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I have spilled barrels of ink in columns on the joys of being a teacher but now some ink needs to be spilled to get educators the help we need. Along with other school employees and retirees we are facing a nightmare. And that is why 800 educators packed the front lawn of the Gregg County Courthouse recently in the "Use Your Teacher Voice’’ rally. more
We all feel lonely sometimes, but you are not alone. Single people complain about feeling lonely. But, heck, we feel lonely even if we are married. Especially in marriage, we all search for solutions to loneliness, even in the best marriages. Often, the solution for a lonely marriage comes in the comfort of a trustworthy friend, just like it does for all people. Years ago, I turned to a friend for comfort as I began to come to terms with my abortion. She wrapped me in her arms and held me while I soaked in her kindness with relief. more
Mark your calendars for this year's sales tax holiday on August 11th-13th. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks which are priced under $100 from sales and use taxes. The law also allows layaway purchases of these items to qualify for the sales tax exemption. All sellers in the state are required to honor the sales tax holiday, so it's a great time to get prepared for the upcoming school year while saving some money in the process. Here are five things happening around your state this month: more
We all crave the gentle companionship marriage seems to offer, but no doubt Hollywood left out some of the crucial information about what real romance looks like. Not only do we want to share life’s joys, we want a companion who whispers gently to our pain in life’s sorrows. more
It is a story from decades ago that I’ve retold countless times. Its punchline--wadded up into a few words--sums up the conundrums that hit us daily with tornadic force. more
Worry reminds me of the way advertisers repackage their toilet boil cleaners. Like the new and improved version of a product nobody actually enjoys buying, my new doubts and fears are just a repackaged version of the old ones I thought I conquered. more
Authorities usually offer specifics when asked about origins of expressions. “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” however, is not one of them. Attempts to pinpoint its first use are baffling to some and invite “waffling” for others. Most linguists agree that the idiom began as a French expression in the mid-19th century. Hardliners maintain that its genesis is biblical, birthed by the scripture about “nothing being new under the sun.” more
It takes conversational courage to be assertive. Women often wonder how to be more assertive at home. I remember sitting in my first counselor's office so many years ago, coming to terms with an abortion. She put down the pad and pen and looked at me with a gentle smile. more
his upcoming month we will celebrate two important holidays. The first being the Fourth of July to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The second is National Pecan Pie Day on July 12. Pecan pie also happens to be the State Pie of Texas. So while you shoot off fireworks and eat pie, I hope it is with family and friends as I know mine will be. more
Countless young brides have looked at me in bewilderment and said, “But he wasn’t like this when we were dating!” Well, no he wasn’t. Often our friends don’t like to admit they feel depressed about the state of their union. Still, the truth is all marriages hit lonely patches. more
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