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People nibbled fancy food and mingled, admiring colorful paintings hung on giant walls overlooking reflecting ponds of University of Texas at Tyler. From above, on the third floor balcony of the College of Pharmacy, a bystander might notice a diminutive lady as she purposefully introduced civic leaders to philanthropists or students to college presidents. more
Once, when I was a kid, my dad let me pick out seed packets and a new trowel. The only thing Dad didn’t let me choose was my spot in the yard. “Dad, this is the dogs’ pen!” I exclaimed in dismay. more
“All good things must come to an end” or so the saying goes. With my introduction to this paper not being so long ago (less than a year), that phrase isn’t one I thought I would be applying to this column quite so soon. Though at times I may not have been exactly certain on what topic I should write, I have enjoyed penning this feature. more
Once upon a time, I had a regular bedtime and awoke each morning at a reasonable hour. I spent my quiet early mornings reading or enjoying a glass of orange juice and admiring the way the sun peeks through the window and casts a glow over the room. I worked long afternoon and evening hours, after which I would arrive home from my day’s labor and briefly wind down before going through my evening rituals. I would brush my teeth, remove my make-up and crawl into bed for the night. I would often lie in bed, blissfully reading a book or turning the pages of a magazine as I drifted off to sleep. more
Rodney Daingerfield took great delight in self-deprecation, striving always to be regarded as the least respected guy on the planet. The late comedian played it to the hilt, laughing all the way to the bank. There’s a new guy on the “poor me” stage, and I’m talkin’ real life. The nameless guy is insistent that his investment portfolio is limited to only two stocks--Facebook and plastic straws. more
Services for Slater Dylan Brabec, 17, Overton, took place Monday, Aug. 6, in the Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Brian Williams officiating. Brabec was buried in New Hope Cemetery near Overton. Slater passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, near Overton. He was born March 20, 2001 in Marietta, California to jack David Brabec and Maryann Louise Taber Brabec. He moved from California to East Texas in 2006 and attended Arp High School where he was a senior. more
Award-winning author and Amazon best selling Sandra Merville Hart brought her imagination and love of history to Fireside Talk Radio recently to talk about creative kids. To understand how excited I … more
Did you know in July of 1832, a band of settlers in Nacogdoches attacked the town’s Mexican garrison and took back the town in answer to an order requiring Texans to surrender their weapons? While not well known, the Battle of Nacogdoches, not only freed East Texas from Mexican military rule, but also served as the starting point of the Texas Revolution and led to our state becoming what it is today. more
Just last week I heard a radio personality opening a discussion on libraries. Something had been posted online about libraries being obsolete and the radio host wanted to hear opinions from listeners. My children practically grew up in libraries and were there so often librarians knew them each by name. I’m sure it will come as no surprise then that I believe libraries are absolutely essential. more
It happens every summer at about this time. I start getting grouchy. I begin realizing how close we are to the summer coming to an end and I get a little sad. Knowing I am almost done with all the relaxing and laziness makes me feel a little blue. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love my job at the school. I could not imagine working anywhere else. I love ‘my’ kids. I adore my coworkers. My boss is the best! Everything about my job is wonderful. But let’s be real here, I also love my breaks. more
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