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Red Steagall’s Cowboy Gathering returns for its 30th anniversary Retired police chief entertains Parker and Palo Pinto seniors Former Mineral Wells pastor still preaching in Azle retirement home Neil Sperry’s gardening advice as cooler weather approaches

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After COVID-19 forced the cancellation of last year’s event, The Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering is returning to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District Oct. 22-24.

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Cowboy Gathering returns to celebrate 30th anniversary by Rick Mauch Hoopla Correspondent Three decades ago, the inaugural Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering endured 11 inches of rain, but fans nonetheless had the time of their lives being part of what was to become a premier western festival, even garnering the honor of being named Best Cowboy Music Gathering by readers of True West Magazine. Now, after skipping last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is returning to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District Oct. 22-24. The multi-faceted event will include a ranch rodeo, chuck wagon competition, cowboy trappings show, youth fiddle contest, children’s poetry contest, cow dog competition, lots of cowboy poetry, western music, and much more. Proceeds from the event have supplied college scholarships totaling more than $1 million. A preliminary event gets underway Sunday, Oct. 17, when the wagon train leaves Jacksboro, winding through Perrin, Mineral Wells, Weatherford and Azle, before arriving in Fort Worth on

Thursday, Oct. 21. The stopover in Weatherford will include a celebration with Weatherford Goes Red at 5 p.m. in Weatherford’s Heritage Park. The Weatherford event is free to the public and will include plenty of western music and cowboy poetry. “It’s very special to be back this year celebrating our 30th Annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering. A large number of people were disappointed that we had to cancel in 2020, and they’re ready to come back to Fort Worth,” said Red, who had his own battle with COVID-19. Red recalled how the first Cowboy Gathering came to be. “In 1991, Jaylyn Burkett and John South with Tarrant County extension service came to me with the idea of having a cowboy poetry gathering in Fort Worth. From its inception this event has been a platform for raising funds for scholarships,” he recalled. “The success of the national cowboy poetry gathering in Elko, Nevada had raised awareness and interest in this uniquely American art form. We were certain that we could make it work in See GATHERING, P. 4

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Fort Worth, and it did work, and here we are 30 performances later. “We have recognized an increased interest from people all over the United States, and other parts of the world, in the culture, heritage, traditions and values of the cowboy lifestyle. Each year we get a wider range of participants and spectators in our cowboy gathering and western swing festival.” The Cowboy Trappings and Trade Show will kick off the festivities in the Fort Worth Stockyards at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. Activities over the three days will include a ranch rodeo, Tejas Vaqueros and Ranchero Visitadores Invitational Team Roping, and West Fork Cattle Dog Challenge in Cowtown Coliseum. Stockyards Station will host the youth fiddle contest, children’s poetry contest, cowboy trappings show, musical performances throughout the day and a western swing festival Friday and Saturday evening. Cowboy Church will be held in Stockyard Station Sunday morning at 10 a.m., along with a Cowboy Gospel Concert from noon to 2 p.m. The front lawns of the Livestock Exchange Building and Cowtown Coliseum will be the location of the chuck wagons. Red Steagall and the Boys in the Bunkhouse will perform during the Western Swing Festival Friday and Saturday nights at 9, along with Bobby Flores, Jake Hooker and Jason Roberts. Other entertainers during the day will include Jean Prescott, Dan Roberts, R.W. Hampton, Mikki Daniel, Hailey Sandoz and Kristyn Harris. Red is quick to point out that the event is not a concert, but is a cultural event.

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“We celebrate the talent and the lifestyle of the men and women who make their living on horseback working cattle to provide beef steak for the dinner tables of America,” he said. “We have not changed the format of our weekend for 30 years. Some of our performers have changed to replace the ones who can no longer join us. The presentation remains the same.” As for his own favorite memories from over the years? “My favorite memories of the past 29 years have been all of the wonderful friends that I have made because of the gathering. Each year has been special on its own, so it would be impossible for me to pick out one year that would be my fa-

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While the weekend always features lots of fun, Red said it also serves as a reminder that the success of our relationships with others depends on things such as integrity, loyalty, work ethic, dedication to family, conviction about your belief in God, and practicing common decency and respect for your fellow man every day you live. “That is a set of values practiced and experienced by an agricultural society who still depend on each other. The cowboy exhibits independence, individualism and freedom – three things that every person wants to think that they possess, regardless of where they live, what their profession is and re-

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gardless of color, creed or religion,” he said. “We feel that our event promotes camaraderie, a glimpse of life from another time, a sense of competition and cooperation to achieve common goals and experiences of a lifestyle beneficial to all involved. “Our goal is to know that everyone leaves our event with a smile on their face having had a good time, learned something about the western way of life that they didn’t know, and recognized that this is where the real America lives.” Tickets for the event can be purchased through the Cowtown Coliseum box office or at www.CowtownColiseum.com. Detailed event information for the gathering can be found at www.RedSteagallCowboyGathering.com.

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Monica McHam raising funds to help future ALS patients Weatherford resident Monica McHam can no longer walk, but that’s not stopping her from participating in the Walk To Defeat ALS on Saturday, Oct. 30. Roughly 1,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS each month. The disease affects the nerve cells that control voluntary movement. “Many recognize it as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the younger know it from Stephen Hawking. And most are likely aware of ALS from the Ice Bucket Challenge,” she said, adding that the typical life expectancy is 2-5 years. McHam, who served in the Army for eight years as an air traffic controller and went on to practice commercial bankruptcy and litigation, has the support of many friends and five siblings – but she needs your help to assist future ALS patients. “I am fairly certain that I will not benefit from current research,“ said Monica, “but I am most grateful for any efforts to spread the word and possibly raise money for future ALS patients.” Due to COVID-19, this year’s participants are asked to walk in their own neighborhoods. In Monica’s case, she will be walking in a “snazzy new wheelchair.” The black and yellow chair will have the title “Queen Bee” emblazoned on the back. Register to walk in your neighborhood by visiting www.alstexas.org/walk-to-defeat-als/ or help Monica in her fundraising efforts by searching the site for her fundraising page.

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high school teachers. Fort Worth resident Margarita Zamora retired “I have a thirst for knowledge,” she explained. And from teaching college students at Tarrant County she continues to learn, even from College (TCC) in 2011, but she her own students. headed back to class the very next “I am their student as well. Seweek -- this time to teach senior niors have many more life expeadults at the same college. riences -- so much knowledge to TCC offers dozens of community education classes for those share.” who are age 55 and better, includWhen Margarita is not teaching Beginner’s Technology and ing, she’s traveling or reading, Computer Science. sometimes to see her sons, David Zamora, who taught for 45 and Jose, or daughters, Esther and years, said she loves teaching seHelen. nior adults because of “their enThe 87-year-old said she relies ergy and dedication.” on senior centers, her church, the “They’re exemplary models,” YMCA, and TCC to help her stay she added. physically and socially active. Zamora, who holds four deAnd she doesn’t plan on slowing COURTESY grees, including a master’s dedown anytime soon. Zamora with TCC mascot Toro gree in business education, was Go to www.tccd.edu to see what inspired to both learn and teach at a young age. Her subjects interest you. You just might see Margarita mother, Elvira Herrera-Zamora, was a teacher. Mar- at the head of your class next semester. She plans on garita was also influenced by two of her Catholic staying there as long as possible.

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A column I wrote about...uh...something Do you have a lot of books in your gave me this monstrosity last year home that you’ve never read? For my for Christmas, so I felt I had to plow 74th birthday, almost everybody in through it or I’d appear ungrateful. my family gave me a book. AltogethAnd I couldn’t claim I had no time to er (I did the math), I was given more read it because it was in the middle than 3,000 pages to of COVID-19 and, read. quite frankly, I had I went through nothing else to do. by Dick Wolfsie all the books in my So, I endured it… house and there all 784 pages. Then a Humorist were hundreds on couple of weeks later the shelves. I calculated that I have I was on a Zoom meeting with my read about half of them cover to church book club. I got pretty puffed cover and skimmed about a fourth of up about my recent accomplishment and dropped the name of that them. That leaves many that I have never even looked at. Where did they 4-pound opus I had completed. “Wow, Dick,” said a friend, “that’s come from? Did I buy them? Were quite a hefty read. I’m impressed. they gifts? Who have I insulted by Was he the Civil War general who not reading them? had six wives and 13 children?” I have one book called William Was he? How could I not rememTecumseh Sherman: In the Service ber? Why did I even bother reading of My Country: A Life. My friend Bob

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that biography? Next time Bob burdens me with an obligation like that, whenever he drops by I’ll just keep moving the bookmark forward. He’ll never know the difference. I’m drawn mostly to non-fiction, which is all about getting information I can use to try to look smart when I am out with my snooty friends. But since I don’t recall most of what I’ve read, I’m wondering what the point is. This past month, I read a fascinating book by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson called Cosmic Queries. I enjoyed his stories. For example, I never knew how they first determined the speed of light. But now if someone would ask me how they figured it was 186,000 miles per second, I’d have to say, “I knew that once, like for about 20 minutes, last week. Not anymore.”

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Still spreading the good word Franklin Roop now preaching in Azle retirement home by Rick Mauch Hoopla Correspondent Franklin Roop has always lived his life by a simple philosophy. “I want people to feel better after they talk to me than before,” he said. And, more often than not, the retired pastor gets his wish. Now 95 and living in Eagle Crest Villa in Azle, after residing in Mineral Wells for nearly 30 years, Roop is sharp as any knife in the drawer with a memory that would rival a 30-yearold. Born in Western Virginia in a log house - he’s quick to make one thing clear: “The difference between a log house and a log cabin is a log house has stilts,” he explained. “Abe Lincoln was born in a log cabin, I was born in a log house.” He didn’t live in that log house long, however. His family moved to Ohio when he was six months old, and it was there he graduated from Hamilton High School, 25 miles outside of Cincinnati, in 1944. He knew exactly what he wanted to do upon graduation. But fate had other plans. “I wanted to become a Navy pilot, but I had too much of an overbite, so I got drafted into the Army. His journey as a tank gunner in the Army took him to Scotland, on to France, and into Germany. His time in World War II was short, though he was supposed to be part of an attack on Japan - before that got interrupted by history. “They dropped the bombs, so they sure didn’t need us to go there,” he recalled.

The thing he seems to remember most about his time in the military was the beginning, when he left the U.S. on the Queen Mary - the same ship that is now a famous hotel in Long Beach, Calif. “That’s supposed to be the most troops ever carried on one ship, 18,000 they told us,” he said. Somewhere he still has a letter sent to him by then President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He downplays it humbly, saying, “Everybody who got drafted got one.” After his time in the Army, Franklin came to Brownwood, where he was stationed briefly. He met his wife of 67 years, Virginia, and they had two daughters and a son, who in turn gave them seven grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. “I’m thankful for them. We had a picture taken that had all 26 who had my blood in them. That was so special,” he said. Virginia, an Alzheimer’s patient, passed away a few years ago. Their youngest daughter died from cancer in 2002. The oldest daughter is a retired librarian in Saginaw, and the their son is a pastor also in Missouri. Franklin watches his sermons regularly. “He’s better than his dad,” he said with a laugh. As for his own pastoral career, he grins and says, “Some thought I pestered more than pastored.” In fact, he’s still preaching at Eagle Crest, where he said life is wonderful. “The thing about assisted living, it doesn’t matter how great the food is or how nice the facility is, it’s all about how great the people are,” he said.

Franklin Roop was honored recently for 70 years of faithful ordained ministry. While preaching was his calling, Franklin has always done “whatever I could do to help supplement our income.” This included primarily being a carpenter and a handyman. For a while Franklin served as an ombudsman in Mineral Wells and was, in fact, named Ombudsman of the Year by the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Ombudsmen are appointed advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, and assisted living facilities. “It was a volunteer position, but I wanted to do it because I wanted to be right by their side. People need advocates, and they can’t get enough advocates,” he said. “We could use more in our government today, I’ll tell you that.” With almost a century behind him, Roop has seen a lot of changes in the

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Renaissance Man Rick Wilson loves to have fun, but he’s serious about helping seniors by Rose Jordan Hoopla Correspondent

cause there ain’t enough laughter in the world.” In 1999, Rick met another of his Though the only thing Rick Wilson favorite story tellers, Larry McMurtry. The Lonesome Dove author was has in common with Forrest Gump an alum at the University of North may be his humility, spending an afternoon listening to his stories will Texas where Rick was taking a world certainly remind you of the movie. literature class. As an assignment, Rick’s life is full amazing encounhe wrote a complete dissertation on ters and unlikely friendships. While McMurtry. Forrest Gump always seemed to find “Lonesome Dove was one of my favorite books. I read it five times.” The himself in the midst of monumental occasions accidentally, Rick embrac- staff at Lonesome Dove Inn in Ares the world and creates the big mocher City always knew where to find ments in his life. him, and they told me to go down Jerry Clower was to Bookstore Number no doubt used to Four (one of McMurtry’s four stores giving people laughing at away free books on the him, his job was to square). He was sitmake them laugh, ting at a desk reading a after all. But Rick’s book,” he recalled. laughter during “I introduced mya show made an self and then we talked impression on the about his books and his comedian, “I listened to Jerry all my life. He told me about life. While I was at some of the hidden – Jerry Clower to Rick Wilson a packed show in meanings in Lonesome Dove that most Tishomingo, Oklahoma, he was telling a story I’d heard people don’t know,” he said. “Gus and many times and before he was finCall were modeled after his dad and ished, I was already laughing reallyuncle. Goodnight and Loving too, but hard. It kind of messed him up,” Rick his dad and uncle would stop and get recounted. in a big fist fight, then dust off and Afterward, while waiting in line hug each other and go on.” for an autograph, they struck up a Just two years after his interview conversation, exchanged phone num- with McMurtry, Rick met another bers, and were friends from then on. Lonesome Dove hero, Robert Duvall, “When he passed away, I think I was at a gun show in Sherman, Texas. “I the only non-famous person at his told him I’d met Larry McMurtry and funeral.” got him to sign my Lonesome Dove Over the years, Rick began writing book. He and McMurtry have both stories for the Mississippi comedian, signed it. And I just talked to him for many of which Clower used on stage. a little bit.” Clower even gave Wilson permission Rick Wilson has met some incredto tell his stories: “You carry it on be- ible characters along the way, but he’s

‘You carry it on because there ain’t enough laughter in the world.’

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Rick Wilson at the Texas Renaissance Festival with wife Rhonda and granddaugter Samantha. Rick has performed as a pirate at Scarborough Faire for several years. quite a character himself. A retired police chief from Oklahoma, he now spends his days bringing joy and laughter to seniors in Parker, Palo Pinto, and Erath counties. “Senior centers are a vital part of seniors’

lives so we need to have vital senior centers. I want to find a way to help,” he said. Whether he’s dressed as Sir Theef O’Hearts and flirting with the ladies

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or developing programs to improve lives, he’s always looking for ways to get involved and serve. “Some things happened in my life that made me realize I needed to live life, meet as many people as I can, enjoy life, and do the best I can for people. God put us here for a reason and this seems to be it for me,” he shared as he talked about LEAP, a program he founded to help seniors. “LEAP (Local Elder Assistance Partners) connects health care professionals, senior centers, and Meals On Wheels,” he said. The group, which is largely made up of health care professionals, works to provide manpower and funds to senior programs. While building the LEAP network in Parker County, Rick met Saundra Bramlett, who was inspired to start

a local chapter of SPAN (Seniors Pet Assistance Network) as an off-shoot of LEAP. “SPAN finds people who are willing to foster or adopt seniors’ pets if they have to go to the hospital, long-term care, or hospice,” he explained. If you’re interested in joining Rick on his mission to serve seniors, consider joining one of the Facebook groups with which he is affiliated: • Parker County LEAP - Local Elder Assistance Partners • Palo Pinto County LEAP - Local Elder Assistance Partners • Seniors Pet Assistance Network SPAN And, if you ever have an opportunity to spend an afternoon with Rick Wilson, do. His stories are woven with humility, a love for life and for people, and a hefty dose of humor.

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Rick Wilson is a non-stop entertainer and often dresses up as Sir Theef O’Hearts when visiting senior centers and facilities.

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n October’s Highly-Anticipated Book Releases THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY

THE JUDGE’S LIST

CROSSROADS: A NOVEL

BY AMOR TOWLES

BY JOHN GRISHAM

BY JONATHAN FRANZEN

In June, 1954, 18-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm, where he has just served 15 months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett’s intention is to pick up his 8-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden’s car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take them on a fateful journey in the opposite direction—to the City of New York.

Lacy Stoltz is tired of her work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct and ready for a change. Then she meets a mysterious woman who is so frightened she uses a number of aliases. Jeri Crosby’s father was murdered 20 years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and has grown stone cold. Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades. Along the way, she’s discovered other victims. Suspicions are easy enough, but proof seems impossible. The man is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law. He is a judge. How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list?

It’s December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless, unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem’s sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while their brilliant younger brother Perry, who’s been selling drugs to seventh graders, has resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate.

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What does retirement security mean to you? ance. You may also want to consider October is National Retirement Security Month. But what does retirement the possibility of needing some type of security mean to you? And how can you long-term care, which is not typically work toward achieving it? covered by Medicare and can be quite Here are some suggestions: expensive. The average annual cost of a Build your resources. While you’re private room in a nursing home is more working, save in tax-advantaged acthan $100,000, and it’s about $55,000 per counts such as your IRA and 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement year for a home health aide, according to Genworth, an insurplan. In your 401(k), ance company. To contribute at least A. F. WEAVER COLLECTION/ BOYCE DITTO LIBRARY/TEXAS PORTAL TO HISTORY/UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS LIBRARIES address these costs, enough to earn your employer’s match, you may want to if one is offered, and consider some form increase your conby Mary H. McDow of protection, such Mayor George Barber of Mineral Wells enjoying a victor’s ride, supplied by the Mayor tributions whenever Edward Jones Adviser as long-term care inof Weatherford, across the football field at Weatherford Stadium. The wheelbarrow, your salary goes up. surance or life insurused in payment of the wager between rival mayors, was decorated for this purpose. Remember, espeance with a long-term care component. cially early in your career, time is often The visiting Mineral Wells High School football team had just defeated the Weatherford Do your estate planning. It’s hard to Kangaroos 20 to 6 back. The exact date of this event remains unknown, but there was a your biggest asset. Be sure to save early, feel totally secure in retirement if you’re since the longer you wait, the more you’ll defeat on record in 1946, 1947 and 1948. unsure of what might happen if you need to save to help reach your goals. have an unexpected health event, beLook for ways to boost retirement come incapacitated or die earlier than income.by When transitioning to retireEdited Margie E. Burke ment, you can take steps to align your (Puzzle solution is on P. 19.) expected. That’s why you’ll want to creincome with your needs. For example, Difficulty: Easy ate a comprehensive estate plan – one consider Social Security. You can start that might include documents such as collecting it as early as 62, but your a durable power of attorney, a will and a monthly payments will be much larger living trust. A review of your insurance if you can wait until your “full” retirecoverages and beneficiaries can also ment age, typically between 66 and 67. help protect your assets and ensure they (Payments will “max out” at age 70.) So, if you have sufficient income from a pen- are distributed the way you want. In cresion or your 401(k) and other retirement ating your plan, you will need to work with your financial advisor and a legal accounts, and you and your spouse are in good health with a family history of professional, and possibly your tax advilongevity, you may consider delaying sor as well. taking Social Security. You also might Thinking holistically about your rewant to explore other income-productirement security and developing and ing vehicles, such as certain annuities executing a strategy aligned with your that are designed to provide a lifetime goals may help free you to enjoy one of income stream. Prepare for unexpected costs. Dur- the most rewarding times of your life. ing your retirement, you can anticipate some costs, such as housing and transportation, but other expenses are more irregular and can’t always be predicted, such asappears those connected (Answer else-with health care. Even with Medicare, you where in this issue) This article was written by Edward could easily spend a few thousand dolJones for use by your local Edward lars a year on medical expenses, so you Jones Financial Adviser, Mary H. may want to budget for these costs as McDow, 102 Houston Ave., Suite 203, part of your emergency savings, and 817-598-0882. Member SPIC possibly purchase supplemental insur-

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n Live Theatre In Your Area

ROCKET MAN

by Steven Dietz Theatre Off the Square 114 N Denton St., Weatherford Ticket Info: 817-341-8687 Tentative Dates: Oct. 22 - Nov. 7 Synopsis: Donny Rowan believes there is a place where all the roads we never chose converge. This comedy explores one man’s obsessive desire to find this “parallel world”—and the profound effect of his decision on his family and friends.

CLUE ON STAGE

by Sandy Rustin Popcorn Players 114 Porter Drive, Azle Ticket Info: 817-238-7529 Tentative Dates: Nov. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 Synopsis: It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit?

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Broadway on the Brazos Granbury Opera House 133 E. Pearl Street, Granbury Ticket Info: 817-579-0952 Tentative Dates: Oct. 22 - Nov. 14 Synopsis: Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.


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Life in Grace

by Lara Cook North Side Baptist Church

Trying to soar Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, and they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:28-31 Once in a Bible study, we were asked to give our favorite verse. The verse above is one selected by a lady in that study session. She talked about how it meant a lot to her because she often felt like she is not soaring, but flapping very hard, trying to soar. That is the story with most of us. We don’t read the fine print so to speak. The Bible verse says that yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, and they will walk and not become weary. If we pay attention to what this verse says, we will realize that God is the one who will help us soar, not our own efforts. God tells us that He will carry us. He will give us strength and He will increase our power. Even the young stumble and grow weary. If we just wait, if we allow Him to be the wind beneath our wings, we will soar like eagles. We

will not grow tired and weary, we will soar…in His power. Flapping your wings and getting nowhere will make you very weary and tired. It is a fruitless effort and when we let God do it for us, we can rest in Him. Waiting is often difficult because we equate it with inactivity and feeling nonproductive. By human nature we are not good at waiting patiently. But waiting, which can also be translated as hoping, means to wait with expectation, to look forward with great anticipation. The implication is

that we are waiting and watching with expectation towards what God is going to do. You don’t want to miss the blessing that God has for you because you are busy trying to make your own blessing. You don’t want to miss the take-off. You don’t want to miss the scenery when He lifts you on wings like eagles. Sometimes God has us wait to prepare us- or to renew our strength. There is always purpose in waiting, and if we are waiting, we should be seeking Him for that pur-

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pose. He only gives good and perfect things; it will come in His time and not yours. Trying to do things in our own power is exhausting. Flapping your wings constantly will wear you out and get you nowhere. Trust God, wait patiently for His timing and enjoy the ride. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:17


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Prepare for harsh temperatures now It’s that great season we know as autumn. Cooler weather and fewer “gotta-do” pressures make it the ideal time for gardening in Texas. Here are some of the critical tasks you’ll want to tackle. Plant: • Dig and divide established clumps of spring- and summerflowering perennials as soon as they die back and begin to go dormant for winter. • Daffodils, narcissus and jonquils soon after you buy them. Small- and early-flowering types such as Ice Follies and Carlton have the best chance of repeating year after year. • Tulips and Dutch hyacinths must be refrigerated at least 45 days at 45 degrees prior to planting (plant no earlier than mid-December). • Pansies once temperatures are in the low 80s consistently during the daytimes. Include pinks, snapdragons, flowering cabbage and flowering kale as well. • Woody shrubs, trees and other landscape plants. Watch for sales in your favorite nurseries as they reduce inventories before winter. Prune: • Keep mowing turf at recommended height right up to first freeze. • Remove dead leaves, flower stalks and seed heads from perennial plantings. • Remove dead and damaged limbs from trees while you can distinguish them from healthy growth.

• Prune tropical plants to reshape them before you bring them indoors for the winter. Fertilize: • Last feeding of lawns, trees, shrubs and groundcovers should be made very early in month. This “winterizer” fertilizer should be with the same material you’ve used the rest of the growing season. • Get pansies, other annuals off to quick start with water-soluble, high-nitrogen food by Neil Sperry every few days afGardening Expert ter planting. • Cut back on fertilizer applied to plants you’ll be bringing indoors for the winter.

Timely Tips

On the Lookout: • Watch St. Augustine for brown patch (dead leaves pull loose easily from runners), especially if fall rains come. Control with turf fungicide, Azoxystrobin, and cease evening waterings since they spread the fungus. • If you have dead areas in your St. Augustine (runners are dead as well as the leaf blades), odds are very good that they are either old gray leaf spot damage or the results of a late summer infestation of chinch bugs. • Watch patio plants for insect, mite and disease problems. Treat as needed before bringing them indoors. • Apply glyphosate-type weedkiller soon to eliminate established grass and weeds prior to rototilling for new garden beds. Neil Sperry’s Timely Tips will return in late winter when it’s time to make plans for your spring garden.

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Chrysanthemums are the most popular perennial in the fall.

n Garden Mums I’ve featured them before here, but chrysanthemums are such popular perennials with a long-standing history in Texas landscapes, they deserve to be called out for an encore appearance. Here are things you’ll want to know about this great group of plants. • The “mum” society people group them into 13 different classifications, from tiny pompons that are borne many to a stem all the way to large flowers 6 to even 8 inches in diameter. Petals may be flattened, rolled or even spoon-shaped. • Colors range from white to yellow, orange, red, rust, burgundy, pink, lavender and purple – every color except blue. • Mum “flowers” are actually made up of hundreds of individual flowers arranged together into one common “head.” They are in the “Composite” plant family. • Mums can be “disbudded,” where only the main terminal bud is allowed to develop and open. All side buds are removed. The resulting flowers are much larger and perfectly shaped.

• Tall varieties can be “pinched” to remove their growing tips. That will force the plants to produce outward branches, keeping them shorter. • Mums determine the time to bloom by measuring the length of the dark period. A flowering hormone is produced in the growing tip. If light shines at night, that hormone is destroyed and the plant remains vegetative. Therefore, mums should not be planted near security lights. • Chrysanthemums are perennials. Following blooming old stalks can be cut to within 1 inch of the ground. New shoots will begin forming. They will be the stems for next year. • Mums are propagated by being dug and divided in late fall or very early in spring, before new growth begins. They can also be rooted from cuttings taken during periods of active vegetative growth. • Few insects or diseases bother chrysanthemums. If one of them crops up, apply a labeled pest control measure. It should take care of it.


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n 100 Years Young

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June Lemond of Weatherford found him. Did you? Last month, the frog was sitting in the Texas Butane ad. June will receive a gift certificate to Baker’s Ribs in Weatherford. Do you like winning prizes? Enter this month’s contest! Simply submit your name, mailing address, email address (if possible), phone number, and a brief description of where you find the hid-

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Dorothy June Fremont turned 100 recently, and she may have the key to her longetivity. “I always try to be happy,” said Dorothy, who was born and raised in Fort Worth but currently resides in a Weatherford assisted living facility. She says it’s important not to dwell on the negative things in life. “Don’t sit around and cry about troubled times,” she said. “I always attended church and had my family for support.” A lot has happened over the last 100 years. Dorothy was widowed twice. “I outlived them both!” she said. She also gave birth to three children. “I have a good family that takes care of me,” she said. Fortunately, Dorothy is still able to enjoy her what she belives is the greatest invention of her time. “Television always keeps me entertained,” she says. “I always liked the older shows … and I loved Days of Our Lives.” If you know DFW area senior who is turning 100, contact seniors@hooplamagazine.com.

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