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14 Do You Know? Nehemiah Juniel

30 Day in the Life SHSU Groundskeepers

42 Just for Fun Let’s Go Dancing

Cover Photo by Frank Matthews 3rd Place Winner-Local Living Postcards 2021 Cover Photo Contest

62 Inspirations Isaiah 117 House

74 Business Focus MC Dance

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From Our Readers Publisher’s Post What are you Reading? Let’s Celebrate Touching Tomorrow Garden Post Kidding Around “Seens” from our World

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Pet Pals Dear Gabby Glorious Grandkids Milestones 20 Questions What’s Cookin’ Sudoku Marketplace From the Mouths of Babes

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50 is Nifty! I know some of you may see that headline and think I’m talking about turning 50. To you I say, “Thank you,” because I saw fifty a few years ago! To you who immediately thought, “She’s lying,” I might be mad at you! In all seriousness, over the past few weeks, my sweet husband has been dealing with some health issues which required him to take some time off, reduce stress, and get out of the heat. Avoiding heat is not exactly an easy feat in our neck of the woods right now, so we loaded up the car and decided to head north. The only thing we knew about our schedule is we would spend the first night of our adventure in Tulsa. Prior to Wes and I marrying, I worked for a marketing firm which required national travel. And travel I did. I grew to love it, and only settled down because I loved him more! He learned early on in our marriage that I would continue to travel every chance I got, and he could either go or stay home. Over the years, he has grown to love it almost as much as I do. We have a great deal of fun traveling together, traveling with our family, and also sharing it with our readers from time to time! I don’t know that I have an official “Bucket List,” but I certainly have had A LIST going for many years, of all the states I have visited--with the goal of visiting all 50. I have kidded my children for years that, if I died before I finished, they were to cremate me and spread my ashes in the three states (Idaho, Montana and North Dakota) I had remaining to visit. As we plotted and planned, we decided now was as good a time as any to finish the list! From Tulsa, we drove to Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and back to Texas. Almost 5,000 miles…the Badlands, Big Sky Country, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park, the Rocky Mountains…can you hear me humming “America the Beautiful”? Because it very, very much is. We met interesting people. We saw people very different from us, including some from other countries who were here to see, and experience, what we often take for granted. This year is the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone. In a way, I wish I had seen it sooner…we certainly plan to see it again (and Lord willing, will experience it with our grandchildren someday). But as I contemplate the last few weeks, I think it is fitting, in the grand scheme of my travel list, we truly “saved the best for last.” If you haven’t been, start your own bucket list. I promise, you’ll be glad you did!

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Nehemiah Juniel An average teen with a brilliant mind… Genius…Self-driven…Logical…The real-life version of Sheldon Cooper from the CBS sitcom Young Sheldon… Lover of video games, family, and the piano. These are just a few ways to describe 15-year-old Nehemiah Juniel of Madisonville, who will become the youngest ever graduate of Sam Houston State University. When talking to Nehemiah, it is evident his mind has far surpassed his 14

physical age. By age two, he was reading a dictionary and talking in complete sentences; by the age of 5, he was completing prealgebra math problems. By age 11, he was taking the TSI college entrance exam, passed it, and was ready to start down the path to medical school. Now 15, Nehemiah is projected to graduate Summa Cum Laude from

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SHSU with a 3.7 grade point average in August. “He has always been so curious,” said mom Corie Juniel. “We couldn’t keep up with the amount of information he could retain, in public school or homeschool. I feel like college saved his life, because there was just not enough to keep his mind occupied, and we couldn’t give him or teach him anything else.”

How do you feel about being the youngest SHSU graduate in the school’s history? Really, it’s just another day. I feel the same before college as I did after. I knew I could do it, it’s just not a shock to me. So, what led you start the college journey at such a young age? I learn really fast. The initial plan was for me to go to public school, but they could not put up enough work to keep me interested, so I was homeschooled. Mom and Dad taught me as fast as I was willing and able to learn. When I was 9, my sister Gabrielle, who was 14 at the time, studied for the TSI test, took it, and started college. I was like, “How come my sister can go to college, and I can’t?” I was confused; we were doing a lot of the same work, education-wise. For my parents, it was a lot of, “Is he mature enough to actually handle all the college material?” I just kept asking. So, they decided when I turned 11, I could go take the TSI and see what happened. We went to Lone Star College in The Woodlands to take the TSI, and no one really expected me to pass it, but I thought I would. I had spent a whole year preparing for it. What happened next? The new question was, “What now?” I started summer classes that June at Lone Star College - University Park (Houston) campus. Pretty much up until I turned 13, there was a lot of that question. No one was ready for such a young student, and there were no policies or protocol for it. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Lone Star with an Associate of Science, I transferred to SHSU. Did that sibling rivalry with your sister inspire you to begin the college journey so early? At the beginning. Then over the next year, it was “Okay, I see I can do this now. I want to see how far I can go and make a career for myself.” Why did you choose SHSU? It was closer to my home in Madisonville, and also the amazing culture of the campus. The people here genuinely want to help you succeed. Initially, my major was biomedical sciences, but for the purpose of getting my degree faster, I switched to health sciences. In your own words, describe college life as a 15-year-old. It feels natural. It has been an engaging experience, different and interesting. I really haven’t had many negative experiences, other than people getting used to me being so young. Do you feel like you have to study more than other students due to your age? No. I hear it from lecture. I’ll read the PowerPoint after class. Sometimes for math or science, I’ll use the textbook if there’s something I don’t understand or need to finish an assignment. Otherwise, I’ll leave it alone and know the information. I’ll study all the material again a day or two before a test, take the exam, and usually do really well. What were challenges along the way, and how did you overcome them? I’ve been told I have missed social cues a lot because of my autism. I look for them more now, and I make the best educated guess I can about why people do something, while keeping in mind I could be wrong. I’m trying


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“Do what you have to do, so yo to figure out the social part of college, but it’s hard. A big challenge I had was group work. It was immediately a struggle. I was so focused on everyone having a certain job to do that, when it was open concept labs or projects with no clear rules for the right way tasks should be completed, it was a big struggle. I would get frustrated because they wouldn’t listen or would discredit my opinion. Since I’m a little older and more mature now, it has gotten better. I’ve also learned to be more understanding. Another thing I’ve had to realize is that I must learn for understanding, not just to know the information. I really didn’t understand the difference before. I didn’t realize until college that you have to apply that knowledge. In a psychology class I’m taking now, I’m learning that you do learn in stages of development and so up to a certain point it is

very unlikely for you to grab certain concepts like abstract and complex thinking. I think that probably played a factor into my memorizing everything and hoping that was enough. What have you enjoyed most about SHSU? Definitely the instructors. They’ve always been very supportive, very understanding, and have reached out and offered personal assistance. What are your plans after graduation in August? Once I turn 16 in November, I’m going to look into finding somewhere to intern in the medical field, volunteering hours and things like that, while I study for the MCAT. Then I’ll go off to medical school, probably around 17. That’s the plan. I’m going to study to be a cardiologist. Why cardiology? I’ve always been interested in the human body and especially the heart. Through my

own research, I have found cardiovascular disease is one of the greatest causes of death in the world. My grandfather also died from it. I want to help fight the disease however I can and find alternative methods to improve cardiovascular health for people. Do you ever feel like you’ve missed part of your childhood by attending and completing college so early? Well, I have spent a lot of time with my six siblings, so I’ve got plenty of childhood. We keep each other entertained a lot. I prioritized getting a college education, because that’s what I wanted to do. I want to get to medical school as fast as possible. When at home, how do you and your siblings spend time together? We play outside together, ride bikes, do yard work together, or build a house. While it may not always be fun at the beginning, by the end of the day, we enjoy it. Not all our

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ou can do what you want to do.” interests are the same, but we are close, and the conversations are equal. We also have six dogs, which include a Rottweiler, toy Poodle, Red Heeler, and a Guardian Shepherd. Bear, one of our Rottweilers, is my favorite. We wrestle with him in the yard, and he is very compassionate. When you are not in school, what activities do you enjoy? I enjoy playing my Xbox video games, especially Sonic the Hedgehog and New Development games. I’ve also been playing the piano for seven years and usually play every day. I am self-taught and play a lot by ear. I can read sheet music, but haven’t put in the time to learn how to do it efficiently. I like to play a variety of genres, including classical, jazz, rock, pop, and video game background music.


I also write music, but the problem is it becomes perfectionism. I don’t want it to be

average; I want it to be original. It usually takes me at least a week, sometimes two to three months per song. I’ve written waltzes, blues, rock, and songs that are heavily percussion. I like to take basic music and experiment with it.

parents said they will support him no matter what his ‘have to do’ may be.

I also like to play chess online. I play with people around the world. For me, it is challenging to the mind.

Autism. A word that often brings negative connotation, but has an extensive spectrum of levels and has given the world some of the brightest minds known. While some with low functioning level autism may have cognitive challenges, those with high functioning level autism have genius and may or may not struggle socially.

What advice would you give other kids? Be patient. It’s alright to get frustrated, but don’t become discouraged. As long as you keep trying, you’ll eventually reach your goal. Also, make sure you are learning for understanding, because the foundation shows back up later on. The Juniel family has a motto in their house “Do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do.” Nehemiah has taken that motto to heart, and his ‘have to do’ is medical school and becoming a cardiologist. His

“Nehemiah has always had a plan,” said Corie. “We just cosign on his plan.”

For Juniel, who has high functioning autism, the label is not a bad thing. In fact, his mom


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“It is one of the things we’re most proud of,” said Corie. “That’s part of his drive; this is credited to his autism. He has always been very math, science, and music centered. It makes him who he is, and he wouldn’t be him without it.”

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“From a really young age, he had all these rules to follow. He was super neat, and all his cars were blue, and his crayon box had to be a certain color. He was really rigid for a long time,” explained Corie. His dad recalled Nehemiah’s obsession with warning labels that would bring borderline panic attacks if the labels weren’t followed meticulously. However, Nehemiah’s parents said they feel college has also helped him to learn how to be more flexible in everyday life. They said it has helped him realize he has to be flexible with people, and it can’t always be one way. One of the biggest drawbacks for many people with autism is social skills. “Even now, he struggles with friendships, because he’s too intellectually mature for your average 15-year-old, unless you’re talking about XBox games. In general conversation, a lot of 15-year-olds just aren’t interested in trigonometry,” said Corie. “The college kids think he’s cool, but they are hanging out at places he’s too young to go. He’s still in this social weird place.”

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excellent for improving soil nutrition, ability to hold moisture, and structure. Both of these products have very low NPK (fertilizer content); veggies are heavy feeders and need

July is the prep month for our fall vegetable gardens. If there was a silver lining to the drought and dry soil, it is much easier to till and work in additives in dry soil versus wet. Now is the time to add the inch of compost or humus to supply nutrients back into the soil. It is also the time to treat with gypsum, if there is a heavy clay content in the garden area you have chosen. Soil additives come in several forms and can be confusing to even the seasoned gardener. The following descriptions may help. Topsoil in southeast Texas is a sandy, light greyish-tan loam of equal parts river sand and the top inch of dirt. Topsoil is used as filler to install lawns and bring landscapes to grade. In large raised containers, it is the bottom and middle filler with the top 6” in humus, manure, or compost. Topsoil is not a black, rich dirt, nor does it resemble potting soil. Humus is a fully decomposed product (soil) that is the result of a compost pile consisting of leaves, manure, clippings, or other organic materials. Compost is the name giving to a

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to be fed every 30 days for good harvest. Manure--I think everyone has a good grasp on that content! Remember, different manures have higher nitrogen contents and should all be aged before use. What does that mean? July is a great time to bring in a load of mushroom compost and cover with a black tarp for 3-4 weeks. The high heat will decompose the nitrogen content in half

the time for addition to the fall garden in late August. Fresh manure is never advised to be added in high heat, and only add 1/16th to your other additives. There are several products on the market that are basically a “ready-made” vegetable bed. My favorite is Gardener’s Magic by Landscapers Pride. It is an organic blend consisting of certified poultry fertilizer, black humus, screened pine fines, composted rice hulls, and dehydrated chicken litter. This product was made especially for raised beds, but can be used for any type of gardening; we love it and use it daily. Mulch can also be confusing. There are so many different varieties, and you need to know what pH you need to maintain for your specific plants. Use pine bark mulch if your landscape consists of azaleas, camellias, fern, redbuds, hollies, roses, and other acid lovers. Hardwood mulches, such as black mulch, red mulch, cedar,

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and cypress promote alkalinity (sweeter) in the soil. Hardwood mulch is great for palms, tropicals, Indian hawthorne, cacti, and other plants that grow well in alkaline environments. If in doubt, inexpensive test kits for pH, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium can be purchased at independent garden centers, and a test should be done each season to check all balances before planting a garden or adding elements. This ensures you do not add the wrong element and that you have a balanced ratio for your desired plants. Unfortunately, weeds are not particular and thrive in any pH. July 1st is the earliest planting date for growing your own pumpkins and corn. Most varieties need 100-120 days to harvest, so getting your seed planted now is imperative to meet the first frost date and Halloween. Above is a chart from Texas A&M Agrilife that may be of use for planning your fall seed planting. Our area is Region III. The chart is for starter plants, but you can subtract 3-4 weeks from the recommended date for seed planting. Happy Gardening…..think fall, and pray for rain.

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Groundskeepers Groundskeeping is a widely unappreciated, yet essential part to keeping the campus of Sam Houston State University preserved. Groundskeeping is much more tedious and extensive than many may realize. During campus tours, one thing many prospective students and parents consider is how a college looks on the outside. Because of this, it is very important for groundskeepers to always ensure the environment around campus is well taken care of.


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Supervisor Mark Kinney says his motto at work is to “look at the campus from the visitor’s point of view.” In doing so, he notices what needs to be done to make the campus more appealing. There are different categories a worker can belong to in groundskeeping. These include irrigation, horticulture, and lawn maintenance. A total of twenty-five employees manage the campus grounds.

5:50-6:00 a.m. Workers arrive. They begin to clock in and retrieve the keys for their carts and lawn mowers. It is important employees start early in the day to avoid being exposed to high heat during the entirety of their shifts.

6:00-7:30 a.m. Kinney begins his day by driving around campus looking for major grounds-related issues such as broken sprinklers, large patches of dry grass, and dead trees. Kinney has been in the groundskeeping business for over forty years and is well-equipped to notice when the smallest blade of grass is out of place. He also drives through parking garages, checking for litter. If he finds one of these problems, he will call an employee associated with the task that needs to be done. When dead or overgrown trees are found, they are taken to a woodchipper and ground into mulch to be repurposed on campus. Another major area he checks during this time is SHSU President White’s walkway. At the same time, the irrigation team begins to check the sprinklers on the rec

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7:30-8:00 a.m. Kinney now heads to Sam South and other locations off the main campus. These might include The Woodlands campus, Conroe campus, Gibbs Ranch, or the observatory. He will visit The Woodlands campus twice a week to make sure their groundskeeping is up to par. The horticulture team checks flowerbeds and ensures the flowers meet standards. A greenhouse resides at the warehouse to store flowers until needed for planting.


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8:00-9:00 a.m. Around this time, the soccer field and track sprinklers are checked and turned off. During the warmer months, the sprinklers run longer than during the winter. The softball and baseball fields are also checked for any major issues. Today, baseball recruiters will be coming to SHSU to scout promising players. This means the lawn maintenance crew needs to ensure the baseball field is safe to play on and the lawn looks presentable before it’s used. The groundskeepers check the ballfields

Irrigation & Turf-grass Crew: Ivan, Manuel, Alfred, Lorenzo, David

that are being used the most during this season. This means that lately the football field is being maintained less, and the baseball and softball fields maintained more; however, this switches during the fall semester.

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10:00-11:15 a.m. Kinney now takes a cart through campus to get a better look on the inside for any problems. During this time, he will cut seedlings and pull weeds from trees. He will also make sure the sprinkler timers are set correctly. The horticulture crew will do the same with the flowerbeds. The flowerbeds are only set to be watered for seven minutes; conversely, the trees need to be watered continuously throughout the night, as each tree on campus takes around 100 gallons of water every day. The irrigation team will also check the backflows throughout campus to ensure they are always working properly. If a backflow stops working, the water can become contaminated and be dangerous for the lawn, animals, and people that may come into contact with the water.

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1:00-2:00 p.m. Kinney checks in with contractors on campus. He wants to make sure they have not run into any irrigation problems as they replace a few sidewalks outside the Administration Building. During this time, one lawn maintenance crew begins to mow the lawn for Lone Star Hall. Another lawn maintenance crew begins blowing leaves and cut grass from sidewalks and parking lots. If they come across a parking lot with weeds growing from the cracks in the cement but there are too many cars, a skeleton crew will come in on Saturday and focus on this.

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2:00-2:30 p.m. The detention pond on Rec Field 1, the field closest to the football stadium parking lot, is checked. There are two detention ponds on either side of the field and, although less often in the


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summer, one detention pond flows much faster than the other. Kinney and the grounds crew have started to try to correct this problem. Rec Field 3 is beginning to be mowed, as this is done once a week. A patio at The Woodlands campus is in much need of some TLC, so some of the crew begin to fill a trailer with crushed granite intended for delivery to that campus the following day to fix the grounding.

2:30-3:00 p.m. Irrigation near the football field is checked and is mowed once a week. Employees from all areas once again check for any major areas they might have missed before preparing to head home.

Both the SHSU community and our community as a whole benefit from the beauty of the Sam Houston State University campus. Thank you to Mark Kinney (who refused to have his photo taken, wanting all the credit to go to his staff) and the whole groundskeeping team for all you do and for sharing a day with us!

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Students entering 5th, 7th or 9th grade are required to provide proof of residency for back to school re-registration. Proof of Residency includes: current utility bill showing service location, deed of trust, property tax statement, or an unexpired lease agreement showing physical address of residence.


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Huntsville Intermediate School (5th - 6th) - Tuesday, Aug. 9 • 5pm - 7pm Mance Park Middle School (7th - 8th) - Monday, Aug. 8 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm


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Congratulations to Logan Fraley on his graduation from Madisonville High School. Pictured with Logan are his proud parents, Tim & Kelli Fraley and brothers Corbin and Reagan.

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FREE Beer and Hot dogs for all participants Congratulations to Rolando Juarez, Pablo Sanchez, Logan Fraley, Daniel Torres. Best friends who graduated from Madisonville High School!

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Let’s Go Dancing Put on your dancing shoes, and let’s have some fun! Just ask Lynn and LaDell Alexander, Presidents of “Let’s Go Dancing.” Looking for fun, fellowship, and the chance to show off some fancy footwork? Join our group! If just sitting and listening to some great band music brings you pleasure, join our group! According to Lynn and LaDell, dancers and non-dancers alike can enjoy an evening out and be entertained with good music, good eats, and good friends.

Let’s Go Dancing Officers: Linda Waites - Treasurer, Lynn Alexander - Co-president, LaDell Alexander - Co-president, Louise Beautiful - Treasurer’s assistant

“Let’s Go Dancing” meets on the 3rd Thursday of every other month, with the next event planned for August 18, 2022. A dance partner is required because, as Lynn puts it, “You dance with the person that brought you!” It is a time for couples to go out and enjoy doing something they love-

-dancing. The event takes place at the beautiful Magnolia Lake venue, located at 2001 SH 30 East in Huntsville, from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. A live band is on hand to provide music for the evening and will play several genres to suit most musical tastes. From slow dances to waltzes,


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to polkas, to line dancing and western swing, along with other favorites, the night comes alive with plenty of fun for all.

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Food is provided by the members and usually consists of appetizers, chips and dips, and something to satisfy a sweet tooth. Each couple brings their own drinks, whether it be soft drinks, wine, or other beverage, in addition to their own mixers. Guests are encouraged to come and enjoy their first event at no charge. A membership is generally required after the first dance, so that a known budget can be utilized for planning the six annual events. An annual membership is only $150 and goes toward the cost of the venue, the band, and other small associated expenses such as room decorations. In these days, that is a very reasonable price for six nights of entertainment for two people. For more information, contact Lynn Alexander at 936-295-6070. He and LaDell look forward to meeting you and enjoying a night of dancing and musical entertainment with you and other members of “Let’s Go Dancing.”

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Spinach Salad with Peaches and Pecans

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¾ cup pecans

2 (16 oz) pkgs frozen corn, thawed and drained

2 ripe peaches

1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved

4 cups baby spinach, rinsed and dried

½ cup diced green bell pepper

¼ cup poppyseed salad dressing

1/3 cup diced red onion ¼ cup olive oil

Directions Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange pecans on a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes, until they just begin to darken. Remove from oven and set aside. Step 2: Peel peaches (if desired) and slice into bite-sized segments. Combine peaches, spinach and pecans in a large bowl. Toss with dressing until evenly coated, adding a little additional dressing, if necessary.

3 Tbs freshly chopped cilantro 2 Tbs red wine vinegar 2 Tbs fresh lime juice 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp garlic powder ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Directions Step 1: Combine corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion in a large bowl.

How to pick a perfect peach: Gently press or squeeze the shoulder and tip (where the stem was) – if it just starts to give, it’s ripe and ready to eat. If the peach is still firm, it’s great if you like crunchy peaches or want to toss them into salads since they’ll hold up better.


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Step 2: Whisk olive oil, cilantro, vinegar, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne together in a small bowl. Add dressing to corn mixture just before serving and toss well.

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1 cup brown and wild rice mix ¼ cup water 2 large tomatoes, diced 4 small zucchini, sliced ½ cup shredded Colby cheese 2 cups sour cream 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp Italian seasoning ¼ tsp red pepper flakes ¼ tsp black pepper


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Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Step 2: Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Mix onion, brown and wild rice mix, and water in the melted butter. Layer tomatoes over rice mixture; top with zucchini. Cover zucchini with Colby cheese. Step 3: Mix sour cream, garlic, salt, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and black pepper together in a bowl; spread over Colby cheese layer. Cover Dutch oven. Step 4: Bake in the preheated oven until rice is tender and cheese is bubbling, about 45 minutes. Chef’s Notes: To make this in an outdoor Dutch oven, put the zucchini in before the tomatoes and use 10 bricks on top and 14 on bottom for 30 to 50 minutes

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Directions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Step 2: Bring water and rice to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.

Roasted Moroccan-Inspired Tilapia Ingredients 1 ½ cups water

Step 3: While the rice is cooking, mix olive oil, garlic, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Pour 1 tablespoon spiced oil into a small bowl; whisk in yogurt and season with salt and pepper. Set yogurt sauce aside. Step 4: Place tilapia fillets on the prepared baking sheet and rub with 2 tablespoons spiced oil.

1 cup long grain white rice ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Step 5: Add chickpeas, tomatoes, and 1/2 cup cilantro to the remaining spiced oil mixture; toss to coat. Pour onto the baking sheet around the tilapia. Season everything generously with salt and pepper.

4 cloves garlic, pressed 1 Tbs ground paprika 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Step 6: Roast in the preheated oven until tilapia is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on size.

½ cup plain yogurt salt and ground black pepper to taste 4 (5 oz) fillets tilapia 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 med Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

Step 7: Fluff cooked rice with a fork and divide onto 4 plates. Place tilapia on rice and spoon chickpea mixture over top. Top with yogurt sauce and remaining cilantro.

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Grandma’s Lemon Chicken Ingredients ¼ cup milk (optional) 1 large egg 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning, or to taste 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves ½ cup milk (optional) 1/3 stick unsalted butter (optional) 4 lemons, sliced

Directions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Step 2: Whip milk and egg together in a small bowl. Mix flour and lemon-pepper seasoning together in another small bowl. Step 3: Dip chicken in the egg mixture and then in the flour to coat completely. Place milk and butter in the bottom of a baking dish to keep the chicken nice and moist. Place coated chicken on top. Place lemon slices directly on the chicken. Cover with foil. Step 4: Bake in the preheated oven until almost cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until no longer pink in the centers and juices run clear, about 15 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees.

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Fudge-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

until evenly distributed. Step 4: Cover cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours.

½ cup hot fudge topping 1 Tbs hot fudge topping

Step 5: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 3 large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 1 tsp baking soda

Step 6: Using a 1-ounce (2 tablespoon) cookie scoop, portion 1 scoop of chilled cookie dough, and place in the palm of a floured hand. Using a floured thumb, gently create a cavity in the center of the cookie dough. Place 1 frozen fudge ball in center cavity; scoop an additional cookie dough portion, and place on top of fudge ball, wrapping excess dough around fudge ball and rolling in hands to seal.

1 tsp kosher salt 1 cup unsalted butter, softened ¾ cup white sugar ¾ cup packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1 tsp vanilla extract

Step 7: Place on a prepared baking sheet; repeat process with remaining dough and fudge balls, placing 4 inches apart on prepared baking sheets (6 per sheet).

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Step 8: Refrigerate, uncovered, until firm, at least 30 minutes, up to 12 hours. Step 9: Bake one baking sheet at a time in the preheated oven, until golden brown, 14 to 16 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Serve warm or transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 30 minutes more. Repeat with remaining stuffed cookie dough balls.

Chef’s Notes: Don’t skip the chilling times! You really do need to give the cookie dough time to firm up slightly before attempting to flatten and roll. Don’t be alarmed by the fudgy bottom - some of your cookies will likely have a little bit of a sticky bottom; ensuring to fully cover the fudge ball with enough cookie dough is key!


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Step 1: Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir ham scraps until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate, reserving the grease in the pan. Step 2: Place ham slices in the pan and cook over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes on each side. Season both sides with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Remove ham and reserve on a plate. Step 3: Reduce heat to medium-low and sprinkle flour over the pan drippings. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and pour in coffee into the pan. Cook and stir until combined and thickened. Season to taste. Return ham to the pan to warm through.

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“A girl walks out of school and heads toward her bus. Instead of her bus driver, she’s greeted by a stranger who works for Child Protective Services -- a case worker. She doesn’t know this person, but she has to get in a car with them and drive to an office. She doesn’t know where she’s going. She only has the clothes on her back, 62

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private story over and over again. She doesn’t know where her mom is; she doesn’t know what’s going to happen to her; she doesn’t know what she did to cause this. And if she’s not placed before nightfall, she’ll be taken to a motel, where other children are also waiting for placement--and she’ll sleep there until she’s placed.”

Krista Patton and Amy Hambright raise awareness at the Conroe Cruisers Classic car show. This is how Krista Patton, the Expansion Coordinator for the Montgomery and Walker County site of Isaiah 117 House, describes removal day. But what if there was a home? What if there was a place that child could go where there was a volunteer to welcome her when she arrived? To clean her up and get her a meal? To get her some new clothes and pajamas? To assure her that it wasn’t her fault-that she’d done nothing wrong and that she was truly loved? This is what Isaiah 117 House provides -- a comforting home with friendly and loving volunteers who provide clean clothes, smiles, food, and a good night’s rest. Founded in 2017 by Ronda and Corey Paulson, Isaiah 117 House provides comfort and care for children while they await foster care placement. Ronda says she had the first inkling of the idea that would become Isaiah 117 House when she and Corey were going

through the process to become foster parents themselves. As part of their class, they were required to visit their county’s Child and Family Services offices in Tennessee. While there, Ronda learned children wait, and often sleep, in that same sterile, cold, and uninviting building while awaiting placement. She remembers, “And in that moment God said, ‘These are my children, Ronda. What are you going to do?’” Thus, Isaiah 117 House was born. Now there are 7 houses in Tennessee, 1 in Indiana, 4 more set to open this summer plus, over 30 additional sites on the way in 6 different states. The Montgomery and Walker County house is one of those planned homes. Krista Patton, along with her husband Jascha, have undertaken the responsibility of bringing Isaiah 117 House to our area of Texas. “I was always interested in foster care,” Krista said. “Jascha and I both lived through childhood trauma, and we very, very much wanted to help children and give a hand up. So, we

always talked about doing foster care. But we got married really young, and we had three children very quickly, and we were just overwhelmed and spread really thin financially and emotionally. We didn’t really have anything else to give.” But once their children were older, Krista felt the freedom to start exploring her interest in foster care again by becoming an advocate with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Through her experience with CASA, Krista gained insight into the foster care system in Texas. One day Krista learned that, in June of 2021, over 400 children in Texas spent the night in motel rooms while awaiting placement. “And I just couldn’t get these displaced children off my mind,” Krista said. “And Isaiah 117 House came to mind. I had seen a Facebook video of a TV show that Mike Rowe did called ‘Returning the Favor,’ and it just seemed like maybe the perfect filler, maybe the perfect solution for these displaced children. So, we

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Krista Patton, Expansion Coordinator for Isaiah 117 House Montgomery and Walker County, speaks with community members about the goals of Isaiah 117 House.

Ronda Paulson, Founder and Executive Director of Isaiah 117 House, shares her story.

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[Krista and Jascha] went back, watched the video again, and we started praying about it.”

blessed that step, they took another, and then another, and another.

“We were just reminded of Isaiah 1:17 and God asking, ‘Who’s going to take care of the orphans and the widows?’” Jascha added. “And we did take that first step, and it was a scary first step.” And when they felt like God

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awareness about the foster care system, Isaiah 117 House, and their mission. Ronda [Founder and Executive Director of Isaiah 117 House] visited from Tennessee and shared her story and her hopes for the Montgomery and Walker County House. “What I have learned is that it’s not that God’s people don’t care,” Ronda said, “It’s that they don’t know. And

once they know, they absolutely care. We’re about to see a huge number in this community be made aware of a day they never knew about [removal day] and be called to action.” For the next several months, Krista and her team are focusing all their efforts on raising awareness. Krista spends hours each week visiting clubs, churches, schools (anyone that will have her) and sharing the story of Isaiah 117 House--teaching the people of Montgomery and Walker Counties that removal day is traumatic for our children. Our children feel confused. Our children feel unloved. Our children feel at fault. Our children feel scared and lonely. Our case workers are overloaded and doing their best.


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There are several ways you can get involved immediately. First, you can help Krista and her team find speaking engagements. Krista said, “We want to share the story with everyone!” No group is too big or small for Krista to visit. Second, you can attend an Isaiah 117 House expansion meeting. They meet on the 4th Sunday of each month at First Baptist Church Conroe at 2:30 p.m. to discuss where they are in the process and how the community can get involved. Third, follow “Isaiah 117 House Montgomery-Walker TX” on Facebook or Instagram to stay updated. Lastly, they are still looking for land for the future site of Montgomery and Walker Counties’ Isaiah 117 House.

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Wildlife Wonders AN OLDIE, BUT A GOODIE

By Cheryl Conley No one I know thinks alligators are cute, although I’m sure there are many alligator fans out there. They’re certainly not an animal you want to cuddle up or sleep with. You have to give them credit, however, for being an animal that has survived for as long as the alligator has. One source said they have been on earth for 200 million years. Another source said 84 million years, and yet another one said 37 million years. They lived at the same time as dinosaurs, and their appearance has changed very little since then. The alligators we see and hear about in our area are American alligators and are significantly larger than their counterparts, the Chinese alligators that live in Asia. Alligators are carnivores. Young alligators begin eating as soon as they hatch. They eat snails, insects, worms and fish. Adults will eat anything they can take down, including deer and even bears. They can leap 5 feet into the air to catch birds. They will also eat small family pets, given the opportunity. Depending on who you ask, alligators are either at the top of the food chain or near the top. Loss of habitat and being killed for their skin are the biggest threats. FAST FACTS ABOUT ALLIGATORS: • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimates that about 400,000 to 500,000 alligators live within the state. • Alligators live in fresh water. • They can run for short spurts at speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour. They have also been known to climb fences and ladders. • Alligators are the largest reptile in North America. Adult females can reach nearly 8.5 feet long, while males can grow to 11.5 feet. They can live to be 50 years old. • Alligators normally only attack humans in their “territory” or if they feel threatened. They will also attack to protect their young.

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In Texas, the mating season is March through May; clutch size is 20 to 50 eggs; gestation takes 60-65 days. During mating season, males fight each other for females and territory. The sex of the young is determined at birth depending on the outside temperature. Lower temperatures produce females with higher temperatures producing males. Mom alligators protect their young for up to two years. During the first few months of life, baby alligators often fall prey to raccoons, bobcats, and sometimes other alligators. Alligators have up to 80 teeth and if teeth are lost, they will grow back. It is estimated that an alligator will lose up to 2,000 teeth during their lifetime. Alligators use their muscular tails to propel them through the water and for defense. People often mistake crocodiles for alligators and vice versa. Crocodiles are larger, have a more pointed snout, and are only found on the southern tip of Florida. Alligator nostrils are upright, which allows them to breathe while swimming underwater. Often, nostrils are all that can be seen when they’re in the water. The skin on the back serves as armor. The spikes are called scutes and make the skin very hard to penetrate. Under Texas statutes, no person may take, sell, purchase, or possess an alligator, an alligator egg, or any part of an alligator without a permit.

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The Source Behind Equine Summer Sores “Summer sores,” also known as “fly sores,” are a seasonal skin condition in horses that may be referred to by veterinarians as Cutaneous Habronemiasis. They are caused by an infection of the skin from the larvae of the internal parasite, the large-mouth stomach worm Habronema (and less commonly, Draschia). The classic presentation of summer sores are one or more open, draining, ulcerative nodules with swelling, redness, and itching. This condition is generally located on the legs, inner corners of the eyes, lips, sheath, penis, and any moist area or where the skin has undergone injury or irritation, such as an open wound. How do they occur? Adult stomach worms shed larvae into the environment through the manure of infected horses. These larvae are then ingested by maggots, where they develop into adult flies. They reside in the mouthparts of the flies where they are deposited onto the wounds or mucocutaneous junctions of horses causing an infection. Horses can also ingest these larvae by consuming dead flies in feed or water. The larvae then continue development in the stomachs of the horses and begin laying eggs within eight weeks, causing few clinical signs in horses. They just shed the eggs in their manure and contaminate the environment. Some horses are shedders, but even a wormed horse can get summer sores. This is because the larvae that cause the massive inflammatory reaction are actually already dead. It is the body’s immune response to the dead larvae that causes the intense itchiness and summer sore formation. Resolution of these wounds is very intensive. The key to therapy is early, aggressive treatment! Debulking is often necessary to remove the dead larvae from the sore. Usually, the infection is aggressive, and therapy has to be repeated. The area needs to be covered at all times, and a medicated ointment applied daily. Cryotherapy

has also proven successful in some cases. This involves the freezing of summer sores with liquid nitrogen. An oral deworming product is often administered to the entire stable of horses when a summer sore is seen, in case your infected horse is carrying the adult Habronema worms in the stomach. Fecal worm egg counts do NOT detect Habronema larvae, so deworming should always be a primary step in the control of summer sores. Also, always keep any open sores covered. Prevention is the most effective way of controlling summer sore outbreaks! Fly control is also an important step. There are products on the market that are an oral feed additive that acts as an insect growth regulator containing cyromazine. This prevents the larvae from developing exoskeletons so they cannot become adults. It does not get absorbed by the horses, but passes through their digestive tract to be passed in their manure. The maggots then ingest the cyromazine while feeding on the manure, and the immature fly will die before spreading Habronema larvae. This significantly reduces the fly population in just 4-6 weeks. You should also remove manure as often as possible from the stall and keep it away from the stable area.

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Living with Children By: John K. Rosemond

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Q: Our 8-year-old (the oldest of three) is often rude to his siblings. I know some sibling conflict is normal, but this seems excessive. I hear him multiple times per day tell his younger brothers how annoying they are. In addition, he often yells at them to stop whatever they are doing that he doesn’t like. We’ve asked him to stop berating and yelling at them and have him rephrase his disrespectful words, but his disrespect doesn’t seem to be improving, and it’s beginning to drive us up the wall.

A: Not all sibling conflict is equal. Sometimes, it is a primarily a matter of jealousy. In other cases, sibling conflict is all about territorial disputes. Occasionally, sibling conflict is largely a function of personality differences. Unlike most relationships, one doesn’t choose their siblings. Some siblings simply don’t “mesh” very well. That may be apply with your boys. But if my intuitions are still serving me reasonably well, I doubt any of the above is the case for your boys. Your description causes me to believe your oldest is merely establishing and constantly reminding his younger brothers he, and he only, is the alpha male child, that he is their superior in all matters, and they are expected to always and without question do as he commands. Ironically, however, he must also establish that they are completely incompetent to properly do anything he commands. Therefore, he must constantly correct and berate like a stereotypical Marine drill instructor. Dispel any worry you may be having over the possibility that your older son’s alpha male child behavior toward his underlings is going to scar them psychologically. First, it is my belief that at some point in his life, every male needs a Marine drill instructor. Second, you’re describing normal boy behavior that will eventually run its course. By the time your eldest is a teenager, the likelihood is significant that his younger brothers will idolize him.

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Meanwhile, the question begs: What, pray tell, should you do when your oldest son’s Alpha Male Child, Marine Drill Instructor behavior becomes disruptive to the peace of the family? This may be counterintuitive, but for disturbances of the family’s peace, I recommend you put all three boys —and yes, even if only two are directly involved — in the half-bath (aka powder room) for 30 excruciating minutes. I virtually guarantee that while taking a powder in the powder room will not stop your son’s alpha male child behavior, the boys will quickly learn that avoiding mutual confinement requires that they maintain their conflict at a low volume, which is really all you can realistically hope for under the circumstances. They will work it out--but in their time, rather than yours.

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MC Dance 4023 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX 77340 (936) 436-9331

Since 2017, MC Dance in Huntsville has been available for children and adults to learn a variety of recreational and competitive dance programs. This has been made possible due to the enthusiastic desire of owner and director Maggie Collum; growing up with a background in dance before and during college, Collum always dreamed of becoming a dance teacher. It took Collum about a decade for this opportunity to occur, but her journey has been helped by two important others: her husband and God. The support of her husband Casey, who helped acquire MC Dance, and the journey God led her on throughout the years partially prepared her dream. Collum spent her time before MC Dance working as director of university events for Sam Houston State University, which helped her learn how to manage people and logistics. This definitely played a role in preparing her for managing MC Dance. She was able to coach the SHSU dance team, the Orange Pride Dance Team, and during this time; Collum was also a member of the team as a student. But it’s her experience of dance, which she started competitively at eight-years-old, that made MC Dance available for children and adults with a similar desire.

MC Dance is available for children eighteen months and up, along with adults (who are able to take tap). It’s open 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM on Fridays, and 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Saturdays. The facility consists of four studios for students to practice in, video observation for people to watch what happens inside the rooms, and a boutique that offers clothing (leotards, footwear, T-shirts), as well as healthy snacks that people can peruse while waiting for classes to start. The students have nine-month commitments during the fall and spring semesters, but summertime offers students the time to enjoy camps and is a time for new students to join. During a student’s time at MC Dance, they have the opportunity to join a recreational or competitive program. The programs offer ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, acrobatics, competitive dance, and adult tap; there is something for everyone to try and to enjoy. For those interested in competitive dance, there are yearly competitions which are audition-only to help encourage students who want to


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advance to that level of expertise. Students have to be five-years or older for competitive dance. MC Dance has a hip-hop and jazz team called the Groove Crew that gives people a taste for competitions. At the end of the nine months, the students

have a performance that showcases what they learned throughout their time. It gives parents the chance to see how much their child grew and learned. There is also a biannual Christmas showcase, which will happen again in 2023. While the fall and spring semesters are filled with teaching the students specific tasks, the summer offers camps of differing themes that give new and recurring students the

opportunity to try something different. There has been a Barbie Camp lasting four days, where the students made crafts, learned different dances, and displayed a show at the end. One craft consisted of making a Barbie shirt; the learned dance styles were hip-hop, jazz, and ballet; and the showcase for


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the parents had the students dressed in cute outfits. A Princess Camp had a similar outcome. The main difference being the daily crafts and theme. Each day featured a different princess, and the crafts consisted of things like making a mirror for Beauty and the Beast, and a flower crown with ribbons for Tangled. For older students, there is Technique Tuesdays, where the concentration is on a specific genre, like hip-hop, along with the technique behind it.

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MC Dance also offers special events like a Banana Split Party! Students have the chance to prove they can do a left, right, or center split for the chance to get a ticket for a banana split ice cream. But only those who prove themselves flexible are able to taste the delicious treat.

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Dancing With My Dude is an event allowing children first grade and up to bring their father figure for the chance to dance in a themed highlight. The previous event was Western themed. Before there’s a class, there has to be a teacher. Some of the teachers come from Sam Houston State University or have a dancing background. But before working at MC Dance, potential teachers go through a three-month internship to prove they bring a positive environment and can effectively teach.

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During a class, there is firm discipline and curriculum the students have to follow for their success; they can develop physical, emotional, and social experiences to help their dancing discipline. When a student knows what to expect and knows the rules, it helps eliminate problems with their training. Collum understands dancing is challenging, and she wants the students to strive and thrive throughout their time at MC Dance. She has even recently implemented student evaluations so that parents, students, and teachers can see the progress being made. Collum wants those who come into the studio, regardless of what kind of day or week they are having, to know that they are loved and prayed for. She wants MC Dance to be a safe environment for the students, staff, and families, because people never know what someone is going through, and offering the best can help everyone succeed. Modesty for children is important, because Collum believes there is a time and place for everything outside the studio, but not inside. Dressing up the children with eyelashes, make-up, and costumes gives them something to look forward to, but Collum thinks having a repetitive lack of modesty takes some charm out of the experience. Collum expressed thanks for the camaraderie and support of the families and community who help make MC Dance work especially during recreational and competitive stages. Fathers help build props, mothers sew parts of costumes, and people’s overall willingness to help is one of the things that makes MC Dance a special environment...and that is something Collum is committed to keeping.

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Better Living By James W. Jones, MD, PhD, MHA

It is Prudential (and Sometimes Essential) to Maximize One’s Potential A vital word to keep in mind is potential. How do I achieve full potential? When young, it is appropriate to have the need to be somebody noteworthy through developing grownup skills. But let’s each accept the challenge to repeatedly examine and reach or even better our potential. YES! Optimistic potential is the reality one is capable of amassing the ability to make something highly desirable happen. It is a benchmark which challenges an individual to achieve a given goal. One’s personal potential must be conceived by each adult, and a “want-me-to-be” mindset should be envisioned. Different potentials emerge through life--and school potential… becomes work potential…becomes career advancement potential… becomes stages of retirement-life potential.

First, we need to determine what we would realistically like to attain and what needs to be undertaken for that to take place. We need to repeatedly make the effort to place the realizing of potential as a mainstay on the way to being the best I can be. Do it and make it happen! Substantial progress can be assured if “carpe diem” is adhered to in one’s life. This astonishing challenge literally translates as “pluck the day,” which in modern times instructs us to “seize the day.” The challenge is to make the most of each day we are given and not delay while waiting for tomorrow, because today done well will deliver us fabulous tomorrows.

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Using the metaphor of constructing a building, there are several necessary actions to be taken to achieve actualization of potential. Knowing one’s full potential is essential, but appropriate actions are absolutely necessary. Too often, once the goal is apparent (and mostly it will be), we merely let it slide. Well, not any more for POTENTIAL SEEKERS. Too often, we focus on the past--which we can only learn from, but never change. Potential deals with and dwells in the future. Focus and energize there, and your future will SHINE BRIGHTER. Consider the marvelous satisfaction resulting from reaching full potential when you can genuinely exclaim, “I have done all that is needed to do my best and be my best.” AMEN!!


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I filled my days with showing her

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The things that she yearned to see,

In the shade of a campus tree,

As soon as she sleeps all night, I thought,

As soon as she starts to school, I thought,

Now that she is in college, I thought,

How easy my task will be!

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I held her when she cried in pain

I let her take the wheel one day

I hugged her close to say goodbye,

With a hurt I could not see,

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For it was time to set her free,

As soon as she learns to talk, I thought,

As soon as she learns to drive, I thought,

If only she were still a baby, I thought,

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Along the Road Fort Tenoxtitlán Fort Tenoxtitlán was established by Mexico in 1830 near present-day Caldwell in Burleson County, Texas. The fortification was in accordance with the Law of April 6, 1830, to deter colonization from the United States. The name literally means “prickly pear place” and was derived from the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. Under the command of Mexican General Manuel de Mier y Terán, José Francisco Ruiz arrived with the Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras, and on October 17, 1830, established the fort on the west bank of the Brazos River. It proved to be a failed attempt at stopping Anglo immigration, after Stephen F. Austin successfully appealed directly to Mexican President Anastasio Bustamante, receiving exemptions for his colony and that of Green DeWitt.


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Having failed to stop Anglo immigration and suffering from poor health, Mier y Terán committed suicide on July 3, 1832 in Padilla, Tamaulipas. Ruiz evacuated the fort on July 13, removing the garrison and the entire Mexican settlement to Bexar. The site was once in competition with Austin to become the capital of the Republic of Texas. It was abandoned in 1841. In 1936 a granite commemorative marker was erected by the Texas Centennial Commission near the site of the fort, fourteen miles northeast of Caldwell off Farm Road 1362. Another was erected in 1970 five miles east of Caldwell on State Highway 21.

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Mustard Seed Moments by Wes Altom

(Not So) Hidden Treasure I have long and repeatedly in my life heard the content of Matthew 12:34: “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”

But somehow the full context supplied by the next verse has escaped me until now: “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”

That’s from the NIV. It fits, is what I have most commonly read/heard, and I seem to flow right past it. Let’s confront ourselves with the rendering of verse 35 from the KJ and several other versions.

“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”

the world, if we use social media for virtual viewing!) our treasure is put on display for others to see. Do we inspire? Perplex? Sadden? Shock and awe? Corrupt?

We have trained our brains to always think of treasure as something good…and because it is valuable, it it kept hidden or locked away. Yet, Our Lord tells us we each reveal our treasure within…good or bad…to others.

Lord, help us to examine our hearts daily and take inventory of the treasure we are storing there and sharing with others. Help us to grow in love for good things to fill our hearts with and help us to reject evil that wants to reside within.

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