” said Hunsucker. “Some of them are physical scars you can see, and some of them are emotional scars you can’t always see. If we don’t take care of these people, then how can we honestly expect the next generation to step up when its country asks them to? How can we expect them to make the same sacrifices if we don’t do our part to help our nation’s veterans? Taking care of our veterans should be our nation’s most
important cause.” As for the wear and tear of the elements on Hunsucker’s body and spirit, the Wisconsin man said Mother Nature can do little to persuade him from his task. “Do you think there aren’t soldiers out there, right now, freezing their butts off?” said Hunsucker from behind his dark sunglasses. “Sure, it’s uncomfortable. But how uncomfortable do you think it is for our troops in the deserts?” For more information on Hunsucker and his trek across America — including blogs, photographs and information on how to make a donation — visit www.vetwalking.org Sponsorship donations can also be made c/o Richard Hunsucker, P.O. Box 536, Green Bay, Wis., 543050536, or by calling (920) 562-4250.
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Choosing a professional photographer
By Bruce Schooler
n previous articles I have focused on the many skills that are needed to take a great photograph. I have also written about the technical, as well as the creative, aspects of taking an image that you would be proud to hang on your living room wall. But what do you do when you have a need to hire a professional photographer? If you need to update your family portrait or you have a wedding that is coming up, here are a few things to look for when you are looking for a photographer. One of the first things you want to look for when you are hiring a pho26 Living Magazine
tographer is some examples of his or her work. Make an appointment to meet at the photographer’s studio, your home, or some other location, such as a restaurant. If you meet at the studio you will have a great opportunity to look at not only his or her portfolio, but also some large framed prints that are on display. Ask the photographer if you could have a tour of the camera room so that you could check it out. Most would be willing to give you the tour and show you the lighting equipment as well as available backgrounds. If the photographer does not have a studio or you want your portrait taken on location, then you can discuss different places that would be appropriate for your portrait to be taken. As you are visiting with the photographer, you have the opportunity to make another observation. Do you feel comfortable and at ease while talking with him? Does the photographer ask questions to better understand your needs? Does the photographer show confidence when discussing his or her work? I know these are very subjective questions, but you can usually tell if this person’s personality will help your family relax and enjoy the experience of having their portrait taken. If you feel confident that the pho-
tographer’s work is at a professional level and you like his or her style of photography, then you need to ask for pricing information. I know it’s hard to believe that people actually charge money for taking pictures, but they have kids to feed and a mortgage to pay, just like everyone else. We are not going to discuss pricing structure, but just remember that if you are dealing with a professional photographer there are a lot of expenses incurred that need to be paid for him or her to stay in business. Let’s assume that the price of the photographer’s services is within your budget. What is the next step? I feel that it is very important that you schedule an appointment for a consultation before the portrait session is scheduled. A consultation gives you an opportunity to discuss the upcoming session so you will be prepared and there will be no surprises. One of the most important things to discuss at the consultation is clothing. If you are planning a family portrait, it is very important that everyone dresses appropriately. You don’t want Bubba to have a red and green plaid shirt while little Suzy wants to wear her favorite purple and orange striped sun dress and Dad wants to wear his Tech jogging outfit and — well you get my
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The price is right, but you usually get what you pay for. If you are not pleased with the family portraits, they can always be retaken, but a wedding is an event that cannot be rescheduled. Using a professional photographer is an investment in preserving your family’s history in a beautiful portrait that will hang on your wall for many years to come. If you have any questions or comments please call us at 432-2647728 or email us at schoolerphoto@ suddenlink.net.
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