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10 Do You Know? Coach Michelle Rochinski

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There was once a TV show based on nothing. It was about all the “nothing” that goes on in our lives. It was called Seinfeld. And it was a smash. Because we all have those “every-days” full of “nothing.” Whatcha doin’? Nothing. What are you thinking about? Nothing. What’s on TV? Nothing good. How was your day? Nothing special. What are you writing about in your publisher column? I got nothing! The other day, we were getting ready to leave our house. As I was on the driveway, my attention shifted to the powerline above. More than 11 years ago, some sweet friends (who had twin littles at the time) lived across the street from us. One day our doorbell rang. It seems they were flying a kite, which had gotten tangled on the powerline above our driveway. We told them not to worry about it, it would eventually come down. What we didn’t know is that this particular kite apparently has the half-life of uranium! Our friends have long since moved, but that kite has kept us in touch over the more than a decade they’ve been gone. An occasional texted photo - the latest one seen here - is always good for a giggle and a “Hello, we’re thinking of you!” Those little twins are going to graduate high school this year. I have many sweet memories of spending time with, and around, them while they did “nothing”…like fly a kite. So today, I just want to remind you that, sometimes, those nothings that make up your day may actually be something important to someone else. And who knows? Maybe it will be something for a long, long time.

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From Our Readers I love the calendar of upcoming events and usually keep it posted for reference! I also love to see who is reading what. Gorgana Hyde

Love that local people and business are spotlighted. The first thing I look for is “Things my granddad said”. Enjoy the pet section and seeing fur babies! This is the only magazine I read cover to cover. I’m not a reader! Cathy Stokes

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Do You Know? Story by Ruth Fields Photos by Gina Turner

Coach Michelle Rochinski

Even in the exhilarating aftermath of her team’s undefeated, 41-victory season, Coach Michelle Rochinski is reluctant to boast. Although she seems mellow and reserved, her eyes show the glint of fierce competitiveness. This inner determination has served her well. In just the fourth year of the existence of Montgomery’s Lake Creek High School, Michelle and her talented softball team put their school on the national map. In early June, they won the UIL 5A State Championship, and in July, they were named national champions by virtue of the USA Today High School Sports Award. To Michelle’s knowledge, it is the first time in Montgomery’s history that a team has been so honored. 10

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‘A little bit of everything’ “My brother and I grew up doing sports from day one,” Michelle says. “We did a little bit of everything.” Coached by her dad on youth teams, Michelle excelled; in high school, she played softball, volleyball, and basketball. Early on, she discovered she had a knack for helping others become better players. “Even when I was playing, I always wanted to help younger kids. I was always involved in lessons and camps. That was just my calling,” she says. She also enjoyed volunteering with Special Olympics, which prompted her to minor in special education in college. She realizes she was fortunate to have been well coached at Katy Taylor High School. “My high school coaches were huge mentors to me, and I looked up to them. I still keep in touch with them,” she says. “They taught me a ton: how to be a good teammate, how to take a loss, how to win successfully.” Michelle won a softball scholarship to the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she played for two years. She missed basketball, however, and transferred to Sam Houston State University, where she walked on to both the softball and the women’s basketball teams.

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On the basketball court, Michelle earned her reputation not because of her height—five feet, six inches—but because of her speed. She lettered in both basketball and softball before sustaining a knee injury that curtailed her college sports career. She graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

coach for girls’ basketball, volleyball and softball. She was also a co-teacher in special education classes. After just one year, she was made the head coach of the school’s softball team; however, she decided to leave public school coaching the following year to become a personal trainer.

Meanwhile, Mike Rochinski played football at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan before coming to SHSU for graduate school. While working at the university’s Johnson Coliseum, where Michelle played basketball, Mike became a fan. He eventually became Michelle’s husband. The couple have two children: Cade (18), and Kalee (17). Cade, a recent graduate of Lake Creek High School, will be playing football at Howard Payne University this fall. Kalee, who plays softball on her mother’s team, has already committed to play at the University of Texas at San Antonio after her graduation from Lake Creek in 2023.

It was a career move that was not to be. While she was busy enrolling in personal training certification courses, golf coaches from Klein and Montgomery high schools met at a tournament. As they talked, Michelle’s name came up. Montgomery’s softball coach had left the district and the school needed a new one without delay. “Rusty Herridge [Montgomery’s then athletic director] called me out of the blue and asked, ‘Would you be interested in looking at Montgomery?’ I came out and interviewed. I actually started that school year two weeks late,” she says. “I really wasn’t even looking.”

Coach Roch Michelle began her career in education at Klein High School, where she was an assistant

Twenty years later, Michelle is still coaching in Montgomery. In addition to being the head softball coach, she has coached volleyball and basketball, and helped start the soccer program at Montgomery High School. For two years, she coached both softball and soccer.

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“Those sports overlap,” she says, “but they needed help, and I felt like it was my job.” Along the way, she also became an assistant athletic coordinator. In 2018, Montgomery ISD opened its second high school, Lake Creek. At that point, Michelle was thinking about retiring from coaching and becoming strictly an athletic administrator. Principal Phil Eaton (now retired) and Athletic Director Clint Heard, however, had other ideas. “They asked me, ‘Would you want to go start the softball program over there?’” Suddenly, Michelle was faced with a dilemma. Her own children would attend Lake Creek High School, and her daughter would be on the softball team. “I questioned it for a little while, because I didn’t know if I really wanted to coach Kalee,” she says. “Some people kind of dream about coaching their kids, but at first, I was like, ‘I don’t know. It’s not my job to coach her through high school. It’s time for her to start listening to someone else.’” Ultimately, Michelle chose to make the transfer to Lake Creek High School. Seniors were allowed to choose which high school they attended, and six out of eight softball players elected to attend Lake Creek. In its inaugural

season, the team had a good record. Then things got interesting. The following season, Michelle had high hopes for her team, but after winning 15 games and losing just one, the remainder of the season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The will to win, however, would not go away. In 2021, during Lake Creek High School’s third year, the team had a record of 39 wins and zero losses going into the regional finals. Defeated by Barbers Hill High School (the team that ultimately won the state championship), the Lake Creek Lions were disappointed. But they were not finished.

Unfinished business After the blow of elimination before the state championship series, “Unfinished business” became the motto of the Lake Creek softball team. “Starting from the day we walked in for off-season, the girls were ready. I think they prepared last summer after we lost,” Michelle says. “We all believed we had that chance.” As the season progressed, the Lake Creek softball team began to receive national attention. “There are three big ranking systems,”

Michelle explains, “based on competition, a point system, and wins and losses. Two out of three ranked us number one.” At one point, Lake Creek played Katy High School, and word spread in Michelle’s original hometown. “A bunch of my high school coaches were there. A family member said to Michelle, ‘Man, Roch, you might have more fans here than the team!’ They followed us through the playoffs,” Michelle says. On June 4, the Lake Creek Lions defeated Georgetown High School in Austin and clinched the state championship. Commemorative T-shirts proclaim in large letters: “Business—finished.” The team members recently ordered state championship rings that are barnacled with 41 tiny diamonds to represent their 41 wins. The rings also proclaim “national champions.” Meanwhile, colleges have noticed Lake Creek: two out of three graduating seniors will be attending college on softball scholarships. Four of the team members who will graduate in 2023 have already committed to colleges. In fact, many of Michelle’s former players have played in college. “I don’t have very many

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who play varsity ball and don’t play at the next level,” she says. She has had at least one student athlete sign to play in college every year that she has been a head coach—which is 21 out of the 22 years she has been coaching. Over the year, Michelle’s coaching style has evolved. “I think I learn something every day,” she says. She leads by example, working hard, even when it’s not convenient. Sometimes that means driving a bus so a team can compete. “The kids see that,” she says. “I am hard on them, but I care about them. I will do anything for them.” She also stresses the importance of being a team player. “All of us want to be starters. Everybody wants to be the top dog, but I think everybody needs to learn how to sit on the bench. They learn how to be a teammate and do the right thing. Being a good teammate is going to help you do a better job at whatever you decide to do. They are hopefully going to be successful young women in whatever they decide to do.” Michelle has no regrets about making the intra-district move to Lake Creek. Her record at Lake Creek is 113 wins and 12 losses. And coaching Kalee has worked out. “We have our moments. She doesn’t get by with much, but she takes it like a champ,” Michelle says. “I don’t think I would take it back. God was telling me something. It was something we did do, winning the state championship. We won state together. That put the cherry on top.”

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Just for Fun Story by Lindsey Kinane Photos by Tom Miller

After a scenic drive past numerous farms in Willis, the Postcards team arrived at the Goodgrass Farm Dairy and Creamery, where husband and wife John and Camille Bock produce items like raw milk and cheeses on location with the help of their small staff. The dairy is license inspected in the Montgomery, Walker, San Jacinto, and Grimes County area, making it possible to sell raw milk, cultured butter, cheese from fresh and raw milk, pasture pork in season, and additional items. 16

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The history behind Goodgrass Farm

The milking process

John Bock came out of retirement and built Goodgrass Farms without a background in dairy; however, he had previously milked cows and raised cows and lambs during the 39 years he has lived in Willis with Camille. The couple has about 100 acres of land that they own and manage. Approximately seventy-five acres is used for young calves, and twenty-five acres is used for pasture. In addition to the dairy farm, they have a joint venture selling pigs, piglets, and pork because Camille states, “You can’t have a dairy without raising pigs.” Across the street from the dairy, they make their own hay as well, which is free of pesticides and herbicides.

The milk comes from their eleven cows milked on location. They are raised on pasture and milked once a day, every day. Milking starts at 8:30 AM, changing to 7:30 AM during the summer to adjust for the brutal heat that is a Texas summer. Goodgrass Farm is a seasonal operation that halts from November until January to allow for calving and recovery of the cows. When the farm is in operation, customers can come to the shop Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM where the products are on display. Each cow on the property has to be trained for milking, because a rambunctious animal is dangerous for everyone. Unfortunately,

animals deemed too dangerous get sold. When it comes time for milking, the cows are milked one at a time, once a day, and are given inspections by those milking to make sure the teats aren’t infected. To make sure everything is sanitary, the teats are coated with iodine before and after milking; they do this to make sure no bacteria gets into the milk. If, however, there is something wrong with the milk, the milk gets thrown out. If a cow isn’t

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milked regularly, the teats will dry up. Goodgrass Farm starts milking their cows when they reach two years of age and continues for several years. If they wean a calf and their teats are still good, a cow will continue milking. The environment at the farm is stress-free for the cows and for the workers, especially since their process involves having the cows milked one at a time. The cows start the day in a holding pen, waiting their turn like they are waiting for a ride at a carnival. When they get up to the milking platform, they snack on some grain

feed during the milking, then step down, where another barrel of feed awaits them. After they finish the second grain feeding, they walk through a cow scale into the pasture for the day. If there is a heifer being trained for milking, they do the entire process, except they are not actually milked. Cows find stepping down from the milking platform more difficult than getting up— Camille calls this “The Step of Death.” This comes from a cow’s weight distribution and bone structure, as their necks are not mobile enough for them to see straight ahead. With the help of the workers, the cows at Goodgrass Farm are able to successfully negotiate the milking platform, but this comes with training them through the repetitive process.

The cheese-making process Cheese offered at Goodgrass Farm can be fresh cheese or aged raw milk hard cheese. The cheesemaking process takes six hours from start to finish—the longest of any products at the farm. Cheese is pasteurized, meaning it has been heated at about 145-161 degrees Fahrenheit. When the cheeses are finished, it takes at least sixty days before the raw milk cheese is ready to sell.

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Events and Tours at Goodgrass Farm On the third Sunday every month between 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Goodgrass hosts a producers’ market. Camille states, “This market showcases neighbors and local producers who do great things…such as raising beef, pork, lamb, poultry, rabbit, wine, and honey.” Offerings include jams, jellies, fruits, vegetables, and a spinning demonstration; jellies, jams, olive oil, and honey can also be found at the Goodgrass Farm store with the


Children age four and up are permitted to tour if accompanied by an adult. If there is an interest in touring Goodgrass Farm, you can submit a message on their website. When visiting, guests might also meet Ragner, John and Camille Bock’s dog. Ragner is a Swedish Vallhund—a cow herding breed— that looks like a husky and corgi mix. Ragner’s short legs help him come behind the cows to nip at them, to herd. Being short helps ensure

that, when the cows kick, he won’t get hurt. When people look at the cows, they might notice a thin appearance. While some might think all cows are supposed to be big and fat like a beef cow, Camille mentions that milking cows are supposed to look thin. A simple explanation comes from what the different cows produce—meat versus milk. With the energy it takes a milking cow to produce milk every day, they are able to convert feed production into milk, while a beef cow converts their feed production into fat. Quaintly located at the entrance of the property there is a small, free sharing library. People have to opportunity to take or share a book of their choosing on an honor system. Replacing a book when taking one ensures there are always books available for others.

dairy products. The event can be found on the Goodgrass Farm website, where people can RSVP. During the producer’s market, people park on the street outside the property. People are able to tour the farm in groups of four. Arriving in the morning offers people the chance to see the milking process and to avoid the heat of the day. Touring guests can observe the milking process, but may not physically milk a cow. They may get the chance to pet a cow if they come close.

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The Garden Post By Kim Bius

Survival Tips for Your Lawn Summer of 2022 will go down as one of the biggest challenges in the garden industry. This summer surely will be as devastating on area landscapes as the winter snowstorm of ’21.

will benefit from having a water hose trickling overnight on the dripline. Large trees can and have begun dropping limbs in order to survive, so be careful.

Heat – Tomatoes and peppers will not set fruit when temperatures are above 95 degrees in the day and 75 at night. During triple digit temperatures, pollen is destroyed and the leaves curl. The same is true with other vegetables and fruits. Do not try to “carry over” tired and “diseased” spring vegetables. Start fresh with seed or new starters.

Insects – The lack of rain has allowed spider mite populations to explode. Spider Mites are microscopic and, upon close examination, will have what resembles tiny webbing hanging off dried out leaves. Frequent rains keep the spider mite population at bay, but drought is a green light for growth. A systemic miticide will be required to get a heavy infestation under control. Mites will not “just go away” with onset of winter; they must be treated, or the infestation increases.

Fall Vegetable Gardening – Plant seeds now and plan your harvest according to the production time. It is too late for pumpkins by Halloween or corn that requires 100-120 days before harvest, but a great time for squash, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and beans. Plant cool-weather vegetable seeds now, but starter plants for vegetables such as broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and kale should be planted when 85 is the daytime high temperature……late September through mid -October. Rain/Water – With minimal rain, landscapes should be watered 4 times a week while temperatures are 98 degrees and above, and a minimum of 15 minutes on bedding plant areas. Plan on 25-30 minutes on areas with sod and shrubs. Established trees in distress

Chinch bugs are rampant in area lawns. Areas that are dried and crunchy brown, but surrounded by green growth, are a direct sign of chinch bugs. Chinch bugs can overtake a lawn in 48 hours and move to the next. Their damage is easily visible in subdivisions where the dried dead grass jumps driveways and extends along the side of the road for blocks on end. How do you identify a chinch bug? Place a white sheet of paper on the ground and step away 8 feet. Begin circling the sheet of paper at 8’, 7’, 6’, 5’, etc.; tiny flecks of red/ brown (juveniles) to black(adults) will begin jumping onto the sheet of paper. Chinch bugs

can be treated with a liquid or a granular systemic insecticide. I prefer a granular, because it lasts longer, and each treatment is good for 45-60 days. Liquid application generally last 2 weeks, but can easily be applied with a hoseend sprayer. Lawns – The damage is done. Dead grass will need to be raked out. If the rhizomes are green, the sod will return in 3-5 weeks; if the root system can be easily pulled up, the sod will need to be replaced. With all the dead lawns, sod will be a high commodity. St. Augustine is not sold in seed form, but you can seed with centipede, Bermuda, or buffalo. Sod will do best when planted with temperatures that don’t exceed the low 90s and will need to be watered 5x a week until the grass is tall enough to mow. When too dry, all sod varieties will turn a lime/yellow and the blades of grass will fold closed. After a few days in this stage, the grass will brown and die out. It would be near impossible to have brown patch or other fungal infestations in the lawn at this time, with little to no moisture in the soil or air. Take heart, soon fall will be on the way, temperatures will gradually decrease, and rain will return. Happy Gardening!

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AREA TEENS FLIP OUT Five local teens have qualified to compete in the 2022 World Championships and World Age Group (WAG) Competitions in Trampoline & Tumbling in Sofia, Bulgaria November 16-19. They were among multiple USA Elite gymnasts who competed in the qualifying tryouts at the 2022 USA Gymnastics Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa in June. Two athletes, Morgan Kessler and Miah Bruns, won the national championship in their divisions. Morgan Kessler (18) from Katy won the National Championship in Tumbling-Intermediate Elite. Morgan began taking gymnastics lessons when he was six years old because, “I was always a very active kid and needed an activity to keep me occupied. I like competing in tumbling because I love to demonstrate both power and grace.” Miah Bruns (18) defended her 2021 title to win the 2022 Senior Women’s Tumbling National Champion again. According to Miah, “This year, I achieved one of my biggest dreams, which was to represent Team USA at the World Games this July. The World Games is the Olympics for non-olympic sports. After this year, my goal is to continue training for the next World Games in 2025 in China.”

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Conroe was well represented, too. Jordy Maldonado began gymnastics training when he was ten years old. “My medical doctor recommended it. The doctor thought the sport would help me cope with my ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder). Jordy started focusing on tumbling and trampoline about two years ago, but he has done well enough to compete in trampoline at the Intermediate Level. He placed second in synchronized with his partner Syler Buck. Jordy also placed sixth in the Individual Trampoline event.


Do you think the sport helped you with your ADHD? “Yes, it helped me get a lot of energy out and it helped me learn to focus.” There are several other gymnasts going through their routines at the same time. How do you maintain your concentration when you compete? “I have to focus. I listen to music while I’m waiting. Then, just before my turn, I pray. I like it when people cheer when I’m performing. That helps.” Alec Pelezo (17) from Magnolia placed eighth in the Power Tumbling -Elite Category in Des Moines, Iowa, and ninth in the event in Italy. He also ranked tenth in Double Mini-trampoline, the Senior Elite division in Des Moines. Alec said , “I like tumbling because of how fast the pace is.” Alec is a senior and, after high school graduation, he wants ”to continue the sport and go to junior college in order to keep competing.” Isabella Pansano, from The Woodlands, placed third in Trampoline as a Junior Elite, and she placed fifth in the Double-Mini category. “I like the Double-Mini because it’s fun,” Bella said. Fourteen-year-old Cole Bianca, from Spring, placed third in the Youth Elite category of Tumbling. “I’ve been taking gymnastics lessons since I was four. I was always flippin’ around.” Fifteen-year-old London Hunt of Spring competed in tumbling as a Junior Elite Female and placed fourth. “I like competing in tumbling because it’s fun.”

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Tasha Williams ranked second in the Senior Women’s Tumbling in Italy. She also ranked second in the same event in Italy. She and Miah Bruns came from Illinois to train with Jeffrey Brown. Tasha is hosted by Dr. Marixa Maldonado, a medical doctor in Conroe. “Jordy’s mother has hosted several students at their home in Conroe so they can reach their potential.” Four athletes also competed May 25-27 in Rimini, Italy, for the Aere World Cup Championships in Tumbling and Double Mini-trampoline. The group remembered that it was a difficult venue to compete in “because the weather was hot and the building we competed in was not air-conditioned. “ London Hunt (15) of Spring competed in tumbling as a Junior Elite female and placed fourth. She says she began taking gymnastics lessons when she was eight years old says about herself as, “I am very competitive. I like competing in tumbling because it’s fun.” London is also impressed with the leotards Coach Brown designed for the team. “Mine’s pink. I got to choose the color. “ The gymnasts train at the World Championship Centre in Spring, Texas. (Think Simone Biles.) Jeffrey T. Brown and Amanda Bianca (Cole’s mother) are the team’s T & T coaches. Why do you train at WCC? What do you like about Coach Jeffrey? Tasha Williams said, “My father owns gyms in Illinois and is a coach himself, but I had big goals. I wanted to make Senior Elite. I wanted to make the national team, and I wanted to make World Cup in Italy in 2022. I did all that. My goal for 2023 is to make World again.”

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Miah said, “The reason I train at WCC is because of Coach Jeffrey and the facility. I moved away from home in Crete, Illinois, in order to be coached by Jeffrey and follow my dreams.” Her host family is Dr. Amelia Robinson and Joshua Johnson. Dr. Robinson is the principal of the Academy at WCC, which helps the gymnasts balance school with their intense training hours. “It’s a compressed school day, with a small student-teacher ratio. This allows each student to receive direct and tailored help in order to maximize their learning abilities. My season never ends, because I’ve been an international athlete for eight years, so I compete in more world and WAGS meets than most people,” Miah explained. “I go home to Illinois at Christmas. Otherwise, my family comes to see me at meets.” Morgan Kessler drives two hours each day from Katy. “I always wanted the opportunity to pursue an elite gymnastics career at a facility that could support my needs as an athlete. Jeffrey is so understanding and supportive. He has helped me get to where I am today and has allowed me to grow as both an athlete and a person.” London appreciates, “The way coach pushes me to be my best.” Alec said, “He always supports me, even when I’m having a bad time. “ Jordy said that he likes, “The way they encourage me and push me every day to do my best.” How did you learn about Coach Jeffrey?

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The group agreed with Miah, who said, “We knew him from meets and other events for about eight years. We knew his reputation and athletic ability, so when we heard he’d started coaching full-time, we got in touch with him. “ Jeffrey had won five national titles and competed for the United States in South Africa. He has been a member of the USA Gymnastics National Team since 2001 and has competed in Canada, Belgium, Russia, Belarus, two World Cups and two World Championships. In addition to his achievements in tumbling and trampoline, Jeffrey trained in tap, jazz, and ballet dance for ten years. He also performed with Walt Disney World as a tumbler in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. Jeffrey also performed stunts, dance, and acting roles for Universal Orlando, Sea World, and Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba. Describe a typical weekday; what’s your routine? The gymnasts are in home-school programs offered at WWC that allow them to practice 25 hours a week. They are up by 7:00 AM and off to the gym for practice from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. They do lunch and school work from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, then it’s back to practice from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Afterwards, they finish up any needed school work, have supper with the family, play with the pets, watch television, and get to bed by 10:00 PM or 11:00 PM. What is your favorite thing about going to competitions in other states or countries?

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Miah: “Meeting all the gymnasts from around the country and world. When traveling to international competitions, I enjoy getting to experience and learn about the different cultures.” Morgan: “Seeing all of my friends from across the nation; traveling to new locations.”


Isabella: “Meeting people from everywhere.” Do you have any role models in your sport? Cole’s role model is Elliot Browne from Great Britain. Isabella admires Lina Sjoberg, “Because she is a good Double Mini athlete.” Miah admires Jia Fangfang from China because, “She is one of the best women power tumblers, and I aspire to be as good as her one day.” Alec and Morgan both admire Kristoff Willerton of Great Britain. They say, “His tumbling style inspires me.” Who knows? Maybe one day a young gymnast will be regarding one of these athletes as their role model. Oh, wait. One already does. Alec: “Getting to experience new cultures.” London: “Seeing different parts of the world; spending time with friends and competing.” Cole: Getting to see friends from other states…but I don’t like the plane rides.”

According to London Hunt, “My role model is Miah, my teammate, because she is the best women’s tumbler in the world.” And the results confirm it: Miah Bruns won the 2022 World Cup Tumbling championship in Italy. She then won the silver medal for Team USA at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama in July of this year.

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The ultimate key to living the finest life one is capable of is to perfect the way it is lived by polishing the self’s lifestyle. Lifestyle is gradually implemented by your family, educational level, moral training, romantic experiences, and many additional life’s encounters molding the inner self’s beliefs.

hiccups which are removed by means of rebooting.

The most unbelievably complex part of a human body in the living biosphere unquestionably is the brain and its counterpart in the nonliving material world is a modest but similarly intricate computer. Both use energy to function while collecting information and amazingly assembling vast volumes of subject matter to arrive at conclusions. WOW TWO BRAINS!

To initiate a reboot, isolate and be mindful only of your SELF not of environment from the outside world. Our selves have all the complex methods and routines propelling us to function as individuals leading independent lives in a vast complex world. But we need to come up to the realization whatever plans we have for reaching our goals maximally need to be properly adhered to rather than just given passing attention. FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION WHERE NEEDED!

When computer glitches happen a simple but magnanimous procedure labelled reboot generally renovates functioning back to normal. This simple on-off switch seemingly magically resets otherwise jammed malfunctioning programs back to routine and the rebooted computer becomes normal in functioning. Glitches happen because over time there is an accumulation of unneeded scripts causing

This column has focused for some time on reengineering everyday life so that we can be the best we can be. Even when we feel like shouting “THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS” the mood will not last long, but reengineering can make it happen more often. LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

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Look to such instances in your past which you regret and realize that preserving detrimental considerations from the past is like not taking out the household garbage. It confers no value and only begins to stink up your lifecycle. Life generally accumulates baggage because our cave-dweller brain continues unnecessarily to focuses on serious incidents to stay alive. Rebooting dictates to decide that is past and has no place in your self’s now. Expect the rebooting to remove unwanted-baggage and produce a clean slate for your mental being. Then you can restart and replace old habits with new more exuberant lifestyles and reward yourself with Aha moments. I must caution that I am not trained in psychiatry. However, I remember that I made one of the highest grades, if not the highest, in psychiatry in medical school, enough so the chairman called me in and asked if I was going into psychiatry, but I replied no because I would just sit and analyze myself. The professor was not amused. AHA MOMENT!


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What makes MidSouth Fiber different from other internet providers in the area? MidSouth Fiber is a subsidiary of its parent company MidSouth Electric Co-op. The cooperative and its subsidiaries have provided quality electric service to the community for over 80 years. Now, MidSouth Fiber is continuing in that excellent tradition. Most of our employees live and work in the MidSouth territory. We are your friends, neighbors, and fellow co-op members, and we treat you as such. Our focus on reliability and member experience sets the electric cooperative apart from other local power providers. The expectations are just as high for MidSouth Fiber. As we studied other internet companies and listened to our members, we learned outage restoration timelines varied greatly, sometimes lasting days or weeks. Knowing how crucial

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There are roughly 60 million cats and 75 million dogs in the United States. A study about household pets revealed ¼ of residents were cat owners and 1/3 were dog owners; however, veterinarian practices see dogs 4 times more than cats. Ever wondered why? Most times when someone gets a cat or a kitten, it’s either free or is found. And when taken in to get vetted and neutered, there is little conversation about long-term preventative healthcare and the importance of regular veterinary checkups. This is where the CATalyst Council has embraced the challenge. Their goal is to get more cats adopted, educate cat owners, and provide more lifetime healthcare for cat patients by encouraging vets to engage with cat owners. It is a global program designed to increase feline care by reducing stress for the cat, the owner, and the veterinary practice.

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Providing a safe, stress-free, and happy household for your cat is as important as taking your cat to a Cat-Friendly Practice to benefit their health and wellbeing. 10 ways to enrich your cat’s life: Provide toys

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Train your cat

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Make your cat work for food

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Visit the vet – healthy cats are happy cats!

• Feline-friendly handling: This means the physical exam can be performed in the carrier, on the floor, in the owner’s lap, or on the exam table. Wherever the cat is least stressed, you will get the best results.

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Microchip your cat – provides permanent identification

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Go out – cats can be walked on a leash with a harness or in a confined space outside.

• Feline-friendly waiting area: This includes a cat-only waiting area away from other animals and excessive noise.

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Provide scratching posts

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Provide preventive medications – monthly or bi-monthly prevention for fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites is important

• Client Education: Apart from the vet and the team engaging with the client about feline care, educational hand-outs and materials are important to expand the knowledge of feline care. • Feline Preventative Healthcare by Life Stages: CFP recommends annual exams for all cats and bi-annual exams for senior cats or cats with chronic health conditions. An exam should cover pain, nutrition, and behavior of the cat, and include vaccinations, if applicable. • Comfortable Hospitalization: Cats can become very stressed when hospitalized. Cat-Friendly Practices aim to provide

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• Dentistry: Good dental health is so important to overall health of your cat. Most of the time, your cat’s first sign of pain or discomfort stems from dental disease.

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Here are some ways a Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) ensures the best care and experience for you and your cat:

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10. Think about getting another cat Feline health is important! Together, we can get more cats to the vet and ensure they receive the long-term healthcare they deserve.


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