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Years ago, when I was in college, a new gospel singing group made its appearance. They called themselves Acappella. Founder Keith Lancaster believed the human voice was the greatest instrument God ever created, and he set out to glorify God in a new and different way. One of the first albums the group did was called Travelin’ Shoes, and when the album was released, I was working for our college radio station, KACU. (Yes, this magazine girl got started in radio…and still loves it as well!)
The day Acappella was performing a concert in Abilene, I was given the task to drive them from the venue to the radio station for an interview. What a “task” that was! During the approximate 15-minute drive across town then back again, I was rewarded with my own private, in-car concert. The original bass singer for Acappella was a fellow by the name of Rodney Britt. Many of you may remember Rodney from much later as the last bass singer with The Sounds of Glory quartet, the group my dad Lanier was instrumental in helping found. If you’ve ever heard Rodney sing, you likely won’t forget it, so just try for a moment to put yourself in the place of this 21-year-old girl. Trust me, it was better sound than any Bose® or Alpine® surround sound speakers could provide! Of course, there was no way to know at age 21 what an instrumental part (pun intended) Rodney and Keith would play in the life of Dad. There was no way for me to know what a special friendship Rodney and Dad would have. There was no way to foresee the day years later, when still in the hospital after surgery from a serious car accident, my Houston hospital room would fill with nurses and staff to hear Rodney sing Amazing Grace to me. Things like these make me aware of how amazing my God is--how He intertwines our lives, our circumstances, and the timelines to work out best for His almighty plan. I do not claim to ever understand it. I cannot. My brain can no more wrap around the mightiness of who He is than I can understand the vastness of the universe He created. I am pretty sure I sat through my college astronomy class with my jaw on my desk more than once. The fact that I can gaze at tonight’s sky--and the twinkling starlight I see actually left those stars thousands of years ago (or more) and is just reaching me tonight–truly blows my mind. Moments like those remind me “How Great Thou Art.” One other thing. You may remember a column I wrote a while back where I shared with you that I never really know what I am going to write until I sit down to do so. Since we believe God owns this magazine, I try to write what I feel led to write. Just so you know, I sat down to write about vacations and thought since I was ready to put on my “Travelin’ Shoes,” that would make a cute title. Maybe I’ll try to write that vacation column next month!
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Dear Gabby Welcome back to the Dear Gabby advice column. I get a lot of questions about aging and how to know when you are officially old. I decided old age is when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it. When I was young, I would sneak out of the house to go to parties. Now, I sneak out of parties to go home. No worries, though. Eventually, you reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. Go to PostcardsLive.com/share and click on Dear Gabby to drop me a line for issues silly or serious. As we used to say in the 70s; “Write On!”.
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it, or relieves it. The character of the pain is important as well. Is it sharp or dull like an ache? And on a scale of 1 to 10, how severe is the pain? And please don’t consider this amount of detail to be fastidious; it will help the docs, and they will likely consider your interest to deserve extra attention. EXTRA IS GOOD.
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are a few, other than pain. If you have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or others, be sure to ask, “What signs should alert me of my condition worsening?” There may be subtle signs you need to be aware of to be properly warned, such as: if you have heart or lung conditions and find you are getting winded with less exertion, get checked out. Years ago, before the myriad of diagnostic tests were developed, docs were extremely devoted to “physical diagnosis” of medical conditions, and they still get pointed in the right directions by meaningful info before employing the expensive tests. It should thus be highranking that you provide the meaningful info with your first-person accounts. HERE GOES. If you experience pain, note its exact location, whether it radiates from its origin, if it is constant or intermittent, and what brings it on, worsens
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When Hurricane Harvey dumped prodigious rainfall on coastal Texas in August 2017, the home of Bill Smith, the former head football coach at Aldine High School, was flooded with more than three feet of water. Soon, many coaches and former athletes, as well as former coaches, came to Bill’s house to clean up the soggy mess. Among those was Huntsville resident Mitch Reed, who had been a member of Bill’s football coaching staff at Aldine High School during the 1980s and 1990s. After a few days, there were only a handful of workers left to finish the clean-up and move Bill and his wife Brenda to another house. That’s when Mitch experienced a lightbulb moment. “The retired coaches were the ones who were able to show up as help was needed, because everybody else was working,” he says.
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As Mitch remembered the great fellowship he and other coaches had enjoyed during his years of coaching, the metaphorical lightbulb grew brighter. “As a staff, we spend hours and hours together. The bond and the camaraderie we have is pretty tight,” he says. After retiring in 2016, Mitch missed that fellowship, and he imagined other retired coaches might miss it as well. Furthermore, he realized that retired coaches have much to offer and would certainly be willing to help other coaches who were experiencing hardship. He envisioned a network of retired coaches who would get
together to socialize, but who would also be willing to deploy as needed to help other coaches, both active and retired. Mitch shared his idea with other retired coaches, and they seemed to like the idea. So, Mitch formed a Facebook group called Coaches Helping Coaches, hoping retired coaches throughout Texas who needed help— and those willing to supply it—could connect. He soon found, however, that retired coaches have spotty participation on Facebook realized he needed a dedicated organization in order to function efficiently. Mitch’s New Year’s resolution in 2020 was to turn his loose network of retired coaches into a non-profit organization, and he discussed it with his wife Lisa, a registered nurse at HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe. “She bought what I was selling,” Mitch says. The couple funded the start-up themselves; soon, Mitch’s parents made a generous donation to the new non-profit, as did Kitty Spence, a former Aldine High School assistant principal and football enthusiast. On May 20, 2020, Fellowship of Retired Coaches (FRC) became a 501(c)(3) organization with a vision of uniting active, retired, and future coaches through fellowship, service and scholarships. Anyone who has coached at a junior high or high school in Texas is eligible for free membership, including those who have
coached, but who later moved on to other careers. “Once you’re a coach, you’re always a coach,” Mitch says.
A “fortunate career” Mitch ran cross country and track at Pearland High School and Stephen F. Austin State University, and by the time he had finished college, he had decided to become a coach. He began his career in Aldine Independent School District in 1980, coaching for two years at Stovall Junior High before moving to Aldine High School. There he coached football and cross country and was the head girls track coach. During the 80s and 90s, Aldine High
School Coaches Association’s All-Star Football Game that year, and Mitch was honored to participate. Mitch also coached track and football in Tomball for four years and at The Woodlands College Park High School for another 12 years. In all, he coached for 36 years before retiring in 2016. Besides being associated with a legendary football program, he had the privilege of accompanying several athletes to the state track meet. “I had a fortunate career,” he says humbly. “I was at the right place at the right time.” Friends predicted he’d become bored in retirement, but as the executive director of FRC, Mitch has a retirement job that keeps him busy. There was much to learn, but Mitch, thankful for his rewarding coaching career, is devoted to building FRC into a thriving, statewide organization. Soon after putting his plan in motion, he was joined by two former colleagues, Cathy Roach and Dwaine Wyman, and the trio became the first members of the organization’s board of directors.
“Once you’re a coach, you’re always a coach” School was a football powerhouse, going to the playoffs every year but one, and going to the state finals twice. In 1990, Aldine High School won the state football championship and was recognized by ESPN as the best high school football team in the nation. The football coaches at Aldine High School were selected to coach the South All-Stars in the Texas High
Cathy, who coached a variety of sports at Aldine High School, applauded Mitch’s idea. “I thought it was really pretty cool,” she says. Now that the coronavirus pandemic is becoming an unpleasant memory, she
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“Coaching is a service profession” is looking forward to socializing with other retired coaches. She is also pleased that FRC funds scholarships for future coaches, as well as the children and grandchildren of coaches. Dwaine, who coached football and track with Mitch at Aldine, Tomball, and College Park, agrees. “Coaching is a service profession,” he says. “It’s hard when you are a coach. There are times during the season when you are working about 100 hours a week.” In retirement, there is more time. “If we can do something productive, it’s a good thing,” he says. He has been attending FRC socials and hopes to renew ties with former colleagues as events become larger.
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From locker room to boardroom A bit overwhelmed with the prospect of starting and operating a nonprofit organization, Mitch got help from legalzoom.com; soon thereafter, he met David Hall, president of Palm Small Business Marketing in Conroe. David liked Mitch’s idea and offered a discount to help with business and marketing concerns. The company helped FRC with several tasks, such as designing a logo and building an interactive web site.
Others provided help, too. Cathy’s daughter, Brittany Duke, volunteered to tweak the organization’s website to make it easily accessible to members and prospective members. Former athletes—now in business—became sponsors of FRC’s inaugural golf tournament, which greatly exceeded expectations. “We did really well on our first golf tournament,” Mitch says. As a result of the fundraising effort, FRC was able to give $2,000 in scholarships in 2021: two $500 scholarships to students who aspire to be coaches and two $500 scholarships to the children of coaches. FRC’s goal is to provide ten, $1,000 scholarships in 2022. As FRC moves past the pandemic that hindered its start-up, the organization wants to get the word out to coaches throughout Texas. “We need more members and more people to become aware of us,” Mitch says. While some retired coaches may simply want to socialize, others might be inclined to volunteer to help coaches who are experiencing hardship, or to help active coaches. Mitch envisions active coaches using FRC’s website to find retired coaches who can provide assistance. For example, active coaches might appreciate having knowledgeable volunteers at track meets. “We want active coaches to find out what we do,” Mitch says. FRC, although still a budding organization, is growing. It has monthly socials in the Houston area, and a second annual fundraising golf tournament is planned. The expanded board of directors now includes two other former coaches: Ann Fuller and Mary Justice. Meanwhile, Mitch is becoming savvy on the internet. He encourages people to make easy, painless donations to FRC through smile.amazon.com, and even tweets, he says with a roll of his eyes. He hopes that his efforts will pay off and that retired coaches throughout Texas will be able to reconnect and serve the coaching community. “We lose touch with each other,” he says. “We need to be able to go back and help each other.” For more information, visit fellowcoaches.com.
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What’s the plan, the written plan? Is there a plan? As Linda and I load up for some higher elevation and cooler temperatures, packing our GFP (Global Financial Partners) technology, that allows me to work remotely some of this 2021 summer, I got to thinking about several things. What a blessing to enjoy this freedom we celebrated as we honored those before us on the recent Memorial Day just passed. What a blessing to live in a country of opportunity to plan and forge our own path, including the struggle of the journey in doing so, making our appreciation of the blessing so much greater. The blessing of parents that taught love, integrity, work ethic, thrift, investment, and planning. Something reminded me however, of those that didn’t get that education or a life lived by example. I was reminded of several things I’ve read over the years about planning, and particularly a “written” plan, and how goals and plans were much, much more likely to be achieved when they are “written”.
My son asked at the dinner table, “Mom, are bugs good to eat?” “That is disgusting. Don’t talk about things like that over dinner,” my wife replied. After dinner she asked him, “Now, son, what did you want to ask me?” “Oh, nothing,” our 5 year old says. “There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone.” John Ocalla
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Wow! What info we have at our veritable fingertips! So many simple articles are available with headlines and details such as: •
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6 yr old: Mom, I’m not going to school anymore. Mom: Why not? 6 yr old: Because Monday my teacher said 4 plus 4 equals 8. Then the next day she said 5 plus 3 equals 8. Yesterday she said 6 plus 2 equals 8. I’m not going back until she makes up her mind!
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Or maybe for you it’s not the lottery, it bit/dodge etc. coin of the day or month. We’ve been managing money a long time, and there’s always a new season of “the future”
If the six numbers on a ticket match the numbers drawn by the lottery, the ticket holder is a jackpot winner—regardless of the order of the numbers. The probability of this happening is 1 in 13,983,816.
Boom! I think I’ll spend some time thinking about something other than 1 in 13 Million. As some in our family turn 65 this year, I’m sure glad we had a written plan, consisting of goals, some financial, but mostly just life, dreams, travel, family and others. The financial was just the toolbox to help achieve the goals.
One of my wife’s third graders was wearing a Fitbit watch, which prompted my wife to ask, “Are you tracking your steps?” “No,” said the little girl. “I wear this for Mommy so she can show Daddy when he gets home.” Jimmy Avery
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“The World’s Largest Honky Tonk” celebrates 40 years of music and bull-riding fun.
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everything is bigger in
We all know the adage – everything is b i g g e r in Texas. So, it was likely no surprise to anyone when Billy Bob Barnett, a Texas A&M graduate and pro football player, teamed up with a Fort Worth nightclub owner to turn an abandoned 100,000-square-foot department store and former open-air cattle barn into a nightclub. It was 1981, and their go-big-or-go-home attitude resulted in the one-of-a-kind live music venue and dance hall known as Billy Bob’s Texas, which is still promoted as “the World’s Largest Honky Tonk.” “When Billy Bob’s Texas opened in ’81, it was a week-long celebration in true larger-than-life, largest honky-tonk fashion,” said Terran Fleenor, Director of Marketing, Billy Bob’s Texas. “We kicked off the celebration with a private show by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.” “That was a big night,” remembered Rudy Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers. “It was kind of a private gettogether with a couple thousand people invited. But somehow, a whole bunch of people got in there, and the place was packed! I later heard the fire marshal came and stood at the door and said, ‘nobody goes in until somebody comes out!’ Billy
Bob’s also gave us a red and gold-trimmed satin jacket at the grand opening, which a few years ago I donated to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.”
The Gatlin Brothers
The Gatlin Brothers have played at Billy Bob’s Texas at least 10 times since they helped open the venue 40 years ago. Other A-list country music legends who have performed in the iconic venue in the Fort Worth Stockyards include Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and Merle Haggard. In 1983, while performing on stage, Haggard offered each person in the crowd a whiskey shot. The drinks totaled 40 gallons and earned Haggard a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the purchaser of the biggest round ever. “This place has so many stories,” added Fleenor. “When Garth Brooks first played here, he played to 500 people. When he came back six months later, he played to a sold-out crowd. Another cool fact – Miranda Lambert is still the only female and only solo artist to sell out full-capacity, back-toback nights. I think that’s really cool. Girl power!”
While Billy Bob’s is known for nighttime entertainment, it gets quite a few guests during the day who want to tour the massive venue and
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check out each wall that is covered with memorabilia and handprints of many singers who have performed on the big stage.
Hometown artists included in the Wall of Fame are Huntsville’s Cody Johnson, Montgomery’s Josh Ward, and Conroe’s Parker McCollum.
“The Wall of Fame got its start in 1989 when our Entertainment Director at the time, Robert Gallagher, was looking for a way for artists to cement their place at Billy Bob’s. The first handprints were done in a bus tub in the kitchen. Some artists do handprints to commemorate sold-out shows; we ask others to do it because we know they are on their way up and we want to catch them while they are here,” explained Fleenor.
Some have left more than just handprints. “Ray Benson put his boots in, and Denna Carter put her feet in because she always performed barefoot,” added Fleenor. “For a lot of them, it’s a milestone in their career to do their handprints here but also to sign the backstage wall. That’s another milestone they can check off their bucket list.” Guests can also check out Billy Bob’s indoor bull-riding area – that’s right, live music and
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live bulls under the same roof. “Gilley’s was the hot place after Urban Cowboy, and everyone visited Gilley’s to ride the mechanical bull. Billy Bob Barnett wanted to one-up Gilley’s, so he put in a real riding arena with the slogan, ‘real bulls, not steel bulls,’ and we had shirts and bumper stickers made. We were still holding bull riding events Friday and Saturday nights, pre-COVID, and hope to again really soon. You pay $4 to see the bull riding and then go to the show,” said Fleenor.
dedicated to the live albums recorded at Billy Bob’s on the big stage titled, “Live at Billy Bob’s Texas.”
successful albums. Pat Green went on to sell out 15 consecutive shows after that,” said Fleenor.
“Live at Billy Bob’s Texas is a record label we created in partnership with the Smith Music Group in 1998. They did the first one with Pat Green. It was supposed to be a test run for
Billy Bob’s Texas also has an in-house restaurant, Honky Tonk Kitchen, with great Texas favorites – burgers, barbecue, and tacos; and the Pizza Kitchen, which serves a variety of pizza and nachos. “It’s a cowboy’s Six Flags,” laughed Gatlin. Billy Bob’s Texas could not think of a better way to celebrate its 40th anniversary than by bringing back the Gatlin Brothers. On April 1, 2021, Rudy, Larry and Steve kicked off the multimonth celebration.
Also on the Billy Bob’s tour, you won’t see a disco ball above the massive dance floor but something more spectacular. “We have a rhinestone saddle,” said Fleenor. “The backstory varies. Some say it was inspired by the movie ‘Rhinestone’ starring Dolly Parton; others say it is from the movie.” And then there is a section of the venue
Merle Haggard, so they recorded the album and by the time it was done, Pat Green had blown up and now it is still one of most
“We had so much fun. We had a couple of old band members come back and play a couple of tunes with us. Red Steagall joined us too,” said Gatlin. “It was great getting the band together and kicking it up a notch.”
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If you’ve never been to Billy Bob’s Texas, Gatlin and Fleenor encourage you to stop by for a show, or simply to walk through. “There are a couple of places in Texas that every good Texan needs to visit – the Alamo in San Antonio; Matt’s El Rancho in Austin; and Billy Bob’s Texas in the Fort Worth Stockyards,” added Gatlin. “As a music lover, it’s such a landmark and iconic spot. I believe Billy Bob’s is the heartbeat of the Fort Worth Stockyards,” said Fleenor.
“We are hoping for another 40 years of country music and honky tonkin’. Through the rest of 2021, we are bringing in as many great artists as we can and providing a fun place for people to listen to live music and experience western lifestyle and western heritage.” Billy Bob’s Texas continues to bring in more live acts to commemorate its 40th year. Visit billybobstexas.com for a full list of events and to purchase tickets.
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What’s Cookin’ Strawberry Cream Cheese Squares Ingredients Shortbread: ½ cup salted butter, at room temperature ½ cup powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour Cream Cheese Layer: 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 (8 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
½ (3 oz) pkg strawberry-flavored gelatin 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries Directions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Step 2: Beat butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl until well combined. Add flour and continue to beat until dough comes together and is no longer dry. Step 3: Press the dough into an 8x8inch pan, smoothing the surface evenly with your fingers. Prick the dough all over with a fork to allow any steam to escape.
Strawberry Layer: ½ cup water ¼ cup white sugar 1 Tbs cornstarch
Step 4: Bake in the preheated oven until the edges begin to brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Step 5: Meanwhile, make the filling. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together until smooth. Fold in whipped topping until combined. Refrigerate while the shortbread cools and you prepare the strawberry topping. Step 6: Whisk water, sugar, and cornstarch together in a small pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Add gelatin and whisk until incorporated. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, whisking occasionally to prevent a skin from forming on the top. Step 7: Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled shortbread. Top evenly with sliced strawberries then pour gelatin mixture evenly over the strawberries. Refrigerate until set. Cut into squares.
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Vet Connect: By Steve VanWagner, D.V.M.
Today’s Veterinary World Veterinary medicine has truly had some interesting changes over the past 18 months. Covid hit and, because of veterinarians being considered essential businesses, most clinics, at least here in the Great State of Texas, continued to be busy. That created many challenges, such as juggling staff that needed to be quarantined, going to curbside only appointments, and other daily stresses associated with Covid. Other factors have contributed to the business of veterinary practices. People quarantined at home decided they needed a furry companion, so adoptions have increased 15-25% over the previous years. People working at home are spending more time with their pets and are more observant of potential problems their pets may be having. Pet owners that have new additions have decided that their existing pets need to get caught up on their preventative care. The result of all this has resulted in frustrated clients, overworked veterinary staff, and burnedout veterinarians. Here is an example of a typical day in the life of a veterinary hospital. The day starts with every appointment slot filled. The office opens at 7:30. Within 30 minutes, the office receives 3 to 5 phone calls from
clients and non-clients needing to get their pet seen with some type of urgent issue. Those clients are accepted on a drop-off basis to be worked in throughout an already full day. About 11:15, a client calls with an emergency. There goes the lunch hour for most staff and the veterinarian. The morning has finally ended. Staff members are feverishly trying to get client records and charges placed in the computer, while also needing to get medications together for each patient. The veterinarian is spending 10-15 minutes per urgent drop off, discussing findings and treatment options. Here comes the afternoon. Another full afternoon of appointments, wait for it, here it comes. It is now 4 pm, hoping to wind down the day. There are 2 more clients that need to be seen today with an urgent matter and also a 5:15 c-section that needs to be performed. Well, we finally wrapped it up around 7:30 to 8:00. The staff is exhausted and at their wits end, BUT GUESS WHAT, they have given you and your pet every ounce of care they have and used every ounce of their patience. The veterinarian has exhausted every brain cell they have to make sure your pet has the very best treatment. The good news is…they get to do it all over again tomorrow. The veterinary staff is made up of truly amazing people. They come to work every day, not for the money, because they are underpaid and overworked, but because of a true calling in their lives to help animals. Many of them had aspirations of being veterinarians and could have been under different circumstances, but they are just as dedicated to the profession as any veterinarian. As you call your veterinarian today, before you get upset with the receptionist or you think the staff and veterinarian just don’t care about you or your furry loved ones because they don’t have any availability, take a minute to think about the scenario above and remember--every person working there has your pet’s best interest at heart.
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From our initial founding on July 1, 1958 by Milton B. McGee…to our merger in February 2016 with Carr, Riggs & Ingram…our goal has always been clear--to serve the people of Montgomery, Walker, Harris, and surrounding counties with a full-circle tax preparation and planning service. We offer local, personal attention to every client’s needs with the resources and back-up available in a larger firm. Our office expertise includes high net-worth individuals, small and midsized businesses across a wide range of industries, and estate and trust tax services.
Milton opened the first CPA office in Montgomery County knowing he wanted to raise his young children in the environment of a smaller town. In 1981, Virginia Miller joined the firm. It was the best decision Virginia ever made, as she would spend her entire career here. After forty years of practice, Milton retired, and Virginia took the reins. Long-time employees of Milton’s, Susan Nightingale and Lucinda Marshall, worked alongside Virginia as they all raised their families. These ladies are probably two of the hardest working individuals you will find. In 2016, Virginia merged the firm into the regional firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. This southern firm has presence in 10 states and is ranked as one of the top 25 CPA firms by Accounting Today. CRI wanted an office in Conroe because “it is the most exciting market in the country.” In 2017, Amy Cannon joined our firm, with the opportunity to take over as Partner in Charge of the Conroe office. She came to us with extensive experience in both individual and business tax returns. Amy made partner in just three years and has over ten years of experience. Virginia will be fully retired in October, with forty years in the firm, just as her mentor Milton did. It was Virginia’s goal to provide long-term continuity to all our clients, some of which have been with us for four and five generations, and to continue to provide each one with personal attention. Amy is just the person to provide that service, along with Susan and Lucinda. Our newest addition, office manager Bettina Edgett, has been an incredible support staffer. Bettina manages it all, with a smile, energy, and pride in her work that are contagious. Here at CRI, we love what we do, we are passionate about helping others reach their goals, and we continue to strive to stay proactive in an everchanging tax environment.
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Global Financial Partners is a local, independent financial services firm. Our professionals provide Financial Planning and Investment Management services. We have been serving Huntsville and surrounding areas for over 35 years. Being independent allows us to focus on our clients and their needs, not the needs of shareholders or other company stakeholders. We embrace our role as a fiduciary for our clients and work diligently to help them achieve long term goals. Our goal for our clients is about so much more than growing their money – it is about finding what makes them happy and then tirelessly pursuing those things. Let us help you Enjoy More, Worry Less.
According to Warren Buffet, “Investing is simple, but not easy.” He’s right. Everybody knows to be successful in investing, just buy low and sell high. So why aren’t more people successful? Probably because, as humans, we tend to be emotional. We get excited and buy when we should not or get worried and sell when we should not. It is difficult when managing our own finances to look at things objectively. That is why most people need a professional to guide them. As professionals, we have a process. It is not about emotion or guessing what might happen next. At Global Financial Partners we have been using the same process for many years. Our process is about following a stream of data and doing what the data tells us. We do not randomly buy investments and hope that if we hold them long enough, they will do well. We rank available investments and make purchase decisions based on the strength of the investment. It allows us to make investments based on what is currently happening in the markets. That is not to say we trade every day, but it does allow us the flexibility to make changes when necessary. When looking for a financial professional, look for a process you think can help you achieve your goals. In addition to an investment process, you need to know where you are going. That requires some form of financial planning. Our planning process will start with identifying goals – what makes you happy? Do you want more time with family and friends, or is your happy place traveling the world? All these goals will require some monetary independence. We will help you identify where you are now and create a roadmap to help get you to that happy place. We will regularly monitor your progress along that route to determine if we are still headed the right direction. Things can change, and we may need to adjust along the way. Working together, we can help get you where you want to be.
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It’s a well-known fact that water is essential to humans. After all, our bodies are composed of 55 to 60 percent water (depending upon if you are an adult male or female), and it is needed for various essential functions such as regulating body temperatures, supporting brain activity, and carrying oxygen throughout the body, to name a few.
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When Tonia Malone decided to start her own business, it wasn’t by accident. For many years, she suffered with severe acid reflux. “I didn’t know what was wrong with me, and neither did the doctors.” When finally diagnosed, she was given a medication which actually made her symptoms worse. “I could hardly eat,” said Tonia, “and taking acid blockers was not a good long-term solution either.” She began doing her own research about the possible benefits of drinking alkaline water, and soon after began experimenting with it. Eventually, she began noticing she was no longer having problems with her acid reflux,
was finally able to eat without experiencing severe burning and pain, and was able to maintain a regular diet. After prolonged use, she decided to get retested for acid reflux, and the results were greatly improved, but she was spending anywhere between $300 – 500 a month--thousands of dollars a year. According to Tonia, back then she was ordering alkaline water from Canada and was paying $8 a gallon (including shipping), “It was very expensive,” she said. “Today, it is much more affordable and accessible for everyone.” Tonia says she has been drinking alkaline water ever since, and because she has had
such a positive experience with it, she and her husband Anthony became big advocates. “Since it helped me, I thought maybe it can help others as well,” said Tonia. Using her background in business, Drink Smart Plus was started with the help of the entire family. Tonia recognizes the amazing engineering support of her loving husband, their daughter Sherrell (an environmentalist and a graduate of Texas A&M), as well as her parents, Clord and Beulah Merritt.
In 2016, Drink Smart Plus first opened in the Walden area, then moved two years later to their current location at 17156 W FM1097 #2 in Montgomery. In addition to offering alkaline water, they also provide home water filtration systems, a convenient option for customers who live far away and are unable to drive down once a month. Water filtration systems are usually placed underneath kitchen sinks or counter tops. Tonia says they are very cost-effective and eliminate the need to pick up heavy bottles. The alkaline water bottles come in various sizes ranging from 16.9 oz. to 2, 3, and 5 gallons. “Customers can either purchase bottles here or bring their own bottles to refill,” said Tonia. They also have alkaline nugget ice, which she says is similar to SONIC® ice in shape and size. It is made fresh at Drink Smart Plus and can be purchased in a 10 lb. bag.
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Other merchandise offered in their store includes CBD products, health and wellness vitamins, and essential oils. Tonia also offers foot and hand reflexology, along with ionic foot baths to help rid your body of toxins. Using a foot and hand chart to guide them, this practice involves applying pressure to parts of your hands and feet which correspond to other parts of the body. Tonia states both men and women can benefit from a reflexology and ionic foot bath session, which includes salt lamps, soft lighting, and soothing music to help you relax during your scheduled time. Reflexology is believed to aid with detoxification and relaxation, which can help relieve stress and anxiety, as well as improve sleep. These sessions are by appointment only, and last about an hour. Many people ask, “What is alkaline water?” Alkaline water is a pH balanced water-basically water that has been cleaned through a filtration system referred to as “reverse osmosis (RO).” This is a multi-state process which first removes all contaminants, then is treated with an ultraviolet light system to eliminate any remaining viruses or bacteria,
and then goes through a re-mineralization process to control the pH levels. The water’s pH level determines how acidic it is, and can range anywhere between 0 and 14, with 7 being considered a neutral balance of acidic and alkaline. If the level is below 7, it is considered acidic, and if it is higher than 7, it is more alkaline, “But we put back trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium that are good for your body,” said Tonia. “At Drink Smart Plus, our water is between a 9.5 – 10.5 pH. People love it for their coffee, tea, and say it makes them taste better.” In fact, Tonia says both of her granddaughters, Nahla and Cierra, love it! “They are my biggest fans,” said Tonia. It is also important to note that the pH level in tap water may vary as opposed to regular bottled water. Ultimately, Tonia advises it’s important to do what you feel is right for you. She knows she has benefited from it, as have many of her customers.
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Originally from the Houston area, To n i a says she likes her business just the way it is, because it creates a small family type of atmosphere. Although her customers are mostly from the Montgomery area, where she and Anthony currently live with their six dogs, she also has customers that come from Huntsville, Conroe, Katy, and throughout the Houston area. “My customers are like part of my family,” said Tonia. When they come in, they always exchange great conversations, lots of hugs, and she always wants to get their feedback. “If I were younger,” Tonia explained, “I may have thoughts of expanding, but my mother is 96 years old and needs a lot of care, and my husband and I would like to do a little traveling. Also, when my grandchildren go to the zoo, I want to be able to go with them. If I expand out, I would not have the time.” To learn more about Drink Smart Plus, and their products, visit them on Facebook, Instagram, or stop by their new location on FM 1097.
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The Garden Post By Kim Bius
Time, to Plant Your Own Veggies August marks the beginning of the second planting season. It is actually the fall planting season, but it is a hard sell to tell Texans it is fall in August. Nevertheless, it is time to plant your fall garden. The price of veggies and herbs in the grocery stores has more than a few folks wanting to “try their hand” at gardening for the first time. It is quite easy and simple. Soil, seed, sunlight, and water are still the mainstays, despite every new gadget and product under the sun telling you otherwise. To begin, choose an area for your garden that receives 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. The area needs good drainage and easy access to water, so the crops can be watered 3x a week during the heat. A garden can be on a 6’ x 10’ apartment patio, a 15’ x 10’ area in the lawn, or you can nestle your veggies in your existing landscape beds, provided there is room for growth. Gardens require a quality sandy loam and a humus base, at 3”-4” of depth if planted in the ground. If you are doing container gardening, starting with a great potting medium is essential. My personal favorite is Gardeners Magic (by LP), because it is a “ready –made” garden in a bag, but there are several good soil mediums on the market. If using manure, ensure it is aged
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and do not use poultry manure in the fall. Mushroom compost is a great planting medium when allowed to set under a black tarp for several months, to kill the weed seeds by heat….otherwise, pulling endless amounts of nutgrass will become your new cardio exercise. Till to a depth of 12”, and form rows 3” tall in long lines (if planting in the ground), and do not forget to add additional humus or compost each season. Now that the bed is ready, choose the variety of seed you want to grow. This can be tricky when doing a small space or containers, because you will have more seed than you need, but the seed will save to next season and can be kept in airtight containers for several years. Learn how to read the back of a seed package, and do not be afraid to ask questions (this is how you learn). The seed package will tell you the # of days till production, which should be at least 10 days before the first expected freeze date. From experience, I can tell you the first freeze has been from late October to mid-November for the past 8 years. The following veggies should be planted from seed now for harvest in October: beans, beets, squash, cucumbers, okra, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, parsley, spinach and eggplant. Cool weather vegetables, planted from seed, that will easily withstand a frost: cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, turnip greens, garlic, and cabbage. For those who wish to grow your own pumpkins, early July is your planting date for a Halloween harvest. Starter vegetable plants will not be out until mid to late August for warm weather fall crops, and the cool weather fall crops should not be planted before late September or bolting will occur. Fertilizer is a big debate and everyone has their favorite. The Texas A&M website (www.agrilifeextension.tamu.edu.com) recommends applying 2 – 3 lbs of slow release 21-7-14, per 100 sq’ of garden area and then apply 1 tablespoon of ammonium sulfate (21-0-0) every 3 weeks around each plant and water thoroughly, provided you have an adequate phosphate level in your soil. If the level is below 8% a more balanced fertilizer with a phosphorous content of 10 or more is needed. Always use a soil test each season, to ensure you are not over fertilizing, under fertilizing or just shooting in the dark. Soil tests are inexpensive and can be purchased at garden centers. If you are having problems with a crop year after year, and inconsistent watering is not the culprit, your soil recipe is probably off. The last point (and possibly the most important) is that growing your own gives you full control of your food source. It may not always be the best harvest, but you did it and you can be proud of your accomplishment. Growing your own saves money in the long run and you have fresh, straight out the garden veggies while you teach yourself and your kids. This creates family time, exercise, teamwork, and memories that can never be replaced by a video game or time on social media. Enjoy the fun! Happy Gardening
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New Waverly Blood Drive @ NW Public Library
Brenham Lee Greenwood in Concert
Galveston The Texas Tenors in Concert
The Woodlands Brad Paisley w/Jimmie Allen and Kameron Marlowe
Galveston AIA Sandcastle Competition
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Family Fishing Celebration
• Crowns • Dental Implants
21-22 Madisonville Gun and Hunting Show
• Dental Warranty • Root Canals
• Teeth Whitening • TMJ Disorder Treatment
• Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Sting Ray Anthony’s “Juke Box Rock”
• Routine Checkups
Huntsville Skate Park Grand Opening Celebration
Liberty Liberty Opry Music Review
Huntsville Discover Local: Community, Commerce, Cuisine
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Mustard Seed Moments by Linda W. Perkins
Refreshed by the Son Coming in from the backyard, all I could think about was the scorching temperature outside. The sun had beaten down on me until my face turned red and sweat poured from my body, soaking my t-shirt. I couldn’t wait to take a shower and cool off in the air conditioning. While my vegetable garden was doing well, I didn’t really care about it at that moment. In that moment, I truly understood the phrase “heat exhaustion.” I was hot and drained and didn’t care if I ever left the house again. As I sat on the sofa, cooling down with a glass of sweet tea, I reflected on recent days. So many things had just kept piling on. I felt overwhelmed and oh, so tired. I needed more than just A/C and a cold drink to make me feel better. I needed refreshment from the inside out. I needed Jesus. I picked up my pink leather-bound devotional book and opened it up. “Come to me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest,” I read. Yes, Lord, I seriously need some rest, I prayed. “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” Yes, I needed the living water Jesus was offering. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.” Okay, I was ready. I had been walking through fire, carrying a heavy load, and I was ready to lay it at Jesus’ feet.
As I bowed my head and meditated on the Word, I felt my stress melt away. I realized the Holy Spirit was doing for me what I could not do for myself. God’s grace was lifting me up when I had no strength left. And when I opened my eyes, I knew I had been restored. I had needed a whole lot more than cool air and a glass of tea, and the Lord had delivered. I had been refreshed by the Son, and I was ready to take on whatever life – including the heat of summer and my circumstances – threw my way. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” – Psalm 55:22 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” – John 7:37-38
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