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Received via email May, 2009: A Poem to Ponder I was shocked, confused, bewildered As I entered Heaven’s door. Not by the beauty of it all, Nor the lights or its décor. But is was the folks in Heaven Who made me sputter and gasp! The thieves, the liars, the sinners, The alcoholics and the trash. There stood the kid from seventh grade Who swiped my lunch money twice. Next to him was my old neighbor Who never said anything nice. Herb, whom I always thought Was rotting away in hell, Was sitting pretty on cloud nine Looking incredibly well. I nudged Jesus, “What’s the deal”? I would love to hear your take. How’d all these sinners get up here? God must’ve made a mistake. “And why’s everyone so quiet, So somber-give me a clue.” “Hush, child” He said, “they’re in shock, No one thought they’d be seeing you.” Remember – Just going to church doesn’t make you any more a Christian than standing in the garage makes you a car. Every saint has a PAST . . . Every sinner has a FUTURE.

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I Can Help! To my entire readership, I’m Ginger Lane Publisher of the Texas Twister and I would like to bring a need to your attention. Women In Need needs your help. This non-profit organization does so much for our community and I would like to encourage you to help them help others. Texas Twister intends to give back to our community by launching the I Can Help program. If you own a business and would be willing to donate gift cards, funding, your service, donations and/or your time, I would like to honor you by giving you a 5X5 feature at no cost to you, in the Texas Twister. You help them, we help you! This is a great way to receive free publicity. Just a little teamwork to help fight abuse that’s right here in our own back yards. I recently met with Roger Robertson, Executive Director or Women In Need and was shocked at the statistics he provided regarding domestic violence. The number of people they help and the service Women In Need provides is truly amazing. As a community I would like to challenge us to work together and help in any way we can. For those of you in our community that are currently in relationships where you feel you are being abused please contact Women In Need. Their service reaches far beyond just the emergency shelter. If you do not want shelter but would like to know all of the other ways Women In Need can help you, please contact their office by calling 903-454-HELP (4357).

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In the 1400’s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb’ -------------------------------Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled ‘Gentlemen Only..Ladies Forbidden’...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language. -------------------------------The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone. -------------------------------Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S . Treasury. -------------------------------Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

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If you ever drop something on the ground and can’t find it, hold a flashlight parallel to the ground… it’ll make the shadow of the tiny thing a few inches long, and you’ll spot it right away. The ends of the aluminum foil box have a cut area to punch in to keep the roll from coming out of the box. You can retrieve something dropped in a sink by placing panti hose over the end of a wet-vac. When you turn the wet vac on, it is sucked into the pantihose. Lose a contact lense or other small object in the carpet or behind the washing machine? Same as above, except you can use a regular vacuum with the panti hose on the end. Gently vacuum over the area you suspect you dropped the item. It will become attached to the pantihose. Baby wipes are miracle-workers on carpet stains, from motor oil to blood, they remove almost anything! To prevent the wax from melting and sticking to the inside of a votive candle holder, pour a bit of water in the holder, then place the candle on top. If you’re reading this tip too late, and there’s already wax stuck inside your candle holder, pop it in the freezer for an hour. The wax will chip right off. In the Spring, when you’re fireplace will be out of commission for a while, clean out the ashes, then fill the fireplace with crumpled newspapers (non-glossy pages). Leave the newspapers for a couple of days, then discard. To keep cat litter fresh smelling, mix baby powder in with the litter. Photos Stuck Together? With a hair dryer on low, slowly melt them apart. Smelly Shoes? Simply fill a tube sock with kitty litter, baking soda, or tea leaves; tie the end closed; and place the filled socks in the shoes when you’re not wearing them. These sachets can be used over and over in any kind of shoe. Stuck-On Food in Pots, Pans, and Crockpots? Fill the pan with water and place a fabric softener sheet in the water. Allow the pan to soak overnight. The food will wipe right out! This is the perfect window cleaner! In a gallon jug: 1/2 bottle of rubbing alcohol, 2 Tbls. Prell Shampoo, fill jug to the top with water. The rubbing alcohol prevents streaks and the shampoo cuts the dirt. I swear by it. It will last a long time and is very inexpensive. (Submitted by Rosemary York.)

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What Is IT??

There have been a few changes in the last fifty two years. It’s a hard disk with 5 MB storage‌made in 1956. In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5 MB of data. Start appreciating your 8 GB memory stick!

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“A Night At the Movies” was the theme set for the 2009 Quinlan ISD Employee Appreciation Celebration. District Employee Service Awards were honored, Employees of the Year announced and more. Employees dressed as movie stars and campuses put on movie-themed skits. The Athletic Employee of the Year is TMS’s Coach Mike Barton

The Secondary Teacher of the Year is FHS Band Director Marty Filip. TMS 8th grade Reading Teacher Linda Butler was a nominee

The Elementary Teacher of the Year is 2nd Grade Teacher Meta Jennings. Other nominees included JMECC’s Erica Morrison and BIS’s Jenny Cheney.

The Para Professional of the Year went to BIS’s Judy Armstrong (not pictured). Other nominees were JMECC’s Cathy Landrith, JMECC’s Chevie Griggers and FHS’s Kristy Marty

20, 25 Year Service Awardees Darla Heck and Lisa Gunter (not pictured)

35 Year Service Award Sue Gibbs

The Maintenance Department Employee of the Year is BIS Custodian Dwayne Page. Other nominees included CES’s Ramona Gonzalez and FHS’s Kimberly Rodgers

The Professional of the Year went to TMS Principal Michael Tull. Other nominees were CES’s Amy Griffin, FHS’s James Daugherty and Supt. Micheal French

15 Year Service Awardees 5 Year Service Awardees

10 Year Service Awardees

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June, 2009 FIVE RIDDLES THE ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM. RIDDLE #5 IS AMAZING. IT SHARPENS THOSE GENES IN YOUR BRAIN AND STALLS ALZHEIMER’S FOR YEARS! 1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in three years. Which room is safest for him? 2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him.. But five minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be? 3. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away? 4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday? 5. This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching! THE ANSWERS TO ALL FIVE THE RIDDLES ARE BELOW: 1. The third room. Lions that haven’t eaten in three years are dead. That one was easy, right? 2. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry (shot; held under water; and hung). 3. Charcoal, as it is used in barbecuing. 4. Sure you can name three consecutive days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow! 5. The letter e, which is the most common letter used in the English language, does not appear even once in the paragraph. How did you do?

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*Regional Champions* 2009 Regional Results from meet in Stephenville Accounting 1st – Jeremy Smith 2nd – Trey Craig 5th – Chris Mercer 6th – Taylor Westmoreland 1st place team *highest team score in all classifications in entire state. Advancing to State Calculator Applications 1st – Jeremy Smith 3rd – Jacob Taylor 2nd place team including Angelica Van Horn and Samantha Moran Advancing to State as wildcard team Computer Applications 2nd –Jacob Taylor 3rd- Jeremy Smith Advancing to State Informative Speaking 4th- Rachel Parsons Lincoln Douglas Debate 1st – Will White Advancing to State Mathematics 1st – Jeremy Smith 5th – Jacob Taylor 1st place team including Rodney Malone and Trey Craig Advancing to State Number Sense 1st- Jeremy Smith 2nd – Taylor Westmoreland 4th –Israel Chavarri 5th – Trey Craig 1st place team Advancing to State Persuasive Speaking 5th – Ryan Turney 6th – Austin Davidson Prose Interpretation 2nd – Aaron Gill Advancing to State

Art teacher, Mr. Jeff Jaco, presented several pieces of his student’s work at the last board meeting. All enjoyed the exhibit of the student’s works. Work from the following students was displayed:Natalie Wade, Heather Meeks, Misty Moore, Ashley Henry, Talia Ippolito, Robert Law, Brittney Crawford and students from Art I and Art II classes. Mr. Jaco is standing by Robert Law’s painting.

Duke TIP Awards

Caddo Mills ISD has been notified by The Duke University Talent Identification Program that 7th grader Jett Johnson will be recognized nationally based on his outstanding performance on the ACT test. The 7th graders selected to test are given the opportunity to learn more about their academic strengths. Duke TIP then provides the participant with comparative information concerning their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. The goal is to assist young people with excellent mathematical or verbal aptitude. Students who qualify for Duke TIP’s Grand Recognition scored the same or better than 90% of the juniors and seniors in high school who took this college entrance exam. These students represent the top 2% of the entire Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search. Jett will be honored at the State Level first on the campus of the University of North Texas receiving a medallion. Later this summer he will be honored at Duke University in the Cameron Indoor Stadium receiving a second medallion. Caddo Mills is extremely proud of Jett and congratulates him on these awards. In the picture: Jett is in front surrounded by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Johnson, brother Jake, and grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Joe Johnson. This picture was taken at the Caddo Mills ISD Board meeting where Jett was recognized.

The 3rd Graders at Griffis Elementary presented School House Rock for the Griffis PTO.

The One Act Play was presented on May 11 to the public at Caddo Mills High School.

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SENIOR MOMENTS I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over. ********************************************************************* My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. ********************************************************************* Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out. ********************************************************************* It’s scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker. ********************************************************************* These days about half the stuff In my shopping cart says, ‘ For fast relief.’ ********************************************************************* THE SENILITY PRAYER : Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference. ********************************************************************* Reporter interviewing a 104-year-old woman: ‘And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?’ the reporter asked. She simply replied, ‘No peer pressure.’ ********************************************************************* I’ve sure gotten old! I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I’m half blind, can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. have bouts with dementia, have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can’t remember if I’m 89 or 98. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver’s license.


Lone Oak Elementary fourth graders travel to Austin with Education in Action’s “Proud to be Texan” program

Lone Oak ISD fourth grade teachers at Lone Oak Elementary took their classrooms on the road to Austin with Education in Action’s “Proud to be Texan” experiential learning day program, May 12, 2009. Students visited the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Texas State Capitol and experienced what they are learning in fourth grade Texas History. On the way to Austin students discussed why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their visit. In Austin the students visited the State Capitol where their legislators, The Honorable Bob Deuell, State Senator, District 2 and The Honorable Dan Flynn, State Representative, District 2, office. Students saw first-hand where Texas laws are made as they toured the State Capitol including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers. At the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum students explored exhibits about Texas’s earliest inhabitants, the Texas Revolution and events that created our Lone Star identity. The students’ visit to the museum concluded at the multi-sensory Texas Spirit Theater with the Star of Destiny where they saw and experienced the history of our great state including a gusher exploding from an East Texas oil derrick and the takeoff of Saturn V as seen from Mission Control at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. “Education in Action’s programs are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,” stated Jennifer Pasteur, Education in Action’s Executive Director. “Student activities during Education in Action’s ‘Proud to be Texan’ programs reinforce and supplement fourth grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills learning objectives with a focus on why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage.” Education in Action, the premier organization for experiential learning travel programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, makes it easy for teachers to take their 3rd, 4th or 5th grade classrooms on organized, fun and meaningful site-based learning experiences. Education in Action handles all details, from round-trip charter bus transportation and program reservations, to a pre-program training session for all participating adults and TEKS-based pro-

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gram curriculum, so teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom. Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educated and involved Texans. For more information about Education in Action or Education in Action’s programs, call 817-562-4957, email or visit www.

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THE 3rd ANNUAL LONE OAK ELEMENTARY TEXAS HEROES PROGRAM MAY 28, 2009 SWEPT BACK TO A TEXAS FUTURE Directed by...The 4th Grade Teachers Amy Baxter, Nancy Brumit, Shannon Hinson, Mindy Hogue

Students from the Lone Oak Middle School and Lone Oak High School Bands participated in the Soundpost Band Festival in Canton on May 13 and 14. Both organizations received First Division trophies with ratings on their performances of two concert selections. Students were judged by a 3 member panel of professional musicians, who rated the organizations on a variety of musical performance criteria. The festival is sponsored jointly by Splash Kingdon and band department of Canton ISD.


Last Friday the Lone Oak Middle School students enjoyed their first annual Middle School Field Day. The students enjoyed face painting, football, obstacle courses, a water slide and many more activity. The student had a great time participating in all the activities.

This play was based on the Lone Oak fourth grade social studies curriculum. The students were introduced to the history, geography, economics, culture, and society found in Texas. The students learned about the growth and development of the cattle industry and individuals who helped make cattle ranching a major cultural and economic force in Texas. We know all these individuals as “cowboys”.

The fourth grade “cowboys and cowgirls” also learned a line dance they performed at their play. I do have to say, it made me yell out “YEE HAW” a few times! We got to see The Country Shuffle, The Electric Slide and a few other great dances.

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FUN IN THE SUN Life’s Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ‘Holy cow...What a Ride!’ So Live. Play. Enjoy...Get Outside!

My family went ‘camping’ over the Memorial Day weekend.

And, it was awesome. It’s my first vacation since starting Texas Twister, but what I want to share with you is how great it was for us all to get together, and relax.

We were actually in a cabin out at Wind Point Park. And, we

took the time to pack everything. Yes, it was a lot of work in the beginning, but once we were there, we were ready to have some fun! It was a great time for swimming, fishing, hunting for rocks, shells, and arrowheads. Oh, and my sister brought water guns! We had card games, and all kinds of sandwich foods. We got a fried turkey from Big D’s Bar B Que and it was delicious. There were steaks and burgers on the grill, roasted marshmallows on the fire, and of course we made smores. Whether you take a tent, get a cabin, or just stay for the day, getting outside and away from home is a wonderful experience for the entire family! What is it the NIKE says?........JUST DO IT!

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R-L Katie Gailley & Alex Regan 5th grade

Outstanding Royse City ISD Students Selected for Summer 2009 Lone Star Leadership Academy Programs Outstanding Texas 5th-8th grade students from across the state have been selected to participate in Education in Action’s summer 2009 Lone Star Leadership Academy programs in Dallas/Fort Worth (5th & 6th graders), Austin (6th & 7th graders) and Houston/Galveston (7th & 8th graders). Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy is based on a student’s demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation and involvement in school/community activities. During the weeklong residential Lone Star Leadership Academy programs, selected students join delegations of other distinguished students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants experience what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically and environmentally significant sites including the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (Dallas/Fort Worth program), the offices of their state legislators, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, bat watching on the Lone Star Riverboat and a Cowboy Cookout (Austin program) and NASA, the Houston Ship Channel, San Jacinto Battleground Monument and Moody Gardens (Houston/

Alexis Stanley 5th grade Galveston program) and much more. Career speakers introduce participants to a wide variety of unique career and internship opportunities. The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides a unique opportunity for outstanding students to learn about the Spirit of Texas and what it truly means to be from the Lone Star State. Participants discuss what they learn, complete problem solving and decision-making simulations, exercise creativity and practice presentation skills in Leadership Groups. In addition, participants have fun meeting other outstanding students from across the state of Texas and making new friends while adding to their resume of academic achievements, developing leadership skills and bringing home a wealth of information to supplement what they are learning in school. Congratulations to Davis Elementary, Katie Gailley & Alex Regan, Fort Elementary, Alexis Stanley and Ruth Cherry Intermediate, Lulu Gazawie! Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to em-

Lulu Gazawie 6th grade powering young Texans to become informed and active leaders in their communities. Students involved in student government and service organizations are especially good candidates for Lone Star Leadership Academy programs. Facilitator/student ratio is one to 10 and all facilitators are Texas teachers. For more information about Education in Action or the Lone Star Leadership Academy, call 817562-4957 or visit

RCHS Production “The White Rose”

The public performance of the State Recognized RCHS Theatre Company’s UIL One-Act Play production of “The White Rose” has been scheduled for Monday June 1st @ 7:00pm at the High School Performing Arts Center. The cost will be $1.00 for students and $2.00 for adults.

Royse City Students Deliver Historic Performance!

The Theatre program at the High School celebrated a successful year with a phenomenal performance in Austin at the 4A State UIL One-Act Play Contest. It was the first appearance by a company from Royse City High School in the 83 year history of the contest. RCHS students were honored as one of the top 8 productions in Conference 4A. Austen Sharp was selected as a member of the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast. Mackenzie Turner was honored as a member of the All-Star Cast. Congratulation to the entire company of “The White Rose” for their exemplary achievements!

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“Silver or White Fillings?” Most of us over 30 years old have or have had silver fillings. These silver fillings are made from a variety of metals mixed together, including silver, zinc, copper, tin, and mercury. This is known as amalgam. Dental amalgam has been used since the early 1800’s to fill teeth. It is very strong and durable, and lasts for many years. It does not form an actual bond to your tooth, however. It is simply packed, or wedged into a cavity. Typically, the mercury content in amalgam is less than 3%, but its presence in dental amalgam has caused some controversy in recent years. Some dentists no longer use amalgam for this reason, but many dentist still offer it to their patients due to its durability and successful history. The ADA stands behind the safety of dental amalgam and most studies have supported its safety and efficacy. If you are concerned about the mercury in amalgam, or simply do not like the appearance of silver fillings, you may opt for composite

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fillings instead. Dental composite is tooth colored and is made of resin. It comes in a variety of shades so that your natural tooth shade can be closely matched. When it comes to fillings on the front teeth, most dentists and patients prefer dental composite. Some dentists do not like to use composites on back teeth, especially on chewing surfaces. While dental research and development is constantly making improvements on composites, many feel that it is still not as good as amalgam because it is not as strong. Composite fillings typically do not last as long as amalgam fillings, and may have to be replaced more frequently. Unlike amalgam, however, composite actually forms a bond to natural tooth structure, and some dentists feel that it is a better choice of material for weak teeth because it helps hold the tooth together. If you are in need of a filling, you may want to ask your dentist what he or she recommends in your case. There are many factors that your dentist may take into account when determining what is going to be best for you. One thing you may need to keep in mind, however, is that many insurance companies will not pay for composite fillings on back teeth. Composite fillings are typically more expensive than amalgam fillings, so if you opt for composites, you may have to pay more out of pocket expenses. Of course, the best plan of action is to take good care of your teeth and prevent cavities in the first place. Remember, take care of your teeth and they’ll take care of you.

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Well, looks like we are going to have a dry spell for a change and I don’t know about you, but our vegetable garden sure can use the sunshine. I’d like to thank Willie’s Westaurant in Quinlan for trying a couple of my dessert recipes. Hope they went over big for everyone that ate there and got to try them. Remember if you’d like me to find a recipe, just email me at and I’ll do my best to find it for you..Hope you enjoy these recipes. See you next month, ya hear? Bowl Game Snack Mix Total Time: 15 mins Ingredients 10 cup(s) popcorn, air-popped cooking spray 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix 1 cup(s) nuts, peanuts 1 cup(s) raisins, golden 1/2 cup(s) pumpkin seeds, toasted Preparation 1. Remove uncooked kernels from popped corn. Place popped corn in a very large bowl; lightly coat popcorn with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle popcorn with taco seasoning mix; stir lightly to coat. Stir in peanuts, raisins, and pumpkin seeds. 2. Stir again before serving. Nutritional Info (Per serving): Calories: 128, Total Fat: 7g, Carbs: 15g, Sugars: 1g Exchanges: Starch: 0.5, Other Carb: 0.5, Fat: 1 Carb Choices: 1 ********************************************** Creamy Strawberry Soup Recipe Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 10 mins Ingredients 8 ounce(s) yogurt, low-fat 1 cup(s) milk, fat-free 2 cup(s) strawberries 2 teaspoon sugar fresh fruit mint, fresh Preparation 1. In a blender container or food processor bowl place yogurt, milk, strawberries or peaches, and sugar. 2. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Cover and chill until serving time. If desired, top with additional fruit and fresh mint Nutritional Info (Per serving): Calories: 100, Total Fat: 1g, Carbs: 18g, Sugars: 0g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Exchanges: Dairy: 0.5, Fruit: 1 Carb Choices: 1 ********************************************** Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 15 mins Total Time: 25 mins Ingredients cooking spray 1/4 cup(s) butter

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I am not sure, but I may have given a recipe that I put in another issue of the paper. If I do that please excuse me. My memory just isn’t as sharp as it was once. So just over look me and maybe I will do better next month. Thanks! If you have a Father you are very lucky. Cook him a good dinner or your family could take you and mom both out to eat. (P.S. Don’t forget your FatherIn-Law) With hot weather starting, so does summer camping and backyard picnics. Remember to keep cold foods cold (especially if there are eggs and mayonnaise in the foods) and hot foods hot. Try some of these recipes and see how you like them. Enjoy!! Chicken-Fried Pork 1-1/2 lbs. pork cutlets 1 T. Water 1 Egg 1 C. Saltine Cracker Crumbs (about 28 Squares) ¼ T. pepper ¼ C. Vegetable Oil If pork cutlets are large, cut into 6 serving pieces. Beat water and egg with wire whisk or a hand beater. Mix Cracker crumbs and pepper together. Dip pork into egg mixture, then coat with cracker crumbs. Heat Oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Cook pork in oil 3 to 4 minutes, turning once, until brown on outside and slightly pink in center (If you are like I am the pork needs to be brown on the outside and done in the middle.) Now prepare the milk gravy to go with the pork cutlets. Serves 6. Milk Gravy Vegetable Oil ¼ C. Flour

½ t. Salt 2 C. Milk Measure pork drippings; add enough oil to drippings, if necessary, measure ¼ C. Return dripping mixture to skillet. Stir in flour and salt. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly to loosen brown bits from skillet, until smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Slowly pour milk into skillet, stirring constantly. Heat to boiling over low heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Serve with the pork. Some cooked greens or spinach and potatoes would be good with this! Enjoy!

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immediately began to argue with one another as to who was at fault for the mishap. When the snake remarked that he had been blind since birth, and thus should be given additional leeway, the rabbit said that he, too, had been blind since birth. The two animals then forgot about the collision and began commiserating concerning the problems of being blind. The snake said that his greatest regret was the loss of his identity. He had never been able to see his reflection in the water, and for that reason did not know exactly what he looked like, or even what he was. The rabbit declared that he had the same problem. Seeing a way that they could help each other, the rabbit proposed that one feel the other from head to toe, and then try to describe what the other animal was. The snake agreed, and started by winding himself around the rabbit. After a few moments, THE EYES HAVE IT!! he announced, “You’ve got very soft, fuzzy fur, A snake and a rabbit were racing along long ears, big rear feet, and a little fuzzy ball for a pair of intersecting forest pathways one day, a tail. I think that you must be a bunny rabbit!” when they collided at the intersection. They The rabbit was much relieved to find his

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identity, and proceeded to return the favor to the snake. After feeling about the snake’s body for a few minutes, he asserted, “Well, you’re scaly, you’re slimy, you’ve got beady little eyes, you squirm and slither all the time, and you’ve got a forked tongue. I think you’re a lawyer!” *************************************H ow do you make a blonde’s eyes twinkle? -Shine a light in her ear. ************************************* Where is the eye located? -between the H and the J. ************************************* What did the right eye say to the left eye? -Between you and me, there’s something that smells ************************************* Patient: I always see spots before my eyes. Optometrist: Didn’t the new glasses help? Patient: Sure, now I see the spots much clearer *************************************. A sign at an optometrist’s office says, “If you don’t see what your looking for, you’ve come to the right place.”


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Watch others fishing

Start reeling in your lines at going home time

astonished looks upon their faces from the

Give your fishing rod to a female companion

actions of the goat when a man walked up to

or child to hold

them. He asked them if they had seen a goat

When your landing net is out of reach

anywhere in the area and they said that one had

When you have cast your line over an obstruc-

just jumped into the mine shaft in front of them!


The man replied, “Oh no. That couldn’t be my

When you line has drifted into impossible

goat, mine was tied to a railroad tie.”



When you turn to look at the sunrise or sunset


Decide that you need to take a leak



No one in this town could catch any fish except


this one man. The game warden asked him how


he did it so the man told the game warden that

he would take him fishing the next day ...

There were these two guys out hiking

The guys were still standing there with

when they came upon an old, abandoned mine

A Fisherman’s Philosophy A sure way to get a bite on a slow day is: Talk about changing spots Prepare another rod while one is out Lay your rod down unsecured Go for a sandwich Start to pull the boat anchor Use the worst fly you own Take notice of the chick on a passing boat, bank or beach

shaft. Curious about its depth they threw in a

Once they got to the middle of the lake the man

pebble and waited for the sound of it striking

took out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and threw

the bottom, but they heard nothing. They went

it in the water. After the explosion fish started

and got a bigger rock, threw it in and waited.

floating to the top of the water. The man took

Still nothing. They searched the area for some-

out a net and started picking up the fish.

thing larger and came upon a railroad tie. With great difficulty, the two men carried it to the

The game warden told him that this was illegal.

opening and threw it in. While waiting for it to hit bottom, a goat suddenly darted between

The man took out another stick of dynamite and

them and leapt into the hole!

lit it. He then handed it to the game warden and said “Are you going to fish or talk?”

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Have you ever told a white lie? You are going to love this, especially all of those who bake for church events. Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Baptist Church Ladies’ Group in Tuscaloosa, but forgot to do it until the last minute. She remembered the morning of the bake sale; and, after rummaging through cabinets, found an angel food cake mix & quickly made it while drying her hair, dressing, & helping her son pack for Scout camp. When Alice took the cake from the oven, the center had dropped flat and the cake was horribly disfigured. She thought, ‘Oh dear, there is not time to bake another cake.’ This cake was important to Alice because she did so want to fit in at her new church and in her new community of friends. So, being inventive, she looked around the house for something to build up the center of the cake. Alice found it in the bathroom - a roll of toilet paper. She plunked it in and covered it with icing. Not only did the finished product look beautiful, it looked perfect. Before she left the house to drop the cake by the church and head for work, Alice woke her daughter Amanda and gave her some money and specific instructions to be at the bake sale the moment it opened at 9:30 and to buy the cake and bring it home. When Amanda arrived at the sale, she found the attractive, perfect cake had already been sold. She grabbed her cell phone and called her mom. Alice was horrified - she was beside herself. Everyone would know! What would they think? She would beostracized, talked about, and ridiculed! All night, Alice lay awake in bed thinking about people pointing fingers at her and talking about her behind her back. The next day, Alice promised herself she would try not to think about the cake and would attend the fancyluncheon/bridal shower at the home of a fellow church member and try to have a good time. Alice did not want to attend because the hostess was a snob who more than once had looked down her nose at Alice because she was a single parent and not from the founding families of Tuscaloosa, but having already sent her RSVP, she couldn’t think of a believable excuse to stay home. The meal was elegant, the company was definitely upper crust old South and to Alice ‘s horror, the cake in question was presented for dessert! Alice felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the cake! She started out of her chair to tell the hostess all about it, but before she could get to her feet, the Mayor’s wife said, ‘What a beautiful cake!’ Alice still stunned, sat back in her chair when she heard the hostess (who was a prominent church member) say, ‘Thank you, I baked it myself.’ Alice smiled and thought to herself, ‘God is good.’

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Woo hoo!!! Summer is here! The kids should be out of school or getting out soon...let the fun times begin! With summer vacation comes all kinds of fun trips like going to the beach, amusement parks, Grand-mas, and possibly a family camping trip! If you are taking your children camping for the first time, and your family are in for a GREAT time! First, discuss everything you can possibly think of with your children. Camping can be such an enjoyable experience! It can bring your family closer when you “get back to the basics” of life! You can take your children on hikes, exploring, on little adventures, rock collecting, the possibilities are unlimited. Help your children be prepared! It can be an uneasy feeling to leave all of the comforts of home behind. You can all plan the trip together compare different destinations, brainstorm items to pack, talk about the supplies and equipment you will need and why you need it, let them help plan your meals, help with the shopping, and discuss activities that you can do as a family. Allow your children to help with all of the setup. Teach your children how to put up the tent, if they aren’t old enough let them help by handing you the tools and contents of the tent. It’s important to make everyone feel apart of the overall experience. Teach them about fire safety, how to use a lantern, show them how to help get the sleeping bags ready for bed! It’s also a good idea to discuss things in nature with your children. Let them help with chores around camp. They can have such a great time collecting firewood, filling up water containers, or even helping parents get things ready for meals. Oh and don’t forget the night time snacks! That’s the best part of all; making smores, or

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roasted marshmallows! Yum, yum! When you pack remember that the children are going to need extra “stuff”. They will get filthy, so pack extra clothes, extra shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, the firstaide kit, toys, games, water toys, bicycles, and anything you can think of. They will need all of those goodies plus the one thing you forgot! :) Be sure to bring their favorite blanket, or stuffed animal along with a flash-light, this will help bedtime run a little smoother! And last but certainly not least, bring the camera! Make sure you bring your film, charger, batteries, etc! You and your family are making memories that you will want to cherish forever! Hoping you and your family have a safe and fun summer! Until, next “Time-out”.... Kids Are Quick TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America . MARIA: Here it is. TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ? CLASS: Maria. ********************************************* TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.

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Q. I have decided to donate my body to science after my death to save my family from the expense of a funeral. How can I go about doing this? A. The decision to donate ones body so that others may benefit is a wonderful way to be remembered. There are two ‘types’ of donation- ‘partial’ and ‘full’ donations. A partial donation is the donation of organs and/or tissues for the transplant benefit of another. You may decide to donate one or all of your organs (bones, skin, heart, eyes, lungs, liver, spleen, and/or kidney). These donations, once removed shortly after death can then be used for a waiting transplant recipient. The skin (taken from the thighs and the back of the arms) is used for new born babies and/ or burn victims during the healing process. This type of donation does not affect the viewing of the deceased and leaves the option of a traditional funeral service open to your family. A full body donation is the donation of ones body to be used for scientific research and purpose. While this option is as equally honorable as the first option there maybe long term negative emotional effects from the view of the deceased’s family. Many families may encounter psychological, personal, and concerns that prevent this alternative to burial or cremation from being widely accepted. Please talk with your family about your decision and even share this article with them so that they are fully knowledgeable about your decision. In addition, a limited demand for body donation by scientific and medical programs and the requirements of the various medical institutions that accept bodies for research and education may make body donation an unworkable alternative for many. Funeral Homes may represent this program publicly as a

“Bounce” This Along . . . 1. The US Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. I use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside. It really works. The yellow jackets just veer around you. 2. All this time you’ve just been putting Bounce in the dryer. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice. 3. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle. 4. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don’t get opened too often. 5. It repels mosquitoes! Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when out doors during mosquito season. 6. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

cremation at ‘no charge’ to the family- only for the deceased to be turned down for the program at the time of death, leaving the family with only a ‘payable’ option of cremation. Please be aware of the requirements before the death occurs by calling the institution direct for their donation requirements. Those who make arrangements for the donation of their bodies should have alternative plans for disposition in the events that the institution declines to accept their donated body because of it’s condition or because it does not meet the institution’s needs at the time of death. There are eleven medical or scientific institutions in Texas (I have listed five below) that accept bodies for the research and education purposes generally refer to body donation as a “willed-body program.” Each institution has its own requirements for the condition of the donated body, the age of the deceased, and the distance from the facility it will have to travel to pick up a donated body. Some institutions, for example, will not accept bodies that have endured severe trauma or surgery, have missing organs or limbs, are excessively obese, have suffered a spreading malignancy, or had an infectious disease at the time of death. Some facilities will reject a body if death has occurred by suicide, burns, or drowning. Usually, the institution will pay all of the costs of special embalming and transportation for a set distance from the facilities. After the institution has completed its use of the body, the remains are cremated and can be returned to a designated family member if prior arrangements have been made, or scattered at a memorial site maintained by the facility or in international waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Because each institution has its own criteria for the acceptance of a body, those interested in such a disposition should contact the facilities directly to learn their particular requirements. Some facilities accept applications for body donations only for a limited period each year; others have an open enrollment policy. The following list provides names and telephone numbers of five willed-body programs operating in Texas. The University of Texas-Medical Branch at Galveston, 7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors; clean with a sheet of Bounce. 8. To freshen the air in your home - place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet. 9. Put a Bounce sheet in your vacuum cleaner. 10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew. 11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing. 12. To freshen the air in your car place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat. 13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan. 14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket. 15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

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Texas 409-772-1293 Texas Tech University Health Science Center- School of Medicine Lubbock, Texas 806-743-2700 University of Texas Health and Science Center at San Antonio, Texas 210-567-3900 University of North Texas Health and Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas 817-735-2047 Texas A& M University Health Science Center – College of Medicine at College Station, Texas 979-845-4913 (If you have a question that you would like answered in this column, please write to Ask The Director c/o Goggans Funeral Home P.O. Box 2218 Quinlan, Texas 75474). 16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling. 17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth. 18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper. 19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight. 20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away. 21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh. 22. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling

888-355-5263 Faith is a Lifestyle

By Pastors Dean & Ruth Remmers

God’s got a financial plan for you—He wants you to be a wealth distribution center. God wants to bless you so much that not only all your needs will be met, but you’ll be able to help others from all the overflow of blessings in your life. Someone has said, “If God can get it through you, He’ll get it to you.” This is not for everyone—it’s for born-again believers who dare to believe that God meant what He said in His Word. If you want God to use you to be a major blessing to others, here’s some instruction from the Word of God: 1. Be willing and obedient to follow God’s direction. “The willing and the obedient shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19). “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). 2. Tithe (the top 10% of all your increase) and give offerings to the Lord. Proverbs 3:9-10 says, “Honor the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” The tithe is holy to God; it belongs to Him. You’ll never have God’s kind of prosperity until you follow God’s plan. Since the first 10% already belongs to God, you haven’t given anything until you give beyond the tithe. In fact, if you are not tithing and giving offerings, you have robbed God (Malachi 3:8). 3. Be generous and compassionate and avoid strife. God made Abraham one of the wealthiest men of his day, but he used his wealth as a tool to help others, not as a weapon against them (Genesis 13:5-9; 18:24-33). Proverbs 28:25 (KJV) says, “He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.” The NIV translates it “A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.” And Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” In I Kings 17, God commanded the ravens to feed Elijah, and they brought him meat and bread twice a day (vs. 4, 6). That was a supernatural act. I’ve never had a bird bring me anything I wanted, have you? Then in verse 9, God sent Elijah to a widow woman that He had commanded to feed him. The only problem was—she only had a handful of meal and a little oil. She planned to cook it then she and her son were going to eat it and die. BUT GOD. (Aren’t you thankful for all the “BUT GOD” times in your life!) This too was a supernatural act. Just as He commanded the birds to feed the man of God and then provided the meat and bread for them, He had commanded the widow to feed Elijah, and He had already provided for her. She trusted God, and as she gave even her son’s last morsel of food to feed the prophet, God increased her supply and she never ran out. And you can trust God to do the same for you! Remember to sow generously so that you can reap in the same way. Sow faithfully into His kingdom so you can keep a continuous supply coming into your distribution center. Then you’ll already be prepared when God leads you to give in a certain area. Be a good steward of

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what He entrusts to you. Be willing and obedient to follow God’s direction, tithe and give offerings, be generous and compassionate, and avoid strife! These few instructions from God’s Word will qualify you to receive the fulfillment of this verse: “And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].” (II Corinthians 9:8, Amplified) Praise God!

(Editor’s Note: It is that time again, haven’t tried this but sure sounds great if it works! It came to us via email)

Tick Removal Spring will be here soon and the ticks will soon be showing their heads. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets. Give it a try. A School Nurse has written the info below -- good enough to share -- And it really works!! I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it’s some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc. Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor’s wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn’t reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, “It worked!” Spraying it with hair spray also works. They breath through their bodies and if their body is coated with something they have to pull their head out to breathe.

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Pauline Yelderman Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “,” JJ/wfj1.html (accessed May 30, 2009).


The Jaybird-Woodpecker War was a feud between two political factions for the control of Fort Bend County. The Jaybirds, representing the wealth and about 90 percent of the white population, were the regular Democrats who sought to rid the county of the Republican government that had gained control during Reconstruction. The Woodpeckers, numbering about forty persons and also claiming to be Democrats, were the officials and former officials who held office as a result of the black vote for the Republican ticket. Former friends, neighbors, and relatives became bitter enemies as a result of the feud. The election of 1888 engendered much bitterness. Serious altercations occurred between rival candidates. On August 2, 1888, J. M. Shamblin, Jaybird leader, was killed. In September Henry Frost, another Jaybird leader, was seriously wounded. The Jaybirds held a mass meeting at Richmond on September 6 and resolved to warn certain black people to leave the county within ten hours. They did so. Members of both factions were armed, and Texas Rangers were stationed in Richmond. The heaviest vote in the history of the county was polled on election day, which passed peacefully. Again the Democrats were defeated and the Woodpeckers left in control. After the election the breach between the factions widened. There were insults, assaults, threats, and denunciations-and two more killings. Kyle Terry, Woodpecker tax assessor, killed L. E. Gibson at Wharton on June 21, 1889; a week later Terry was killed by Volney Gibson. The county became an armed camp, and the “Battle of Richmond,” on August 16, 1889, became inevitable. An exchange of shots between J. W. Parker and W. T. Wade of the Woodpeckers and Guilf and Volney Gibson of the Jaybirds was the signal for the beginning of the battle. Most of the action took place around the courthouse, the National Hotel, and the McFarlane residence. After about twenty minutes of exchange of shots, the Woodpecker combatants retreated to the courthouse and left the Jaybirds in possession of the town. The casualties were heavy. Jaybirds from all parts of the county hurried to Richmond in anticipation of further hostilities, but there was no renewal of the conflict. The Houston Light Guards arrived to establish martial law, and Governor Lawrence S. Rossqv and the Brenham Light Guards arrived on August 17. Governor Ross remained in Richmond several days to act as mediator. A complete reorganization of county government resulted in the removal or resignation of all Woodpecker officials and the selection of Jaybirds or persons acceptable to the Jaybirds to fill the offices. After a turbulent era of more than twenty years, the white citizenry once more controlled the government. A mass meeting was held at Richmond on October 3, 1889, to form a permanent organization to maintain white control. It passed a resolution to appoint a committee to draft a constitution for an association of the white people of Fort Bend County to control county affairs. A second meeting on October 22, 1899, organized the Jaybird Democratic Organization of Fort Bend County. Four hundred and forty-one white men signed the membership roll. The organization played the dominant role in Fort Bend County politics for the next seventy years. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Clarence Wharton, Wharton’s History of Fort Bend County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1939). Pauline Yelderman, The Jay Bird Democratic Association of Fort Bend County (Waco: Texian Press, 1979).

I LOVE TO WORK with wood and decided to carve a rocking horse for our unborn grandchild. As parts of the horse were shaped, my intentions became clear to my next-door neighbor. “You must be about to have a grandchild,” he called over to me. “Our first,” I replied, beaming. “I have six,” he went on. “After the first two, you’ll buy something plastic at WalMart.” MY FRIEND JACKIE, a busy mother of five boys, frequently did maintenance jobs on her house. One day, after hours on a ladder painting the upper windows, she complained to her husband that she’d felt dizzy. For her next birthday she received some scaffolding. A BLONDE, wanting to earn some money, decided to hire herself out as a handymantype and started canvassing a wealthy neighborhood. She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any jobs for her to do. “Well, you can paint my porch. How much will you charge?” The blonde said “How about 50 dollars?” The man agreed and told her that the paint and ladders that she might need were in the garage. The man’s wife, inside the house, heard the conversation and said to her husband, “Does she realize that the porch goes all the way around the house?” The man replied, “She should. She was standing on the porch.” A short time later, the blonde came to the door to collect her money. “You’re finished already?” he asked. “Yes,” the blonde answered, “and I had paint left over, so I gave it two coats.” Impressed, the man reached in his pocket for the $50. “And by the way,” the blonde added, “that’s not a Porch, it’s a Ferrari.”


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PHONES IN CHURCH A man in Topeka , Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco and started working east from there. Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign, which read “Calls: $10,000 a minute.” Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to GOD. The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way. As he continued to visit churches in Seattle , Phoenix , Salt Lake City , Denver , Oklahoma City, and around the United States , he found more phones, with the same sign, and the same answer from each pastor. Finally, he arrived in Texas , upon entering a church in Houston , behold - he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read “Calls: 35 cents.” Fascinated, he asked to talk to the pastor, “Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could talk to GOD, but in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute. Your sign reads only 35 cents a call. Why?” The pastor, smiling benignly, replied, “Son, you’re in Texas now ... You’re in God’s Country, It’s a local call.” American by Birth - A Texan by the Grace of God.

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Last month I had told you about the first time I knew God had answered my prayer. You could say it was a coincidence, me calling on God and him being there, if this didn’t keep happening and in my darkest moments. God promises if we call on him and have faith, he will be there. Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. I have no question about it. God has shown me He is real. I want everyone to know the power God has. This time I was all alone and got myself in a fix. One day, I was about 10 years old and I was riding my three wheeler. It was a Big Red, the biggest they made. I loved it and rode it everyday. On this particular day it was getting late but I just couldn’t get enough riding over the pasture hills to the creek. I had to get down hill through a thick tree line, before the creek would even be in sight. So off I go as I had already done so many times. The three wheeler tips over on top of me and the handle bars go through my shirt, pinning me to the ground and unable to move one arm. I am not hurt at all. The problem is that the three wheeler is too heavy for me to pick up, especially with just one arm. The sun was starting to set and I was getting scared. I can’t be sure, but at least a half hour passed. My parents didn’t even know where I was. I started to cry. The ants and bugs were getting on me. Then, I began to cry to God to help me! So many times I had tried to lift the three wheeler and it wouldn’t budge, but right after my prayer I lifted that thing right off of me like it was nothing! I stood there looking at my Big Red Three Wheeler in awe of how I was able to lift that thing off of me. I knew with a peace inside of me, God was there. If you need someone to help you and you have no one to turn to. I wish you would turn to God. He is very merciful. He only wants us to ask. Remember, if you would like to share an answered prayer send it to misty@texastwister. us. Glory and Praise to his name.

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Giving Back Charity Event June 13th - 11am-4pm Pullen Elementary in Rockwall, Texas

Nate “Giving Back” is a charity event honoring the supportive community that has helped the Oxford Family, through prayers and support, deal with their battle of childhood cancer. This special event will take place on June 13th from 11-4 at Pullen Elementary in Rockwall, Texas (Horizon Rd & FM 549). This is a family event for all ages. Everyone is welcome! We will be having pony rides, bounce houses, fishing demo, vintage car show, chili cook-off, circus clowns, golf training for kids, games, and a blood drive, just to name a few. Most of the activities/games are free. (There will be a nominal fee for some food items.) We will also be having a silent auction, a live “celebrity auction,” and a really unique raffle called “Golf Balls from Heaven.” The raffle tickets for “Golf Balls from Heaven” will be numbered and will match up with numbered golf balls. Those golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter at the event (into an unoccupied field, of course) where there will be golf holes. Numbered balls in the hole or closest to the hole will win the prize. Prizes will include: $1000 television, His/Hers watches, $500 gas card, $300 WalMart gift card, and a round of golf for 4 at Buffalo Creek Golf Course. Raffle tickets are $10 each. All of the money and donations raised that day from the raffle, auctions, donations, etc. will be used to cover the Oxford family’s expenses during this trying time and also a donation will be made to Nates’ doctor for research of childhood cancer. Dr Bowers, Nate’s Doctor, is on the cutting edge in the world with this research. The event will help to raise funds to further his research.Please mark your calendar and plan on attending this wonderful event for the whole family!

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The day we moved in, our new friend dropped by. “You got a good buy, “ he admitted. “Cottage needs some work though. Roof leaks, plumbing’s AN ANGRY MOTORIST went back to a garage where he’d purchased a shot and the well runs dry in the summer.” battery for his car six months earlier. “Listen,” the motorist grumbled to Dismayed, I retorted, “Why didn’t you tell us that before we bought it?” the garage owner, “when I bought the battery you said it would be the last “Weren’t neighbors then,” he replied. battery my car would ever need. It died after only six months.” “Sorry,” the garage owner apologized. “I didn’t think your car would last MY PARENTS, who are real do-it-your-selfers, were sprucing up their basement. They picked out bright orange shag carpeting and then spread it any longer than that.” over our lawn in order to measure and cut it. The neighbors watched curiAFTER NEARLY AN HOUR of “just a little more white, two squirts of ously. After a while, the teenage daughter of one neighbor spoke up. “Our blue, a dash of black, perhaps a tad more white,” the paint-store clerk got family has taken a vote,” she said. “I’ve been elected to tell you that if we my gallon to the exact shade I wanted. With a sigh of relief, he pounded have any voice in this, we would prefer you leave your lawn the color it is.” the lid on. “Now what do I do if I need more paint?” I asked. “Don’t come back here,” he begged. WE WERE STAYING at a country resort and became friendly with the handyman. “My neighbor has a nice little cottage for sale, case you’re interested,” he told us. Despite its run-down appearance, we fell in love with the place and bought it “as is.”

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