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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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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.
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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”.
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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. What are your goals? Have you shared them with someone who can put a “written” plan together, one that can be flexible, and yet still help keep you on course towards your goals?
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Should Children Be Seen but Not Heard? I wrote a book several years ago, “Grandma Was Right After All,” in which I deconstructed the twenty-five most popular parenting adages of a bygone era. They included “You made this bed, so you and only you will lie in it,” “I knew if I gave you a long enough rope, you’d hang yourself,” and “You will have to stew in your own juices over this.” An entire parenting philosophy was expressed through the adages in question, most of which are now extinct because the philosophy in question has gone by the wayside, to the detriment of us all. Nearly all these adages are misunderstood today, but surely the single most misunderstood parenting aphorism in the history of humankind is “Children should be seen and not heard.” It actually originated in 15th Century England and applied only to – gasp! – young girls, who were thought to have nothing to say worth hearing. Gradually, however, it was expanded to include young boys as well, for which we are all grateful. “Children should be seen but not heard” was ripe for demonizing, and demonized it was by America’s mental health community, who claimed its popular use reflected a general disdain of children. That may have
been true of the Augustine clergyman who first penned it, but by the time I heard it, circa 1954, its meaning had evolved. It simply meant that when in a room otherwise occupied by adults holding conversation, children were to listen (be seen) but not interrupt (be heard). In other words, we were to know our place. It was a very civilized arrangement, and no one my age whom I’ve queried on the subject has ever expressed feeling disdained upon hearing it. In fact, we boomers tend to rue that all too many of today’s parents seem to lack the mettle to tell their children, in no uncertain terms, what their place is and to stay there. The almost inevitable result is children who, through no fault of their own, are irritating. Have you noticed what almost invariably happens when children are allowed to participate in adult conversation? Given license to talk, they don’t stop talking, which is in no one’s best interest, including their own. Today, the adage could be applied to parents who tend to over-protect and over-manage their children. The few and far between parent of sixty-plus years ago – anxious, hovering, micromanaging, enabling – has become ubiquitous today, a clear refutation of Darwin’s theory that only functional attributes are perpetuated. In those glory days, parents were to provide adequate supervision, but at a reasonable distance--which explains my mother’s insistence that in any weather other than a lightning storm or hurricane, I was to be outside, out from “underfoot” – another parenting word that has fallen out of usage. By the way, “underfoot” was synonymous with “annoying,” and I knew it, and I am today a better person for knowing it. I trust my friends agree.
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“LOCAL GIRL AND LOCAL SQUIRREL ACCLAIMED IN NEW ROLES” What writer could resist that fun little title? But further explanation is due.
LOCAL GIRL: COURTNEY BRIZENDINE WOODRUFF Courtney Woodruff, daughter of Gary and Angela Brizendine, grew up in Huntsville with her younger sister Cassy and older brother Woody. The Brizendines enjoy calling this gorgeous area home. Both Courtney and Cassy entered the family through adoption, and this very fact plays into the story shared in this article. Courtney now lives in Lacey, Washington, where she serves as a foster parent alongside her husband Daniel and three sons Jacob, Logan, and Marshall.
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For years, Gary Brizendine built custom-made golf clubs in his backyard workshop. Due to the various components used, he kept the door open for ventilation, which allowed a squirrel to venture inside one day and discover the box of pecans Gary kept on the floor. This curious and intrepid little creature became a daily visitor to the workshop, and these traits landed our little friend the main role of the story.
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THE STORY: JUNIPER SPARK and The Dagger of Mirren The “story” is actually a new book Courtney has written, entitled Juniper Spark and The Dagger of Mirren. It has been well-received and is gaining in popularity.
Courtney, please share a few details about your childhood years and your educational achievements. I’m grateful for my upbringing and family life in Huntsville. In the summertime, you could often find me out of the heat within the airconditioned walls of the Huntsville Public Library. My parents gently “forced” me to participate in the summer reading program each year, and I’m so thankful they did. I also have fond memories of my art teacher Marsha Phillips, who has been an important influence in my life. I graduated from Huntsville High School in 2004 and earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies with concentrations in English, art, and hospitality management from the University of North Texas. My master’s degree is in human services counseling with a focus on military resilience. I studied Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it affects veterans and their families. This experience translated well and helped me to better understand and serve the foster care community.
Have you written professionally prior to writing this book? I created a personal blog when my husband joined the military. While we were stationed in Germany, I got a job as a writer-editor for Stars and Stripes, a newspaper for the troops. Our small team -- which was actually led by another Huntsville native, Genevieve Ruffin Northup (such a small world!) -- launched a website for military families stationed overseas, and I wrote and posted articles online. I’m thankful for Genevieve’s friendship and mentorship. I later wrote for USAA, an insurance company that serves veterans and their families.
Share the road you traveled that brought you into your new role as the author of a children’s book. I have had the idea for this story for at least ten years. Growing up as an adopted child, I had many questions and did not know how to ask them. I thought it might hurt my parents if I asked questions, so I kept them all inside. These types of situations are hard enough for adults; more so for kids, and issues relating to adoption and foster care are generally hard to discuss for those involved. But stories are really powerful and can bring to light these issues and provide avenues for discussion. That was my purpose for writing this book -- to create an opportunity for kids to connect with and form deeper bonds with their parents.
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Briefly share the storyline of Juniper Spark and The Dagger of Mirren. The basic storyline is about a young squirrel, Juniper Spark, who is being cared for in a place called Foster Hollow. It is her fourteenth birthday, and she is experiencing the complicated emotions that tend to arise on this occasion for adoptees and children in foster care. This
birthday takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious gift on her pillow which sends her off on an adventure to learn more about her birth family. The story is about creating and defining family and home. I modeled Juniper’s foster mother, Sorrel, after a real-life woman in our local community. Jane Van Deventer has been fostering children for over 40 years and is presently caring for two infants. Her door is always open, and she is such an inspiration to me.
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It’s time to bring your dad’s little visitor, the curious and intrepid squirrel, into the limelight. How does it figure into the story? After pondering this story for several years, I finally decided to turn the characters into woodland creatures, making this a fun and inviting story for children. The squirrel became the main character because of its curious nature and the courage it had to journey into unknown situations with confidence. It’s a perfect match for my main character. And as I told my sister Cassy, she shares these same traits. She has always been fiercely courageous, and I admire her for this.
How have your children responded to the story, and did they play a part in its development? They love the book! They enjoy reading stories that contain action, animals, and adventure--and Juniper Spark and The Dagger of Mirren has all three. They actually played a large part in the development of the book. I let them have a decision in selecting
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the illustrator for the series. I’m writing the second book now and plan to make this a series of three books and will, of course, employ the same illustrator for the entire series.
Please share information about illustrator and why she was chosen.
Meforya (Mehnaaz Husain) is an Indian based artist and freelance illustrator who specializes in character design. We loved the vibrancy of her work and the vitality of her characters. She is currently studying at the National Institute of Design in Andhra Pradesh and wants to pursue a career in animation. We look forward to her involvement with these next two books and someday hope to meet her in person. That would be a dream come true.
How has your book been received by the public? I have been overwhelmed by the response. I’ve received pictures from all over the country of parents with their child or children curled up next to them, reading the book together. It has been so heartwarming and humbling. Parents are telling me their kids can’t wait for the next book. Based on the kind comments I’ve received, I believe it has been accomplishing my goal, enabling young children to be able to ask bigger questions. The story also helps others understand what adoptees and foster children go through.
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Do you have any last thoughts to share with our readers? There is a quote by Fred Rogers that is very meaningful to me, “Love begins with listening.” I believe this is so true. Listening is an act of love. Our stories and experiences matter. We don’t know how someone is feeling unless we give them an opportunity to share and truly hear what they have to say. I hope these books will have a positive impact on children and youth in foster care, adoptees, their families and caregivers, friends, and anyone who knows and loves them. I am grateful for the reception this book has received, and I hope to have the second book out by Christmas.
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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!”. DEAR GABBY My son has a bad habit of taking things apart to see how they work and recently stuck a steak knife in the toaster to see what would happen. That could have been disastrous! Any advice? MOM OF RECKLESS DEAR MOM Keep a very close eye on him and find him a hobby that won’t be so hazardous to his health. He may grow up to be a mechanical genius (if you don’t give him a chemistry set) in the meantime. I can relate. My son kept chewing on electrical cords, so I had to ground him. He’s an adult now and is doing better currently and conducting himself properly. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) GABBY DEAR GABBY My Dad is so terrible. When my friends and I were taking prom pictures, he told my new boyfriend to stand at the end of the picture so he could crop him when out when I dumped him! Our friends thought it was hilarious, but now that I broke up with him, they all think I’m mean and had it planned all along, just to go to prom. My Dad is the mean one. I just decided I could do better. Don’t you think he’s awful? PICTURE PERFECT DEAR PERFECT Nope. I think he knows his daughter pretty well. GABBY
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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 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.
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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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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
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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.
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
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 School Coaches Association’s All-Star Football Game that year, and Mitch was honored to participate.
“Once you’re a coach, you’re always a coach” a coach, you’re always a coach,” Mitch says.
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
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 was a football powerhouse, going to the playoffs every year but one, and going to
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,
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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 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 non-profit 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.
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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.
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
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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.
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“We need to be able to go back and help each other.” 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.”
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Favorite activity with them? I like to take them to the beach. They love the beach!
Advice to other/new grandparents? Spend as much time with them as you can.
What’s your fondest memory of your grandparents? They lived on a lake, so we would go spend summers with them, fishing and swimming…just lots of fun.
What do you hope your grandchildren will remember about you? I hope they remember that I taught them about Jesus. I want them to say that Bebe loves Jesus enough to share with us. That’s the most important legacy I could ever leave them.
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“The World’s Largest Honky Tonk” celebrates 40 years of music and bull-riding fun.
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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.”
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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 check
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out each wall that is covered with memorabilia and handprints of many singers who have performed on the big stage. “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. Hometown artists included in the Wall of Fame are Huntsville’s Cody Johnson, Montgomery’s Josh Ward, and Conroe’s Parker McCollum.
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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 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. 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 dedicated to the live albums recorded at Billy Bob’s on the big stage titled, “Live at Billy Bob’s Texas.” “Live at Billy Bob’s Texas is a record label we
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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 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 successful albums. Pat Green went on to sell out 15 consecutive shows after that,” said Fleenor.
Brothers. On April 1, 2021, Rudy, Larry and Steve kicked off the multi-month celebration. “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
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
together and kicking it up a notch.” 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
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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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Ouch, my tooth hurts! Few things are worse than when you have a nagging tooth pain. Trying to find relief is tough, but are all tooth pains the same? No, let’s discuss! Imagine you are sitting around watching TV, just relaxing, and you start to feel this achy discomfort that comes out of nowhere. The discomfort feels like a “throbbing pain” that may come and go in waves. You decide you may want a warm drink, and that causes the tooth more discomfort. These are all signs that the nerve inside the tooth is going bad. The “achy, throbbing” discomfort you feel is the nerve abscessing (or dying), causing an infection. What does that mean? The tooth will need a root canal to remove the nerve. Everyone has horror stories of how awful root canals are, but they are really pretty boring, with no discomfort during the procedure and minimal discomfort after. Next type is usually after you have some dental work done. After time, you start to notice discomfort, and your teeth do not fit quite right. The tooth can become sensitive to cold and hot liquids. Typically, all that needs to be done is the filling or crown needs to be adjusted. It may take a couple days for the tooth to completely settle back down. Along the same lines, you may be eating some food, typically something hard, and you get an electrical jolt from your tooth with some discomfort that could linger after. This is a sign the tooth is
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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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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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My name is Jake Cain, and I am an attorney. Most importantly, I am a Follower of Christ, a blessed husband to Courtney, and a very proud father to May Caroline (8), Smith McClure (7), and Jack (3). I grew up in Ada, Oklahoma and attended The University of Oklahoma for my undergrad and law degrees. I grew up watching and admiring my grandfather practice law in a small town in Oklahoma much like Madisonville. He loved his family, worked hard, and helped his community as much as he could. He was a great country lawyer who always strived to do right by his clients. After law school, I served at the district attorney’s office in Tulsa for 7 years. I tried over 40 felony jury trials to conviction and received the Top Gun Award twice, given to select assistant district attorneys each year for outstanding trial work. While in Tulsa, I met a girl from Madison County named Courtney Smith. She was attending law school at the University of Tulsa and worked as an intern at the DA’s office. We were married in Madisonville in 2009.
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In 2011, we moved back to Madison County and started a family. I initially worked in oil and gas and persevered with its ups and downs. In 2019, after much prayer, God led me to return to practicing law full-time. In January 2020, I opened Cain Law, PLLC on the square in Madisonville. I primarily practice criminal law, family law (divorce and custody), and estate planning, but handle other legal matters as well. As an attorney, I am humbled to have the opportunity to help people--good people who may have lost their way or hit a bump in the road. We work to find their way back, and we do it together. Being an attorney offers amazing opportunities to sincerely help folks. It is very humbling to know clients trust you to help guide them through difficult storms of life. That is an incredible obligation and responsibility I value greatly. Madison County and its people have been a true blessing to me and my family, and like my grandfather before me, I am thankful and honored to give back any way I can.
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McMullen Tax Service began in the mid-1980s by owner Frank H. McMullen, a veteran of WWII and a retiree of the Social Security Administration. Frank built his business by referrals-one client referring another over the course of 30 plus years. Frank never advertised the service he provided, and the business grew. At age 85, Frank retired from preparing tax returns and asked John and Kimberly to come take over the business. John was Frank’s pastor at the time and had recently retired from the TDCJ as an assistant warden. In Frank’s eyes, it seemed John and Kimberly would be a natural fit. He was right. John and Kimberly service clients across the U.S., China, Russia, South America, and the Middle East. John is also the pastor of Chapelwood MBC in Huntsville. During the war, Frank was on an admiral’s staff, and every day at 3pm, the admiral took his coffee along with his subordinates. Frank continued this tradition into his private working career, and when the Wiseners came aboard, the tradition stuck. Every day at 3pm, the office takes a ‘coffee break’. Clients have grown accustomed to joining in for a mid-afternoon coffee break. Even when away from the office, John and Kimberly take a break every day at 3pm for a cup of coffee and allow time to stand still as they savor the moment. We live in a fast-paced world with lots of demands on our time. Take time for yourself and for others.
My name is Rane Riley, and I am an attorney here in Huntsville, Texas. I handle mostly criminal defense, personal injury, and various civil litigation. I was born and raised here in Huntsville and graduated from Huntsville High School. For undergrad, I attended the University of Texas, then continued my studies at SMU Dedman School of Law, where I graduated cum laude. While at SMU Dedman School of Law, I interned in a wide variety of legal fields and ultimately decided employment law is where I would begin my career. I started the practice of law with Rob Wiley P.C., in Dallas, Texas handling employment issues for people who faced wrongful discrimination. Prior to working at Park Law Firm, I worked for Norton Rose Fulbright in Dallas handling issues related to mass tort/ toxic tort matters. During the pandemic, I decided I had grown tired of the big city life and wanted to move back to my hometown. After being back home for several months, I was introduced to Mike Park at Park Law Firm. Mr. Park is an outstanding attorney and one of the most well-known plaintiffs’ attorneys, not only in Texas, but the United States. Mr. Park has decided to take me under his wing and teach me everything he knows. I have since added a criminal defense practice to Park Law Firm,with the help of Bruce Green, another phenomenal attorney, with many years of criminal defense experience. I handle all levels of charges from first degree felony down to a simple speeding ticket. Although criminal defense attorneys get a bad rap for helping out the “bad guy,” I am here to make sure nobody gets taken advantage of by the system; everybody deserves a fair chance to tell their story as guaranteed by the Constitution and knows their legal rights. I have enjoyed being back home and look forward to a long career here in Huntsville, bettering our community and making Huntsville a great place to live.
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Roger Knight, Jr., Inc. Attorney at Law
714 S. Madison Madisonville, TX 77864 936-348-3543 firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Kevin Knight and am proud to be a third-generation lawyer, continuing the legacy of Knights practicing law in Madison County and the surrounding counties. It all started with my late grandfather, Roger Knight, Sr., who started his law practice in the 1940s in Madison County. In addition to practicing law, Roger Knight, Sr., was a two-term member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1941-1945 and the Texas Senate from 1945-1949. My father, Roger Knight, Jr., started practicing law in the mid-1960s, with a primary emphasis of representing clients who were injured on the job, automobile accidents, and oilfield related injuries. I joined my father’s law practice in 1992, where we practiced together until his death on July 3, 2020. I graduated from Madisonville High School in 1980 and Sam Houston State University in 1984. I attended South Texas College of Law - Houston and graduated in 1988. I have been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1995. I am the only attorney practicing in Madison County that is board certified in personal injury trial law. I think the key to success is a quote from my father, “If you take care of the client, everything else will take care of itself.” In 32 years of practicing law, I have always tried to look out for the client’s best interest. After all, that is what you are hired to do. Practicing law is no different than any other profession. It all boils down to dedication and hard work. My law practice is located at 714 South Madison, Madisonville, Texas 77864. (936) 348-3543. Email email@example.com.
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Step back in time to the roaring 20s, and you will find an entrepreneur by the name of Joe L. Cooper. He was Daddy Joe to us and Mr. Cooper to many. He was my great-grandfather and the man responsible for establishing the savings, loan & insurance business in 1920. It was originally located in the old First National Bank Building on the square in Madisonville. People still talk about him and tell great stories of how nobody would lend them money, but Mr. Cooper would. It is that thought process that has given us a true spirit of pride and caring for our neighbors and our community. It is that spirit that has grown our agency to what it is today. And three generations later, we would like to think we do as well. It’s hard to believe a family business can go on like this for so long, but it has. To have four generations all fall into a career they love is pretty amazing. It’s also pretty amazing I can work with my best friend and dad Craig Stover on a daily basis. I hope he is here forever. Over the years, we have seen people truly feel comforted by having us there in times of need. Disasters are devastating. It is especially painful to us to watch a family’s belongings (and sometimes worse) go away forever. Yes, we insure the home and its contents, but more importantly, we want to ensure the family who resides there that we will be there when they need us the most. I like to say the relationship between us and our clients is weird... The only thing they gave us was money and, in return, we gave them a promise. We have to deliver on that promise, and if we don’t…then, shame on us.
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Tax Express has been helping people navigate their taxes for over 40 years. It started in the 1970s with Wayne Lawrence. In 2003, Nancy Reeves joined the team, bringing her extensive knowledge. Eventually, she bought the business and has been here ever since. Along with her staff, Jessica Salazar and Amy Martin, Nancy is proud to call Huntsville home. Nancy graduated from Texas A&M University. She has five children and 11 grandchildren. She has been filing taxes for over 30 years and has an extensive knowledge base when it comes to all things tax-related. Jessica, Nancy’s oldest daughter, has been working with her fulltime since 2015. Jessica graduated from Sam Houston State University and is raising her two children to be future Bearkats. Amy is a student at Sam Houston State University. She has been with Tax Express for almost two years. These ladies have a passion for helping people with all their tax needs. Their goal is to help the people of Huntsville be as successful as possible. The ladies at Tax Express know the importance of staying current, so they attend continuing education classes several times a year and are constantly educating themselves with the latest news from the IRS. They know it’s important you have someone to talk to when needed, so they are open year-round for your convenience. A variety of services are offered at Tax Express. Not only can they help you file a basic tax return, they can prepare your tax returns for your small business, partnership, or rental property. Tax Express also offers payroll services. They prepare weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly payroll and file all payroll forms needed by the IRS or the state. Tax Express also helps you with any IRS correspondence. For more information, call 936-291-8062 or visit www.taxexpresshuntsville.com
Throughout my career I have enjoyed many experiences working with great people and being a part of exciting work and projects. From my early restaurant days, to my time at a Fortune 500 Semiconductor company, to serving as Executive Pastor at my home church, I have been able to gain valuable skills and experiences along the way. I enjoy being involved in our community and cultivating relationships that deepen the engagement with one another. As an Edward Jones Financial Advisor, I look forward to partnering with individuals and families in our community to understand their dreams, identify goals, and then work together to develop solutions to attain those goals. By doing so, I believe we can grow our lives and community towards a better future. I look forward to partnering with you!
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For 20 years, our goal at Farris Insurance has been to help the folks of Madison County and the surrounding areas obtain the best insurance at the most affordable price. We take pride in our integrity and strive to provide the very best customer and claims service. At Farris Insurance, we treat you like family. We like to think of it as doing things “the cowboy way.” If you are interested in a quote on your home and ranch, personal and farm liability, commercial or personal auto, life, commercial property, boat or recreational vehicles, just give us a call or stop by. You are always welcome.
Since July 1, 1989, Glyna & Ray Brown, PC, a CPA firm located in Madisonville, has provided tax preparation and financial services to businesses and individuals in Madison, Grimes, Walker, and Leon Counties. Over the years, the practice has grown to serve residents across the state, as well as throughout the U.S. Ray and Glyna, who are both CPAs, have a combined total of approximately 75 years of public accounting experience. Their firm’s objective is to provide accounting and tax services in a timely and professional manner to the clients they serve. Each client engagement is approached with care and integrity. Glyna, a fifth-generation citizen of Grimes County, is a Madisonville High graduate and has BBA and MA degrees in accounting from SHSU. Ray is a graduate of Iola High and has a BBA from SHSU. They are members of First Baptist Church of Madisonville. Outside the office, they enjoy spending time with family, traveling, reading, fishing, hunting and managing their cattle operation.
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What are the Grassroots Attributes of Fruits and Veggies? There is no vagueness about the certainty of health benefits from ingesting fruits and vegetables, or that the quantity consumed is directly related to the value received. Consumption of fruits and vegetables contributes to health span, which contributes to lifespan. Start with inferior building material, and you get inferior results. What we eat is used by our cells to repair and maintain our bodies. For GOODNESS SAKE, don’t use inferior material. You wouldn’t do so in your home. Also, living cells function and exist because of our biological furnaces producing life-giving energy.
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We have been and continue to be bombarded with guidance to eat more fruits and veggies but, just as everything in life, fruits and veggies vary, or they would not have different monikers. The important variation is in their nutritional value to our bodies. YES! I declare these facts, because I do not wish to appear overly punctilious. If one goes to a racetrack to bet on winners, it is important to know the favorites.
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Any high-calorie fruit should be consumed less often to lose weight, including avocados and grapes. While they are great for overall health, grapes are loaded with sugar and fats, which makes them the wrong fruit to eat while on a strict weight-loss diet. Dry fruits are relatively high in caloric content by weight, because of the absence of water. Avoid them to lower calories and lose weight.
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The healthiest vegetables on Earth include: Spinach. This leafy green tops the chart as one of the healthiest vegetables in a number of reliable studies. Next, closely behind are carrots, broccoli, garlic, brussel sprouts, kale, green peas, and Swiss chard. Dietary modifications to include more fruits and veggies lower the rate of the diseases most likely to put us away. One well-designed study last year further estimated that those who ate the recommended amounts of fruits and veggies reduced their cancer risk by 40%!!! Also, the risks of stroke and other devastating happenings is reduced by dietary changes from red meat and other animal proteins to fruits and vegetables. YES! Further and to sum up, CDC scientists have cautioned repeatedly that only 10% of Americans eat the recommended quantity of fruits (1 and ½ to 2 cups) and veggies (2 cups or 2 and 1/2 cups) daily. LET’S DO BETTER!
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The Latest Artwork that Bridges the Community: Richard Haas’ Huntsville Murals
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As noted in a 2016 Postcards article, world-famous muralist Richard Haas has completed 16 murals in the Huntsville downtown area—more exterior projects than in any other U.S. city. That’s quite a feat considering he’s done large projects in New York, Chicago, Boston, Madison, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. Haas’ body of work in Huntsville, however, has grown even larger, with a new work on the 7th Street Bridge, which crosses Town Creek near Eastham-Thomason Park. As with most community undertakings, the work benefited from the contributions of many.
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The project began several years ago, when the city began an aggressive—and ongoing— effort to improve the community’s infrastructure. Sherry McKibben, who then served as Grants Director for the City of Huntsville, obtained a grant for a bridge on 7th Street, and this bridge included pilasters—which, in turn, offered the opportunity for design. Linda Pease—who then worked as Cultural Services Manager for the City of Huntsville— consulted with local artists, who suggested “flora and fauna” as artistic subjects for the bridge. Pease took the project to the Huntsville Arts Commission (HAC). During discussions, Haas’ name was floated and, of course, was met with enthusiastic approval. For his part, Haas was also eager, even agreeing to a lower-than-typical price for the design of the project. Following additional discussions, Haas agreed to design renderings of Texas’ endangered animal species. His design was then handed off to Texas artist Patrick Richards—a veteran of Haas’ Huntsville’s projects—who completed the paintings. The final project involved depictions of 34 such species—including the American Bald Eagle, the Prairie Chicken, the Margay, and the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, the latter of which is present in Walker County. The project also includes four book-ending faux stenciled signs reading, “Texas Endangered Species.” The project, according to City Manager Aron Kulhavy, “was a great opportunity to combine infrastructure and aesthetics, and I believe art in public spaces improves the community. The Eastham-Thomason Park is one of the community’s wonderful locations, and I think this type of collaborative project makes it even better.” Nestled between two sections of Eastham-Thomason, the bridge and artistic subject matter protects the park and local citizens from floods, raises environmental awareness, and beautifies the community. The work also extends Haas’ artistic presence beyond the downtown area, truly bridging urban and rustic settings in Huntsville. “It was a pleasure,” noted Pease, “to work again with Richard Haas and Patrick Richards for the community. It is a delightful crossing of Town Creek, and I look forward to seeing it serve the community for many years to come.”
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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:
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1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 (8 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed Strawberry Layer: ½ cup water ¼ cup white sugar 1 Tbs cornstarch ½ (3 oz) pkg strawberry-flavored gelatin
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.
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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.
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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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What’s Cookin’ Spinach Enchiladas
Step 4: In a skillet over medium heat, warm tortillas one at a time until flexible, about 15 seconds. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the spinach mixture onto the center of each tortilla. Roll up, and place seam side down in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the remaining cup of Monterey Jack.
Ingredients 1 Tbs butter ½ cup sliced green onions 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 (10 oz) pkg frozen chopped spinach , thawed, drained and squeezed dry 1 cup ricotta cheese
Step 5: Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until sauce is bubbling and cheese is lightly browned at the edges.
½ cup sour cream 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese 10 (6 inch) corn tortillas 1 (19 oz) can enchilada sauce
Directions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Step 2: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook for a few minutes until fragrant, but not brown. Stir in spinach, and cook for about 5 more minutes. Step 3: Remove from the heat, and mix in ricotta cheese, sour cream, and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese.
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¼ cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided salt and ground black pepper to taste Directions Step 1: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and red pepper; cook and stir until soft, about 3 minutes. Step 2: Stir corn, zucchini, and chicken into the onion mixture; cook and stir until all vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Step 3: Sprinkle parsley and about half the cheese over the vegetable mixture and toss to mix; season with salt and pepper. Step 4: Transfer the vegetables to a serving dish and top with remaining cheese.
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What’s Cookin’ Red Curry Ham Gratin Ingredients 1 ¼ cups whipping cream ¼ cup Greek yogurt 2 Tbs red curry paste 1 Tbs honey 1 lb spiral-sliced ham
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Step 3: Arrange ham, potatoes, and leek in an overlapping layer, then top with remaining whipping cream mixture. Sprinkle with salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and cheese.
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Step 4: Bake, covered with aluminum foil, for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until potatoes are tender and top is golden brown, about 20 minutes more. Let stand for 15 minutes. Garnish with remaining black pepper and green onion.
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Shrimp Avocado Pasta Salad Ingredients 1 (16 oz) pkg uncooked penne pasta ¼ lb bacon 1 lb cooked shrimp, peeled and de-veined 2 avocados - peeled, pitted and diced 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
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Step 1: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain. Rinse under cold running water to cool.
Step 2: Place bacon in a skillet over medium high heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain and crumble. Step 3: In a large bowl, gently toss together the pasta, bacon, shrimp, avocados, Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, tomatoes, and red pepper. Serve over lettuce.
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Fresh Peach Cake
and sift on top of the butter mixture. Mix to combine. Transfer batter into prepared springform pan and smooth out.
Ingredients ¾ cup white sugar ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
Step 3: Set peaches inside batter. Mix 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon sugar.
2 large eggs 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 4 med fresh peaches - peeled, pitted, and sliced 2 Tbs white sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Directions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Step 2: Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl
Step 4: Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40-50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Transfer cake carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely.
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Family. Love. Quality care. Those are the words staff and doctors of Lone Star Family Health Center (LSFHC) in Huntsville continually use when describing their 5,775 square foot facility, located at 227 State Highway 75 North. Their mission is to provide compassionate, affordable healthcare and prepare tomorrow’s family medicine professionals. That mission includes a focus on those who are underserved, uninsured, and underprivileged. LSFHC is a community non-profit, led by a volunteer board of directors, 51 percent of whom must be clients of the health center.
The staff at LSFHC loves caring for their patients.
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The LSFHC Huntsville location prides itself on having that smaller community, family atmosphere for its patients and staff. The walls are adorned with vibrant, full color photos of Walker County’s most memorable establishments. A striking picture of the Sam Houston statue greets patients in the waiting area, followed by photos of other notable establishments such as Kings Candies, Café Texan, Sam Houston Museum, the Steamboat House, and the front of Huntsville High School in 1929. LSFHC started in 1979 as a Family Medicine Residency Program located in Conroe. In 2002, they joined in partnership with Conroe Medical Education Foundation and Conroe Hospital to be renamed LSFHC and open as a health center in Conroe. Once federally qualified in 2004, LSFHC continued to expand into Spring, Grangerland, and Willis with satellite offices. In November 2020, LSFHC made its way to Huntsville. The Huntsville location is the largest of the satellite offices, with an inhouse pharmacy, nine exam rooms (two of which can also serve as procedure rooms), and a counseling room. They offer family medicine, gynecology, and limited obstetric services.
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target population of just over 24,000 are those who do not have insurance, are underinsured, or just may not be able to afford a conventional doctor’s office visit.
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Candice Pavlock manages the Huntsville location and is no stranger to healthcare or serving others. She has been in the medical field since 2004 and has had positions in almost every department, working her way up to the current management position with LSFHC. Her roots run deep in the medical field. As the daughter of a nurse and former firefighter paramedic and niece of a flight nurse, Pavlock says she grew up watching her family help those with medical needs. “I’ve always tried to serve people – it’s my calling,” she explains. “I did not go to nursing school, so this was the best way to help others and stay in the ‘family business.’” While LSFHC does take commercial insurance and all patients, their
Along with the sliding fee program, LSFHC also accepts many insurance plans that have a smaller network, including Medicaid and Marketplace plans. For example, Pavlock says they have retired patients who no longer have insurance or very limited insurance and apply for the sliding scale program. “There is a significant need for high-quality, low-cost primary care services in Walker County,” said LSFHC Chief Executive Officer Karen Harwell. “Lone Star is equipped to bring compassionate care to residents of Walker County who do not have a current health home.” According to Harwell, less than five percent of those in Walker County who need LSFHC services are receiving them from an existing facility. Those with
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One factor that sets LSFCH apart and helps them reach their target population is the Sliding Fee Discount Program. The program is offered to those living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level to help cover out of pocket costs for patients with or without insurance. The criteria are based on household income and family size. Eligibility interviews can be conducted daily at the Huntsville clinic. In 2020, over $2 million in sliding fee discounts, across all locations, were extended to LSFHC patients. “It’s a tremendous difference when you pay $25 for a regular doctor’s visit versus $150, and you won’t get a big bill in the mail after you leave,” said Pavlock.
transportation options are traveling to Madisonville, Willis, or beyond. There are currently two full-time, medically board-certified doctors on staff with two medical assistants. “We have such great doctors who really care and listen to their patients,” said Pavlock. “They make sure our patients get what they need. You’re not just a number here.” Dr. Kim Norris has been a Huntsville resident for the last two years and is a 2005 graduate of the Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program. However, her ties to the community reach beyond the health center. Her husband works at Alpha Omega Academy as an administrator and coach. Also helping residents of Walker County and surrounding areas is Dr. Lawrence Ede who is their primary physician and another graduate of Lone Star’s residency program. A native of Nigeria, Ede completed medical school
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twice (Nigeria and New York) and founded the Holistic Care Education and Health Foundation in Nigeria. “A dream of mine is to improve care in rural and underserved communities in my adopted country, said Ede. “Once I was in medical school, I learned a lot of diseases can be prevented.” From newborn to the elderly, Lone Star provides services for all ages. “Our emphasis is becoming a patient’s health home,” stated Harwell. “Primary care is extremely important for long-term health outcomes; having a health home that can make sure you stay on track with preventative health measures from adolescence through adulthood and into your golden years is key to staying healthy and avoiding costly medical bills later in life. Good overall health is difficult to maintain with occasional trips to urgent care or the emergency room.” LSFHC offers a variety of services from your traditional annual checkup to counseling services for youth and adults. “We offer full service, comprehensive services, and a ton of programs not offered anywhere else in the area,” says Pavlock.
In-house pharmacy As you walk into the brand-new building, to the right patients will find an in-house pharmacy. This allows patients to fill prescriptions on site instead of making another stop when they leave the health center. The pharmacy is manned with technicians to fill prescriptions, but patients may also teleconference with a pharmacist in Conroe virtually through an iPad. “This is a highlight in itself because clinics usually don’t have that on site,” said Pavlock. The pharmacy is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Counseling Gustavo Gonzales, a licensed professional counselor, is on site every Tuesday to offer patients one hour counseling sessions for both mental and behavioral health. If patients are not able to make it to the office, sessions may be done virtually via Zoom. “Sometimes people just need a safe outlet to talk to someone,” said Pavlock. “It could be as simple as a lost job due to COVID.”
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Diabetic Care When asked what health issues they see most, Pavlock and Courtney Galle, LSFHC Marketing and Communications Manager, were quick to name diabetes as one of the top diagnoses they see. To help those patients, glucose checks can be done at LSFHC, along with regular checkups to make sure medication is working properly and blood sugar levels are on track. Diabetic patients are also able to apply for discounted insulin prescriptions. Without insurance, the cost of insulin can be hundreds of dollars, and
Pavlock says people in poverty just can not afford insulin at full cost. Diabetic and nutrition classes are also offered (classes are hosted live in the Conroe office, but Walker County residents may log into Zoom and join the classes). “We try to educate our patients and help them learn how to live with diabetes,” said Pavlock.
Women’s Health LSFHC offers a variety of services for women’s health, including basic well woman exams. First, free breast cancer screenings and exams are offered. Once the screening is done, mammogram orders are given which can be filled at the patient’s desired location or through The Rose, a 3D mobile mammography service, which travels to the clinic and provides free mammograms. Gynecology services are also offered, such as cervical cancer screenings, pap smears, and pregnancy testing.
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In the fall, LSFHC Huntsville will be joining the other satellite offices in the annual “Don’t Miss the Bus” back to school health campaign. The clinic will offer designated times where underinsured or uninsured children can get free well child visits and vaccines in time for school. Pavlock said they also offer discounted rates for lab work such as routine blood tests, bloodwork for prostate screening, pregnancy tests, and other common lab work.
In the technology department, LSFHC is keeping up with the times for heart patients. A new state of the art electrocardiogram (EKG) machine is available in the Huntsville office to monitor and evaluate possible heart problems in a patient. When asked what else makes LSFHC unique, Pavlock’s answer was simple. “We’re family here, and we will take care of you like you are part of our family,” said Pavlock. “We all go above and beyond for our patients.”
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Many people have a fear of snakes. Is it the way they look, the way they move, or the fear that the snake is venomous? Snakes are not slimy and are actually cool and dry to the touch. The slithering movements are just the way they get around. Their scales drag against the ground and propel them forward. Yes, some of them are venomous, but of the 115 species of snakes in Texas, only 4 are venomous—the cottonmouth, rattlesnakes, copperheads, and coral snakes.
The Texas rat snake is medium to large and can get up to 6 feet long. Depending on location, their coloration varies. Snakes in eastern Texas are greyer, while those in central Texas are yellower. All of them have reddish-orange skin under their scales with white or grey bellies. Their heads are grey.
The most common snake in our area is the Texas rat snake, which is a subspecies of the rat snake. They love living in the suburbs where they spend most of their time in oak trees. They are perfectly camouflaged, so chances are you will not even notice them. They’re great climbers and can scale a brick wall.
Texas rat snakes can lay up to 20 eggs which hatch in about 2 months. The female leaves the eggs unattended once she lays them.
Rat snakes are beneficial as one of nature’s best forms of pest control. Rats and mice don’t stand a chance against rat snakes. They also dine on lizards, squirrels, frogs, and birds.
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Sometimes, the Texas rat snake is misidentified as a rattlesnake. As a defense mechanism, they will hiss and shake their tail to imitate a rattlesnake. There is nothing to make the rattling sound, however, so their ruse is quickly discovered. They are somewhat aggressive snakes and can bite--but remember, they are non-venomous. Their bite is very weak and often leaves nothing more than a scratch.
You don’t have to love snakes, but we should learn to live in harmony with them. Negative biases towards snakes can lead to harmful actions like killing them unnecessarily. As with most wild animals, snakes are normally very wary of humans; biting is usually a last-ditch effort to protect themselves.
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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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