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Volume 8, Issue 10

Office Park West 209 S. Danville, Suite B-103 Abilene, Texas 79605 (325) 701-9505 [currently under construction]

PUBLISHER David A. Hernandez EDITOR HispanicLife Magazine ADVISING EDITOR AND ACCEPTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS Amy Hernández (325) 701-9505 Office

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About Us

We are dedicated to serving the Abilene and the Big Country by providing up-to-date information and resources that promote healthy families and homes. We also promote our clients businesses by increasing their customer bases and enhancing their public images within the Hispanic community. HispanicLife Magazine is published on a monthly basis and is owned & operated locally. Advertising rates are available upon request. While we use great care in creating our display ads, mistakes can happen. HispanicLife and the publisher are not liable for any damages arising from any typographical or mechanical errors beyond the cost of the ad. HispanicLife does not necessarily endorse any of the advertisers, products or services listed in this publication. 2018 HispanicLIfe Media

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It’s the month of love! the absolute time of the year to demonstrate to your loved one what makes your heart beat for them. From chocolate hearts, to roses, bouquets, balloons, diamonds and much more! It’s definitely a wonderful time to express exactly what you fell in your heart. It could be a loved one, maybe your wife or someone you’re dating. Make it big and grand - how about some fireworks! Well, whatever it is, we’re sure it will be quite special and unique to you! We have a ton of great stories this month as well as a bit of Q & A with several Big Country couples sharing why they love each other. We are delighted as usual to bring you a new and fresh issue of HispanicLife Magazine each month. We hope you have a great rest of the month, sharing, giving, demonstrating, imparting, depositing, acting in LOVE! Have a great month and as always….First God, then Family and finally Friends….

David & Amy Hernández & the girls and all the staff here at HispanicLife

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For Beckie Ortiz it all goes back to family. By Sandy Lowe | HispanicLife Magazine

Beckie Ortiz got into the cookie baking business to fill an empty nest. She had great memories of baking, rolling, cutting and decorating cookies with her daughter Brooke and son Connor, but both had left home. Her husband Omar works full-time at Datroo. He spends his weekends as a traveling musician and providing lighting services for concerts and events through their business 83 Entertainment. Beckie works full-time also as a practice manager for a group of physicians. But one weekend she reached deep into her kitchen cabinet, pulled out her cookie cutters and went to work. Now she provides hundreds of cookies for celebrations and events all over the Big Country and beyond. “My favorite thing about the business is my customers,” she says. “Without a doubt I have the most wonderful customers. They start out as people I don’t even know and end up as my friends. I’ve done wedding cookies for a family and later baby shower cookies and then first birthday cookies.” The love of baking is deep in Beckie’s blood. During her childhood she cooked and baked with her grandmother, Glenodine Holman, a long-time home economics teacher at Lamesa High School. “We made bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies. I remember lots of zucchini bread and pecan pies,” Beckie says. While her love of baking came from her grandmother, Beckie’s decorating skills are self-taught. “A lot of it is just trial and error,” she says. “meeting other bakers and getting tips. If I have a question I ask one of them, like Michelle at Cakes by Birdie’s.” Even after she lost her eyesight and could no longer bake, Glenodine bought homemade, decorated cookies from a friend and

displayed them on a small round table. Brooke remembers climbing through a window near the table with her brother and snitching the cookies early. Beckie suspects her grandmother knew about the prank, but chose to take a “grandmotherly” attitude.

ing. When the family gathered for the holiday they used icing pens to decorate them. Brooke’s son, a big TCU fan, decorated his cookies with horned frogs, the school’s mascot. Brooke has also been bitten by the “cookie bug.” In addition to being a full-time mom of two, she works as the Cookie Queen of Spring, Texas, near Houston. In January she and Beckie spent time baking together and planning their Valentine’s Day assortment.

As the Cookie Queen of Abilene Beckie makes sugar cookies and chocolate cookies. In the fall she adds a spice cookie flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. It’s important that the cookies not only look pretty but taste good too.

You can find Beckie on FaceBook at Cookie Queen of Abilene and on Instagram under the same title. Or you can email her at cookiequeenabilene@ Give her cookies a try. You might just find yourself becoming a member of the family.

Beckie has even baked cookies for George W. Bush and Rick Perry, although she didn’t know it at the time. “Perini’s traveling team does dinners,” she says. “They came to taste my cookies and placed an order. They didn’t tell me until they picked them up what they were for. I do Valentine’s Day and Easter are Beckie’s busiest times. On Monday, February 12, from 4 to a thank you box for them with cookies in the shape 8 pm she will hold an open house at her home, of the Perini’s neon sign, a jalapeno, thank you, their 242 Bois D’arc Street for customers to shop logo and a cowboy boot.” and pick up all the cookies they need. Beckie may have started her business because her “I even do cookies for single people for Valen- family was far apart, but she still uses cookies to tine’s Day,” Becky says. “They deserve a little bring them together. For Christmas 2017 she baked rectangular cookies and covered them with white iclove too.”

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Q & A ♥ Happy Valentine’s My Love • Mi Amor

1) How and when did you both meet? Carly Mockingbird Movies: “The Proposal” February 12 at 6:30PM

Mockingbird Branch Library. Movie Summary: A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.

Family Flix: “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”

2) Married, if so, how long or are you engaged? Carly • We are married and have been for a year.

Classic Cinema: “Tammy and the Bachelor” February 23 at

3) What was the most significant attribute that attracted you to each other?

February 17 at 3:00PM, Main Library Movie Summary: After his principal destroys his sketchbook, Rafe and his best friend Leo decide to “destroy his book” and break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct.

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Q & A ♥ Happy Valentine’s My Love • Mi Amor

1) How and when did you both meet? We met

through a freind talked for a few weeks then we finally met. ♥

2) Married, if so, how long or are you engaged? We were engaged for 4 months befor we got married. ♥

3) What was the most significant attribute that attracted you to each other? I was attracted to him about how sweet he was and how he put others first. ♥

4) What do you believe has and will continue to keep you together? We have

never had it easy but were not willing to give up were both very stubborn and willing to fight and work to make it work. ♥

5) Describe him/her in one word. I would say he is amiable ♥

10:30AM, Mockingbird Branch Library. Movie Summary: An unsophisticated young woman from the Mississippi swamps falls in love with an unconventional southern gentleman.

Bryan • Her openness and honesty. Carly • Honestly, he is a man of his word and he is a handy man and reminds me a lot of my grandfather who passed. Also who doesn’t love a man in uniform! ♥

Flashback Family Flix: “Flight of the Navigator” February

24 at 11:00AM, South Branch Library. Movie Summary: In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.

Saturday Matinee: “Same Kind of Different As Me”

February 24 at 2:00PM, South Branch Library. Movie Summary: International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives. Based on a True Story.

Family Films: “Tangled” February 24 at 2:30PM, Mockingbird

4) What do you believe has and will continue to keep you together? Bryan • Cele-

Branch Library. Movie Summary: The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.

Weekend Walk-In Flix: “Wonder” February 25 at 3:00PM

South Branch Library. Movie Summary: Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first year. Based on the bestselling book by R.J. Palacio.

Flashback Saturday Matinee: “Matilda” March 10 at 11:00AM South Branch Library. Movie Summary: Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Saturday Matinee: “Pacific Rim” March 10 at 2:00PM

South Branch Library. Movie Summary: As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

Weekend Walk-In Flix: “Thor: Ragnarok” March 11 at

3:00PM South Branch Library. Movie Summary: Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of the Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

Mockingbird Movies: “Wreck-It Ralph” March 12 at 6:30PM

Mockingbird Branch Library. Movie Summary: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

6) What relationship advice would you pass on to others? My advice would be not to give up keep

working, keep praying, and with lots of work and God you can get through anything in life! It’s not going to be easy, but if you love someone, love them for all they are and all that they can be! ♥

• We honestly met thru an online dating app. Bryan • We started dating September 6th 2015. 1 month before I was set to deploy. ♥


brating our differences. Carly • Honesty and love. I think that is the one thing that you have to have - honesty. If you can’t be honest with your significant other, who can you be honest with? ♥

5) Describe him/ her in one word.

Bryan • Passionate / Carly • Hardworking ♥

6) What relationship advice would you pass on to others? Bryan • Be willing to learn

and try new things. Your partner brings a new perspective and learning to appreciate and understand it is very critical! / Carly • Relationships are like a two way street. Both ends have to give and receive. You can’t give 100 percent of yourself and have the other only give 10 percent. Someone wise we once told me never invest yourself in someone who doesn’t invest in you. ♥

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Hondo Henderson. Firefighter Henderson joined the Abilene Fire Department in December of 1999. He is certifed as an EMT-Paramedic, Master Firefighter, Fire Instructor I, and Hazardous Materials Technician. He is currently assigned to Engine 6, A shift. Congratulations to Firefighter Henderson.

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Congratulations! You have found Abilene Safety Instruction, the ONLY motorcycle Training in Taylor County. We offer certified riding and safety training for the novice as well as the experienced motorcycle rider. To attend the Basic Rider (licensing requirement) Course: Participants UNDER 25 years of age MUST have either a learner’s permit or a license to operate a motor vehicle, per Texas State Law! Also, any participant under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian sign their paperwork the first day of class, or make arrangements to sign it prior to class.

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Abilene Fire Department in March of 1993. He is certified as a Firefighter Advanced, Fire Instructor II and EMT-Intermediate. He currently is assigned to Station 2 on C shift.

Completion of the Basic Rider Course (BRC) or the Experienced Rider Course (ERC) will earn you big discounts on your motorcycle insurance. Other benefits: Completion of the BRC will waive the driver’s test for a motorcycle endorsement, either course qualifies the graduate for the Texas helmet law exemption (although helmet usage is highly recommended anytime on a motorcycle….. It’s all about staying alive!), and the courses can be used for ticket dismissal. This is THE driving school for motorcyclists. Come learn to ride on our bikes.

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4M Autoplex provides a unique buying experience. By Sandy Lowe | HispanicLife Magazine

Robert Miers opened 4M Autoplex, a pre-owned vehicle business focusing at the time mainly on trucks, in 2012. He is an Abilene local and attended Wylie High School. The name “4M” represents Robert, his wife Samantha and their two children. Robert has a heart for the Lord and a heart for people and wants to provide an environment for customers that is stress-free and pleasing to all involved. Former Snyder resident Page Patterson and his wife Ashley prayed about where to live and where to work. It was Abilene first and then 4M Autoplex. Page immediately felt at home due to the faith-led culture Robert had created. He has been with Robert for five years and currently serves as Sales Manager. 4M Autoplex employs a total of nine full-time workers and Page can’t say enough good things about each and every one of them. The sales staff is trained in both sales and finance so that the customer only deals with one person throughout the purchase of a vehicle. Andy Brewer transitioned from sales to the office side of the process. He handles social media and holds a first-degree black Reggie Regala, working in belt in Tae Kwon Do. According to Page, sales and finance, has a bank“he’s the smartest guy here.” ing background. “I’ve never seen him have a bad day,” Cindy Cook, who holds a master’s degree Page says. “He’s always smilfrom Hardin-Simmons University and brings ing. People fall in love with over thirty years of experience in the car in- him as soon as they meet him. dustry, is Comptroller. “She holds it all together,” Page says. Page calls Detail Manager Alfredo Salas the “most imPage calls Donnie Daniels a “family orient- portant person in the dealership, ed guy. When he’s not at work he’s with his extremely hard working and a team player. kids and grandkids.” Donnie has an auto sales He’s the best detailer I’ve seen in the sevbackground and is a native Abilenian. enteen years I’ve been in the car business.” Originally from Acuna, Mexico, Alfredo has Latest hire Hayden Grant has already built been known to mow the grass, hang signs or a reputation as a hard worker interested in whatever he can do to stay busy. learning the business. He works as a Detailer. Inventory Manager Priscilla Solis makes sure

his employees,” Page says, “and takes really good care of us.” One of Robert’s accomplishments has been to build relationships with national lenders. This allows customers to find the best financing for their situation. 4M has sold to residents of California, New York, South Dakota and many other states. 4M Autoplex enjoys five-star reviews on Facebook, Google, and, no doubt due to the emphasis on customer satisfaction. 4M also focuses on customers when choosing community projects. Besides supporting the Chamber of Commerce, sponsoring softball teams and the American Cancer Society’s local Cattle Baron’s Ball, the company has contributed to a customer’s daughter’s rodeo activities and raised funds to help a customer’s daughter fight cancer. It doesn’t hurt that 4M carefully researches their vehicles, making sure the cost is competitive and that you won’t find that vehicle with the same mileage for a lower price. Page promises a zero pressure car shopping experience. He always asks, “Are you sure this is what you want to do?” before a sale to make sure all parties are happy and that 4M has met the customer’s expectations.

when the vehicle reaches the sales lot it holds up the company’s reputation for clean, well-reconditioned But what makes 4M Autoplex unique is faith, not just the Sunday kind but the kind you cars. bring to work every single day. Owner Robert also makes the list as one of the team. He played basketball at Lubbock Christian University. “He cares about every one of

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Ear Infections Go Away!

Hosted by Big Country Clinic of Chiropractic Tuesday, February 20 at 6 PM - 7 PM Big Country Clinic of Chiropractic 4150 Southwest Dr. Ste 114, Abilene, Texas An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear drum usually caused by a virus. According to the NIDC, five out of six kids will have at least one ear infection by the age of three. Just because something is common doesn’t not mean it is normal! Come find out about the possibiliy of a different path! Please join us for a free talk exploring the causes behind Ear Infections. Space is limited, so give us a call to reserve your spot! 325-793-9989

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The Bridal Experience

Boot Scootin’ in Downtown Abilene

It’s that time again! The bridal show that is known for WEDDING GIVEAWAYS and amazing prizes is just around the corner! Mark your calendar for a fun afternoon of wedding planning, celebration, yummy Hors d’oeuvres, live music and goodies! This will be the biggest bridal show yet, with over FIFTY wedding vendors ready to hear about plans for your big day! Our highly anticipated Runway Fashion Show will offer wonderful inspiration, showcasing the newest bridal and tuxedo collections! If you are recently engaged, or soon to be, this is for you! This event connects area brides with top wedding professionals. Visit for details and registration!

Join Abilene’s pop-up dance hall downtown at Eller Hall for some family-friendly fun. Midnight Blue will play LIVE country/western music, with a little swing, waltz and two-steppin. Food Trucks are available in the parking lot.

Sunday, February 18 at 12:30 PM - 5 PM Abilene Convention Center

March 3rd and March 24th at 7 pm 201 Mesquite St. ◘ Abilene, Texas Advance tickets available at Adult $8, Youth(12-17) $4 at the door $10/$5 (cash or card) Kids under 12 are Free. (No alcohol)

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Heart to Heart:

Adopting Through CPS Much Cheaper Than Private Agencies By Pheben Kassahun |

Many people have a misconception on the price of adopting, however, let it be known that adopting through is actually a lot cheaper than adopting through a private agency. The Texas Department of Family Services (DFPS) states that, 215 children are waiting to be adopted, here in the region two. This is based off of fiscal year of 20162017 ending on August 31. “A lot of people get very intimidated. They think that adoption costs a lot but they’re usually talking about private adoption,” Amy Elizondo said, who is an adoption negotiator for To get licensed, Elizondo said you are also the DFPS. looking at other minimal costs like FBI background checks, in which parents are expected Private adoption agencies allow the birth mother of to pay for. This ranges around $40 to $50. In the child to make the decision to create an adoption order to be an adoptive parent, you must be plan and voluntarily release her parental rights. certified. “When you’re adopting a child from foster care, “They will license your family. You’ll do a it’s much more affordable,” Elizondo said. home study, background checks and they’ll get to know you. Then once you’re licensed, you’ll With public agency adoptions, a child is actually work with that agency and CPS. We’ll match removed from his or her family because of abuse, you with a child that’s ideal for your family and neglect or abandonment. your family’s ideal for that child,” Elizondo said. The goal is to reunify the child with their birth parents or relatives but if this is not possible, they are Regardless, she said to not be intimidated by placed in foster care for other families to adopt. the cost because there’s always a way to pay less. “Most families don’t pay anything or you may pay a couple thousand dollars in attorney fees in a lot “If you’re interested in adopting, take that leap situations, certain qualify for an adoption subsidy, of faith, find out, go to some of our informawhere the state actually helps pay for their care un- tional meetings and just test it out and see, I til they turn 18 or 21 years old,” Elizondo said. mean maybe there’s a reason you’re being called to that,” she said. She explains most of the children being adopted through CPS are actually qualified for subsidies DFPS works with numerous adoption agencies which will make it cheaper to adopt them. like, Christian Homes and Family Services, “A large number of the children qualify for sub- Pathways Youth and Family Services, New sidy, where we actually pay you up to $1,200 back Horizons Inc., Method Children’s Home and for each child you adopt,” Elizondo said. Arrow Child and Family Ministries, in Brownwood. She said you will also need an attorney but DFPS will direct you to local ones in the area. Those who For more information on the cost of adopting plan to adopt can expect to pay about $3,500 per through CPS, contact the local office of the child. Texas Department of Family Protective Services at (325) 691-8100.

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to Offer Professional Food Manager Certification Training By Tammie Belyeu | Secretary, Texas AgriLife Extension Taylor County

Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized, and 3,000 will die due to a foodborne illness.

thousands of dollars in lost wages, insurance, and medical bills. With these statistics, knowledge of how to prevent foodborne illness is essential. The benefits of improved food safety include:

Texas Food Establishment Rules state that • Increased customer satisfaction each food establishment is required to have • Improved relationships with health officials one certified food manager on site. • Prevention of bad publicity and law suits due to foodborne illness Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in By attending the course, foodservice managers Taylor, Jones and Haskell Counties, is offer- will learn about: ing a professional food manager certification • identifying potentially hazardous foods and training course. This two day program will be common errors in food handling offered for $125.00 on March 26 and March • preventing contamination and cross-contami27 at the Taylor County Extension Office. nation of food Cost includes training, materials, and the Pro- • teaching and encouraging personal hygiene for metric food manager certification examina- employees tion. The food manager’s certification will be • complying with government regulations valid for five years. Registration deadline is • maintaining clean utensils, equipment and surMarch 12, 2018. roundings • controlling pests This program is designed to not only prepare foodservice managers to pass the certification Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by folexamination; it will provide valuable educa- lowing simple food safety practices. For more tion regarding the safe handling of food. Al- information about the Professional Food Manmost 50 cents of every dollar Americans ager Certification Training course of Texas spend on food is spent on meals prepared A&M AgriLife Extension Service, called “Food away from home. Therefore, careful attention Safety: It’s Our Business,” call the Taylor Counto food safety will help keep customers safe ty Extension Office at 325-672-6048. You may and satisfied. also access a downloadable registration form at Foodborne illnesses are estimated to cost

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Julio & Yvone Montes Q & A ♥ Happy Valentine’s Love • Mi Amor

1) How and when did you both meet? First met online. If believe it was 2008. ♥

2) Married, if so, how long or are you engaged? Married for 4 years now ~ Feb 22nd ♥

3) What was the most significant attribute that attracted you to each other?

What attracted us to each other was how we talked all night. Almost at first, you could hear the smile in her voice. ♥

4) What do you believe has and will continue to keep you together? Faith. We’ve grown a lot in our faith; it’s how we were able to get married. ♥

5) Describe him/her in one word. It’s hard for just one word, but it would have to be BEAUTIFUL. ♥

6) What relationship advice would you pass on to others? Keep faith in your relationship; it’s the glue in ours! ♥

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Chad & Amber Collins Q & A ♥ Happy Valentine’s Love • Mi Amor

1) How and when did you both meet? We met on Match. com 4 years ago. ♥

2) Married, if so, how long or are you engaged? We have been happily married for almost 4 years now! ♥

3) What was the most significant attribute that attracted you to each other? He

said it’s my smile that attracted him to me. His sense of humor attracted me to him! ♥

4) What do you believe has and will continue to keep you together? Not giving up on each other. ♥

5) Describe him/her in one word. He describes me as

EXCITABLE, and I describe him as UNPREDICTABLE! ♥

6) What relationship advice would you pass on to others? Never give up on each other no matter how hard it gets or how hard things seem!! ♥

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Ramona Alvarez Mayes -Curtis-teacher, 69, of Abilene, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018. Mrs. Curtis-teacher was born March 31, 1948 in Abilene, Texas to Fidencio Alvarez and Josephine Aguirre Alvarez. She taught at Locust and Fannin Elementary for a total of 29 years. To many people she was known as Mrs. Curtis-teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. To us she was “Mom”, if we were lucky enough. Ramona was called Momo, sissy and even crazy Tia Mona. But above all else, she will forever be God’s faithful servant, he called her home on Sunday evening , peacefully at her home . Survivors include a son, Johnathen Curtis Jr.; one daughter, Monica Denise Mayes (Ernie Leija Jr.), both of Abilene; a brother, Fidencio Alvarez Jr. (Maria) of Potosi; two sisters, Ruth Ramirez (Victor) and Josie Garcia, both of Abilene; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a whole lot of friends and students.

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a Moment in our arms... a Lifetime in our hearts... Mrs. Curtis was preceded in death by her parents, Fidencio and Josephine Alvarez; and a nephew, Rustin Alvarez.

Gonzalez (Dennis) of Mexico; many cousins and friends. Isaiah was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eleazar and Rosa Gonzalez; and his aunt Linda Mathews.

Isaiah Robert Gonzalez-Boswell, 11, of Abilene, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Eastland Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Isaiah was born March 10, 2006, in Lubbock, Texas. He loved the outdoors, from four wheeling to exploring nature, especially bugs. Isaiah loved anything that had to do with Hot Wheel Cars, he had quite a large collection. Isaiah attended 5th grade at Reagan Elementary. If you needed a hug, all you had to do was go looking for Isaiah, he loved to hug. His two favorite subjects were math and science. He was a wonderful son, great student and loving grandchild. Isaiah will be missed by everyone that got to now him. Left to cherish his memories include his parents, Abraham and DebraLeigh Gonzalez of Abilene; one sister, Annabel Gonzalez of Arlington; maternal grandparents, Deanna Boswell and Jesus Martinez; two aunts, Paula Gonzalez of Lubbock and Norma Dawson (James) of Rockdale, Texas; four uncles, Mikheal Gonzalez of Washington State, Jimmy Gonzalez (Jessica) of Amarillo, Roy Gonzalez (Teresa) of Lubbock and John

Paulino Ruben Velazquez, 97, of Abilene, left us to be with our Heavenly Father on Friday, January 19, 2018. He passed away peacefully at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 826 Cottonwood Street with Father Isidore Ochiabuto officiating. Burial will follow at the Abilene Municipal Cemetery, directed by Abilene Funeral Home. Mr. Velazquez was born on February 15, 1920, in Lincoln Nebraska, he had dual citizenship and completed his education in Mexico where he served honorably for the military. He moved to Munday, Texas, where he met and married his wife, Andrea Aldaco. They moved to Abilene in 1955 and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for more than 60 years. They were married for 38 years and had five daughters. He was employed by the U. S. Railroad prior to moving to Abilene and then retired from the City of Abilene after 25 years of service. His many hobbies were dancing, gardening, dominoes, playing chess and pool at Cobb Senior Activity Center.

Survivors include three daughters, Rita Acuna of Oklahoma City, Sylvia Calvillo of Round Rock and Ramona Daley of Midland; 16 grandchildren, Jiovann Carrasco, Michael Carrasco, Richard Read, Shane Read, Anna Acuna, Victor Acuna, Paul Acuna, Arthur Acuna III, Rebecca Roha, Robert Calvillo, Dallas Daley, Andrea Daley, Taylor Daley, Katarina Rabe, Kelsie Rabe and Luke Rabe; 22 great-grandchildren, Sophia Carrasco, Greyson Carrasco, Amri Carrasco, Hava Carrasco, Jesse Read, Harleigh Read, Alexus March, Raven March, Devon March, December McKenzie, Jaden Acuna, Bailey Acuna, Mariah Acuna, Natalie Acuna, Madelyn Acuna, Alizia Acuna, Isabella Roha, Diego Roha, Emmaline Roha, Peter Roha, Catherine Roha and Joseph Roha; and two great-great-grandchildren, Laila Wright-Gosnell and Kai Flowers. Mr. Velazquez was preceded in death by his loving wife Andrea Velazquez; two daughters, Irma Reynolds and Elsa Lydia Velazquez Rabe.

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David & Jacquelyn Fernandez Q & A ♥ Happy Valentine’s Love • Mi Amor

1) How and when did you both meet? We met Oct 20th 1999 went with my Older sister to her friends house. ♥

2) Married, if so, how long or are you engaged? Married 13 years! ♥ 3) What was the most significant attribute that attracted you to each other? Love my husband David’s personality. ♥ 4) What do you believe has and will continue to keep you together? We always do something different either watch movies at home or go to the theather. Go different places to each or another town to do so. ♥

5) Describe him/her in one word. ROMANTIC ♥

6) What relationship advice would you pass on to others? Life is too short.

Enjoy each other, take road trips to spend time with each other. ♥

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Around the World at The Grace Friday, February 16 at 7 PM - 10 PM Grace Museum

Grab your passports and join us for Around the World at The Grace, a unique journey that you won’t want to miss! Guests will “globe hop” around the museum and enjoy a progressive evening inspired by the culture, music, food and drink of four unique regions: Spain, Switzerland, Lebanon and New York! Proceeds from this event benefit The Grace Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. For more information about tickets or event sponsorships contact Lori Thornton. (325) 673-4587


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February is National CTE Month

Opportunities at an All-Time High for Students By Ryder Appleton| Director of Career & Technical Education, Abilene Independent School District

Enrollment in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses is at an all-time high in the history of Abilene ISD, and career and higher education opportunities exist today as never before. House Bill 5, which introduced the Foundation Graduation Plan to Texas public schools, changed the landscape of graduation plans statewide. Students now declare an endorsement area upon entering high school, very similar to the way college students select a major. Within the declared endorsement students further identify one of the 16 career clusters they are interested in pursuing. CTE Microscope PictureEntry-level courses begin at the freshman level and build to intermediate and capstone courses as juniors and seniors. While in high school, students have the opportunity to earn follow as they industry-based certipursue their fications that they can career goals. use immediately to enSome workter the workforce upon force positions graduation. They may also choose to continue their education since require only minimal training and certifications they have been strategically positioned to enter while others may require years of courses and a variety of technical or four-year universities. internships. Our goal is to show the entire pathway students may follow while also informing CTE Principals of FireAbilene ISD is work- them of exit points along the way. Each pathing diligently with community leaders and way and exit point require different investments business partners to enhance both the quality of both time and money, and consequently, have and the quantity of opportunities available for different potential returns on investment and instudents as they transition from high school. come potential. One such endeavor is called Career Pathways, in which we are creating tangible pathways for CTE CosmotologyMultiple dual-credit opstudents to follow in two identified areas of in- portunities are available to students as well as terest and need in the Abilene area: healthcare industry-recognized training and technical certiand manufacturing. The objective of Career fications. The Development Council of Abilene Pathways is to create a roadmap for students to (DCOA), in conjunction with Workforce Solu-

tions of West Central Texas, offers matching scholarships to provide financial assistance to students wishing to pursue advanced education and career preparation at the college level. These partnerships are crucial in merging the needs of the local workforce with the education and training provided to AISD stu-

dents. We eagerly seek partners to assist us with our Career Cluster Advisory Boards to further identify how AISD can create more connectivity between education, business and workforce. Be on the lookout for upcoming information about National CTE Month in February. Each year the month of February is designated for a public awareness campaign to celebrate Career and Technical Education and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. CTE Month 2018, with its tagline of “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!�, exemplifies the objectives of CTE classes and Career Tech Student Organizations. If you would like more information about the exciting things happening in Abilene ISD Career and Technical Education or would like to schedule a personal tour of programs please call our office at 325677-1444.

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3 AISD Musicians Named All-State By Abilene Independent School District

Students from Abilene High and Cooper High schools will perform with the finest high school musicians the state has to offer this February at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio. Sterling Williams and Jonas Sims of Cooper, and Mia Englerth of AHS earned All-State status during area auditions held Jan. 13. - Williams, a senior, placed first chair on the alto saxophone and was selected to the Class 5A All-State Band. - Englerth, a junior, placed second chair on clarinet and was selected to the TMEA Class 6A All-State Band. - Sims, a senior, placed second chair in the Bass I section and will participate in the TMEA All-State Mixed Choir. The students will attend TMEA Convention clinics Feb. 14-17 at the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The allstate choirs, bands and orchestras culminate the event with concerts for convention attendees on the final day. AISD also had musicians named alternates to the all-state groups. AHS senior Matthew Bos was named first alternate to the 6A band on alto sax, and Kyle Kahl, a senior at CHS, was named first alternate to the 5A honor band on the trombone. Earlier this school year, Faith Fang, a junior violinist in the AHS orchestra who attends ATEMS High School, was selected as a first alternate to the All-State Orchestra. Alternates are eligible to participate in the all-state activities if some members of the groups are unable to attend.


Meals on Wheels Volunteers of the Month JIMMIE AND RICHARD GREENAWALT

Jimmie and Richard have been delivering MEALS ON WHEELS PLUS since 1994, have volunteered at our Sporting Clay Classic and even served on the MOW board. Jimmie retired from ACU after 25 years and Richard retired from Taylor County after 18 years. They have a daughter and 2 grandchildren. Besides volunteering with Meals on wheels, they have been involved with Abilene Clay Sports and the Women for ACU national organization. Richard spends his free time fishing, hunting and shooting, while Jimmie enjoys reading a good book, her butterfly garden and playing games. They both enjoy time with family, friends and pets. When asked why they volunteer with us, they both expressed their joy in helping others. They look forward to seeing and talking with the people on their route. It brings joy to the day they deliver.

Charlie Meeks, an Abilene Christian School 3rd grader and Dallas Cowboys fan, led the City Council in the pledges this evening! Great job Charlie!




DEPARTMENT/CAMPUS: Holland Medical High School TITLE: Health Science Teacher

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND? I grew up all over the U.S. (and Germany) because my dad was in the Air Force. I went to high school in Austin, so I claim that as home. I attended Del Valle High School and then moved to Abilene to attend Hardin-Simmons University.

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF: I love to do research! If I don’t know something, or need more information about something, I will research that topic until my brain is satisfied. I love to learn.

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Ira M.Taylor Gallery to Present Work by New HSU Art Faculty Member, Caleb Dulock By Tim Wagner | Hardin-Simmons University

From Jan. 22 through Feb. 15, 2018, the Hardin-Simmons University Art Department, Ira M. Taylor Art Gallery, is hosting its first exhibition of works for 2018, Moving On: Photographs and Transmedia by Texas artist, and new HSU art faculty member, Caleb Dulock.

YEARS WITH AISD: This is my 10th year with AISD

TELLS US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: I have been married to my husband, Randy, for almost 21 years. We have three children: Brady (18), who is a senior at Cooper; Tyler (15), who is a freshman at Cooper; and McKenna (12), who is a 7th grader at Madison. Family time is precious to us and we enjoy doing things together. We love to play games, watch movies, and we hike in Colorado every summer.

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There will be a reception with the artist present for a gallery talk on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 from 5–6:30 p.m. The public is invited. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday; Friday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or by appointment (call 325-670-1246).

moments and see them enjoying whatever project or assignment we are working on. WHAT HER BOSS SAYS ABOUT HER: “Mrs. Cluck is a wonderful example for the students at Holland. She is always doing whatever it takes to make sure that all of her students are successful. She does engaging, hands-on lessons and labs, and her students love to learn in her class. She always has a positive attitude and bright smile on her face. Thank you, Mrs. Cluck, for the positive way you lead at Holland Medical High School!” – Emme Siburt, Director, Holland Medical High School.

Moving On will offer a personal view into Dulock’s past and recent creative explorations, most of which have been prepared specifically for the Ira M. Taylor Gallery presentation. The exhibition space will be filled with many past home furnishings, personal artifacts, and technological interventions that will immerse visitors in the artist’s creative vision. Dulock’s installations in Moving On present a series of personal “home-like” vignettes of objects and media that broadly illustrate a recent life event involving hope and loss with a variety of underlying themes including narrative, home, family, memory, play, and theatricality. His creative approach reflects his evolving experimental practice of hybridizing art, technology, and existing materials while reflecting

on the events of life and how they shape our experiences. Broken furniture, texts, images, personal and mundane materials, and various technology intersections help viewers not only understand the tolls of having most home belongings broken, lost, or stolen following a major moving accident, but also the implication of hope in the midst of chaotic circumstances. In the face of chaos and loss, questions are raised in this work about what is truly valuable when it is time to move on.

About the Artist

Caleb Dulock received his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005, as well as his MFA in Intermedia Studio from UT Arlington. He has lived and worked as an artist and educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the last 5 years until moving to Abilene in August 2017 with his wife and three young boys. His work has been exhibited in various group exhibitions in Texas, nationally in Kentucky and New York, and also in an international traveling show for contemporary digital artists. Dulock has taught college level art for the last five years at Eastfield College in Dallas and at the UT Arlington as a Senior Lecturer. He currently teaches as an Assistant Professor of Art at Hardin-Simmons University. His work is trans-disciplinary in nature and spans a large breadth of intersections in art and evolving technology while being concerned with concepts of home, family values, play, narrative, and systems.

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By Amanda Sotelo | Texas State Technical College

Across the state, students at Texas State Technical College now have the option of enrolling in and completing a technical award online with the college’s newest 100 percent online programs. The most recent online programs that offer either a certificate or associate degree are Cyber Security, Digital Media Design and Medical Office Specialist. Health Information Technology was the first program to go completely online. “These technical awards are a great addition to what TSTC already offers,” said Associate Vice President of Online Learning Gina Cano-Monreal. “It doesn’t matter anymore where you live because completing a technical award at TSTC is now more possible than ever.”

courses are added. According to Monreal, the program with the highest enrollment is TSTC’s Academic Core, which includes subjects such as composition, college algebra, history and biology. “These are classes our degree track students need, so being able to take them online is a huge plus for them,” she said. “For example, students can save on gas, childcare and work full-time if needed.” For Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics student and Edinburg native Gabby Perrett that is the case. She has recently become her father’s temporary caregiver due to illness and driving nearly an hour to campus is no longer an option.

It was these online classes that gave Missouri native Kathleen Albert the opportunity of receiving an associate degree from Health Information Technology.

The 20-year-old, who is pursuing an associate degree, is currently taking her required English and Mathematic courses.

The 54-year-old had already spent most of her life working as a certified professional coder, but her dream was to become a registered health information technician and TSTC’s 100 percent online program made it possible.

“Being able to take these courses online allow me to continue my education even though I can’t be on campus,” she said. “I’m grateful to have this type of opportunity that allows me to continue pursuing my dreams even with my current situation.”

“I did my research, found TSTC offered the program I needed, spoke with the faculty and I was more than impressed,” said Albert. “Never did I feel alone during the program. All of my instructors were available when I needed them. I highly recommend this program and TSTC.”

All online course semesters are 15-weeks, online technical certificates and degree programs offer the same degree plan as those offered on campus and all online classes are aligned statewide.

Albert is now working as a Reimbursement Analyst for St. Anthony Medical Center in Missouri and credits all of her success to TSTC’s online program. “I had the opportunity to travel to West Texas and meet my instructors in person to thank them for helping me achieve my goal,” said Albert. “More doors of opportunity opened for me because of their teaching and TSTC.” There are a total of 186 online courses and at least 20 programs such as Surgical Technology, Computer Science and Chemical Dependency Counseling that offer more than 50 percent of its curriculum online. “Our hybrid programs are gaining popularity with students because of their flexibility and convenience,” said Monreal, who is also an online instructor for Anatomy and Physiology. Each hybrid program offers the lecture portion of the class online and all labs on campus. Last semester, TSTC’s online programs had more than 3,000 students enrolled statewide and Monreal said she expects to see annual increases as more

To register for an online course a student must apply and satisfy all TSTC admissions requirements, meet with an advisor and successfully complete the Student Online Orientation. Monreal said the future of TSTC’s online course offerings is bright. Their goal is to expand technical degree offerings while maintaining a quality learning experience. “We will continue to increase opportunities for students and stay in touch with students’ needs,” said Monreal. “We’re going to take what we have and take it to the next level.” Starting in Fall 2018, Business Management Technology and Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics will also offer an associate degree 100 percent online. For more information on TSTC’s online courses or to register, call 956-364-4050 or visit courseschedules.

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Time for 2018 Texas Author Series By Janis Test | Abilene Public Library

The 2018 Texas Author series kicks off Monday, Feb. 19, at noon in the second floor auditorium of the Abilene Public Library downtown. This year’s first author/speaker will be Michael Hurd, the director of Prairie View A&M University’s Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture. “Thursday Night Lights” is the story of football at predominantly black high schools before integration. The book has a section on Abilene’s own Woodson Rams and is being featured in conjunction with Black History Month. A light lunch is available for $5, or bring your own. Drinks will be provided. The Texas Author Series is made possible by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and a Hearts for the Arts Grant from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council.

Texas Author Series at a glance:

Monday, Feb. 19th - Michael Hurd - “Thursday Night Lights” Monday, March 19th - Melissa Lenhardt - “Sawbones”, “Blood Oath”, “Badlands” Monday, April 9th - author Andy Sansom & artist Randy Bacon - “Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art”

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McMurry University Signs Agreement with SMU’s Perkins School of Theology By Gary Ellison | Associate Director Communications, McMurry University

McMurry University and SMU’s Perkins School of Theology will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which will allow McMurry University students in ministerial vocations to receive preferred consideration and early acceptance to Perkins. McMurry University President Dr. Sandra S. Harper and Dr. James W. Hunt, vice president for academic affairs at McMurry will join Dr. Craig C. Hill, dean of the Perkins School of Theology in signing the MOU at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Carleton Chapel. McMurry University and SMU share a common heritage within the United Methodist Church and are committed to the training of students for ministry, the MOU states. Both institutions seek to create an efficient, streamlined path from undergraduate study at McMurry to graduate study at Perkins. “Perkins School of Theology is one of the very best institutions in the country for training people in the practice of Christian ministry,” said McMurry Religion Professor Dr. John B. Miller. “I’m really excited about what this agreement means for our students, for our Department of Religion and Philosophy, and for the McMurry community.” The agreement also states that McMurry and Perkins will continue to develop a deepening relationship which will encourage new opportunities for future cooperation between the two schools.

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Cisco College Working To Keep Strong Roots In The Community By Pheben Kassahun |

Cisco College is looking ahead to the years to student debt and the cost of education, graduate come, hosting a forum called “Your Future, more students and prepare students with marketOur Focus.” able skills for careers. Among putting more students into lucrative ca- “The economic impact that our programs and serreers, the college is also working to keep strong vices have are tremendous. If you just look at the roots in our community. allied health areas and nursing in particular, we have 96 percent placement rate of our nurses and “We’ve grown. The technological demands most of those are within Taylor County, Jones have grown. A forum like this helps us focus County or the region,” Dr. Anglin said. how best we’re allocating those resources,” English instructor Tom Bell said. The National Association of Manufacturers predicts 2 million job vacancies nationwide by 2025 Cisco College is in its growth phase, and a ma- and the American Welding Association predicts a jority of it is from the Abilene campus. shortfall of 300,000 welders and welding instructors by 2020. “Eighty-five percent of our student body from both campuses comes from here in Abilene. “We track what we’re doing pursuing, contributThis effort allows us to open up our in-district ing to that particular goal. We’re seeing our gradtuition rate, a better tuition rate for students uation rates go up and completion rates go up as a here in Abilene and the surrounding counties,” result of good planning,” Dr. Anglin said. Bell said. To better serve its students, Dr. Anglin is proposCisco College President Dr. Thad Anglin said ing a nickel maintenance tax for Taylor County. the college’s main focus is responding to the statewide shortage of nurses. “It can never go above five cents, so one of the benefits of that nickel maintenance tax is it allows “The nursing shortage is partially due to the us to weigh that out of district tuition that lowers aging population and the retiring population cost to Taylor County residents,” Dr. Anglin said. or nurses. The prediction statewide is alarming and Cisco College is responding to it,” Dr. The proposal is still in its informing phase but Anglin said. “The statewide shortage is some- whatever the outcome, Bell said he hopes that futhing that we’re responding to at Cisco College ture students will choose Cisco College to pursue and we’re in the process now, of implementing higher education. plans that’s going to increase the number of our nurses by 2020.” “Community college is the great melting pot or higher education. By that, I mean we serve so The community college is ooking to double the many different kinds of students, from the dual nursing student enrollment to 170 students by credit, with a foot in high school and a foot in col2020. lege, to the traditional college student that we’re preparing for a 4-year,” Bell said. “I’m very proud of those placement rates and our placement rates across all our allied health. Dr. Anglin said the proposal is still being develRespiratory therapy is another example. A hun- oped, but is confident it would better assist the dred percent placement rates from the respira- students of Cisco College. tory therapy. These are students earning their degree and going directly into the workforce and helping our citizens maintain a healthy life,” Dr. Anglin said. He and Cisco College is responding to the State of Texas’ 60x30Tx Plan (60 by 30 Texas plan), which essentially means, they are working to get 60 percent of their student population to earn a degree or certificate by 2030. To make this possible, they would have to lower the

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If you had a vision problem, what would the world look like to you as a six-month to three-year-old? What kind of difference could early intervention and diagnosis make in your education?

and accurately detect possible vision issues for children six months to three years of age and up.

EHS provides a clinic day and a follow-up day to screen all children in the program. If the According to the Amerresults of the screening ican Optometric Association, from birth, ba- shows a need for a child to have a complete bies begin exploring the wonders in the world eye exam, a referral is made to an ophthalwith their eyes. Even before they learn to mologist. reach and grab with their hands or crawl and sit up, their eyes are providing information EHS nurses guide the families through the and stimulation important for their develop- process of working with the ophthalmologist ment. Eye and vision problems in infants can as needed and staff work together to support cause developmental delays. families and ensure their success. Master Family Advocates assist families with insurCrockett Early Head Start infants and toddlers ance questions, teachers encourage the stuare getting a head start with vision screening. dents to wear their glasses to school, and the CEHS purchased a Welch Allyn Spot Vision nurses help parents schedule appointments. Screener in 2017. Together, EHS staff help students have tools necessary to succeed. The Spot Vision Screener is a handheld, portable device designed to help users quickly

McMurry Theatre to Present s Congres Women inCommu nications, McMurry University

Congress by The McMurry University Department of Theatre will present Women inprofesso r David theatre McMurry by Aristophanes, adapted by Jules Tasca and directed 1-3. March and 22-24 February are dates nce performa The Ainsworth. comic masWomen in Congress is Tasca’s modernized version of Aristophanes’ ancient of ancient women the that idea” “happy ble improba the terpiece, Ecclesiazusae. Using Aristophanes takes Athens could actually take over the government through a clever trick,hy. Tasca’s brilliant aim at his two favorite targets: civic corruption and utopian philosop reveals that 392 world western the of modernization of one of the earliest social satires as risibility and feeling thought, in apart far so not are century irst twenty-f the B.C. and ed entertain he that s audience ancient the and anes might be supposed, and that Aristoph are our long-lost relatives. n and $8 Curtain time for all performances is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admissio ys. Thursda on tickets all for discount $3 a is There student. and staff for McMurry faculty, the Ryan Fine Arts Tickets may be purchased at or at the box office in informat ion, please more For . Saturday through Building lobby from 3-6 p.m. Monday call the box office at 325-793-3889.

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Jessup Challenges Students to ‘Real World’ Research By Steve Collins | Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board

On the soccer field students know him as Ryan, striker, and one of the “old guys” who are – to students’ surprise – actually good. When he began teaching at ACU, Dr. Ryan Jessup helped start a weekly pick-up soccer game where faculty, staff and students play as equals.

doesn’t sugarcoat. “I do my best to put myself in their shoes. I look at their 20-year-old selves and think, ‘What would 20-year-old Ryan Jessup need to hear?’ It’s going to be tough out there. You He came to ACU in 2011, from Caltech where can choose to be lazy, and he was a research scientist in cognitive neu- it’s all going to pass you roscience, and he teaches marketing research, by. Or you can choose to consumer behavior and data mining. learn right now.” In May, he was named Teacher of the Year, which surprised him. He doesn’t teach in a way to be liked, although, he candidly admits that initially “the temptation was there.” When he began teaching, he concluded, “If I’m teaching to be liked, then I won’t be challenging [the students] like they need to be challenged.”

research projects. These projects are, by the way, exactly what you will find in the professional world. This “real world” experience is something that students are grateful for. Other words that echo through student reviews of Jessup’s innovative teaching style are approachable, real, energetic and passionate.

Jessup teaches his students to be skeptical of what is presented to them. “I ofHe has a difficult time ten encourage students to saying no to certain recontemplate the potential search projects (mainflaws in the studies we extaining around 10 himamine,” he says. “I try to self) because “If it’s on rarely teach things as fact, decision-making, I’m but, rather that these are research findings, or kind of addicted to it.” It’s no surprise that this As it turns out, his students appreciate being this is a theory about human behavior.” passion for research presents in his teaching. challenged, along with his straight-shooting approach. He is the first to tell you that he So his own lectures are even fodder for student Jessup has worked closely with undergradu-

ate students in research projects, particularly mentoring students with interest in pursuing graduate degrees in marketing or psychology. (Each of them were accepted into graduate programs.) “If they are inspired to come to me, then I’ll give them something to do, and if they don’t do it, that’s fine. If they are motivated, then we carry on from there.” At home, Jessup spends time with his wife and three kids and coaches his son’s soccer team. He might also be found curled up with a Nobel Prize-winning book in Behavioral Economics (because who doesn’t love some light reading), or in the garden. Even in his hobbies, Jessup likes a challenge. He is currently growing plumerias and gardenias; neither are native to Abilene. “If I want to grow it, then I’m going to grow it. If it’s at all possible, I’m going to try to make it happen.” DVERTISE CALL US TO A1-9505 (325) 70

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NEXT Lab Focuses Research On Solving Global Problems By Loretta Fulton | ACU Today, Abilene Christian University

A box of Morton’s salt sitting on a table and mention of a CrockPot makes visitors to ACU’s NEXT Lab wonder if they are in the right place. But just a few seconds into an explanation from Rusty Towell, a professor in the university’s Department of Engineering and Physics, dispels any misgivings. This really is the Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing (NEXT) Lab that came as a result of the university’s Vision in Action initiative. The $45 million science component of the initiative included turning the old Bennett gym into the Engineering and Physics Laboratories at Bennett Gymnasium. Inside the NEXT Lab, ACU students and faculty are tinkering and testing, measuring and recording.

Bringing research opportunities to campus One reason ACU wanted to set up NEXT Lab, Towell said, is so students can do the same research on campus that usually requires travel to one of the United States government’s nuclear research facilities. ACU has been sending students on a regular basis to Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago. The university still will send students there, but even more students can get research experience with an on-campus lab. A trip to Brookhaven, where ACU has had a partnership for 18 years, proves just how exceptional ACU’s undergraduate research program is, Towell said. In a facility filled with 500

What student researchers do in the NEXT Lab could someday lead to global solutions to the world’s need for energy that is less expensive, water that is pure and abundant, and medical isotopes used to diagnose and treat cancer. What they do in the lab could someday lead to global solutions to the world’s need for energy that is less expensive, water that is pure and abundant, and medical isotopes used to diagnose and treat cancer. Recipe for discovery They are doing that by researching molten salt, rather than water, as a coolant for nuclear reactors. These undergraduate students at ACU are getting handson experience that only graduate students get in most universities. “It’s been something that’s really set us apart for decades,” Towell said. The small-scale testing system in NEXT Lab uses a speciallybuilt metal box with a steel container in the center that works something like a Crock-Pot, Towell explained. Five gallons of regular table salt are poured into the container and coils around it begin to heat up, eventually raising the temperature to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, melting the salt. When the salt cools, it turns into a solid mass, making molten salt a safer coolant than water, which turns into a vapor that could cause an explosion when heated. A problem with the technology now is that no flow meter exists that can withstand the 1000 degrees–none exists yet, but ACU students are working on the problem. The meter is essential in realworld use. “That’s what we’re really focused on now,” Towell said. The students are experimenting with using sound to ping off the metal pipe the molten salt flows through to determine its flow rate, rather than a meter that is inserted into the pipe.

researchers, only four or five will be undergraduate students. “And they’re all from ACU,” Towell noted with pride. Another point of pride for Towell is the inclusion of students from a variety of disciplines in the NEXT Lab. Engineering, chemistry, physics, and computer software students all are learning and contributing to the work going on there. One student developed a 3-D model of the loop that is used to circulate the molten salt. Then, other students used ordinary plumbing pipe and fittings to create the loop. A computer science student created a website,, to highlight what the lab is all about. A section of the website asks, “Why ACU?” and explains how NEXT Lab fits nicely with the university’s mission, which is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world: “It is hard to imagine a program better suited than the NEXT Lab to serve those who are most in need around the world while fulfilling ACU’s 21st-Century Vision to build distinctive and innovative programs, and produce leaders who think critically, globally and missionally. Students working in the NEXT Lab will be extremely well prepared to serve and lead throughout the world in the fields of nuclear science and engineering.”

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Abilene Christian Student Overcomes Much On Path To Graduation By Timothy Chipp | Abilene Reporter-New

Abilene Christian University wasn’t Denise Naude’s first choice for school. But she’s happy with how her life brought her to Texas. She found herself in Abilene after facing a different kind of rejection at her first choice of schools. There, she attended class but experienced severe push back due to her spirituality. At the other school, you couldn’t be a Christian and a doctor at the same time, she said. So, she left. “(That school) wasn’t enough for me,” Naude said. “After I left, my best friend from high school told me they found a school that was good for me. It was a Christian school with a great pre-med program.” The only drawback? That school was in West Texas. She wasn’t exactly keen on the idea of moving to a city like Abilene. Naude’s past has been filled with different experiences, different people and different cultures. Born in South Africa, her family moved to southern California when she was 4 to seek medical treatment for her. She was born two months premature and has dealt with the complications her entire life, both struggling with brain lesions as a baby and cerebral palsy and left hemiplegia — paralysis of the left side of her body — since she was old enough to walk. At 11, her family moved again with her father taking a promotion in his company. This time, it was off to Slovakia, in eastern Europe. “When we got there, it showed me how good we had it,” she said. With one more move back to California when she was 14, Naude has seen a lot of the world. Her experience taught her to give West Texas a chance. “From southern California, I got here and it was so flat,” she said. “It’s an entirely different

atmosphere. I knew I needed to give it some time.” When she got to the school for the start of the spring 2014 semester, she fell in love instantly with the people, both on campus and in the community. She calls Abilene a “diamond in the rough.” It was much smaller than what she was used to, but she started meeting her professors and classmates. Eventually, she made it off campus and met some locals. She volunteered at Hendrick Medical Center and with a museum in the Big Country. In all, the people transformed her opinion of the state. Her time at ACU comes to an end with graduation Friday. But, the biology major wants to extend her stay in Texas, though she’ll probably do it about 180 miles away in Lubbock. She’s 90 percent sure Texas Tech University will be her next stop as she studies toward becoming a primary care physician. It wasn’t Abilene, though, that helped her finally narrow down what her goal was. That came in Haiti. On a trip with ACU to the impoverished island nation, she said she came across a small child who was born much like her. He had the same issues, the same signs of something wrong. But there was one major difference, she said. “He won’t ever have the same opportunities I had growing up,” she said. “One of the big reasons I’m looking to get into health care is I don’t feel I deserve to have what I have but for my family being in the right place for me to succeed.” It’s Naude’s drive and passion that impressed Jim Nichols, a professor in ACU’s biology department. He was first a little skeptical of her, questioning how someone who needs to take extra time on examinations could succeed in the medical field. But, he said, he ultimately changed his mind after

Denise Naude uses her iPad to study Wednedsay for her anatomy final at Abilene Christian University. Naude, who plans to study medicine after graduating from ACU Friday, overcame birth complications and lifelong disabilities to reach her goals. (Photo: Timothy Chipp/Reporter-News)

getting to know her as both a student and a person. He said she’s going to make a name for herself. “To me, she seems a person who can make a unique contribution to the profession and I support her desires and commend her abilities within her boundaries,” he said in a recent letter of recommendation he submitted on her behalf for an award. “Rarely will you encounter a young person with such a high degree of self-awareness as Denise. She has been successful at turning her compensations into strengths and since her passion is medicine, I fully support her application.” Those disabilities, Naude said, aren’t anything significant to her. While the outside world may notice them, she’s busy living her life the way she always has. To her, life isn’t any different day-to-day just because she has cerebral palsy or half of her body is paralyzed. “I’ve lived a normal lifestyle,” she said. “I love art, photography, which is a huge thing for me. I travel. But I’ve lived with these things all my life. I never had anything taken away from me, so to me, I’m normal.”

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Four Steps to Help You Genuinely Forgive By Joyce Meyer | Joyce Meyer Ministries

Forgiving someone isn’t easy. Believe me, I know from personal experience! But I also know it is possible. With promises found in scriptures like Philippians 4:13 (AMPC), we can do whatever we need to do with God’s power.

ways about the same thing. You can love somebody one minute and then you can’t stand them the next. But remember, your will gives you the ability to live beyond your feelings.

Many of you know that my father sexually abused me from the time I was about three years old until I was 18. I left home as soon as I could and carried bitterness and unforgiveness in my heart for years.

In Matthew 5:44 (AMPC), Jesus instructs us to... Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. This has got to be the hardest thing in the whole world to do. But we don’t get out of something just because it’s hard. Whatever God asks us to do, it’s always for our benefit.

But over time, as I studied God’s Word, He began to reveal how harmful it is to live with unforgiveness, and the benefits of forgiveness. I think sometimes people believe forgiveness is more about doing a favor for the person who hurt them, when actually, you are doing yourself a big favor. But the truth is, it’s because as you release the bitterness and anger in your heart, you are able to live with real peace and joy. You may be thinking, Ok, Joyce, I want to forgive, but it’s so hard. I don’t know if I can do it! Well, I want to encourage you to know that in Christ, you can forgive—no matter what has been done to you. Here are four steps you can take to genuinely forgive:

1. Make a Quality Decision

Forgiveness is about more than saying a prayer, like, “Lord, I forgive so-and-so.” Forgiveness is a serious decision you make. It’s not easy and it will probably be uncomfortable or even painful, but the reward of going through it will be worth any pain you’ve experienced.

2. Depend on God

Fortunately, we can depend on God to gain the strength needed to forgive. This means we live

4. Pray for Your Enemies

with a prayerful mindset and attitude: “Lord, help me not to be offended today. Keep me from unnecessary anger. If I am mad at someone, show me who it is. Give me the grace to forgive them.” (See Ephesians 4:32.) If you’re easily offended or there’s a person in your life who just annoys you, not only do you have to decide to forgive and live in peace, but you are going to have to depend on God for the grace to do it and make it a matter of prayer.

3. Understand Your Emotions

The dictionary says that emotion means to “move out” and emotions provoke psychological changes that prepare a person for action. So feelings create a desire to do something. When somebody hurts you and you feel pain, the first thing you may want to do is tell them off. You may want to get them back or you want to get away from them. You need to know that your feelings will probably need time to catch up with your decision to forgive. Your feelings are not the real you. They’re fickle. You can feel a thousand and one different

Let’s get real practical about this: If you have a coworker who gets the promotion you wanted, the minute you feel jealousy and envy, don’t just pray for them—go buy them a gift. Trust me, it will work, because when you do that, it breaks the power of the devil! (See Romans 12:2) One time I found out somebody who did business with our ministry was saying unkind things about me. I was mad and wanted to tell the guy off, but God told me to buy him a gift instead and thank him for all his years of service. At first it wasn’t easy. But when I put action behind it, I became filled with so much joy I actually laughed out loud.

The Choice Is Yours

Today, you have the choice to overcome evil with good and find a new level of joy you didn’t know was possible by choosing to forgive. I want to encourage you to do yourself a favor and make the right choice. Forgive.

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Be a People Builder! By Kristie Carpenter | Blended Mom Moments

I’ll bet there have been many times when you clench your fist, grit your teeth and wonder why some people just bring out the worst in you. They have nothing positive to say, their actions border on being malicious, and you can bet there is some kind of drama going on in their lives at any given time. The dynamics of your blended family can easily lend themselves to being associated with people like this. Divorce is a nasty beast; dysfunction seems to grow bitterness, and now, you are in the middle of it. However, you have a choice; you can either throw gasoline on this already furious inferno, or you can step back and build people up.

and they have what it takes to do and be what they want. 1 Peter 4:10 in The Living Bible says, “God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings.” You have the tremendous power to help your husband and children find and use their own, special, God-given abilities. This leads to helping them find their confidence. First Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Encourage one another and build each other up.” Encouragement can build up confidence when it is given sincerely, and when it is recognizable and regular. So be on the lookout to find ways to keep building up!

I Corinthians 13:4b says “Love is kind.” I like the Phillips translation which says, “Love looks for a way of being constructive.” Romans 15:2 helps us a bit farther by saying, “We should consider the good of our neighbor and help build up his character.” In your blended family, sometimes this might mean saying nothing at all. Your relationships may be quite delicate now, but with time and consistency, your loving character will shine through.

Another way of building up your family is through truth. I may not have done many things right when Dan and I first married, but I did my best to be honest. I shared with his children how some things were difficult for me. I told them I was going to be there for them - and I meant it. I apologized and took responsibility for the mistakes I made. As a stepmom, you don’t have to be perfect. Be truthful with kindness.

So, how do you build up the members of your family? I believe people rise to our expectations. I have tried to tell my husband and children that I believe they can do whatever they set their minds on. I remember a talk I had with our youngest son when he was in junior high school. He was making mostly B’s on his report cards, so I sat him down and told him he was capable of making A’s. I believed he was a smart young man. The difference would be for him to decide he wanted to make A’s and then choose to spend an extra 15-30 minutes a week to be diligent and study. I didn’t harp on him and tell him I was disappointed with his report card; I just told him I believed he was a straight-A student. Well, he tucked that somewhere in his brain and as the high school years came, so did the A’s.

So hopefully, by challenging your family, building up their confidence, and giving them honest counsel, you will see amazing changes. God is good; He will be there to do the same for you. So get ready to be challenged, have your confidence boosted, and then receive God’s wise and truthful counsel.

You have so many opportunities to challenge your family. You need to tell them you believe in them,

Blessings in Your Blending! _______________________________________ Editor’s note: Women’s author, speaker and mentor Kristie Carpenter, aka The Blended Family Mom, has been a blended family/ step mom since 2004; her blended family currently includes four children and four grandchildren. Follow Kristie on Facebook (, Twitter (@BlendedFamilyM), and Instagram (theblendedfamilymom). Her books “The Blended Family Mom,” and “Blended Mom Moments,” are both available on her website at

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Gains and Gratitude By Steven Furtick | Waking Faith

“...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) If you’ve ever tried to feed a two-yearold, you know babies aren’t born with gratitude. They scream when you try to feed them and when they finally do eat, there’s no appreciation. Gratitude doesn’t come naturally, but when we practice gratitude, we do gain something in return: a better perspective. The way I see it, there are three ways to be grateful.

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1) How and when did you both meet? Met in elementary reunited in 2011 ♥

2) Married, if so, how long or are you engaged? Were

common law married goin on 7 yrs. ♥

3) What was the most significant attribute that attracted you to each other? Love at first site. ♥

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.” (Deuteronomy 8:10) When God blesses or comforts or provides for us, we’re thankful for the things He has done. You got a promotion? Your relationship is doing well? Your family is healthy? Gratitude isn’t hard to practice when we train ourselves to be thankful for the countless ways He blesses us. You Can Be Thankful Even Though… “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…” (Psalm 23:4)

4) What do you believe has and will continue to keep

you together? The love that we have for 1 another will never change an it will kepp us together forever. ♥

5) Describe him/her in one word. He’s caring. ♥ 6) What relationship advice would you pass on to others? Advice...never give up on the one u love no matter what. We’re all not perfect an everyone deserves a second chance at love


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1) How and when did you both meet? We met Oct 20th 1999 went with my sister to her friends house. ♥

In the middle of hard times, we learn how to be thankful even though things aren’t going the way we hoped. Even though you’re lonely, even though your marriage is struggling, even though the doctor’s report is bad — God is still good. We can learn to be thankful even though life feels like it’s falling apart around us.

2) Married, if so, how long or are you engaged? Married

You Can Be Thankful Because Of… “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice...” (Philippians 1:18)

love that we have for 1We always do something different either watch movies at home or go to the theather. Go different places to each or another town to do so. ♥

13 yrs ♥

3) What was the most significant attribute that attracted you to each other? Love Davids personailty ♥ 4) What do you believe has and will continue to keep you together? The

5) Describe him/her in one word. Romatic.

While in prison, Paul thanks God. His heart is full of gratitude while he’s in chains. His gratitude was at the highest level: He was grateful for his circumstances because of the way God was working through his struggle. That’s the key. When you learn to be grateful in any circumstance, you’ll be able to find a blessing in any situation.

6) What relationship advice would you pass on to others? Life is to short. Enjoy been together 17yrs.

each other take road trips to spend time with each other

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4 Clues Your Spouse Isn’t Listening Communication struggles need to be identified before they can be repaired. By Lisa Lakey | Family Life I don’t even remember the exact conversation. But something told me my husband wasn’t quite as interested as I was. It went something like this: Me: “I really think that’s something we need to address. What do you think about the whole situation?” • Husband (absorbed with his phone): “Mm-hmm.” Me: “So … you agree or disagree about what was said?” • Husband: “Yeah.” (Briefly looks at me.) Me (Attempting to choose humor over annoyance): “So then, aliens for dinner. Blah, blah, blah.” • Husband: “Mm-hmm.”

doesn’t even notice you actually asked a question, that’s a pretty quick clue that you and your spouse aren’t communicating quite up to par. If she’s listening, she will likely respond appropriately to what you are saying. Sometimes a simple nod to let you know she is listening is all you need.

will likely share my feelings on every topic. My husband prefers a simpler, get-to-the-point approach, and long, drawn-out conversations are not his cup of tea. These differences can be a source of strife if we refuse to respect each other’s differences.

3. He doesn’t seem to understand (or care) what you are telling him. It could be the way you present it, but if your spouse is actively listening, he should attempt to clarify the information you are giving him. “So what you are saying is …” can go a long way in understanding someone’s viewpoint.

2. Talk to your spouse rather than at him. Tone matters. No one likes to feel they are being lectured to, especially not your spouse. Are you using the same tone you use when telling your kids to clean their rooms? If so, expect your spouse to shut you out. Proverbs 18:21 gives us a sharp warning on this, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

Yep. My sweet husband wasn’t listening. You’ve likely suspected at times that, intentional or not, your husband just isn’t listening to you. You’ve asked numerous times for help with a task he can’t remember you mentioning. Or he suddenly has no idea why you’re angry when you’ve told him at least once a day for the last week. Did he even hear you? Wives, don’t be so smug. You are just as guilty. I know I am. The other day I was so completely focused on planning out the week’s activities, menus, and grocery list, that my husband was probably talking to me for several minutes before I ever looked up. Oops.


The age-old battle of communication in marriage isn’t an issue that’s going away on its own. Communication struggles need to be identified (in a loving manner, I might add) before they can be repaired. Below are four clues in your conversations with your spouse that tell you he or she might not be listening. 1. He doesn’t focus on you during the conversation. Instead, his eyes wander to the television, his phone, a book, whatever. Active listeners will convey their interest through both eye contact and body posture. At times I’ve noticed that even if my husband is engaged in a task (like cooking or working on a car) and therefore can’t look at me, his shoulders are slightly inclined to me. It lets me know he’s listening even without eye contact. 2. She doesn’t respond to what you are saying. You ask a question, and your spouse doesn’t answer. Sure, sometimes she might need a minute to think about a proper response. But if she

4. She is focusing on the emotion of the conversation, rather than the words being said. Instead of hearing what you are saying, your spouse immediately becomes defensive or hurt or angry. My experience as a wife tells me this might be a bigger problem for the ladies. I am an emotionally driven person. I have a terrible habit of letting my emotions react and my brain catch up later. Hear the words your spouse is saying to you, and try not to focus just on your emotional response to it. If the clues above resonate with you, relax a little. There’s hope. Even the best marriages have struggles. But healthy communication is what can take your marriage from okay to great. It allows for a deeper level of intimacy and oneness with your spouse. And who doesn’t want that? Whatever the reason why your spouse just isn’t hearing you, here are a few tips for improving your communication: 1. Understand that you and your spouse probably have two completely different communication styles. I tend to think everything out loud and

3. Don’t let your own emotions rule the conversation. Beware of emotionally charged words. I’m not saying you shouldn’t tell your spouse how you feel. Just understand that your emotions on a particular issue might not be theirs. Bringing anger to the conversation will likely cause your spouse to tune you out or react defensively. Ephesians 4:29 offers another important reminder on the power of our word choice—“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” 4. Choose a time when you can talk each day. One of the best tidbits of marriage advice we’ve received is to always make time to catch up with each other. This is also the one we’ve struggled to apply the most. Kids, work, and other schedule demands (not to mention just being exhausted at the end of the day) can make it hard to set aside a daily time to talk without interruptions. But the benefits on this one far outweigh the struggle of carving an extra 20 minutes into your day. Thankfully, healthy communication is a skill couples can learn. Praying together is one way to start opening up the lines to proper communication with your spouse. I’ve learned I am an “enjoy-the-ride” communicator, while I am married to someone who prefers “landthe-plane” conversations. Respecting those differences allows me to have deeper, more meaningful conversations with my husband. And it ensures he is listening. Well, more often than not! CALL US TO ADVERTISE (325) 701-9505 3 209 S. Danville, Suite Email: info@hispaniclifemedia

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6 Ways to Grow Oneness in Marriage By Mark Merrill | Helping Families Love Well

As I’ve shared before, marriage is not a contract, it’s a covenant. It’s a sacred union between a man, woman, and God. It’s about a couple becoming “one flesh.” It’s a union of body, mind, and spirit that reflects something of God’s nature. Building this kind of oneness doesn’t just happen in deep discussions and major moments, great as those times may be. It happens in the daily things of life you do with and for one another. Here are 6 ways to grow as one in marriage day by day.

1. Worship together. I’m not just talking about singing, although that is important. Worship is about God being at the center of your life. Just as the earth revolves around the sun and keeps a constant orbit as a result of the gravitational pull of the sun, your life as a couple should constantly, day in and day out, revolve around God. As you attend church, pray, and grow in God together, you’ll grow as one. I realize that opening your heart to God in front of your spouse might at first be a bit uncomfortable, but it’s worth it. As you pray together, you’ll get a front row seat into one another’s soul. And remember, the family that prays together, stays together.

2. Read together. It’s one thing to read

the same book and compare notes but try actually reading it at the same time aloud to each other. My wife, Susan, and I have read a few books aloud together at bedtime over the years. We’ve found that it helps us open up discussion on the things we are reading about and encourages intimacy. Find a book you’d both like to read. Mix up the kinds of things you read. Try a devotional classic or a marriage book. Choose a literary classic you’ve both always meant to read or take turns selecting a biography or a favorite novelist.

3. Walk together. Several times a week, if our schedules permit, Susan and I will take our dogs for a walk around the neighborhood. It’s an opportunity to hold hands and

just spend some uninterrupted time together or even talk about things we need to without the distractions of the house. And, of course, it’s good physical exercise.

4. Cook together. Just as there is some-

thing special about sharing a meal with someone, preparing it as a couple can be an opportunity for some great time together as well. In addition to working together on a task, you get to talk as you do. Plus, there can even be a romantic vibe when you are sharing the kitchen together.

5. Play together. Praying together and

playing together both create oneness in marriage. Your play might include collecting things together. Maybe it’s stamps, coins, or antiques. It could be you introducing her

ONENESS IN MARRIAGE to fly fishing or her introducing you to rose growing. Or, find something that’s new to both of you: Susan has been after me to try dance lessons for some time. I know a couple who went to a painting class together and delighted in each other’s successes.

6. Exercise together. Part of nurturing

a healthy, long marriage is ensuring each of you is healthy enough to be around for a long marriage. Find ways you can keep fit together while recognizing your different abilities and interests. Cycling is fun, but going out on a tandem can take it to a whole other level and swapping seats gives you a chance to see things from their perspective. Tennis or golf may be your thing, but just be sure that if you are competing against each other, it’s at a friendly level. The activity is intended to bring you closer, not drive a wedge between you.

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If you’ve been considering making substantive changes to your diet and physical activity to improve your health and overall well-being, February is the perfect time to go for it! February is American Heart Month ― a health initiative first developed by President Johnson in 1964 to improve heart health and spread awareness about the numerous conditions and ailments related to heart disease, which has been the number one cause of death in America every year since 1900 (other than 1918).

• Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms • Chest pain or discomfort (angina) • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach • Dizziness • Light-headedness • Women more commonly experience heartburn, nausea, or difficulty breathing • Men more commonly experience cold

For those of you still on the fence about taking steps to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, here are some statistics that might help you make the leap: • Cardiovascular diseases lead to more deaths than all forms of cancer combined • Roughly 25% of deaths in the United States can be attributed to heart disease • More than 700,000 people experience a heart attack every year • Those living in the southeastern states are at the greatest risk to die of heart disease Thankfully, increased education and awareness have led to less deaths related to heart disease since the 1980s, and you can become part of this encouraging trend by recognizing the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of heart disease and taking action to address them.

Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms of Coronary Events

Certain behaviors or medical conditions might increase the potential for you or a loved one to develop heart disease. Common risk factors for heart disease include: •Unhealthy weight or obesity •Diabetes •Lack of exercise •Poor diet •Substance abuse or excessive drinking By recognizing the signs and symptoms of heart disease and/or a coronary event early, you can take the necessary steps to reduce risk and produce quality health outcomes. If you notice any of the symptomology below, please visit your primary care physician right away.

sweats or pain in the left arm

Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms • Shortness of breath • Fatigue • Swelling in the feet, ankles, legs, abdomen, and neck Irregular

Heartbeat (Arrhythmia) Signs and Symptoms

• Rapid heart rate • Slowed heart rate • Palpitations • Sudden cardiac arrest, which requires immediate medical attention to prevent loss of life Certain women with heart disease might not experience any symptoms prior to a coronary event. This is known as silent coronary heart disease and can prove fatal, making it all the more important to receive regular health screenings and report any symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor immediately.

Improving Cardiovascular Health

There are numerous steps you can take to improve your cardiovascular health and mitigate

potential risks for developing heart disease or experiencing a cardiac event. • Get Plenty of Sleep: Studies indicate that individuals who regularly get seven or more hours of quality sleep have less calcium in their arteries than those who get little or excessive sleep. If you’re having problems regulating your sleep habits, visit your primary care physician. • Annual Blood Pressure Checks: High blood pressure can lead to scar tissue building up in your arteries, which can then lead to heart disease or a coronary event. People under the age of 40 should get their blood pressure checked every other year, and those over 40 should do so annually. • Improve Your Diet: Diet is one of the most important elements of maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. Reduce your salt intake, limit your alcohol intake, and eat more fruits, vegetables, and lean protein while attempting to cut out saturated fats whenever possible and eliminate artificial trans fats, which are most commonly found in processed foods, from your diet. • Get Screened for Diabetes: One of the most common and dangerous risk factors associated with heart disease and coronary events is diabetes ― a condition that millions of Americans are living with without their knowledge. So be sure to undergo blood sugar tests regularly, especially if you are over 45, pregnant, or overweight. If you have prediabetes, determine an action plan with your primary care physician to improve your diet and exercise more regularly. • Exercise Regularly: Here’s that dreaded word: exercise. Most of us view adopting a regular exercise program as a daunting and even overwhelming task, but you can drastically improve your heart health by engaging in physical activity for just 30 minutes each day. Be wary of how much time you spend sitting or lying down each day (especially if you work in an office setting), and try to stand, walk, or run at regular intervals throughout your day ― even if that’s as simple as walking in place while watching television or FaceTiming a friend.

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Alzheimer’s Association Hosts 15th Annual Spring Symposium in Arlington An opportunity to learn the latest developments and advancements in Alzheimer’s research and caregiver practices. By Elizabeth Sehon | Public Affairs Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association - North Central Texas Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter is hosting its 15th annual spring symposium, Dementia: Current Trends and Future Directions, Thursday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Arlington Convention Center.

intervention, that involves exercise, diet, cognitive stimulation, and increased medical monitoring, will protect brain health in cognitively healthy, but at risk older adults. Presenting the afternoon plenary session is Martin Schreiber, former governor of Wisconsin and author of My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver. Schreiber will provide practical insider practices and tips to help caregivers.

The Association’s largest education event for family caregivers and healthcare professionals offers up-to-date, useful information on a variety of topics pertaining to Alzheimer’s and dementia related care and support from experts in the field. In addition, local and regional experts in Alzheimer’s disease, law, psychology, dementia The morning plenary session will be presented care and more will offer breakout sessions on by Laura Baker, Ph.D, associate professor of topics of interest to family members who are gerontology, geriatric medicine, neurology, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and social sciences and health policy at Wake For- for healthcare workers who specialize in deest School of Medicine. Baker is most notably mentia care. Representatives of the Alzheimrecognized as a primary investigator for the er’s Association and businesses serving the U.S. POINTER study. needs of caregivers and persons with dementia will have information available from symThe study, which will be discussed at the sym- posium attendees. posium, will determine if an intensive lifestyle

The symposium will offer CMEs, CNEs and continuing education for a variety of other disciplines with the goal of providing timely information regarding dementia care to improve patient outcomes. Registration fees are $75 for professionals needing continuing education credit and $50 for professionals that do not need CEs. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is no charge for family caregivers to attend. A suggested donation of $25 is appreciated to cover the costs. The Arlington Convention Center is located at 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, Texas 76011. For more information or to register, call 1.800.272.3900 or visit

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HIV Prevention Medicine Offered at Mercy Clinic By Eric Resendiz | Fox Abilene

The Center for Disease Control reports there “We get the blood test necessary before beare close to 40,000 new cases every year of ginning treatment. and then we just get the H.I.V. in the United States. prescription,” said Dr. Norton. The Mercy Health Care Center, part of the The blue pill can reduce the risk of getting Taylor County Health Department, is making h.i.v through sex by more than 90 percent. a difference when it comes to H.I.V. The chances lower if a condom is used. Post-exposure prophylaxis, PEP, is a medicine Health officials say H.I.V. cases in Taylor that treats people who are H.I.V. positive. County have remained steady. But, have you heard about Pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP? “Prep is taking medications to prevent a person from getting aids,” said Dr. Peter Norton, Medical Director at the Mercy Clinic. Dr. Norton says the blue pill, if taken daily, can help people who are at a high risk of getting H.I.V. lower their chances of getting in- “When something is not so urgent or acute, fected. people get relaxed. We’ve had several new cases diagnosed here,” said Dr. Norton. “What happens is, when you get exposed to the virus. The virus is then killed before it Lab work to start the process to get on PrEP can infect the host,” said Dr. Norton. can range from 10 to 40 dollars. PrEP isn’t new, it’s been around since about 2012. People in the Big Country who wanted to get on PrEP had to travel to the metroplex for it. But not anymore, as of November 2017, it’s being offered at Mercy.

The clinic can also help with paying for the medicine. Anyone interested should call the clinic at (325) 676-6634. The facility is located at 1902 Shelton St, Abilene, TX 79603.

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Michelle & Ricky Clabaugh Q & A ♥ Happy Valentine’s Love • Mi Amor

1) How and when did you both meet? We met at Franklin Middle

School and went 15 years before meeting up again. He worked at a business that I was applying at, and walked in . I immediately thought to myself, “I’m going to marry this guy!!!” ♥ (Aww!~HispLife)

2) Married, if so, how long or are you engaged? We just renewed our vows to celebrate 10 years of marriage. ♥ (AWESOME! ~HispLife)

3) What was the most significant attribute that attracted you to each other? There was something in his eyes that made me want to look deeper. / Her smile always gave me butterflies. ♥

4) What do you believe has and will continue to keep you together? Our faith in God and in each other. Our support of one another and our ability to forgive and love unconditionally. ♥ (Well said! ~ HispLife)

5) Describe him/her in one word. He is AMAZING. The best way to describe her is FULFILLMENT! ♥ (Delightful! ~ HispLife)

6) What relationship advice would you pass on to others? Communicate. Be

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Are You Financially Ready To Buy a Home? By

You’ve dreamed of owning a home for as long as you can remember. But lately, your dream’s been more like a driving force than a twinkling in the eye.

fees • Appraisal • Prepaid property taxes and mortgage insurance • Title insurance • Recording fees • Underwriting fees

Perhaps your friends are all buying homes and pressuring you to do the same. Or maybe your rent just went up again. Whatever the case, you simply can’t wait another year to buy.

You can put money aside for your closing costs, but you won’t have a clear idea of what those costs will be until you receive a loan estimate form from your lender after you apply for your mortgage.

There’s just one thing: You aren’t quite sure you can afford it.

You should receive your final closing disclosure form at least three days before closing. Review it carefully for unexpected cost differences, and ask your lender to explain any charges you don’t understand.

So how do you know you really are ready to start talking to a real estate agent about taking the leap? This handy checklist is a good place to start.

1. You’re Debt-Free With a Healthy Emergency Fund

- This ensures you can handle any unexpected expenses that come your way once you own a home. You don’t want Murphy to send you packing the first time the roof leaks! Use the debt snowball to knock debts out one by one, working your way up from smallest to largest to build momentum. There’s no better way to free up income for more worthwhile pursuits—like home ownership! Once debt’s a distant memory, get busy stockpiling money in an emergency fund. Three to six months of expenses should do the trick.

2. You Have a Good Down Payment

The best way to buy a home is to put 100% down. If paying cash for your home isn’t in the cards this year, set a goal of saving at least 10%.

4. You Can Cash Flow Moving Expenses - Whether you pay a mov-

Of course, 20% will put you in an even better position because you’ll avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI). If you do decide to go with a mortgage, stay conservative. We recommend keeping your payments at no more than 25% of your takehome pay on a 15-year conventional fixed-rate mortgage.

3. You Can Pay Your Own Closing Costs - Some home sellers cover closing costs to sweeten the deal—but don’t bank on it. On average, closing costs can range from 2% to 5% of your home’s purchase price, according to Zillow. For a $200,000 home, that’s anywhere between $4,000 and $10,000 to cover items like:

•Loan origination fee • Home and pest inspection

ing crew hundreds of dollars to pack up and move your belongings or you provide a pizza dinner to a handful of your best friends after they help you move, you’re going to have plenty of moving expenses: •Boxes, bubble wrap and other moving supplies •Deposits for utilities • Cleaning supplies •Appliances that aren’t included in your home purchase •Any pre-move-in upgrades like painting, new furniture and closet organization

While you wait for your closing date, get good estimates for what these costs will be—request quotes from moving companies, shop for appliances, etc. Pad your move-in budget a bit so things go as smoothly as possible, and don’t let new-home excitement cause you to overspend on items you don’t need right away.

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6 Master Tips for Your Next Business Presentation By John Brandon |

Those who give presentations at conferences, as part of a sales demo, in a marketing push for a new product, or even during a TED talk know how to wow an audience. They excel at turning a boring presentation into something people will talk about in the hallway and even on the ride back to the office. Recently, the folks at FlowVella--an app for making presentations on computer, phone, and tablet--sent me tips from some of their customers on how to make sure your presentation is a winner.

1. Tell a story. ○○○ “Instead of boring your audi-

ence to tears, develop a genuine connection with your audience. How? Throughout your presentation, tell stories that add meaning and depth to your message. Telling personal stories will make you more likable, trustworthy, and interesting. In addition, facts and stats typically stimulate only two areas of the human brain, but stories can activate up to seven, and trigger emotional responses within listeners. Presentations that are engaging both mentally and emotionally are more memorable and influential, thus more successful.”

2. Vary the template. ○○○ “If it looks stock, it

probably is. Altering an existing template doesn’t take a tremendous amount of time. It also indicates that the presenter knows how to represent the idea and narrative visually. Don’t be afraid to change colors, add logos, and alter the elements for a totally unique look with just a few minutes of work. Font selection is very important. The font is not just a typeface. It represents the idea through the actual look of the word. It should align with the tone of the core idea/narrative. Furthermore, font selection is most critical for readability. Adding a bursting star doesn’t mean you are increasing the impact of a point or a component of a slide/frame. Instead, add punch with mixed media. Bringing an idea or point to life through text, images, photography, video, etc., is much more memorable than cheap movements. Your software should allow for insertion of PDFs and video.”

3. Use a storyboard. ○○○ “The most traditional

(and foolish) way to create a presentation is to open up a blank PowerPoint document and try to make magic happen. This can result in mistakes in flow, logic, and overall cohesion, as you try to write and design each concept in real time. Steal a writer’s tip and create a text-only framework for the entire thing before you launch into the full draft. It’s just like the outline you used to create for fifth-grade book reports, where all of your sub points support your main points, and the intro and outro tie everything together. Aim for a single summary of your core idea, supported by three smaller sub points that will prove your summary. And of course, don’t start to design your work without making sure that the outline is airtight. The result? No more strange tangents, lost points, and unnecessary slides.”

4. Think about introverts and extroverts in the audience. ○○○“One of the best pieces of advice

came to me from a mentor years ago. He told me all audiences are generally comprised of a 50/50 balance of introverts and extroverts. I have tested his theory on audiences since then and can attest to it’s validity. The grand lesson: never lean your presentation in one direction. For instance, if your presentation is dominated by workshops and activities, your extroverts are going to love you and your introverts are going to despise you. On the opposite end of that spectrum, if you lecture the entire time, your introverts will feel comfortable and your extroverts will get bored. Presenters must make the extra effort to balance their message and activities. Like most things in life, moderation is key.”

5. Keep it to three points. ○○○ “The human brain

works like this: One, two, three... I forget. No one is going to remember your tenth point, yet most presenters today feel it is necessary to showcase everything they know about a specific topic. The sad reality is that we live in a world with short attention span. Presenters either win hearts by being succinct or they neglect this responsibility and get forgotten forever. Therefore, the stage or front of the room is not the appropriate place to exhibit your depth of knowledge via 17 different takeaways. No one is going to remember them, or you.”

6. Whatever you are selling, you are still selling ideas. ○○○ “It doesn’t matter what widget or ser-

vice you’re offering. These days, people are not buying either--they are buying ideas. Nobody is buying an Apple Watch. They are buying the ideas of new fitness or faster communication or prestige and early adopter status, or some blend thereof. A presentation is no longer about closing anything but rather about germinating an idea that resonates with the audience. The idea then drives a passion to acquire the product or service. That’s a much stronger way to sell. But how do you create a presentation that plants the idea you are communicating into the mind of the viewer? And how do you stay on track when working with ideas? First, you have to ask who the audience is. Before I start a presentation, I make slide No. 1 and list all I know about the audience on it. Tech savvy or consumer end user? Decision makers or influencers? Buying for self or for the firm? Likes short and sweet or likes story and emotion? After that, I put topics in logical order on each of the following slides and build the images and the story to fit all the info I placed on Slide No. 1. That slide will keep telling me how to position my points to create ideas the audience can relate to and that will fan the fires of desire for my solutions.” CALL US TO ADVE RT (325) 701-9505 ISE 209 S. Danville

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Starting a Business Starts with Basic Math The star of CNBC’s “The Profit” knows a lot about business and entrepreneurship. Worth an estimated $3 billion, he’s the CEO and chairman of Camping World. By Kristen Castillo | MediaPlanet

On the TV show and in real life, Lemonis advises individuals on how to succeed in business. Over 40,000 applications come into the show asking Lemonis for help.

provide for your future, provide for a rainy day and I don’t ever think that money should be used for investing.

Marcus Lemonis: Putting your pride aside is probably the biggest key. I reccomend getting financial advice from someone you trust, as well as from online resources, community college classes and the public library. The time that you take to study and learn those things will give you a significant leg up on the competition.

I believe understanding numbers is a roadmap to success. For business owners, not knowing the basics will hurt their ability to make projections and grow the business. Without financial know-how, they find themselves out of cash and out of business before they even realize it.

MP: What’s the number one rule for investing? • ML: If you’re going to invest, you have to get comfortable with the idea that you could lose it. People should invest His number one in assets like property or equipment, inrule is being finan- stead of ideas, which can be risky. cially literate. For people who want to buy real estate as “I don’t expect ev- an investment, I suggest buying commereryone to be a math cial real estate with solid tenants, which genius,” he says. means you can collect rent on a steady “But I expect them basis. to understand basic principles of addition and subtraction.” MP: You recommend not doing business with family and friends. Why? • Mediaplanet: What’s the biggest obsta- ML: Investments don’t always go well but cle to financial literacy? Thanksgiving always comes.

MP: What impact is your show having on kids? • ML: We have a lot of young people watching our show. It’s exciting to know kids want to grow up to be in business. I think they’re realizing you can’t be in business if you don’t have basic financial literacy. MP: What’s the difference between saving and investing? • ML: I’m a big believer in saving money and I’m a big believer in having reserves for rainy days. Savings is rainy-day-forthe-future and investing is money that you can afford to risk. You can’t afford to risk savings in my opinion. Savings can help you if you need cash for an emergency like a job loss. In the case of saving and investing, I’m looking for you to save money to



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3 Small Business Tips from Warren Buffett By QuickBooks Canada Team

Everyone’s favourite down-to-earth billionaire, Warren Buffett, is a gold mine of business wisdom and witticisms. He is not shy about the principles that lead to his success, and he often shares with other business owners about how to grow wealthy in his footsteps. Buffett is humble, hardworking, generous, and extremely successful. It’s probably a good idea to listen to any selfmade businessperson who amassed $76 billion USD. You may find that the Oracle of Omaha’s real value comes from his direct, easy-to-understand delivery.

business owners to hang around the best people the can find. “Hang out with people better than you, and you cannot help but improve.”Try to keep this in mind when you interview a new employee, pick a financial advisor or accountant, or sign into a partnership agreement. If you strive to create a culture of constant encouragement and improvement, your business (and your stress level) should improve accordingly.

have heard this simple advice associated with Buffett before - it’s one of his most enduring quotes. As Buffett famously told the 20th graduating class from Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College, “Tomorrow morning, when you look in the mirror after you’ve gotten up, just write - or just put it in lipstick or whatever you want - ‘delight my customer.’ Not ‘satisfy my customer.’ ‘Delight my customer.’”Your customers are just as likely, or perhaps more likely, to remember a positive experience than a great deal. If your customers are delighted, that means they’re happy with your product/service, and they’re happy with your business on an emotional level. This, in turn, makes them more likely to return as customers and to tell friends or family about you. As Buffett elaborated, “Any business that has delighted customers has a salesforce out there that you don’t have to pay.”

Georgetown University crowd that, if they wanted to achieve mass fortune over the course of their lives, they should “never do anything in life if you would be ashamed of seeing it printed on the front page of your hometown newspaper for your friends and family to see.”One of the reasons Buffett can sustain longterm success is because he doesn’t cut corners, cheat people, or let his eyes get bigger than his stomach. He has never been hauled before a grand jury or convicted of business malpractice. Because his associates trust him, they are more willing to partner with him. Another good Buffett quip? “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”For your small business, it may be a good idea to create a company mission statement that spells out your values and code of conduct. This can remind your employees, customers, and family members about your commitment to running a virtuous and socially conscious business.

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Q & A ♥ Happy Valentine’s Love • Mi Amor

1) How and when did you both meet? We

were having a 7th grade school meeting at madison middle school ♥

2) Married, if so, how long or are you engaged? Recently engaged, January 11th 2018 ♥ 3) What was the most significant attribute that attracted you to each other? Omg, his personality was out of this world, a major thing that attracted us to each other is that we had been best friends for 10years we clicked we are comfortable with each other. ♥

4) What do you believe has and will continue to keep you together? The fact that he

treats my babygirl likes his very own. I appreciate that we can argue and still be goofy as heck with each other! He’s my bestfriend... ♥ (Well said! ~ HispLife)

5) Describe him/her in one word. Goofy!! ♥ (Funny! ~ HispLife)

6) What relationship advice would you pass on to others? It’s always the best

feeling to fall in love with your bestfiend, and plan your future with that person. ♥

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