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14 Do You Know? Heather Self

30 Inspirations Bella Luna Studios Productions

42 Community Builders Downtown Huntsville

Cover Photo by Tom Miller Red-bellied Woodpecker

62 Just for Fun Goodgrass Farm

74 Business Focus Danita Reed - Stylist at Generations Salon

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From Our Readers Publisher’s Post What are you Reading? Let’s Celebrate Touching Tomorrow Garden Post Kidding Around Star Students

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“Seens” from our World Pet Pals Dear Gabby Glorious Grandkids Awesome Apps Milestones 20 Questions What’s Cookin’

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Sudoku Marketplace From the Mouths of Babes Wildlife Wonders Vet Connect Living with Children Things My Granddaddy Said Snapshots! Better Living

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Giggles & Grins Along the Road Sudoku Solutions The Grands Community Calendar Mustard Seed Moments

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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.

I appreciate learning about hometown people and places that I wouldn’t have known about.

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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!

Love seeing the pics of local folks! My mom with her greatgrands was featured once! Trudie Fetterman

Cathy Stokes Local business spotlights and star students are my favorite things each month!!!

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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. Go out and do a whole lot of nothing. Until next time,



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Oral Cancer Sadly, I’ve found oral cancer in some patients over the years. It’s never a fun thing to inform someone of their diagnosis. Oral cancer accounts for roughly three percent of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States, or about 53,000 new cases each year. It occurs most often in people over the age of 40 and affects more than twice as many men as women. Most oral cancers are related to tobacco use, alcohol use (or both), or infection by the human papilloma virus (HPV) but sometimes there isn’t really any apparent reason for the cancer. There are a variety of symptoms you may see with oral cancer. If any of these symptoms are present for more than two weeks, please consult with a dentist or doctor as your life could literally depend on it. Symptoms to look for include: · A sore, irritation, lump or thick patch in your mouth, lip, or throat. · A white or red patch in your mouth. · A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in your throat. · Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking. · Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue. · Swelling of your jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable. · Numbness in your tongue or other areas of your mouth. · Ear pain.

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Pain isn’t always associated with a cancerous lesion, so be aware of any abnormality. Because oral cancer can spread quickly, early detection is important. An oral cancer examination can detect early signs of cancer. The exam is painless and only takes a few minutes. Many dentists will perform the evaluation during your regular dental hygiene visit and examination. During the exam, your dentist or hygienist will check your face, neck, lips, and entire mouth for possible signs of cancer. When oral cancer is detected early, it is often treated with surgery or radiation therapy, yet oral cancer that is more advanced when diagnosed may use a combination of treatments. For example, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are often given at the same time. Another treatment option is targeted therapy, which is a newer type of cancer treatment that uses drugs or other substances to precisely identify and attack cancer cells. The choice of treatment depends on your general health, where in your mouth or throat the cancer began, the size and type of the tumor, and whether the cancer has spread. Unfortunately, oral cancer and its treatment can lead to dental concerns. It is critical your mouth be in good health before cancer treatment begins. Hopefully, you or a loved one of yours never has to suffer with oral cancer but I encourage you to be diligent and not ignore something that may ultimately be a concern. If you have a question or a topic you want to be discussed, send an email to

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What did you do on your 50th birthday? Of course, not everyone can answer that question, because some are not quite there yet. But for those who are, in what impressive way did you commemorate that landmark event? Ask Heather Self how she celebrated that milestone, and she will sum it up this way, as stated in her Instagram: #Fifty@50.

and staying in shape. On the basketball team, l wasn’t a starter, so when I chose to leave the team, it was not a problem. I decided to go with a sport that better suited my abilities. I could contribute more to the track team than I could to basketball, and that was important to my competitive nature. In 1992, I was on the women’s team that won the outdoor track and field conference championship.

#Fifty@50 Heather, please explain #Fifty@50. I like setting goals, so for my 50th birthday, I set a goal to run fifty 5K races before I turned fifty-one. In other words, fifty races within a year’s time! I love to challenge myself, so why not put that one out there and go for it? I’ve been running since middle school and was probably most influenced by my mom. She would go into her room with a book or video in hand, close the door, and stay for quite a while. I would slip notes under the door asking her what she was doing. She was working out! She was always in shape and today, nearing the age of 81, she still walks and stays very active. She has been a great role model for me.

Did you pursue athletics during high school and college? I was on both the high school basketball team and the track and field team. I enjoyed playing basketball. However, I excelled at the hurdles. It is what I was good at. The coaches in high school and college would press me into running cross country. Although it wasn’t my sport, I wanted to help out, so I ran cross country. And the fact is, you can’t sprint for the rest of your life, so running is the next best thing, and I was good at running. I went to Lamar University on a basketball scholarship. During the off-season in the spring, the coach agreed to let me run track. It was a great way to stay in shape, and it didn’t impede my basketball training. Plus, there were cute guys on the track and field team! I could be inside shooting hoops or outside practicing with them. I chose the latter and enjoyed the scenery while running

And I met my future husband while there! Dave was the graduate assistant coach. I came away from Lamar with more than one victory!

What is a 5K and where do you find these races? A 5K race is five kilometers, equal to 3.1 miles. I used the website, runningintheusa. com, to find locations for races that were not too far from home. I’ve really had fun discovering races in both large cities and small towns and getting to enjoy some of the specialties these locales offer. I’ve run in large,


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well-organized races with participants numbering in the thousands, to smaller, more casually organized events with only 6-7 runners. In many instances, a 5K run was incorporated into the city’s festival activities, such as the Kolache Festival in Caldwell. I witnessed a beautiful morning sunrise as I ran in an event at Tara Vineyard and Winery in Athens, as well as a spectacular sunrise at a 5K in Galveston. Glow sticks lit the way at a San Antonio race, and after completing a race in Bellville, I discovered Newman’s, a most amazing bakery! Running has its benefits. I can occasionally enjoy a special treat! My favorite race was in Baton Rouge, where I finished in first place! That made it special, but it was even more special because I coupled that event with the wedding of a good friend in New Orleans. After the race, I headed there to be with family and friends. The entire weekend is rich in memories.

What attire is required for running? Comfortable clothing and good-quality shoes are a must! A runner plants his or her feet in a specific way, either pronate, supinate, or neutral, and for best results and the least negative impact on the body, shoes should be chosen according to this trait. A track coach or a salesperson at an athletic shoe store should be able to watch a person walk and note how the foot is planted. Those who pronate or supinate will need support shoes that address the condition. Also, if running in cold weather, a jacket, hat, and gloves may be appreciated. My least favorite race was run in Mansfield. It was my least favorite because it was in 25-degree weather! My husband calls me a lizard because I love hot weather, but in cold weather, I get “cangry.” That means cold and angry! My only thought was to keep running and get this thing over with

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How did you train for your races and what tips do you have to offer? I decided the best way I could train would be to do a hybrid CrossFit program twice a week and to run races on the weekends. For me, extensive training was not feasible, so I decided on this conservative approach. As for other tips, lots of rest and water! Listen to your body. If it is saying, “don’t run,” then don’t train that day. If you haven’t started exercising regularly, then start small and

give yourself grace. In other words, if you set a goal and don’t do well, then don’t worry. As my husband tells me, “Just have fun! It’s a ‘fun run.’ Enjoy it!” Great advice. Some days you’re the windshield, and some days you’re the bug! Just accept it and move forward as best you can. But at least START!

What are you pouring your time into now? I taught for seventeen years before taking the position as Senior Academic Advisor in Athletics at Sam Houston State University, where my husband Dave is Head Men’s and Women’s Track and Field coach. My duties have included working with athletes on their eligibility, advising them on classes they need, and assisting with other aspects affecting their academic responsibilities. Beginning


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this fall, I’ve taken a new position at GordonReed Elementary School in Conroe as a Physical Education instructor for PreK-Sixth Grade. I’m so excited about working with kids and look forward to encouraging them, and hopefully inspiring them, to do their very best. I always need a new challenge and new goals to set for myself. In our free time, Dave and I relax at home with our five dogs! They are all rescues: Great Dane mix, Boxer mix, Black Mouth Cur mix, Dachshund mix, and a three-legged American Bulldog (#duke. and.i). 18

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Finally, the most crucial question. Did you complete your Fifty@50 goal on time? Yes! I finished my fiftieth 5K one week before my fifty-first birthday this past spring! Done! In fact, I posted a picture on my Instagram (#hlane71) after each race. I treasure all the memories and people I’ve met. And I’ve accomplished another goal. Now I can enjoy more time around the pool with Dave and our family of five dogs while I dream up another challenge!

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The Garden Post By Kim Bius

Survival Tips for Your Lawn The summer of 2022 is certainly going to go down one of the biggest challenges in the garden industry. Due to these circumstances, we are facing issues not encountered before and certainly not on this level. This summer surely will be as devastating on area landscapes as the winter snowstorm of ’21. Insects/disease/drought, as well as how to water effectively, are hot topics. 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, the leaves curl, and the plants cease to set blooms. 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. 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 (due to projected first frost), 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, depending on Mother Nature’s temperament. Rain/Water – At the time of this writing, rain has not graced our landscapes, but keep those prayers going. 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 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.

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

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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 in the low 90’s as a high 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.

Cinch bug damage to a St. Augustine grass lawn. Note the patches of Bermuda grass left unharmed. insecticide. I prefer a granular, because it lasts longer, and each treatment is good for 4560 days. Liquid application generally last 2 weeks, but can easily be applied with a hose end sprayer.

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

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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olton is a recent graduate of Trinity High School and is the son of Gary and Kymberly Smith. His activities included football, powerlifting, baseball, track and field, community volunteer, and sports mentor. Colton was recruited to play football for Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie. He plans to become a history teacher and football coach. He believes, “You only get one chance. Let’s go!”


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aden is recent graduate of Huntsville High School and is the son of Isaac Santibanez and Jamie Santibanez. His activities included cross country, soccer, BPA Club, and Interact. Jaden plans to continue playing club soccer and will attend Lone Star College. He hopes to become a teacher/coach and is also interested in real estate. He believes, “Treat people how you would want to be treated and live every day to the fullest. Enjoy little moments, because once it’s gone, it’s never coming back.”

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a’Carius is a recent graduate of New Waverly High School and is the son of Falanda Lynch and Reginald Smithers, as well as big brother to Ty Smithers. His activities included football, basketball, track and field, and level 1 welding certification. He was also male athlete of the year, class favorite, and a homecoming king nominee. Ja’Carius attends Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, where he plays trombone in the church band. He has attended many Grand Courts Order Calanthe activities throughout the USA. Ja’Carius will attend Texas College in Tyler to major in business administration, minor in physical education, and continue his journey as a scholar athlete.


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Bella Luna Studios Productions

The curtain rises. The production begins. The spotlight illumines the cast of Bella Luna Studios. Villa Bella Luna, “The House of the Beautiful Moon,” is a French name that was given to the home of Chip and Windy Looney as they were welcomed on their first night by the cascading glow of a beautiful moon. Bella Luna is also the name given to another beautiful glow, an undertaking by their daughters and daughters’ friends as they step forward into a new adventure born of initiative and creativity. Let’s meet the cast of Bella Luna Studios and enjoy the night of their first premiere film performance, which took place on Lilly, Callie, Levi, Sydney & Anelyesse


Thursday, August 4th. At the event, the cast, their families, and friends enjoyed a threefold series of films produced by this group of talented and delightful young people, with one of the films being a production by fiveyear-old Eli Looney.

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The evening began with Eli’s 2-minute film entitled Farmer Eli. According to his parents, this adorable production was entirely of Eli’s own creative imagination and direction, with mom Windy serving as the videographer. The next film was the first initiative by the Bella Luna Studios cast, The Gaslight Murder, which can be found for viewing on YouTube. It started out as a homeschool co-op project by Anelysse and Lilly Looney, along with lifelong friends Levi and Nathan Dolney. According to this group, they love old films, wanted to do a period piece, and so chose the 1944 classic Gaslight to serve as the inspiration for their own creative endeavor. With the addition of Charlie Chaplin antics and Vaudevillestyle music, the murder plot comes alive! The filming of this silent production took 2-3 days total, although it happened over a longer period of time when the group could assemble at the Looney home. With costumes, jewelry,

and props acquired from “mom’s closet,” The Goodwill Store, and a few online finds, the friends “got to goof around” and produced this delightful piece which includes fake mustaches, a banana phone, and although not true to the period, a Nature Valley granola bar. The project was filmed by iPhone and then edited with iMovie, which became a 12-hour labor of love by Anelysse. Claudette, the feature performance of the evening which imparts a “Hitchcock” flavor to the night, is about a sad widow who needs something to do with her life, so she tries to be an artist and sell her art. After drawing for hours, the man from her past shows up and they fall in love, or so she thinks. In addition to using the site of Villa Bella Luna for filming the production, two scenes were filmed at The Wynne Home Arts Center in Huntsville. Callie Lynch and Sydney Stoermer starred in this film in addition to Anelysse, Lilly, Levi, and Nathan. Claudette’s drawings as shown in the film are actual artworks by Anelysse and are a testament to her tremendous talent in this art medium as well. The premiere took place at the Huntsville

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Community Church, located on the downtown square, where Chip is pastor. The vintage-style décor provided a perfect backdrop for this exciting display of youthful talent. The evening flowed seamlessly until little Adeline, the 2- year-old daughter of Windy and Chip, unknowingly interjected herself into the night’s festivities by inadvertently unplugging the projection equipment and bringing Claudette to a screeching halt. Not to be thwarted Lilly, Callie, Garrett, Sydney & Anelyesse by this unplanned event, and ready for the challenge and applause ensued during the evening, and as any veteran director would be, Anelysse a standing ovation provided a well-deserved jumped to her feet, brought all the actors to ending to the hard work and commitment of the front for introductions and a bow, and then these young actors, along with the inspiration directed the guests to the refreshment table, by they embody. which time the problem was resolved, and the night’s entertainment continued. Laughs

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Let’s meet the cast of Bella Luna Studios: ANELYSSE LOONEY:

I have always wanted to be an actor, but it’s kinda hard when you live in a small town and don’t have any connections. So, I thought, what better way to get experience than making my own films? So, I got my lifelong best friends Levi and Nathan, and my sister Lilly, to help with the first film, The Gaslight Murder. The next film was Claudette, and we included more friends in the cast. In fact, I would say that this is more of a friend group than a film group. We just honestly have a blast doing this together. I am the director. I make the plans, choose the dates, and basically boss everyone around! I really want to continue making films with my friends, and hopefully do some musicals as well as fantasy. I’m homeschooled and going into 11th grade this year. After graduation, I’m thinking about going to trade school for film, then getting a job at a studio, and hopefully becoming a filmmaker or actor someday.




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LILLY LOONEY: I joined this so I might become better at acting, and I hope to become an actress in the future, possibly with productions on the Disney Channel. It’s been fun to experience acting and to have fun with my friends this way. I’ve performed in a play at the Huntsville Public Library entitled The Importance of Being Earnest, and also had a role as a 1920s flapper in a film. I’m homeschooled and entering my 9th-grade year.

LEVI DOLNEY: I’m 16 and a junior attending Coldspring High School. My interests are photography, cinematography, audio/visual, theater, and writing. I helped with a lot of the storyline on these productions and played parts in them as well. I’ve grown up with Anelysse and Lilly as lifelong friends, and we have enjoyed doing this together.

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NATHAN DOLNEY: I will be attending Coldspring High School as a freshman this year. I look forward to playing percussion in the high school band. In Claudette, I’m the man who gets pick-pocketed by Mark, and at the end of this film, it is revealed that I was Claude in The Gaslight Murder. My favorite scene was when I got hit by the piano. I loved doing creative stunts and getting to play parts in both films.

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CALLIE LYNCH: My favorite reason for belonging to this group is that everyone is always fun to hang around with, and this sounded like an exciting and creative challenge. I enjoyed playing Eleanor, dressing up in 1920s attire, contributing to the script, and assisting with the filming. I’m in ninth grade at Alpha Omega Academy and used to do an after-school drama class at my school. When we were younger, my friend Sydney and I used to create little skits and videos together. I hope to do more films and eventually write and publish a novel.

SYDNEY STOERMER: I joined the group by accident, you might say. I was spending the night with my friend Callie (she was part of the group), and I just showed up the next day with her for filming. I loved how fun and creative everyone was and how we kind of just went with the flow, and it ended up being something good. I played the mean lady who dragged Claudette away to the asylum. The behind-thescenes work was my favorite part of the production to be involved with. I used to be a student at Alpha Omega and in the drama club for two years, but we are moving this year, and I will be attending Liberty University online. These productions require a reliable group of support people to bring about success. The cast would like to thank the following: • Amanda Dolney, Windy Looney, and Rhonda Lynch for help with transportation needs, costumes, props, and everything else that moms do! • Lexie Stoudt and “Two Blondes and a Bakery” for the beautifully decorated and delicious cake, and for lending props that helped create this elegant affair.


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• For all our families and friends, including Mary Laura Gibbs, who joined us at the premiere; we are grateful for your interest and support.

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• Belle Looney and Ruby-Kate Castleman for technical and emotional support. • Garrett Lynch for serving as a bodyguard for the cast members at the premiere.

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When Justin Killingsworth, current and reelected president of Downtown Business Alliance returned to Huntsville, he knew he wanted to bring change to downtown Huntsville--and that in order to do so, he had to step forward and get involved. As the current president of DBA, he is working closely with Annel Guadalupe, Main Street ManagerCity of Huntsville, and other entities to bring back some of the things he remembers while growing up in Huntsville, like the Christmas Trail of Lights.

Main Street and Huntsville DBA are two separate organizations. The City of Huntsville was designated as a Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission in 2001, and has been a Main Street City for the past 21 years. The Main Street program and the Main Street Advisory Board support the Huntsville community in the preservation and revitalization of our historic downtown. Huntsville DBA is a nonprofit organization, whose main priority is to promote and increase traffic to downtown businesses, as well as give back to the community. Huntsville DBA was formed in 2007.

How did the Christmas Lighting Festival project come about? I can remember, as a child, when we had the Trail of Lights. This event ceased to exist when I was 10 or 11 years old. I moved away, then came back, and have since opened several businesses here in Huntsville. Around Christmas time, I noticed we didn’t have any Christmas lighting downtown. After doing a little research, I discovered Huntsville had not had decent Christmas lighting for the past 18 years. That’s when I approached Main Street. We developed a plan to execute this project and make it happen. Huntsville DBA worked collaboratively with the city and the county as equal contributors to this project. As a result, this year we will have a Christmas Lighting Festival that will include 22 lampposts around the 4-block square surrounding the courthouse. There will also be wreaths, garland, and wrapped trees on the courthouse lawn, as well as a nativity scene. Santa will also be present! Eventually, our goal is to include the entire 9-block radius, which covers

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77 lamp posts. We hope to expand every year. In fact, I’ve also been in communication with Sam Houston State University, and they’ve approved the continuation of the lights down Sam Houston Avenue, right up to the stop light at Humphrey’s. This will mostly involve tree lighting along Sam Houston Avenue on university property.

When will we start seeing this take place? Lights will start going up in October, and we will actually be lighting them on the 2nd Saturday of November. We will host a Christmas Lighting Festival on November 12, from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. All merchants, whether they’re a member of HDBA or not, will be invited to remain open and serve something complimentary, whether food, drinks, or adult beverages. This is our way of giving back to the community. The Rotary Club will also be involved. They’ll be serving hot chocolate. HDBA will be offering a chance to win $1000 in prizes! All you have to do is pop in to the local shops and get a stamp on a card that will be provided to participants during the event.

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strategies to promote downtown Huntsville businesses. We are using billboards, mailouts, and events such as Sip & Shop, which happens every second Saturday of every month. We have seen at least a 25% increase during the Sip & Shop hours alone. There are also new festivals on the calendar and a crowd favorite, Wine Down/Shop Small held in May.

Who are the leaders of Huntsville DBA? Justin Killingsworth is the current and re-elected President; Vice President - Laura Bruns (past), Michele Miller (current); Secretary – Pam Conner; Treasurer – Sean Chaney (current), Monee Burke (past).


Who can contribute, and how? Title sponsors are $4,500, with a two-year commitment for one of the four trees on the courthouse lawn. Currently, Walker County Federal Credit Union and Wischnewsky Dodge, as well as two anonymous contributors, are committed title sponsors. Their support has made it possible to get this project off the ground. Every contribution helps. Anyone can make a donation or sponsor a lamppost online at This is a good way to ensure this project continues in the future. We invite community members or business owners to sponsor a lamppost for $500 which covers them for two years. Ultimately, all of these projects require funding, so bringing awareness to the community regarding what they do makes these







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In your opinion, what is key for this project to be a success? I always ask myself, “What are we doing as a nonprofit to give back to our community?”

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Through creative thinking and creative marketing, we’ve been able to accelerate the process and have brought additional traffic to downtown Huntsville, but the key is community support and involvement. While it’s important for downtown merchants to capitalize and make a profit, it’s also important for the community to get something back as well. We have to ask, “What can we do to make the community more receptive?” As a business owner, I donate 6% back to the community through various sponsorships. This has helped me grow as a person, as a business, and as a community leader. I want the merchants downtown to be able to experience this as well. The new Christmas project has generated a lot of excitement in town. It is not uncommon for people to drive four or more hours away

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in their community. The City of Huntsville, Walker County, and the Downtown Business Alliance are invested equally to this project. I don’t think it’s something that any one entity could’ve done on its own, but together it’s not only coming to fruition, but has the potential to grow. As a community, we see what can happen when people work together. The outcome is going to go much farther than just Christmas Lights.”

offer. I recently attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the department of agriculture arena at Sam Houston State University. Dr. White, president of the university shared a fantastic quote, something along the lines of, “A vision is imaginary, but being able to bring that imaginary vision to light, is success.” That hit home for me, because I envisioned something, and trying to bring people onboard has not come without roadblocks, but we found a way. I continue to advocate for this project. It was unimaginable to some people, but we had to describe it in such a way, that they too, could imagine it. “We’ve built a strong relationship between the Main Street Program and Huntsville DBA,” Annel added. “It takes teamwork, hard work, and dedication to build those connections. Main Street focuses on revitalizing downtown, while also preserving its history. We want our businesses to thrive, our community members to succeed, and to see their dreams come to

life. Every person who has opened a business has a dream; maybe they used their life savings. We want to see them reach their goals, and then more!” This project is such a beautiful visual way to bring that kind of “Encanto” (Magic) of Christmas and the holidays. It paints a beautiful picture of what can happen when people collaborate and are willing to invest

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Chocolate Swirl Zucchini Sheet Cake Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsps baking soda 1 tsp salt 3 cups white sugar 1 ½ cups canola oil 3 eggs 3 cups grated zucchini 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup buttermilk 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened ¼ cup white sugar 1 egg ½ cup milk chocolate chips ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a sheet cake pan with cooking spray. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

Step 2: In a mixing bowl, beat together 3 cups of sugar with canola oil with an electric mixer on low speed until the mixture is smooth; add 3 eggs one at a time, and beat again to combine. Beat in zucchini and vanilla until well combined. Beat the flour mixture into the sugar mixture by fourths, alternating with 1/4 cup of buttermilk after every portion of flour mixture. Mix the batter for 1 minute on medium-high speed, then pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Step 3: In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese and 1/4 cup of sugar until thoroughly combined, then mix in 1 egg until the cream cheese mixture is smooth. Spoon dollops of the cream cheese here and there over the cake batter; swirl the cream cheese mixture through the batter with a table knife to make a marbled effect. Sprinkle the milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips over the cake. Step 4: Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the chocolate portion of the center of the cake comes out with moist crumbs, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack.

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Directions Step 1: Cut off the tops of peppers. Chop edible portions of the tops; set aside. Use a small knife to slice lengthwise through one side of each pepper; remove ribs and seeds. Step 2: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add peppers, reduce heat, and simmer until tender but still firm, about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Bob’s Stuffed Banana Peppers Ingredients 8 banana peppers 2 Tbs butter ½ cup chopped onion

Step 3: Heat butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Sauté reserved chopped pepper, onion, and celery in hot butter until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and garlic. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, basil, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Step 4: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Step 5: Meanwhile, combine Parmesan cheese, egg, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl. Mix in hot sausage, mild sausage, breadcrumbs, and 1 cup tomato sauce mixture until well combined. Step 6: Fill each pepper with sausage mixture using a piping bag or sausage stuffer. Place in a 3-quart casserole dish; pour remaining tomato sauce mixture over peppers. Step 7: Bake uncovered in the preheated oven until sauce is bubbly and sausage is cooked through, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the filling should read at least 160 degrees.

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Directions Step 1: Warm broth in a saucepan over low heat. Step 2: Meanwhile, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add portobello and white mushrooms; cook and stir until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms and their liquid to a bowl; set aside. Step 3: Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the saucepan. Stir in shallots and cook for 1 minute. Add rice; cook and stir until rice is coated with oil and pale, golden in color, about 2 minutes. Step 4: Pour in wine, stirring constantly until wine is fully absorbed. Add 1/2 cup warm broth to the rice; stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, yet firm to the bite, about 15 to 20 minutes. Step 5: Remove from heat. Stir in reserved mushrooms and their liquid, butter, chives, and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.



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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. 62

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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,


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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 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


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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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Farm store with the 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.

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

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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. 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.



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Wildlife Wonders ARE YOU A BIRDBRAIN? By Cheryl Conley

Birds, birds, and more birds. They’re everywhere—well, almost everywhere. Guam may be the only place on earth where there are no birds. It is estimated there are over 10,000 species of birds in the world and a total of 50 billion wild birds! There are big birds, tiny birds, and birds of all colors. You can find them on land, on the water, from mountains to deserts. Some people are afraid of birds; that’s called ornithophobia. Some people like them so much birdwatching is their hobby. With so many birds sharing our world, how much do you really know about them? Let’s test your knowledge. Challenge your spouse or significant other or get the kids to play. It’ll be fun!

1. What is the largest bird in the world? a. Eagle b. Ostrich c. Hawk

7. Which bird can kill a human? a. Eagle b. Falcon c. Emu

2. Scientists believe that birds evolved from what creatures? a. Dogs b. Dinosaurs c. Bears

8. Which bird’s eyes change color as they reach maturity? a. Cardinal b. Red-tailed hawk c. Robin

3. How many chambers does a bird’s heart have? a. 2 b. 4 c. 6

9. Which bird is intelligent enough to create and use tools? a. Hummingbird b. Woodpecker c. Crow

4. What creature kills as many as 4 billion birds in the U.S. each year? a. Hawks b. Fox c. Cats

10. What is the most common bird in the world? a. Sparrow b. Robin c. Chicken

5. What do you get if you cross a male cat with a bird?

11. What do you call a bird who doesn’t know the lyrics to a song?

6. Which one of these birds doesn’t fly? a. Ostrich b. Pelican c. Swan

12. What is the only bird that can fly backwards? a. Hummingbird b. Blue Jay c. Starling

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13. What bird can sing up to 200 songs? a. Mockingbird b. Purple martin c. Mourning dove

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14. What is a group of owls called? a. Flock b. Parliament c. Gaggle

So, how did you do? If you didn’t get them all right, don’t feel bad. I learned a few new things just putting the questions together. Now get out there and enjoy the birds!

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Vet Connect: By Steve VanWagner, D.V.M.

Improving Care for your Cats! 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. Here are some ways a Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) ensures the best care and experience for you and your cat: • 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.

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

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:

• 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 a thoughtful and comfortable place for treatment. This includes providing hiding places for cats to relax in. Bringing blankets or beds or toys to leave with the cat is encouraged. • 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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Living with Children By: John K. Rosemond

Help big brother understand baby’s limits Q: Our 5-year-old son enjoys playing with his 14-month-old brother, but there have been three times recently when the baby has started crying and big brother has a guilty look on his face. So far, the baby has suffered a scratch under one eye, a red mark on his face where a ball hit him, and a bruised forehead from falling over. When big brother is banished to his room for these incidents, he is more upset about being punished than about hurting his brother. His lack of remorse bothers us. As a result, we’ve put baby brother off limits for a time. Are we expecting too much? A: I think you may be jumping to unwarranted conclusions. When a 5-year-old boy and a 14-month-old boy interact on a daily basis, the younger one is bound to experience occasional pain. This is the almost inevitable consequence of having two boys, and you are going to go slowly insane if you assign yourself to the impossible task of preventing this from happening. For at least the next three to four years, until the physical disparity begins to level out, the younger one will experience more play-related insult than the older one. In and of itself, this isn’t bad. It’s just the way it is. Boy

play tends to be rough at times. Further, the fact that big brother even wants to play with a 14-month-old is a good sign, an early indication of a growing relationship. Count your lucky stars that signs do not point to early resentment on the part of your first-born. You may be misinterpreting big brother’s reaction to being punished for the incidents. You think he lacks remorse. I think he’s justifiably upset at having been punished for something he didn’t intend to do. If I’m trying to stay within the speed limit, but I fail to see a “Reduce Speed Ahead” sign and I’m ticketed for speeding, I’m not going to be remorseful. I’m going to be upset (albeit careful not to let the officer know). After all, it was not my intention to speed. On the other hand, if I’m intentionally speeding, trying to shave time off a trip, and I’m pulled over, I’m going to accept the ticket, apologize to the officer, and be a better citizen in the future. I have a strong feeling that your older son is being “ticketed” for unintentionally exceeding his younger brother’s “speed limit.” Under the circumstances, I’d fully expect him to be more upset than remorseful. He’s being punished for being, at worst, clumsy. When incidents of this sort happen, take the opportunity to help big brother understand the baby’s limits. For example: “I know you want to teach your brother to play catch, but you can’t teach a baby to catch by throwing things at him.” Then, help him learn ways of playing that won’t involve risk of pain to the baby, as in, “Roll the ball instead of throwing it.” You also need to praise him for his attempts to be such a good big brother, however awkward they may be at times.


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From school bus driver, landscaper, and cake decorator to highly sought-after beautician, Danita Reed of Madisonville has used her artistic and creative abilities to create a career which she loves. “My grandfather always told my mother I would end up in a profession that involved using my hands,” said Danita. “I love the artistic part of it and going the extra mile for my clients. God gave me the hands to do it, so He gets all the glory.”

“God gave me the hands to do it, so He gets all the glory.” Danita can be found at Generations Salon, 2804 Lake Road in Huntsville. Generations Salon was opened in April 2015 by Lisa Shaw, Danita’s former coworker and friend. Danita joined the salon in September 2020 (shortly after the COVID pandemic started), where her friend and former coworker Bertha Taylor had been working since 2016. While she did not work at the JCPenney Salon with Danita and her friends, beautician Donna Rogers has also set up shop at Generations Salon. Danita offers a wide range of services and specializes in perms. “I love working with curly hair, keratin treatments, and perms,” said Danita. “Curly hair is my favorite, but I also enjoy working with all types of hair, from extra short to long, and I also like doing men’s cuts.” She also offers cap and foil highlights, shampoo sets and deep condition, balayage, updos, razor cuts, kids cuts, clipper cuts, color panels, bang trims, keratin treatments, and is also certified in Olaplex. Danita will also do facial waxing for her clients. Salon September 2022 | Postcards Magazine: Piney Woods Edition



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products such as Kenra, Olaplex and Matrix Biolage brand are also available for purchase. She serves clients of all ages, ranging from as young as 2 years old to 95 years old. “I have a 94-year-old customer who is just a pleasure,” recalled Danita. “At JCPenney, we had a customer who lived to be 106 and was still driving at 99 years old. She would tell stories about when people used horse and carriages to get around in Huntsville.” Originally from the Houston area, Danita moved to the Centerville area in the late 80s. She later made her way to Madisonville. She drove a school bus for a while, along with making and decorating cakes. One day her best friend suggested they attend beauty

school together. So, the two enrolled in Sebring Career Schools, LLC in Huntsville, and as they say – the rest is history. After working at some smaller salons, she got hired by the former JCPenney Salon in Huntsville and stayed there for 23 years, where she earned Master Designer status. “I watched every stylist there, asked questions, and learned how to develop my own style,” explained Danita. “I can pretty much follow any picture and add my special touch.” Over the years, Reed acquired a client base that has followed her to Generations Salon and has remained loyal through the years. “For instance, I still have my very first client,

Robbie Smith, from when I worked at JCPenney,” recalls Danita. “She was six years old, and now I still do her hair, as well as her kids’ hair. I have customers who have been with me for 25 years.” According to Danita, her clients come from as far away as New York, the Houston area, Wells, Midway, Bryan, Iola, and more. When asked why clients stay with her for long periods and even generations, regardless of their geographical location, Danita humbly says she is a down-to-earth person, and she is honest with her clients. “I’m not going to lie to my clients. If I can’t do the job or know someone more suitable, I’ll tell them. I’m not going to destroy someone’s

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them how to take care of their hair and give them the knowledge to style it at home.” Typically, Danita’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but she will work around her clients’ schedules, which sometimes includes weekends. Being her own boss, Danita says she enjoys the flexibility of being able to make her own schedule and help accommodate her clients. Danita not only made lifelong clients and friends while working at the JCPenney salon, she also found her beautician work can allow her to be a witness for her strong Christian faith.

Danita. “She kept me on my toes for color treatments and different styles. She even had me shave her hair from the temple down one time.” Danita says she enjoys educating clients and showing them how to take care of their hair. “The most important thing to me is making my clients happy. They have to look in the mirror every day. I want to show

“Once they are in the chair, I have a captive audience…and if we want to talk about God, scripture, or just pray together, we can,” said Danita. “I have certain clients who know they can come to me when they have trouble. Everyone at Generations Salon is a Christian.” Danita has had her fair share of challenges in life, from surviving a house fire in which she and her family lost everything (including

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When asked about how much longer she will stay in the business, Danita says, “My husband asked me when I think I will retire. I just laugh. Besides, my clients would hunt me down.” Danita is married to John Reed III, who is a deacon at Madisonville Christian Fellowship Church. Together they have five grown children, 13 grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren.

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


You can Make Your Life Astute if You Trouble-Shoot Starting with a Reboot

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!

Personal rebooting should allow focusing on eradicating shoddy segments of our self’s persona which includes remorse, guilt, distaste of others, and fear that something unpleasant is looming.

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Mustard Seed Moments by Linda Perkins

Home Sweet Home Most have heard the story of the prodigal son, told by Jesus to illustrate the depths of God’s love for us. Told from the father’s point of view, it is a story of grace and forgiveness. It is a story that promises a “welcome home” celebration for repentant sinners, even the worst among us. What if the story were told from the perspective of the prodigal, however? For those who think you can’t relate, let’s compare his journey to summer vacation. When we head out, all we can think about is our imagined destination. Depending on where we’re going, it may be the cool island breezes, the quaint stores and restaurants, or the bright city lights calling out to us.

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In many ways, we are all like the prodigal. If we knew all the obstacles we would face in life, we might not ever take a step forward! As youths, we step out of the comfort of our parents’ homes and are excited to take on the world. Just like we do on summer vacations, we know there will be the unexpected things we don’t like, but we don’t want to hear it. We just go. But somewhere along the way, we get tired…and the very place we longed to leave – home – is the one place we really want to be. The good news is that with God, we always have a loving home to return to. We may leave Him, but He never leaves us. He gives us a place of peace we can return to every day. And if we find ourselves wandering away, we don’t have to worry. All we have to do is turn around, and He will show us the path back to Him, back to home sweet home. “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” – Isaiah 32:18

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What we don’t think about are traffic jams, long lines at the airport or the amusement park, and strange tastes and smells. We wonder how the locals manage to drive up and down steep mountain roads that don’t seem wide enough for two-way travel. We find ourselves frustrated when there is no air conditioning, the stores close early, and the cab drivers don’t speak English. Perhaps it’s raining at the beach, or the nearby forests are on fire. Suddenly, in the middle of our dream vacation, we begin to sound like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. “There’s no place like home,” we realize.

Postcards Magazine: Piney Woods Edition | September 2022


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