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Dear Gabby - 20

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Glorious Grandkids - 26

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Things My Granddaddy Said - 79

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That’s What It’s All About!

Happy June! Summer is upon us, as is Father’s Day and all the fun, sunny things we enjoy this time of year.

One recent morning, I started the day with a tremendous grin. Why? As I was getting ready to begin the workday, my phone rang. It was a FaceTime call from Abilene, where our daughter and her family live, but I knew she would not be the “Face” that would appear. As expected, an (almost) 2-year-old, curly-headed little boy appeared with a grin from ear to ear. He has discovered when he takes the phone to his mom and says “Sassy? G?” that she will push a button and we will appear. More importantly, when we appear, we will do whatever he wants us to do! Currently, that means asking Alexa to play the “Trucks” song from the Disney show “Cars on the Road.” Like any good grandmother in this decade, I also have that video saved on my YouTube channel so I can readily access it when he wants to see it. The giggles and delight are worth figuring all this out!

This particular morning after the “Trucks” video, he asked for “Itsy Bitsy Spider” followed by “Wheels on the Bus.” Alexa obliged, but after those songs ended, she kept going, and up next was “The Hokey Pokey.” At first, his face did not indicate excitement about this song he had never heard…. that is until his grandmother and his mother started putting their right arm in and shaking it all about! Then the giggles started.

After we hung up, I thought how times have changed and how very fortunate I am to live in an age where I can see my grandson every day, whether he lives six hours away or not. I thought of my own grandparents-- I was blessed early in life to live very close to my mother’s parents and to attend church with them every week.

It made me realize how important those “little years” are. The years when you get to be silly and fun. The years when Mom and Dad are the rule makers and grandparents get to be the rule breakers. (Don’t tell them I said that!)

These are the years when little ones learn you will bend over backwards to do what they want to do, and that you will be a safe space for them always. And… sometimes that means starting the day dancing a little hokey pokey and hanging up with a grin on your face, knowing all is right with your world.

Until next time, ~ Karen

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Dr. Brian McGee, DC

Welcome to “Ask the Doc,” your go-to source for valuable healthcare insights and advice from our expert team at Huntsville Physical Medicine Institute.

Living with arthritis can be daunting, and many fear the progression of pain and loss of mobility it can bring. If you’re concerned about arthritis, especially in the back and knees, understanding the condition and how to manage it can significantly improve your quality of life. Today we’ll discuss the common causes of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, frequently called “wear and tear” arthritis.

Common Causes

Arthritis in the back and knees stems from wear and tear of the cartilage, which typically cushions the joints. This degeneration can be accelerated by several factors, including age, overweight, previous injuries, and repetitive stress. In the back, arthritis often affects the joints along the spine called facet joints and can lead to chronic stiffness and pain. In the knees, the constant load-bearing function makes them particularly vulnerable to arthritis, resulting in swelling, pain, and decreased mobility.

Home Tips for Relief

Managing arthritis pain at home is crucial in slowing its progression. Engaging in regular, gentle exercise like swimming or yoga can maintain joint function and reduce stiffness. A low inflammation diet, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fibers, can also play a vital role. This diet includes consuming healthy fruits, vegetables, good fats, and whole grains while avoiding processed foods and sugars to help reduce joint inflammation and pain.

Non-Surgical Treatments

For those wanting to reduce or eliminate the need for pain medication and wanting to avoid surgery, there is the RESTORE approach. This is an integrated approach combining advanced medical treatments like A2M therapy with chiropractic care and physical rehab. A2M (Alpha 2 Macroglobulin) therapy is an innovative treatment that harnesses the power of natural proteins found in your blood to slow down arthritis progression. This therapy targets and neutralizes the harmful enzymes in your joints that break down cartilage, helping your joints feel better and move better for years to come. Chiropractic adjustments help restore spinal alignment, reduce the stress on spinal joints, leading to less pain and better movement in the spine.

Understanding the causes of arthritis and incorporating both home remedies and non-surgical treatments can significantly slow its progression, improve your life quality, and help you rediscover the joy of pain free living. At Huntsville Physical Medicine Institute, we provide comprehensive care that addresses both the symptoms and underlying causes of arthritis. Don’t let fear dictate your life, take control by consulting with our team today. Contact us at 936-241-7673 to learn more about how our RESTORE approach can help you get rid of arthritis pain effectively.

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Just for Fun!

Have & This Summer

Everyone in Texas knows summers in the Lone Star State are not just hot…they are HOT! If you don’t have a pool at home, you’ll be looking to cool off in a nearby community pool; and time at the lake, the river, or the beach is a given. There will be cookouts and campfires at nearby state parks and recreation areas; and fireworks–from sparklers to high-flying color bursts–are all the rage on the 4th of July and at other festivities throughout the summer months.

Keep in mind how to keep yourself, as well as your family members, safe during all these good times. There’s a lot of fun to be had, but there are also unique dangers that come along with summertime activities. There are some obvious ones and some not-so-obvious ones, so keep reading!

Critter Awareness

No one likes insect bites, but what if I told you one could change your life forever? Just one undetected tick, picked up from walking in the woods or just tall grass, is enough to cause Lyme disease–a bacterial infection that, when left untreated, can spread to the joints, the heart, and the nervous system, causing permanent damage.




flashlight when moving about, even in your home yard, at night. Also be aware snakes will often hide under brush piles, overturned boats and tarps, and may even be found in crawl spaces and garages. If you do come across a snake, back slowly and carefully away from it.

insect bite in the U.S. is the mosquito bite. According to the National Park Service, there are over 200 mosquito species across America. The state of Texas has the most different species, with 85.

Mosquito bites come with a risk of other diseases like West Nile and Zika viruses, for which there are no treatments. While symptomatically mild in some people, these viruses can be deadly to older or immunocompromised individuals, and Zika can be passed on by pregnant women to their unborn children, causing birth defects. Your best bet is to use mosquito repellant, to wear long sleeves and long pants when walking in the woods, and to check carefully yourself, your children and your pets for ticks after being in areas frequented by deer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of safe and effective insect repellants

such as DEET and Picardin (along with guidelines for applying them to children) on the CDC website.

Insects are not the only critters to watch out for this summer, though. Warm weather means venomous snakes are coming out of hiding, and alligators become more active.

Per Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TDPW), be careful where you put your hands and feet–use a long stick or garden tool to move aside grass, leaves, and to check around logs for snakes; don’t reach around or step until the coast is clear. Wear heavy boots if you’ll be working in areas where snakes may be nearby, and use a

Alligators are frequently seen in Texas lakes, rivers, and bayous – and even the beach! They can be fun to watch from a distance, but they are not something you want to mess with up close. Normally, a gator will shy away from humans. Problems arise when alligators are fed by people, however, as the reptiles then lose their fear of humans and associate people with food. It is critically important NOT to feed alligators (from the shore, a boat, or a pier) or to outstretch a hand towards them.

If you are in a kayak or on a paddleboard, it is advisable not to dangle fingers and feet off the side and in the water. If you spot an alligator heading your way, quickly paddle away from the gator. If you encounter one on land, the beach, or in the surf, back away from the alligator slowly and give it plenty of space. It is likely to go back home where it belongs. In Texas, alligators are protected by law, so shooting one is not a recommended defense. Alligator-human conflicts are rare, but if you do encounter a potentially dangerous alligator, report it to TDPW so a game warden can handle it properly.


Younger people are exposed to the sun more often, and it’s estimated that 60%-80% of an individual’s entire lifetime sun exposure occurs within the first 18 years. Younger individuals tend to spend much more time outside, often due to numerous extracurricular activities outdoors.

Sun Safety

Did you know many cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, can be traced to childhood sunburns? Yeah, neither did I. It’s good we’ve come a long way from laying out by the pool, covered in baby oil! Yet, with all the different types of tanning products out there, it never hurts to be reminded to pick broad spectrum sunscreen that’s at least 30 SPF. Apply it 15 minutes before you’ll be outdoors–and yes, you can even get sunburned on a cloudy day–and reapply it every two hours (or more often if you’re swimming).

Remember to apply sunscreen to your lips, your ears, and the tops of your feet, which are often forgotten. And ladies, if you don’t want crow’s feet (wrinkles at the outside edges of your eyes), make sure you wear sunglasses, because those wrinkles are often caused by squinting! Not to mention, your eyes can also be injured by the sun, resulting in burned corneas and

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cataracts, so choose sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays. For extra protection against both skin cancer and wrinkles, wear a hat and consider covering up with long pants (or a skirt) and long-sleeve shirts. These days, you can even find swim shirts designed to get wet while providing UV coverage.

Water Safety at Home and Beyond

Growing up with a pool or near a body of water, it is easy to take water safety for granted. Nevertheless, it is so important to be emphasized in any piece about summer safety. Drowning is a leading cause of death for young and older children alike, and boating accidents take the lives of Texans every year.

Aquatic accidents in home swimming pools often happen very suddenly–about five minutes or less after a child goes missing–and while parents are at home. It is critical to teach your children not to go near the water without you, and an adult should stay within arm’s reach of a young child at all times. Even older children should be

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carefully, actively supervised (even when a lifeguard is present). According to the Red Cross, drownings often occur when parents are distracted and the Red Cross also warns against relying on substitutes such as water wings, swim rings, inflatable toys, and other items designed for water recreation. It is important to know that someone can drown in just a few inches of water, so be just as cautious with children in the baby pool as in full-size pools.

When going to the lake or to the beach, there are additional precautions you can take to keep yourself and your family members safe. First, if you are on a boat, make sure everyone is wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket in case someone accidentally falls overboard. Secondly, remember that driving a boat while intoxicated is a Class B misdemeanor, with a fine up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail, and penalties go up from there on second or third occurrences. If an accident occurs that results in serious bodily injury and the accident was caused by intoxication, the driver will be charged with a felony. If you’re going to drink alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver.

Secondly, when out in the water swimming or in a boat, watch out for the “dangerous ‘toos’”: too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, and too much strenuous activity. Whenever possible, have a telephone or mobile phone nearby in case of an emergency.

Third, make sure swimmers know about any potential hazards such as currents, deep and shallow areas, and obstructions. Don’t swim outdoors during inclement weather. Listen for thunder watch for storms with lightning high winds. Only swim in areas, and stay at least 100 from jetties and piers to avoid Lifeguards stationed at the beach can advise on the best places to swim and tell you about any unusual issues. If at all possible, swim with a buddy, who can assist in case of an emergency.

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Fire Safety

As a last summer safety tip, don’t forget that as the weather heats up, so does the chance of forest fires. The U.S. Forest Service offers a number of tips for fire safety home and while you’re out camping. At state parks, fire conditions are posted at the entrances to the parks, so be extra cautious if the conditions are in the danger zones. Clear

campfire areas from dry leaves and use fire rings. Do not light fires in windy conditions, where sparks can fly into the brush. Check with your local county officials about burn bans and follow their guidelines. This includes the use of fireworks. While lighting up the night sky may seem like a great idea on holidays like the 4th of July, you don’t want to inadvertently light your house or field on fire at the same time.

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Dear Gabby

Welcome back to the Dear Gabby advice column. There are so many weddings in June that we need to find a way to liven up all these gatherings. I’m trying to choreograph a line dance to the wedding march. Stay tuned for that one. We have Father’s Day to celebrate on Sunday, the 16th. Thanks for all the jokes, Dads. Federal holiday Emancipation Day closures will be observed on Juneteenth, which is a Wednesday and not on a Monday. Safely enjoy your festivities and meet me back here next month. Send me your questions by clicking on Dear Gabby at


I live in what I consider a safe neighborhood, but I am also addicted to national and local news. If you believe your own eyes, there is someone lurking around every corner to relieve you of your property and your life. It has affected how I conduct my everyday existence. How can I get past this crime/ murder phobia of mine?



A phobia is an extreme, irrational fear of something. Awareness is the key to avoid becoming a victim of crime or even accidents. If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. Our area still has sense enough to maintain our law enforcement departments. If you see it, say it, but remember the news is designed to grab and hold your attention. Murder is very good at that. Try to soften the bad news with some healthy human-interest stories, and share your fears with your physician.

I temper every facet of my life with humor. The last time I acted my age, I was 5. In my silly world, you can’t have slaughter without laughter. For instance: I need to get in shape. If I were murdered right now, my chalk outline would be a circle.


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Creek Copley

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Favorite Movie: John Wick

Daviyn Alfaro

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Favorite Music/Artist: Country/Koe Wetzel

Favorite Food: Chicken Sandwich/Wings

Favorite Quote: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” –Psalm 73:26

Favorite Quote: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you…” –Jeremiah 29:11

Creek is a 2024 graduate of Trinity High School and is the son of Kent and Robyn Copley. His activities include FBLA, BETA, football, baseball, and powerlifting. Following graduation, Creek plans to attend college, majoring in architectural design. He believes, “Perfect is almost good enough.”

Daviyn is a 2024 graduate of Trinity High School and is the son of Jose Alfaro. His activities include football, baseball, student council, and FBLA. Following graduation, Daviyn plans to attend trade school and become a lineman.

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1 SCHOOL YOU ATTENDED? Trinity High School in Euless, TX 2 FAVORITE MOVIE? Forrest Gump / Fried Green Tomatoes 3 HOW DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST DOLLAR? Working at the Bavarian pastry shop in Fort Worth 4 BOOK THAT LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON YOU? The Bible 5 LAST THING YOU BINGE-WATCHED? Lonesome Dove 6 WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU RIDING DOWN THE ROAD LISTENING TO? The Highway on Sirius XM 7 YOUR FAVORITE DISH? Homemade pasta w/ bolognese sauce and garlic bread 8 YOUR GO-TO BARISTA ORDER? Cappuccino 9 FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY Camping at the lake with my family 10 SOMETHING THAT WOULD SURPRISE US ABOUT YOU? I like Mickey Mouse 11 WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING ON YOUR DAY OFF? Baking or cooking in my kitchen or fishing on the lake 12 HOW WOULD YOUR PERFECT DAY BEGIN? Silence, cup of coffee, & watching the sunrise 13 HOW DO YOU CLEAR YOUR MIND AFTER A BAD DAY? Meditation on the drive home, wine on the porch & an Astros game 14 ONE THING YOU’RE EPICALLY BAD AT? Artistic drawing (I can’t even draw a stick man) 15 BUCKET LIST ITEM YOU’RE MOST GLAD YOU’VE DONE? Gone to 2 World Series games (Astros) 16 TOP THING LEFT TO DO ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? Go to Tahiti 17 IF YOU COULD LIVE ABROAD, WHERE WOULD THAT BE? Somewhere in the Caribbean 18 WHO DO YOU ADMIRE? My parents - They raised me right & showed me how to be a good Christian. 19 BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN? One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss, or betrayal-change is never easy. We fight to hold on & we fight to let go. 20 ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? SLOW DOWN - Life is short!
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Story by Claude Wooley Photos by Tom Miller
One person, one decision, one act… can make all the difference to an animal in need.

Alyssa Budzise is a young lady who lives in the little town of Trinity, Texas—and she has become known as an “angel” who is the saving grace of animals in dire need of rescue. Yes, there are “Angels Among Us”, we just have to look around. As luck would have it, I arrived at their home in the woods to find Alyssa, assisted by her mother Jenny and sister Megan, as they were giving an abandoned litter of pups a warm bath and bottle. As I watched them take special care of each individual pup, they talked to them, nurtured them, and placed them carefully back in the basket lined with soft towels. These pups were literally in good hands. Curious, I asked—

What happened to the mother dog?

She was run over by a car, survived the night till she gave birth to the litter, then she died the next morning. She was a good momma. I will find them all homes, just like I did the last litter.

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puppies, Basil, Alpine, Flower, & Holly who have all been adopted.

How is it you come across these motherless litters and various animals needing your help?

Some of it comes from friends who know I run my own shelter for animals in need; it’s called Whisper’s Promise Rescue and Rehab, and it will be fully licensed as a 501C3, hopefully in a year or so--until that is finalized, I have work to do for these babies. Some of the other drop-offs come from the Trinity Police Department, who help a lot with rescuing animals. They bring the ones over that really need my help, such as small stray pups deserted on the roadways. I interned with a veterinarian for a couple of years to learn more about the care of animals, so that has helped a lot in my knowledge of what certain animals may need, but I do have a vet who helps takes care of what I can’t. Thankfully, they work with me on the bills and meds. Presently, I have two horses and six pups at the moment.

And you work to help supplement some of your animal’s healthcare?

I work at Tractor Supply in Trinity around 30 hours a week, and—yes, they help very much! I love my team there at Tractor Supply. It would be very hard without their support. I do most of the work, but my family here at home is there any time I need them.

What was the defining moment you decided to take on the role as rescuer for God’s wondrous creatures?

Probably back around 2013, we got my dog Rascal from a local animal shelter, and she was going be put down the next day. She was from a litter of pups found on the highway. She was the last one out of her

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So that moment turned your heart around?

Yes, because it made me realize if I could help more dogs, then it would be one less they would be putting down. Rascal was the first dog I ever rescued, so she was the reason I began this journey to help save, not just dogs, but any creature I could help rescue.

I’ve noticed on your property here that you have dogs, horses, cows, and other animals you tend to. That can keep you a bit busy. Which is the hardest to care for?

Horses are the hardest to care for, because once they get malnourished, you have to use a harness and a tractor to help get them back up. It takes a lot of work to get them standing and help them get their strength back. I have to make sure they don’t colic, because if they roll, or their stomachs get upside down, it will twist; then they have to have surgery, or they can die. I get them before they get to the slaughter house. I will try to outbid the killbuyer before that happens. Normally they don’t go

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beyond $400. But the ones I have gotten recently are from people who don’t care for them, or feed them, or abandon them--as when a friend’s uncle died, and his wife no longer cared for the animal. It was in the worst shape I’ve ever seen.

But you’ve since given it a new life?

Yes, she’s out on 40 acres, running with other horses. And I’m very, very happy to be part of her rescue. That’s why I do this. (She then gave the sweetest most genuine smile.)

Tell me about Elvis the cow.

Elvis is my bottle baby, probably the best thing that ever happened to me. I love him dearly. I got a call…I was actually feeding for somebody—and I got a call from someone saying my neighbor just posted that they needed help from someone with a bottle calf. So, 5:00 am, and I woke up Patrick (my fiancé), and we were on the road. We didn’t know what we were getting into, but we pulled up and there were two little calves---a little heifer and Elvis. The owner had Momma pulled over to the side. She was doing great, she just wasn’t taking the calves. He tried to get both to latch on to a bottle, but Elvis wasn’t going for it. So I walked over and kept trying and trying, then I finally got him to latch on. So the owner asked me if I’d be

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willing to take that one (Elvis) home. I said sure and took him home. I have had him for three years now.

So I see Elvis out there in the shade all spoiled up.

Yes, he is my baby, and he is way beyond spoiled. But knowing these babies are safe makes me feel safe, and I’m glad I can help. It means something to me to help an animal in need. Who else is going to do it for them? We have to help them. For more information, or to donate toward the rescue and care of animals, contact:

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177,000 additional dogs and cats were in the animal sheltering system nationwide compared to the same time in 2022.

900,000 more animals have entered and lingered in our nation’s shelters since January 2021, resulting in an ongoing capacity crisis. (

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Medical Matters

Questions About Breast Lumps

It can be scary to find a lump while doing a breast self-exam, or just by happenstance. Even though most lumps are benign, discovering one often elicits fears of breast cancer — and triggers an urgent call to the doctor’s office.

Let’s explore the top questions about breast lumps and what to expect should you encounter one.

What kinds of lumps should you worry about?

If there’s anything that’s out of the ordinary for how your breasts usually feel, talk to your doctor and ask to get a mammogram.

“A mammogram can help detect early-stage breast cancers that are still very small,” says Dr. Kelli Ha, a breast radiologist at Houston Methodist The Woodlands. “Catching breast cancer early is critical since it provides more treatment options and greatly improves prognosis.”

Where are abnormal breast lumps commonly found?

“Abnormal breast lumps can be found in any part of the breast, from right behind the nipple

to near the axillary (underarm) region,” says Dr. Ha.

Are there areas we should pay closer attention to than others when completing breast-exams?

“The most important part about breast exams is doing them around the same time every month,” explained Dr. Ha. “Make sure you include the entire breast, from the nipple area to the axillary region.”

Is there any way for you to tell, just by feeling, if your lump is a cyst?

“There is no way to tell for sure whether a lump is a cyst, which is why mammograms are so important,” says Dr. Ha.

The newest, state-of-the-art technology-including molecular breast imaging, contrastenhanced mammography, cryoablation of breast cancers and various non-wire localization devices to help surgeons find breast cancers in the operating room--can make all the difference in diagnosis and treatment.

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Meet this young singer/ songwriter the Texas Radio Awards recognized as the 2024 New Male Artist of the year.

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Country singer Ryder Grimes of Poetry, Texas, set some pretty straightforward goals for 2024: Write more country music. Meet new faces. Play a lot more shows. He is doing all the above – and so much more. Postcards Magazine sat down with the rising country star to talk about some big wins this year, including taking home a major industry award and earning endorsements from companies that could not wait to align with this Texas Talent.

Last fall, you took home the Texas Country Music Association’s “Emerging Artist of the Year” award; and this year, you were named “New Male Artist of the Year” at the Texas Radio Awards. How did that feel?

Winning the TCMA award felt great! That was the first award I ever won, so it was neat to bring home some hardware. Then to win another award this year – it was awesome and such an honor! I’m so thankful to be in such a great “family” that is Texas. The folks in the music scene accepted me, the newcomer, with open arms and have been so great to me. I enjoy going to those award shows and seeing all my friends. I like to call it a family reunion, because truthfully that’s what it is--a family coming together, and I love it. It was super cool to bring home that award, a blessing from the Lord above for sure! I’m grateful to do what I’m doing!


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2023 TCMA Emerging Artist Award, Ryder said, “There were so many talented musicians in that category, and it was an honor to meet all of them and share the stage with them, too!”


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Before you were winning awards and touring, you grew up in the small town of Poetry, Texas.

Poetry, Texas, is still my home. I love this little community with all my heart, and I don’t plan to leave anytime soon. Even if I do leave, I won’t be too far away.

What inspired you to pick up a guitar and pursue music while growing up?

My mom and sisters always had music playing on the radio--my mom played mid-2000s country, and my sisters listened to a mix of that and hip-hop. My dad played guitar and sang. The music he

played was ‘70s - ‘90s country, so I was surrounded as a child by all types of music and lyrics. As I got older, my love for music only grew deeper, and that inspired me to pick up the guitar and a notepad.

When did you know you would make music your career?

I’d say things “changed” for me when I released my debut single, “Velvet Chains,” that featured one of my dearest friends and Texas Icon Deryl Dodd on harmony vocals. I truly did not expect that song to do as well as it did. Bookings started to pick up more as the song gained popularity. I

I got my first Top 10 hit on Texas Radio (#8) with my first single ever, “Velvet Chains,” and that shocked me.

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started to travel with my own band as a headliner and started sharing stages with some awesome people such as Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Mike Ryan, Josh Ward, William Beckmann, Joe Nichols, The Bellamy Brothers, and many others. The people I have met doing this as my career have been nothing short of amazing, and it seems like every weekend I am on the road, more great friendships start.

After scoring that Top 10 song, you followed it

up with your first No.1 song, “In My Boots.” Tell us about that song and the inspiration behind it.

I wrote the song from a guy’s point of view who is nervous to ask a pretty girl at the bar to dance. Our main character in the song also knows that if he doesn’t “act fast,” some other guy is going to ask the girl to dance. I wrote this song solo and to this day, it is one of my absolute favorite songs to perform in our live show.

“In my Boots” is one of those songs that just makes you want to get up and dance, and that was my initial thought going into the writing process.
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And now, your new single, “8 Seconds at a Time,” is expected to make a run to the top as well.

“8 Seconds at a Time” is a song I wrote a long time ago after a night of hearing family friends tell their rodeo stories. My dad and pretty much all his friends grew up on the semi-pro and professional rodeo circuit riding bulls, bucking horses, roping and much more. So as a kid, hearing a rodeo story around my household was a regular

“8 Seconds at a Time” is raw and talks about the pains of chasing that gold buckle dream. It hurts, but in the end when you win it, it’s the greatest feeling ever in my opinion. You can relate it to a lot of things in life, not just rodeoing.

thing. I never competed in rodeo, but my respect level for cowboys and cowgirls is very high and “my heroes have always been cowboys,” as Willie Nelson once said.

When it seemed life couldn’t get better – it did. Tell us about the sponsorships you now have.

First – Ranch Fuel energy drink. It’s some

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And I’m very proud to be a new member of the R. Watson boot family and COWI Brand. Both have shown nothing but love and support, and it’s been an honor getting to work with them! You can catch me rocking a beautiful pair of R. Watson boots and a slick COWI Brand cap not just on stage, but daily! I love to support my sponsors 24/7/365. They do so much for me, and I am very proud to have them on Team RG.

Spring and Summer are heavy touring seasons. What are some of your favorite places to play in Texas?

I love being able to play on any stage, at any venue that I can, but I’m gonna go with

Gruene Hall. I love the Hill Country of Texas; it has been a meaningful place to me lately as I do a lot of my writing down there, and pretty much all my songwriting heroes came from down there. I have a massive amount of respect for that place and everyone that has played there before me. There’s just something so special about a dancehall with no AC, constructed completely out of wood, that has been open since 1878 and hasn’t changed a bit. If you’ve never been to Gruene, please go see it; it’s magical!

Favorite place to play outside Texas?

Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma! Cain’s is another one of those places that has such an incredibly rich history. Western Swing music was literally popularized and developed in that building, on that stage by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in the ‘30s and ‘40s. Pretty cool stuff, right?! I played there back in January with my pal, Oklahoma’s own Stoney LaRue. It was already at full capacity when we took the stage that night, and let me tell you – 1,800+ people packed closely together in a room like that is the most electrifying

thing I’ve ever felt. It was a beautiful night!

How do you prepare for a show like that?

Honestly, being to myself. Usually before a show, I’ll go lock myself in the back of the bus and just relax. A lot goes on in this head of mine, so I take about 20 minutes before I head into the venue to go on stage to just relax by myself and get my thoughts in order. I usually warm my voice up and sing some of my favorite old country songs. Gotta build that energy up inside of me and let it all out when I walk up that ramp to go on stage.

A final question we always like to ask…. What is always in your tour bus fridge?

Ranch Fuel, water, and Coke Zero! They get you going!

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The Garden Post Water, Water Everywhere!

It seems the 1000-year floods are on schedule for every 10-12 years. Prayers go out to all who have lost their homes and suffered severe damage from rising lakes, creeks, and low-lying areas.

While landscape tips cannot prevent water of the volume we have seen recently, it can be helpful in normal rains of less than 3” in a 72-hour period. Keep in mind, landscape drainage will never take the place of a licensed and certified drainage engineered plan for major flooding and water displacement issues. What am I saying? French drains, pop up drains, and above-ground dry river beds will never be able to control excessive water from severe

flooding caused by 24” of rain in a 5-day period. Retaining walls may even fail, just as entire roads/bridges have washed out. There are just no “forevers” with Mother Nature. So, what can we do? The following is a list of landscape basics for approaching a drainage issue.

1. Keep beds a minimum of 3” below the weep holes of a home, and never plug or cement in the weep holes. Weep holes are made to allow trapped water within the interior of the wall to drain.

2. The house/foundation should sit a minimum of 4”-6” above existing grade. Over time, silt and soil will accumulate in older homes (over 20 years) where the slope away

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from the residence becomes diminished and the lawn/flower bed/foundation grade is level.....not a problem in areas with low to no rainfall....but it is a problem for southeast Texas.

3. To correct, without tilling and re-grading the entire landscape, consider gutters, with downspouts tied into drainage pipes that move water away from the residence a minimum of 10’.

4. A 6” drainage channel with filter cloth and drainage gravel/rock can be installed against the foundation, to move water away from the structure and into a drainage area or a French drain.

5. It is always a better plan to stop the flow of water before it hits the perimeter of a structure. How? By either redirecting with berms, retaining walls, or above ground drainage flows at least 10’ away from the structure. Retaining walls over 3’ should be installed with a drainage system to move water away from top of the wall to the bottom. Without proper drainage, even a small wall can fail easily.

6. Do not build in a flood plain or in a drainage easement. Many homeowners do not know to do a bit of research first--those lots were very inexpensive for a reason.

7. Plant shrubs a minimum of 30” away from the structure, allowing for drainage against the foundation and to keep beds from slowly building up against the foundation.

8. Plant trees a minimum of 15’ away from a foundation.

9. Be vigilant in watching where water is standing in the lawn after 24 hours of rain. These areas can be raised by applying 1⁄2” of sand every few weeks to slowly raise the sod level (or if deep channels/ trenches have been created, pack with builders clay and topsoil).

If you prefer to “work” with Mother Nature in the low lying area, plant in fern, elephant ears, swamp iris, umbrella sedge (or a combination of the above) and just “go with it.” You can make a rain garden! Happy Gardening!

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What’s Cookin’

The Best Chimichangas


1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 Tbs olive oil

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 Tbs ancho chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin

2 cups plus 3 Tbs water

1 chicken bouillon cube or 1 tsp bouillon paste

1 (7 oz) can green chiles

3 Tbs all-purpose flour

2 cups peanut oil or vegetable oil for frying, or as needed

8 (10-12”) flour tortillas

1 1/2 cups refried beans, heated

1 (8 oz) block pepper Jack cheese, shredded

Toppings such as warm queso, pico de gallo, cilantro, and shredded lettuce


Step 1: Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder evenly over one side of the chicken breasts.

Step 2: Heat olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, seasoned side down, into skillet, and cook, undisturbed, until browned, 3-4 minutes. Flip chicken over and push to one side of the pan.

Step 3: Add onion, garlic, chili powder, and cumin to the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Add 2 cups water and bouillon and gently stir until well combined.

Step 4: Bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently until chicken is no longer pink at the center and juices run clear, about 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the center should read 165 degrees.

Step 5: Remove chicken from pan and increase heat to medium-high; cook until broth mixture is reduced by about half. Shred chicken and add back to the pan, along with green chiles. Stir until well combined and remove from heat.

Step 6: Whisk flour and remaining water together in a small bowl until smooth; set aside. Heat oil for frying in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. Set a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet.

Step 7: Place tortilla on work surface and spread about 3 tablespoons beans in the center. Top with 1/4 cup shredded cheese and 1/3 to 1/2 cup well-drained shredded chicken. Brush flour mixture lightly around edges of top half of tortilla. Fold sides of tortilla in just over edges of filling and fold bottom of tortilla up over filling. Press back on the tortilla to push the filling tightly together and continue to roll upwards. Lightly press the edges of the tortilla to seal tightly and set aside, seam side down. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Step 8: Carefully place 2 burritos into hot oil and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown and toasted on the outside, about 2 minutes. Drain on the prepared baking sheet. Bring oil back up to temperature and repeat with remaining burritos.

Step 9: Top as desired with warm queso, pico de gallo, cilantro and shredded lettuce, or other toppings, and serve immediately.

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2 red apples, cored (such as Fuji, Gala, or Pink Lady)

1 lb ground beef

1/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs

1 Tbs plus 2 tsp chili crisp, divided, plus more for serving

1/2 tsp salt

2 (1/3-inch) slices red onion

4 hamburger buns

1/4 cup mayonnaise


Step 1: Slice 1 apple using a mandolin slicer to create 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices. Shred any remaining scraps plus all or part of the second apple to get 1/2 cup shredded apple. Squeeze shredded apple to extract some of the moisture. Reserve any remaining apple for another use.

Step 2: Preheat an outdoor grill to medium heat (350-375 degrees).

Step 3: Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, 1 Tbs chili crisp,

salt, and the 1/2 cup shredded apple in a bowl. Shape and tightly pack into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties, 4 inches in diameter.

Step 4: Oil the grill grate. Grill patties, covered, carefully turning halfway through, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into centers of patties reads 160 degrees, 10-13 minutes. Grill onion slices, turning halfway through, 8-10 minutes. Grill apple slices, turning halfway through, 4-5 minutes. If you like, grill buns, cut sides down, until toasted, 1-2 minutes. When onions are cool enough to handle, separate rings.

Step 5: Stir mayonnaise and remaining 2 tsp chili crisp together in a small bowl. Spread buns with mayonnaise mixture and fill with patties, onion, and apple slices. Serve with additional chili crisp.

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Georgia Cracker Salad


1 (4 oz) packet saltine crackers

1 large tomato, chopped

3 green onions, finely chopped

1 ½ cups mayonnaise

1 hard-cooked egg, chopped

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Step 1: Coarsely crumble the saltines into a medium bowl.

Step 2: Mix in the tomato, onions, and mayonnaise. Stir in the hard-cooked egg, and season with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Serve immediately.

Tomato Clubs


4 tomatoes

2 slices Swiss cheese, quartered

4 cooked bacon strips, halved

4 slices deli turkey

4 Bibb lettuce leaves

1/2 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cut into 8 slices

Cracked pepper


Step 1: Cut 4 or 5 crosswise slices in each tomato, leaving the tomatoes intact at the bottom. Fill each slice with cheese, bacon, turkey, lettuce and avocado in any order. Sprinkle with pepper.

Step 2: Serve immediately.

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4 (1/4-inch thick) slices ham

4 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped

3 stalks celery, minced

1 ½ cups light mayonnaise

½ cup dill pickle relish

¼ cup minced onion

2 Tbs Dijon mustard (Optional)

ground black pepper to taste


Step 1: Shred ham using the shredding blade on a food processor. Transfer to a large bowl.

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Step 2: Add eggs and celery to ham in the bowl. Stir in mayonnaise, relish, onion, mustard, and pepper until well combined.

Step 3: Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

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Lime-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberry Filling


Strawberry Filling:

2 ½ cups frozen strawberries

4 ½ tsp white sugar

1 ½ tsp freshly squeezed lime juice


3 cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 ½ cups white sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

6 large eggs, at room temperature

¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

2 Tbs lime zest

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup whole-milk plain Greek yogurt, at room temperature

⅓ cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves


Step 1: Place strawberries, sugar, and lime juice for filling in a nonreactive pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has thickened and reduced to about 1 cup, 20-25 minutes. Mash strawberries into smaller pieces with the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 10-inch fluted tube pan.

Step 3: Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.

Step 4: Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in lime juice, lime zest, and vanilla extract. Pour 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Mix in 1/2 of the yogurt until just combined. Repeat once more with flour and yogurt, then with remaining flour. Gently fold in mint leaves.

Step 5: Pour 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan. Carefully spoon the cooled filling over the batter, keeping it away from the sides and center tube of the pan. Carefully spoon remaining batter over the filling and smooth the top.

Step 6: Bake in the preheated oven until a bamboo skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely.

Cook’s Notes:

Sour cream, plain yogurt, or buttermilk may be used in place of the Greek yogurt.

This cake is just as good without the mint--so if you’re not a fan, feel free to omit it.

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Summer Trivia!

1. When is the official first day of summer?

A. May 26

B. June 21

C. July 4

D. June 24

2. What is the oldest beach in America?

A. Virginia Beach

B. Miami Beach

C. Revere Beach

D. Old Orchard Beach

3.What was the first ice cream flavor?

A. Cherry

B. Peanut Butter

C. Vanilla

D. Strawberry

4. What year was the first beach ball invented?

A. 1938

B. 1921

C. 1932

D. 1942

5. What is the top selling summer item?

A. Sunscreen

B. Shorts

C. Sunglasses

D. Swimsuits

6.The English word summer came from which of these words?

A. Sumeraz

B. Simern

C. Zimmer

D. Saturn

7. Summer solstice occurs on which 2 days in the northern hemisphere?

A. June 20-21

B. July 14-15

C. July 20-21

D. August 4-5

8. What are the 3 summer zodiac signs?

A. Gemini, Cancer, Leo

B. Scorpio, Sagitarius, Libra

C. Cancer, Leo, Virgo

D. Capricorn, Leo, Cancer

9. Which 3 fresh fruits outsell all others in summer?

A. Grapes, Blueberries, Peaches

B. Peaches, Watermelon, Tomatoes

C. Tomatoes, Watermelon, Lemons

D. Blackberries, Blueberries, Coconuts

10. Which summer activity claims the least injuries each year?

A. Swimming

B. Volleyball

C. Fishing

D. Skinny Dipping

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Living a Healthy Lifestyle to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. While a frightening disease for the afflicted and their caregivers alike, changes in lifestyle may reduce one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

Doing our best to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia involves keeping our brain healthy with good flow of blood and oxygen. So, one part of keeping our brain healthy is keeping our heart healthy, too.

Not only can you feel assured these improvements to your lifestyle will help reduce the risk of cognitive decline, they will likely improve other aspects of your health, as they encourage weight loss, reduce risk of cancer, and improve mental health.

Get Moving - Keeping the brain fed with

oxygen and nutrients is important for brain health. We can keep our hearts strong

enough to do that with regular physical activity or movement that increases our heart

rate. Walking is a great way to start. Discuss your plan with your doctor.

Stop Smoking - There are numerous negative affects of smoking, from lung cancer to heart disease and high blood pressure. Also, research shows smoking increases one’s risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking would be very beneficial to your health.

Remember the Big Picture - While we may be motivated to reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s or dementia, we may forget about our other chronic health conditions. Managing several conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes can be overwhelming, but each condition can affect your heart and brain health. If you have you have let yourself “slide” about your other health conditions, start over and talk to your doctor. Also,

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eating a nutritious diet that includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (tuna, sardines, nuts, seeds, canola oil, soybean oil, or flaxseed oil) could help control chronic disease.

Getting Enough Sleep - Sleep is very important for overall health as it is important to manage stress, anxiety, and our appetite. Those that struggle with insomnia or sleep apnea need to discuss it with your healthcare provider to maintain their health as best they can.

These are changes we can make to keep our brain healthy and reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Fortunately, those same changes may have positive effects on the rest of our health too.

Pasta with Spinach Sauce


8 ounces penne rigate dry 1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves minced

9 ounces fresh spinach

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

5 ounces fat free plain cream cheese

1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Step 1: Cook pasta until al dente, following package directions omitting salt. Before draining, reserve at least ½ cup of pasta cooking water and set aside.

Step 2: Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 3: Add garlic and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant.

Step 4: Add part of the spinach and season with salt. Stir until wilted adding handfuls of spinach at a time.


Step 5: When the spinach is wilted, but still bright green, stir in cream cheese and 1/3 cup pasta water. Save remaining pasta water to loosen the sauce, if needed.

Step 6: Add grated parmesan cheese and nutmeg to the sauce and stir well.

Step 7: Drain pasta and add to the skillet. Serve immediately with a drizzle of olive oil and black pepper.

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With the convenience and connection of social media today, it would seem everyone would have a greater sense of community and belonging. Instead, many ache for the simpler days of the past, like what was seen in Mayberry of The Andy Griffith Show The feeling of living in a place where everyone knows each other by their first name is almost unknown today. Every once in a while, though, we get a glimpse of that kind of living. If you’re looking for a hint of that hometown feel where people treat each other rightly and strive to get along, teamed with a modern sense of urgency and up-to-date skills and technology, Dealer Solutions Automotive in Huntsville serves up just that.

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“I wanted to provide dealer quality work at a reasonable price,” said Chris.

A Family Business

Owners Chris and Kathy Cunningham have been residents of Huntsville for over thirty years with their three children. They have been in business since 2010. Chris is a lifelong mechanic. Before starting their business, he was employed at a local car dealership in the service department for many years. He had a desire to branch out on his own after many changes at the dealership that left their work family spread out and going in different directions, and as he watched some customers unable to make repairs on their vehicles because of costs.

Working with your spouse doesn’t come without its challenges, but the Cunninghams enjoy being a team in the workplace. “It’s a lot of togetherness,” said Kathy, the business manager. “A lot of people who see us say, ‘You work together? And then you go home together? That’s gotta be hard!’ No, not really. We do pretty good with it.”

Chris agreed. “It’s not bad,” he said. “Work stays at work, and home is home. Very seldom do we bring work home.”

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Owners Chris and Kathy Cunningham

Chris initially began working out of his neighbor’s garage and later opened up a shop in a commercial space. When the business outgrew that location, they moved to their permanent location on Highway 75 North in Huntsville. Kathy joined the team in 2014 with experience in IT, customer service, and administration in the insurance industry.

“I went through intense on-the-job training as our service writer,” she said. “I had learned my customer service skills in the insurance world. I had to learn about fixing cars.”

Chris acknowledges the skill and knowledge Kathy has attained over the last 10 years. “Now she can almost tell you how to fix a car over the phone,” he said.

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According to Chris, with each customer, he considers whether or not a vehicle would be roadworthy for his wife and kids. If he doesn’t feel that the vehicle would be safe for his family, they work to determine the problem and how to fix it. That is their bar and standard when it comes to caring for their customers.

Quality Work and Customer Service

Dealer Solutions is a full-service auto repair shop. They specialize in auto and diesel repair of all makes and models. This includes general maintenance, engine repairs, transmission work, alignments, accessories--everything from an oil change to lifts to major repairs and replacements. When it comes to what makes them stand out in the auto repair industry, the Cunninghams agree that it’s a partnership of quality work and family-style customer service.

The Cunninghams are proud of the team they’ve built, which Chris refers to as a ‘tight-knit family’. The team consists of Buck Lewis, service advisor; David Guillory, lead technician; Lee Holl, technician; and Jorge Arizaga, technician. All technicians are ASE certified and factory trained. They’re also a NAPA Auto Care Center. Some of their employees are graduates of the CTE auto mechanics program at Huntsville High School. They’ve received multiple accolades from The Huntsville Item’s Reader’s Choice Awards over the years, being recognized as the top choice for diesel repair shop several times.

The team has over 80 years combined shop mechanic experience. With the right tools, equipment and technology, they’re equipped to take on jobs that present an abundance of issues for shade-tree mechanics, and those that end up in the shop with a box full of parts in the back of their truck.

Chris noted that it depends on how much you love your car when it comes to major repairs compared with the value of the vehicle. They often get calls asking which cars they would advise their customers to buy, or to avoid, when they’re seeking to purchase a new vehicle.

They attribute their wide customer base to that personal touch and hometown care. Caring for the community is their driving force. They sponsor Huntsville ISD athletics, the fair and rodeo, and other youth and community organizations.

“Never in a million years did I ever think that many people would know me, just because I worked on cars,” he said. This is both a blessing and what helps to keep them on the straight and narrow.

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“I don’t want to be the one hiding from you in the grocery store,” said Kathy, with a laugh.

A Bit of Advice from the Pros

If they could advise the public to handle any one maintenance issue to set their autos up for success, it would be making sure to stay on top of regular oil changes. “That’s what we see the most of,” said Kathy.

According to Chris, with the varying factors of high heat, condensation, and dirt, oil changes need to be completed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. He also noted that maintenance depends on how a car owner drives their vehicle - the amount of stop-and-go versus highway miles, towing something on the back of the vehicle, and other aspects should be considered.

“Going until the oil change reminder says for you to change your oil is detrimental over the long-term.”

The Cunninghams know how to keep a vehicle going for the long run. Chris still has his first truck, a 1949 Chevy pickup that was his grandfather’s. It’s fully drivable after Chris replaced the engine with a ‘78 Pontiac 400. In total, he estimates the truck has traveled nearly a million miles.

While the Dealer Solutions team recognizes they can’t make everyone happy all the time, they work hard to treat their customers how they want to be treated.

“Life happens to everybody. We do our best to balance your life and ours and provide quality service,” said Kathy. “We’re here to help you as best we can.”

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Giggles & Grins

I’ll never forget my grandfather’s last words: “Are you sure you’re holding the ladder?”

Breaking news: A man who took an airline to court after his luggage went missing lost his case.

Don’t run with bagpipes. You could put an aye out…or worse yet, get kilt.

Boss: You’re late.

Me: (takes his cup) It’s pronounced “latte,” but thanks.

Dad: You should become a cop.

Daughter: I don’t want to.

Dad: You chase the same men they do, might as well get paid for it.

“I’m sorry” and “I apologize” mean the same thing, except when you’re at a funeral… English is a weird language.

Husband: I saw a garbage disposal that’s rated for bones.

Wife: Like, what kind? Finger, femur… there’s a big difference.


Husband:…or chicken.

Wife: Ohhh…. That’s probably what they mean.

Husband: *stares*

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Wildlife Wonders

Beating the Bite: Navigating the Threat of Chiggers

Chiggers. They are almost impossible to see with the naked eye and can make your day in the woods very unpleasant. They can take itchiness to a whole new level, and the discomfort can last for days. They eat skin cells and tissue and can create a nasty skin reaction. This is caused by their saliva. They bite and inject their saliva into the skin. The saliva breaks down the tissue and helps digest the cells and tissue. Humans are not the only species affected by these annoying little creatures. They also feed on domestic and wild animals--including birds, reptiles, and some amphibians.

What exactly are chiggers? They are the immature stage of mites belonging to the Trombiculidae family. These parasitic larvae live on or under the skin of warm-blooded animals. They attach to your clothing and move to areas where your skin and clothing have close contact. Examples of their favorite places are sock lines, waistbands, bra lines, behind the knees, and groin. They stay on your skin for one or two days and then drop off. Rarely does a single chigger attach itself to skin. They tend to latch in groups. If by chance a single chigger bites you, you may have difficulty

distinguishing it from a mosquito bite. After dropping off, they develop into nymphs and adults and are no longer parasitic.

There are several species of chiggers in Texas, but there are only two that are biters. They are found in overgrown grasses and weeds in forests, orchards, parks, along lakes and streams, and even in vacant lots with overgrown grass and weeds. They are less common in maintained landscapes.

You can protect yourself against chiggers. Although it gets extremely hot in our area, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Wear shoes or boots—no flip flops or open-toed sandals. Tuck your pants in your boots and keep your cuffs and collars buttoned. Use insect repellents that contain DEET (N,N-diethylmeta-toluamide or diethyltoluamide). You should apply this not only to your skin, but also around the tops of your boots, around the cuffs and waistband. Another option for clothing is products that contain permethrin (like Permanone Tick Repellent). These products are for clothing only and cannot be applied to your skin.

Everyone responds differently to bug bites, but here are some suggestions that may help

if you’ve been exposed to chiggers. As soon as you get home, take a warm, sudsy shower or bath. Vigorously scrub your skin which will dislodge any mites that have just lodged on you. Try some anti-itch cream on the bites. Oral antihistamines such as Benadryl also work well. I know it’s hard, but try not to scratch-especially if the bite has formed a pustule. Scratching may open the bite and cause an infection.

Chigger bites should heal on their own, but if you’re still suffering after a couple of days, go see your doctor.

Don’t let this nasty little bug keep you from enjoying nature. Get outside, soak up the sun, listen to the birds, and relax. In the words of Aristotle, “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.”

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From the Mouths of Babes

My son asked why he can’t just quit school. I told him that was against the law, and they would put me in jail.

That sweet, sweet boy looked me dead in the eye and said, “I’ll visit you.”

I was standing at a chain link fence watching an excavator tear down an old school. A boy about seven years old came to join me, and we watched together for a while. Then he turned to me and said, “This is the happiest day of my life.” I guess for a boy, seeing an excavator as it was tearing down a school... well, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

During a lesson as a swim teacher… Kid: So, do you live here?

Me: What do you mean?

Kid: Once the lesson is over, do you like live in this pool?

I let my niece out of her car seat and said, “You’re free!” She responded, “No, I’m free and a half!”

I don’t know if this is a funny thing or an concerning thing. My going-on-3-year-old asked “What happened?” when I stopped the car suddenly-ish. I said, “Nothing happened. I just had to stop.” He says, “You hit a motorcycle, and the man got dead, and you drove over the man.” He insisted on this story.

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Things My Granddaddy Said

To know how country folks are doing, look at their barns, not their houses.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.

Never lay an angry hand on a kid or an animal; it just ain’t helpful.

Country folks will help a fella who is down on his luck, but they got no patience with freeloaders.

Forgive your enemies. It messes with their heads.

As I grow older, more and more often I find myself saying, “Like my Granddaddy used to say…” In an effort to keep some of these old sayings alive, we are sharing them here. Please feel free to share yours with us!

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The Billy Joel Experience


World Ocean Day Festival


Texas Blueberry Festival

New Braunfels

Hayes Carll

41@100: A Celebration of George H.W. Bush

Huntsville “Bug”

“The Star Spangled Girl”

Brandon Davis

Water Lantern Festival


“Butterflies are Free”

Community Kickball Tournament

Dailey & Vincent

The Woodlands

Styx & Foreigner


College Station

“Come From Away”


The Music of Pink Floyd 26-Aug 4


“Fiddler on the Roof” 27-29





“The Ghost of Splinter Cove”

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1 Conroe The Sinatra Experience Huntsville
The 70s Rock Experience 1-2 Conroe KimoKawaii Anime Experience & Convention 1-8 Victoria Bach Festival 5-8 The Woodlands Wine and Food Week 6-8 Huntsville “Songs for a New World” 6-16 Houston The Houston Ballet: “Four Seasons” 7-9 Galveston Galveston Island Revue Weekend 8 Conroe Outrun Hunger 2024 8
Symphony Orchestra Auditions
College Station
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Mustard Seed Moments

Back when I was in marathon-running shape, I ran part of the Houston Marathon one year with an Aggie buddy who was seriously undertrained for the event. By the time I caught up with him at about mile 18 or 19, he was hurting. I was hurting by this point in the race, too, but not as much; furthermore, it was not my first Houston Marathon, so I kept telling my friend what to expect in the miles ahead before we reached the finish line. The next week, he sent me an email, thanking me for keeping him focused on the finish. (He also said he wished he lived in a one-story house and drove a car that wasn’t so low to the ground, but that is another story for another day.)

Running a marathon isn’t the only time it’s good to keep our focus on the finish line. It’s probably much better to think about life’s finish line.

overcoming adversity requires endurance. After all, Jesus said in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

The endurance required for running a marathon doesn’t magically appear on race morning when you pin on your race bib. It comes after months of preparation. Even after all the miles of training, it’s easy to find a reason to drop out of a marathon. It’s hot. It’s windy. It’s cold. It’s raining. You didn’t sleep well last night. You have muscle cramps. You’re tired! Sometimes, you have to ignore the pain and keep putting one foot in front of the other one. Sometimes, you have to walk for a little while.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the Run

I’m convinced the secret to successfully finishing a marathon is to refuse to consider the possibility of dropping out. The reward is at the finish line, where there’s food, cold drinks, a finisher’s medal, It’s a wonderful feeling…but I’m pretty sure it is nothing compared to what waits for us at life’s finish line.

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