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I once read that the sense of smell is one of the strongest senses connecting to memory. I believe it. Walking through a large club store recently, I realized I had turned onto the candy aisle while “cutting through” to get to the frozen foods section. Historically, I would have looked at the options and spent a little time there, but because our family has decided to get healthy (and I’m addicted to chocolate), I was moving more quickly than usual. Breezing down that aisle, the smell of those boxes of chocolate candy hit me, and I was transported back in time to memories not thought of in many years. Thomas Adams, the dad of one of my dear childhood friends, was a candy distributor and made deliveries keeping sweets on the shelves of area stores. Outside, in the back of their house, was a warehouse. Maybe it was a garage turned warehouse, I don’t remember for sure; what I do remember was the smell. It was the same smell that hit
me walking down that aisle. Patty and I used to go hang out in the warehouse and climb on all the boxes. Often, Mr. Adams would let us pick something as a treat—and there was SO much to pick from! You know that scene at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie where they store the Ark of the Covenant in a nondescript crate in that huge warehouse? Well, scale that down considerably, but that’s what it FELT like to a junior high girl who had to CHOOSE which treat she wanted! Just the memory brought a smile to my face. That moment made me realize we are making those little memories every day. I’m sure Mr. Adams never thought that when I was 54 years old, the smell of boxes of chocolate would still make me think of his sweetness and the friendship and times spent in their home with daughter Patty. But it does. And it still makes me smile. It also made me realize this—whether or not we know it, our actions may very well be remembered by someone decades from now. I hope when I come to mind, it makes them smile. Until next time,
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ome people you encounter in life have an unusually high level of energy and charisma—movers and shakers who captivate our attention, whether it is in one-on-one conversation, in a room of people, or in front of a large audience. Terrence Bell is that kind of person. I was fortunate to meet him while we both attended the Huntsville Leadership Institute, and found the level of his multiple talents, interests, and vocations both amazing and inspiring. Terrence, however, would just tell you he is “blessed.” Finding a person with both charisma and humility is a rare combination. Postcards had the opportunity to visit with him so we could learn more and share about his experiences. How long have you been in Huntsville? My parents have lived here their entire lives, and I was born in Conroe, Texas on October 30, 1988. I attended Huntsville
High School, and once I graduated, I attended Sam Houston State and graduated with a Health and Coaching degree in 2010. Did you ever want to leave Huntsville? Whenever I was younger, I had dreams of moving to Dallas. I had an opportunity to become a coach in the Dallas area, but on the day of my interview, my car had not one—but two—flats. Later, I thought of moving to Conroe or The Woodlands, but my mother’s health kept me nearby. Once my wife and I had a family, we decided to stay here. We were stuck, but in a good way. Huntsville is a unique community, and I am glad that every time I had a chance to leave Huntsville, God shut a door. I have no regrets about staying. I remember when the Ravenwood Village Shopping Center was a large area of trees. It has been a blessing to stay and watch Huntsville grow.
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“It has been an incredible blessing to spread the word of God. I am able to travel and share my stories in so many cities and states and have gotten to meet so many amazing people.”
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I began interning for Huntsville High School in 2009 and began coaching soon after. I stayed with the high school for 6-7 years coaching football and track. My first major coaching was with Huntsville Youth Football League; I was blessed to watch those kids grow up, and I have even seen some of them play in college.
I was a freshman in college, and I began having dreams of a pulpit and saw me preaching. It was odd, because I was not heavily involved with church. I knew the Bible, but did not read the Bible—because I knew I was doing everything wrong. I thought about it for a while and eventually asked God for a sign. Well, one night at dinner, a man I had never met before walks up to me
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and says, “I have some news for you. You know you are supposed to be preaching.” I have never seen him again, but on that next Sunday, I talked to my pastor. I preached my first sermon in December of 2010 at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church. It has been an incredible blessing to spread the word of God. I am able to travel and share my stories in so many cities and states and have gotten to meet so many amazing people. I hear you are also a singer; what have you done musically? After I began preaching, I started a group called Voices for Christ. We formed while I was in college and began building our sound. Once we got older, we split apart. Now I am in a group called The Willing Workers here in Huntsville. I started out as a drummer, moved to background singing, and finally a lead singer. It consists of my friends and family, such as my cousin and uncle. We write our own songs and are currently working on a CD, and it is close to being finished. I have been blessed to be able to tour with The Willing Workers and love that we sing for God. I have met a gentleman that I love hearing sing, and he is working on a tour for me for Philadelphia and New York City.
Are there any other hobbies you have? I also act. My first audition was in 2015. A director came from Bryan looking for some talent. He has put on plays and movies. Friends of mine told me to audition, but ministry was so hectic at the time, I was struggling to balance everything. I auditioned and landed a lead role in one of his plays, but I backed out due to my schedule. He gave me another shot the day before the play, and placed me in two roles. I played a gangster and an old man, and the crowd loved it. I have been working with him steadily for
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almost five years now. We have toured and seen many different cities. I have gotten to speak with Tyler Perry, and we are currently trying to do a movie and hoping Netflix will partner with us. What else do you do? I currently work with the City of Huntsville as a Health Inspector. I used to work with the Parks and Recreation department and was blessed to be able to work my way up. I worked part-time with Parks and Recreation department for seasonal work in 2008. They have taught and trained me so well for both positions I have worked with in the city, and I am blessed to be where I am today. When people think of Terrence Bell, what would you like them to remember? I would like to be remembered by my track record I set in high school. I still hold it to this day. Another way I want to be remembered is by my singing and preaching. But most of all, I want to be remembered as a man of God. Terrence is a testament to the truth of the scripture, “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” I got chills when he related how he was called to preach. As his story unfolded about all that has happened since he answered that call, I see a promise answered in his life.
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I recently met an awesome guy through an online dating site and we are really getting serious. We haven’t met in person, yet, but we are scheduled to have a real face to face date very soon. I have found the perfect dress to wear when we meet, but you never know how sizes run when you order something online, so I ordered the dress in several sizes and will return the ones that don’t fit? I’ve never done that before, but I can’t see any harm in it. SIZE MATTERS
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time…putting on an entire new set of leaves is quite a chore for any plant! Weeds will be making their debut very soon, and they arrive they will invite the two other big party crashers: disease and insects. Treat yards and flowerbeds NOW with a preemergent. My personal favorite is Dimension by Fertilome. Dimension stops 80% of noxious weeds before germination and can be applied to lawns AND flowerbeds. Weed N Feed contains a post-emergent that only works on weeds that are already up—so apply pre-emergent now and post-emergent in several weeks. Do not apply a pre-emergent to new sod (less than 10 weeks installed), around newly planted trees or shrubs, or in the area where reseeding annuals such as bluebonnets are waiting to germinate. The cool nights and warm days are a virtual breeding ground for fungi in St. Augustine lawns. March 1st is the best time to apply a granular systemic fungicide such as F-Stop as a preventative before the invasion begins. It is easier to prevent the disease than treat it. Those areas of the yard with low airflow, heavier shade, and consistently poor drainage (low spots) will always have fungal problems until corrected. It is time to fertilize everything—lawn, shrubs, trees, tropical, perennials, annuals,
by Kim Bius It seems Old Man Winter has a few more tricks up his sleeve for East Texas, but take heart fellow gardeners, spring will arrive! She may take the long path getting here, though. As we anticipate and plan for our gardens this season, let us do a quick checklist to get your spring planning off to a successful start. Valentine’s Day has always been the traditional “kick” off date for spring pruning of crape myrtles, roses, evergreen shrubs, and scraggily perennials. Prune just about everything except spring bloomers such as azaleas, camellias, spirea, hawthorne, and viburnum to name a few. Pruning now will remove your buds for spring blooms. It is best to prune these shrubs as soon as they have completed their heavy blooming cycle in May (this includes encore azaleas). If you are pruning more than 40%, if may be advisable to prune 40%, then the remaining 20% in a few weeks, to lessen the shock on large overgrown shrubs. Do not fret that you will have bare exposed stems and branches for 3-5 weeks. New growth will soon take over, and a beautiful spring flush of growth will transform the ugly, overgrown duckling into the correct size. It will be very important to fertilize with a slow release fertilizer at this
Garden Post and patio plants. March 1st is your date to fertilize all your plants. Every fertilizer, if balanced, will have an N-P-K ratio. Every plant has its own specific needs [St. Augustine grass loves a 3-1-2 ratio (15-5-10 or 21-7-14), tomato plants (14-14-14 or 12- 30-14) or roses (10-30-10 or 12-18-13)]. Ask a certified professional nurseryman or a trusted garden center...never assume and read the labels. The exceptions, to name a few: hibiscus require a low phosphorous level (8 or lower), pansies love high nitrogen, and pecan trees love high nitrogen (21-0-0). Fertilome and its Hi-Yield are excellent, and Fertilome has developed an organic line, Natures Guard, we have used often and love. Fertilome is produced and distributed in Bonham, Texas, developed for Texas conditions and crops. The “world” of gardening was once a necessity for survival in the south; it is now the country’s largest “hobby,” pastime, and leisure activity. Cheers to a wonderful spring and to the “brotherhood” of the trowel.
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School Discipline in Steady Decline I receive a steady stream of missives from teachers, ex-teachers, and other folks who have insider knowledge of America’s schools. They all say the same thing – classroom discipline is falling apart and has been for some time – and ask the same question: What can be done? Public-school administrators – not all, but entirely too many – refuse to acknowledge the problem. They dismiss it, as in, “Oh, it’s not as bad as people make it out to be,” whereas every teacher I’ve spoken to in the past twenty years has told me it’s worse than the public even imagines and getting worse with every passing year. One insider recently wrote: “Excellent teachers are giving up. They send kids to the office when they’re disruptive, and in minutes the child is back after having received some treat while they talked about their ‘feelings.’ Also, almost every teacher says that when they call a parent about a child’s behavior, the parent makes excuses or blames the teacher.”
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That description is typical. I will simply add that not only are many good teachers leaving, but many good students are as well. They are either moving to private schools or being home-schooled. As a result of this exodus, the per capita rate of problem students rises. Add in the steady increase in under-disciplined children coming to kindergarten, and the question becomes: What will public education look like in ten years if these trends continue? I flunked fortune-telling in graduate school; nonetheless, I predict that by 2030 nearly every public-school student will have a diagnosis. In most cases, these diagnoses will be bogus (i.e., pseudo-scientific, as in ADHD and ODD). Increasing the population of “special needs” children will not only compensate for funding shortfalls as student populations decline, but will also allow public schools to pretty much abandon academic and behavioral standards. Let me be perfectly clear: In the course of my career, I’ve come to know many public-school
teachers. They are, with rare exception, dedicated people. Teachers are not the problem – not for the most part, at least. The problem consists of equal parts irresponsible parenting (not confined to any given demographic), parents who make excuses for brats they send to school, teacher unions that have been given legal power to game the system, federal aid to education (long outlived its usefulness), and administrators who strip teachers of permission to discipline and then discipline teachers who have the temerity to do so. One example of the latter is caving in to parents who accuse teachers of hurting their children’s feelings or having “personality conflicts” with them. Taxpayer revolt, anyone? Here’s what no one can argue: America’s children deserve better…much, much better.
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Sensible Flashes to Steer Clear Of Vehicle Crashes Unlike many other southern states, Texas is about average in the number of fatalities/population with 3,516 people killed (OMG) in 2015, according to the latest stats from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, you are in charge and can avoid accidents. Texas has the largest number of fatal accidents involving large trucks (>10,000 pounds) at 531 deaths in 2015. Drive defensively around 18-wheelers because they have large blind spots, make wide turns, and cannot stop nearly as quickly as a car. Also, because of their weight (40 tons), their energy to damage a passenger vehicle will create 10 times that of another car. I am careful about being around large trucks and spend as little time as possible alongside them. Texas is one of the states with the most fatal accidents from improper lane changes. Be particularly careful about riding beside another auto for prolonged periods, especially if the driver appears distracted by devices or is weaving even slightly. Head-on collisions are deadliest. They compose only 2% of US crashes, but over 10% of auto crash deaths. The safest lane is the
most right-sided lane if you are a careful driver with little chance to run off the road. Crashes off the highway can be deadly. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, it takes alert drivers approximately two seconds to see a roadway hazard and react to it; so, don’t allow any vehicles to tailgate your car. Tailgating is a factor in one-third of accidents. Tailgating causes Phantom Traffic Jams. Have you ever been in stop and go traffic when there is no discernable reason? ALL THE TIME! Get rid of them by slowing up until they get the idea, back off and simply pass you, or if they are incorrigible, use your emergency flashers—that will confound most tailgaters! Highway Triumph though knowledge! Just as in dog-human falls, there is a problem with deer-vehicle collisions. My daughter collided with a deer taking her son to school and totaled her car. The average cost of vehicle damage is about $4,000. Wikipedia reports there are 1,200,000 deer/vehicle collisions a year in the U.S. WOW! I would have guessed ten grand. These collisions result in 200+ human deaths a year, and I cannot find how many deer bite the dust. Geico recommends that, in addition to slowing down in deer country, this should especially be done at dawn and dusk when deer are most active. Also, deer are most active in autumn months. If you see a deer, slow down—they are pack animals—and be especially careful when seeing a deer crossing sign. Avoid swerving, brake instead; trees are deadlier to hit than deer. A long blast of your horn should scare them away from the road. Use bright lights when no cars are coming. Let’s protect our antlered friends—ourselves, too!
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onroe native Parker McCollum is someone we could easily describe as “the whole package.” He’s handsome and confident, but not pretentious. He’s talented and smart, yet still humble. He’s an old soul with a laidback Austin vibe and can write a heartbreak song that is sure to strike a chord with anyone who has ever loved and lost. Wrap that up with a slightly mischievous smile, a tucked-in t-shirt and a mamma-raised-himright “yes ma’am,” and you have one of the hottest new acts in country music. Postcards Magazine recently visited with McCollum on his tour bus outside Shenanigans & Confettis Beach Club in Huntsville. The 26-yearold Misunderstood singer shared stories about his childhood in Conroe, the moment he thought about giving up, and an incredible year that put his brand of honest country music on the map.
What was life like growing up in Conroe? Growing up in Conroe was pretty normal. Back then, it seemed more like a small town, but it has grown so much over recent years. My parents and grandparents all went to Conroe High School. My family has been there a long time. My brother is six years older than me and was always writing and singing and playing guitar while I was growing up, so that’s how I got into it. I was always singing country music. I remember my mom would get so mad and say, “How can you remember the words to a song after hearing it one time, but you can’t remember your multiplication tables?”
Who were some of the singers that influenced you at an early age? The first people I remember hearing were Porter Wagoner and Johnny Cash, in my aunt’s car; of course, my cousins thought it was weird, but I remember always connecting to that music. By the time I was in junior high, I got into guys like Hayes Carll, Chris Knight, and Adam Carroll; and then Ryan Bingham and the Turnpikes came along (Turnpike Troubadours). I was a huge Pat Green and Randy Rogers fan, too; and now Randy Rogers manages us, so that’s cool.
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I got my parents to let me go to a community college in Austin just so I could move there, because I knew I wasn’t going there to go to school. I went a little bit the first year—not a whole lot. I was in Austin about two years before I started getting serious about music.
I just want to be a songwriter. I don’t connect to songs that aren’t super honest. When you hear a song, you know right away whether you buy it or not. I just always felt I could deliver that. I’m not saying I’m a really good songwriter, but I’d like to be one day.
You had your first taste of success in 2015 with your debut album, The Limestone Kid, and now your sophomore album, Probably Wrong, has really launched your career. Was there ever a time that you thought about giving up? One day when I was picking up copies of The Limestone Kid, I was outside the guy’s house who printed them, and he wasn’t home yet. I called my dad—because I was having a moment—and said, “What am I doing?” He said, “I don’t know, but you need to make up your mind right now. You’re either gonna do it or figure something else out and stick to it.” I said, “Never mind. I’m going to do this.” I never looked back.
What is your songwriting process? I put large Post-it notes on the walls with my ideas on them. I stand up, walk around and play guitar—it’s really weird, but it works. When I was writing songs for Probably Wrong, I would go to my brother’s house to write, because he would work all day, and I had a roommate. Hell of a Year was the last song I wrote for the album, and I wrote it in a Whataburger parking lot in Austin at 2 or 3 in the morning. I had the guitar picking part, and I just started singing the words. I drove back home and finished it. Misunderstood has been a huge hit. Are you surprised how much attention and airplay it has received? Yes. It was kind of the sleeper song on the record. I don’t think anyone really expected
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What about your look? My tucked in t-shirts? Well, I’m not good at dressing myself. I wear Target shirts and Wranglers or Levi’s, but when a guy that lives near me gave me this cool belt from where he works, I started tucking in my t-shirt—a full tuck—it’s a way of life (cue the mischievous grin). Any unique habits we should know about? I used to drink pickle juice on stage every night because it’s good for your vocal chords, but I quit. I thought—what if I get a weird disease from drinking too much pickle juice? What does your family think about your success? My mom thinks it’s really cool. My dad and stepmom are blown away. My brother is very supportive and is about to pursue music, too. He is super talented and a way better songwriter than I am.
This past year has been remarkable for your career. How would you sum it up? We got our first tour bus—that’s probably the coolest thing I will ever do in my whole life. We got to tour the west coast with Randy Rogers. We signed a publishing deal with Warner Bros.—it was wild. And it was the greatest deer season of my life, no doubt. It was insane. I was on the ranch in East Texas that I have been hunting on my whole life, and the biggest deer I have ever shot walked out 20 minutes after daylight—after I had been sitting out there Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday by myself. That deer walked out, and it was worth the wait. McCollum has now begun writing songs for his third album and said he is approaching it the only way he knows how—with honesty, and a room full of extra-large Post-it notes. Don’t miss your chance to see Parker McCollum in concert. Visit parkermccollum.com for tour dates.
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s a media producer and filmmaker for many years, Paul Shiver had always thought Huntsville, Texas, and more specifically downtown Huntsville, would be a perfect place for a film festival. He envisioned taking 12th Street and putting on some entertainment to draw people in and build an audience for independent filmmakers. “They work really hard investing their time and their own money to create their movies,” said Shiver. “In all likelihood, their movies will not get picked up by well-known film studios like 20th Century Fox, because such studios already have their own system in place, but for independent filmmakers, film festivals are how they showcase their work.” In 2018, dream became reality with the inception of the “Prison City” Film Festival in downtown Huntsville, Texas. According to Shiver, many people ask how the name came about. It’s a well-known fact, that Huntsville, Texas, within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), is recognized for having the state headquarters and several prisons. For this reason, Huntsville is often referred to as, “Prison City.” Hence, the name, “Prison City” Film Festival. “We receive lots of submissions of documentaries about the prisons. In this respect, it has worked in our favor,” said Shiver. He also believes that the name is the reason they’ve received so many submissions. According to Shiver, many Independent Filmmakers said they don’t usually deal with first-year film festivals, but they admitted they were intrigued by the name, and decided to take a risk.
Originally, the idea was to create a small-town film festival to showcase independent films and filmmakers, with anticipation of getting anywhere from 10 to 15 submissions. Ultimately, they received over 40 submissions from all around the world. Before they knew it, Film Freeway had caught wind of it, then they were listed with the Texas Film Commission, and soon started receiving phone calls from the Houston Film Commission. Some of the main events last year included a welcome dinner and party for filmmakers, hosted by Mayor Andy Brauninger. Almost 40 filmmakers were in attendance. They met with the executive staff responsible for coordinating the event, and expressed their appreciation for the recognition and warm welcome they received. Other activities included a welcome luncheon hosted by the Wynne Home, and a mixer held at Crazywood Art Gallery, hosted by John Smither, Huntsville entrepreneur and art enthusiast. These various events created lots of opportunities for networking, and plenty to see and do. “Overall, the event went well, with a bit of a learning curve,” said Shiver. As a result of last year’s success, Huntsville is now getting ‘revved up’ to host the 2nd Annual Prison City Film Festival (PCFF) at the Old Town Theatre located in downtown Huntsville. The 4-day event commences Wednesday, February 27 with a special guest presentation and Q&A session on Creative Screenplay & Script Writing, by James Christopher, Austin filmmaker, and founder of the Austin Revolution Film Festival. Film screenings will be
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Young Zambian children hold a glass full of clean water, pumped from a Living Water International well.
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project. Our group of six men worked with the main driller and his assistant and were accompanied by other men from the community who helped dig pits into which the drilling debris flowed. During the drilling process, we hit rock about 20 feet deep, and from that point on it was tough going. After several days of drilling, replacing crumpled drill bits, and an interruption of lightning, thunder, and rain, we were able to drill down to between an 80 and 100-foot level to reach the second water table. This table produced a fresh clean water supply. The community’s water supply was previously drawn from the first water table which contained pesticides from the local sugar cane plantations, bacteria and other undesirable substances. We had hoped to drill deeper, but our trip was at an end. Therefore, we considered this as “mission accomplished!”
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When we first arrived, the townspeople lined the streets to celebrate our coming; the children, dressed in school uniforms, sang Kevin enjoys a for us; and we were treated to all quick coconut sorts of delicious foods. News had sip while helping gotten out about my August 4th with the driller. birthday later in the week. To my surprise, the entire community gathered to celebrate the occasion with balloons, cakes, and a piñata. Kellie had shared that I was a Dallas Cowboys fan, so I was presented with a cake and a pinata, both resembling the Cowboy star emblem. On another occasion, the local scoutmaster, learning that I was an Eagle Scout, gave each of the men a scout shirt representing the local troop. He also presented me with a bolo. A young boy, age 12, got permission to talk with me about Scout activities in America. His eyes lit up when I spoke of camping. We learned that a camping event was coming up but, due to lack of finances, he would be unable to attend. Kellie and I took care of that fee for him. We treasure the fact that God allowed us to be a part of this special memory for that young boy.
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www.water.cc Would you and Kellie consider making another “Living Water Trip?” Absolutely! It was a great experience. We feel for these gracious people who have been dealt a bad hand. It was both a rewarding and a humbling experience. We are grateful to have had this opportunity and would encourage others to do the same. Kellie now shares a few additional thoughts with us: What were your responsibilities? Kellie: as a part of the hygiene team, I helped prepare and teach lessons to the women and children of the community about proper hand washing, the spread of germs, and other common concepts. We also used stories from the Bible to teach lessons, such as Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, to incorporate the Word of God. When we were finished with our lessons, we would play games, do crafts, and other fun activities with the children. Even with the language barrier, we had so much fun with them. What memories do you cherish from this experience?
Kellie helped the hygiene team prepare and teach lessons to the women and children.
though they lived in such poverty. The people of the community were incredibly generous and treated us like family. They gave us their best, when they had so little. Even though it was not always easy to communicate with them verbally, they showed us their love in so many ways during our time together.
The trip far exceeded my imagination and it truly impacted my life. I still think of those sweet kids when I’m washing my hands, and the silly songs we taught them about hand washing pop into my head often. Being a part of the hygiene team, we were able to experience a whole other aspect of the community than the men did. The children left the biggest impact on me. They were so full of love and hope, even
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The Equine Eye and Its Concerns
Many people do not think to worry about their horse’s eyes, since the majority of equine are considered working animals. Horses were made to be in the outdoors, so one would think they have all the necessary means to “handle the outdoors.” Unfortunately, for this reason, horses are known to have more severe eye injuries and state of disease once they finally make it to the veterinarian. Owners do not usually notice if their horse’s eye is cloudy or irritated. They usually only realize the issue as their horse is scratching on a post, not turning the poles or barrels the way they used to, or not staying with the cows as they did in the past. The horse’s eyes are very complex in the way they are constructed. Details on the makeup of the eye help to show how issues can arise and where they are most commonly seen. The eye is connected to the brain which communicates through nerve signals. It is a sphere filled with fluid and is fragile. For this reason, it sits inside the eye socket, a circular structure made of bone. The cornea is also an important part of the eye; it is the outermost layer of the eye and is like a window, controlling the entry of light into the eye. Just inside the cornea is the anterior chamber. This chamber holds a thick, clear fluid called aqueous humor. The aqueous humor is very important for supplying nutrition to the cornea and lens, nutrients such as amino acids and glucose. The colored part of the eye is known as the iris, which functions to control the size and diameter of the pupil. Finally, the pupil functions to determine the amount of light allowed in the image-forming part of the eye. Horses can injure their eye on branches, halters, dust—and anything else you can think of. Signs to watch for are redness, swelling, eye rubbing, blinking, and excessive drainage. If any of these start to occur, it is ideal to get the horse to a veterinarian as soon as possible. If delayed too long before being seen, the owner risks severe and long-term damage to the horse’s eye. Certain conditions are known to affect horses more than other animals. To list a few: traumatic injuries, equine recurrent
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uveitis, squamous cell carcinoma, cataracts, and corneal disorders. Out of those listed, 90 percent of horses that come into the clinic have corneal disease, squamous cell carcinoma, and equine recurrent uveitis. Another big one that affects horses’ eyes is physical trauma to the cornea. Equine recurrent uveitis is one of the most common and one of the most challenging to treat and, in severe cases, will lead to blindness. The cowboy term of ERU is moon blindness. ERU is an autoimmune disease that is clinically diagnosed with excessive squinting, redness, cloudiness, and watery discharge that will increase in frequency and severity. There are three types of equine recurrent uveitis: affecting the front of the eye (classic), subclinical (insidious), and the back of the eye (posterior). Unfortunately, there is no real cure for ERU. Topical and oral medications have been used to try to manage these conditions. Steroids can be used to help with inflammation and any existing ocular damage, but in severe cases these do not help, and the horse may need to undergo eye surgery. Research being done using stem cells to help fight off ERU is in the very early stages. Corneal ulcers or any injury to the cornea are also big issues in the eye due to the cornea being constructed by collagen fibers, which lack blood supply. It is very difficult for the cornea to fight off bacterial or fungal infections. In this case, they need to be treated aggressively with topical antibiotics or antifungals. The most common eye cancer is squamous cell carcinoma. These tumors tend to develop on the third eyelid or on the inside of the eyelid. These cancer spots appear most like warts. Common treatment involves freezing (cryotherapy) to remove. The removal of the mass or sometimes even the eye may be necessary. Remember to check your horse’s eyes periodically and monitor for any signs listed above. Watch for subtle behavior changes to help catch problems early on. Don’t delay in having an eye checked. Eye concerns are commonly considered an emergency and need to be dealt with promptly. C=19 M=68 Y=73 K=5
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Dr. Deahl strongly advocates for the integrity and skill of the doctors at Huntsville Memorial Hospital.
By Kara Tipton Photos by Libby Rogers Timothy Deahl, M.D., has been practicing medicine in Huntsville, Texas for nearly 29 years. Delivering more than 5,000 babies at Huntsville Memorial Hospital, and caring for more than 30,000 women since opening his practice, Dr. Deahl is one of Huntsville’s most beloved and respected obstetricians. Dr. Deahl studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He completed his residency in OB/GYN specialty at Saint Joseph’s in Houston. “I knew I wanted to be a doctor in high school,” said Dr. Deahl. “I wanted to go into family medicine where I could care for a whole person through all stages of life.” In medical school, it became clear that medicine was headed in the direction of specialties, and away from family practitioners, so he decided to pursue obstetrics. “As an OB I could still do all the things I wanted to do, caring for the whole person from primary care to surgery. My only limitation is that my patients must be women!” As an OB/GYN, Dr. Deahl spends a lot of time caring for pregnant women. He delivered his first baby in March of 1987 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas while in medical school. “That first delivery is scary! But then instinct takes over, and you handle the situation at hand, and everything went smoothly.” He went on to deliver 120 babies in medical school, more than 2,500 in residency, and more than 5,000 in Huntsville, bringing his grand total of babies delivered to more than 7,620. “The best
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260 I-45 B Huntsville, TX 77340 (936) 291-2557 part of taking care of expecting women is working with young couples who are so excited about the pregnancy,” said Dr. Deahl. He added that the most difficult part is when women do not have support or are abusing drugs. To offer additional resources to women in crisis, Huntsville Memorial Hospital opened a new prenatal clinic in July of 2018. Dr. Deahl is one of the local physicians working closely with the clinic, designed as a safe place for pregnant women who are uninsured or who are in any way hesitant to see their doctor to get much needed prenatal care. Women are encouraged to contact Huntsville Memorial Hospital directly to get more information on the prenatal clinic. One of Dr. Deahl’s favorite parts of practicing medicine is the ever-growing range of technological advances. One such advance is robotic surgery, which also plays a large part in Dr. Deahl’s practice. “I’m very proud and excited about this approach to surgery,” said Dr. Deahl. “Robotic Surgery is far less invasive, very relaxed, and most patients can go home the same day.” Dr. Deahl can perform almost any OB-related procedure robotically right in Huntsville, including hysterectomies. Hysterectomies traditionally have a long, difficult recovery process, but performing the procedure robotically significantly cuts down recovery time. Dr. Deahl strongly advocates for the integrity and skill of the doctors at Huntsville Memorial Hospital.
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“The hospital has been under scrutiny lately, but this is a great hospital in our small town,” he said. “We have a great support staff, excellent pediatricians, and extremely skilled doctors. Both of my own children were born here, everyone in my family has had services here, and, in fact, when my son needed surgery, rather than choosing a doctor in the big city he lives in, he came to Huntsville for the procedure because these are the doctors I trust more than anyone else.” Dr. Deahl is thoroughly prepared to care for high-risk pregnancies, with help from Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Woodlands. Women can deliver any time after 34 weeks at Huntsville Memorial Hospital.
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Three support staff members work at Dr. Deahl’s office. Alivia Ronsonette is the LPN assisting in patient care, Brenda Luker handles insurance, and Marisela Mejorado is the office receptionist. Mejorado has worked with the Deahl family for 25 years, and has been the practice’s receptionist since 2010. She shared, “This is a great place to work, a small office, and not hectic. I love my co-workers. I feel blessed.” Nathan and Megan Spencer of Huntsville saw Dr. Deahl throughout two pregnancies. Megan shared about the experience, “When my husband and I were trying to have our first baby, we decided I needed to switch to a local OB/GYN so we would be able to deliver in Huntsville. I
called to make a yearly women’s exam appointment and was greeted by kind Mari on the phone. Little did I know that my first impression of her would be a reflection of Dr. Deahl and his practice. Before my appointment, I found out we were expecting and was able to change my appointment to a prenatal. Being a first-time mother, I was nervous and unsure of every step of my pregnancy.
Dr. Deahl was very calm, patient, and made me feel valued as a patient. Some of my favorite appointments were my sonogram appointments. Dr. Deahl explained everything we saw and made it a very memorable experience. Hearing our babies’ heartbeats for the first time and finding out the sex of each are some of my most cherished memories.” Megan added, “Dr. Deahl and his staff are compassionate and hardworking. They are not there to earn a paycheck. They are there to make Huntsville a better place. Along with my experiences and those of other patients, I would highly recommend Dr. Deahl to anyone in search of an OB/GYN.” “I love having my practice in Huntsville,” explained Dr. Deahl. “Doing what I do requires a lot of time. I’m always on call. In large cities, you see whoever is available, but here in Huntsville I am only 3 minutes away from the hospital. I can be there for my patients. I’ve been practicing medicine here so long that I’m now delivering the babies of my babies. It’s very special.”
Megan Spencer, pictured here with her husband Nathan and two children, has seen Dr. Deahl for both of their pregnancies.
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Sleep Apnea is nothing to Snooze On Snoring, headaches, and chronic exhaustion affect a large portion of the population. Most people know a spouse, parent, or child who snores. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 22 million Americans suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – whether they know it or not. Apnea is the complete cessation of breathing during sleep for a period of time. It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults have apnea, and approximately 9 out of 10 people who have it, don’t know it.
patients). It assessed sleep disordered breathing (SDB) and evaluated the number of apnea and hypopnea episodes/hour of sleep (AHI). Less than 5 times per hour was identified as normal, 5-15 as mild, 15 -30 as moderate and more than 30 as severe. After 18 years, 95% of the normal AHI patients were still alive, 91% of mild AHI patients and 84% of moderate AHI patients. Sadly, only 57% of the severe AHI patients were still alive. Oxygen is important!
There are two types of apnea – central sleep apnea, in which there is failure of the central nervous system to drive your breathing; and obstructive sleep apnea, in which the soft tissues in your mouth actually block the airway.
As a dentist, I have a couple of concerns about sleep apnea. OSA has been linked to nocturnal bruxism (grinding/clenching your teeth while you sleep). It has been shown that patients will clench and grind their teeth when they are coming out of an apneic event. Basically, the body activates the muscles to regain control of the airway. One study showed that reports of OSA were 2-3 times higher in people also aware of grinding their teeth. I have seen a lot of patients over the years with wear on their teeth that isn’t normal – I now strongly recommend they get a sleep study done to evaluate the possibility of OSA. One study showed that patients who utilized a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine had significant decrease, and in many, complete eradication of tooth grinding. The study suggested that successful treatment of breathing abnormalities may eliminate bruxism during sleep.
An 18-year mortality study was conducted on the As I tell my patients, the “gold standard” for treatment population-based Wisconsin Sleep Cohort (1522 of Sleep Disordered Breathing is a CPAP machine. The
problem that arises is compliance. A high percentage of patients who have a CPAP machine either don’t use it every night or will only use it for a few hours during the night, if at all. Unfortunately, Scott A. Logan, D.D.S. the CPAP won’t do you any good sitting on the nightstand in the off position. If a patient can’t tolerate a CPAP, then dentistry can offer a variety of oral appliances to help. Depending on your situation and needs, different styles of appliances can be fabricated. All are designed to keep the lower jaw and tongue forward during the night and not allow them to fall back to block the airway. They are very successful for snoring and mild to moderate cases of apnea. As with everything, there are some potential minor side effects you should discuss with your dentist, but none of them outweigh the importance of getting oxygen into your body while you sleep. One screening method you can try is to go online and look up the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. It is a good selfscreening test to see if you might have a sleep breathing disorder. So, if you or someone you love snores or has some type of sleep disordered breathing concern, have them check with their physician and dentist about having a sleep study done. Your health depends on it!
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I would suggest that Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most significant, undiagnosed and untreated medical disorder in our country. There is a very high correlation between OSA and a number of serious medical concerns. 50% of patients with AFIB have apnea, 30% of hypertensive patients, 66% of patients with ventricular arrhythmias, 80% of patients with drug-resistant hypertension, 72% of patients with Type 2 diabetes, 30% of patients with angina and 40-60% of patients with end stage renal disease all have OSA. These are just a few of the correlations that have been found.
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Mustard Seed Moments
The Light of Dawn by Chris Blair “Dawn” is a great word. It is not night. It is not day. Yet, one is transforming into the other. You see both night and day during the dawn. Darkness fades into light of dawn, which slowly and eventually becomes full light. I also love how we use the phrase, “It dawned on me.” It is like one way of thinking fades and another way of thinking comes to light. The shadows give way to clarity and meaning. Learning to live fully alive in Jesus is like the dawn. It does not happen in a flash, all of a sudden. Our growth is gradual, subtle, and in small increments. Most of the time we are completely unaware of it. Yet, darkness continues to give way to light.
Your commitment to make small Jesus-like decisions over time will cause tremendous growth in your life. It will affect every aspect of who you are. Those who know you will notice the change without you even trying. Like a city on a hill cannot hide, so God in your life will be seen. I want you to be encouraged as you renew your commitment to go deeper as a follower of Jesus. Remember that we are taking our time and consistently turning ourselves over to the Lord. He is the one who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body (Philippians 3:21).
Today’s Assignment Spend some time thinking about where you were at this time last year. Where were you spiritually? How has life changed for you? What new insights have you received? How has the light of Christ dawned in your life?
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:14-16
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