When my kids are home during the summer, they act like ravenous little beasts wanting to eat more than the Incredible Hulk. However, in order to keep my sanity and my money, I have a few tricks up my sleeves.

June means summertime is here. I remember being a child and each summer was an opportunity for adventures. I knew time was limited yet the lazy days of sleeping in made me somehow feel summer would last forever.

This Saturday is yet another opportunity to exercise our right to vote in an election.

Early quilters didn’t have time-saving gadgets to help them make their quilts. They cut individual pieces out of scraps with scissors and used a needle and thread to sew them together. They would piece their quilts by candle or oil lamp light. When it came time for quilting, they again used …

When I was a child, maybe 9 years old, my little sister came home from visiting family (we have different dads) with a story that got both of us wondering. Is there a teeny, tiny fork and knife inside a peach seed?

Sometimes we have marriage questions we are embarrassed to ask others. Sometimes we just don’t know who to ask.

Three of my best friends and I are in Fort Worth this weekend.

For some time now, the adult coloring books have been the big rage. At first they were hard to find, but now you see them everywhere — Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, dollar stores and even H-E-B.

Spring is my favorite time of year because of the cool morning breezes, the stunningly beautiful days, and dusk that whispers the promise of a bright, starry night. However, dusk during spring always takes me back to a memory I will not soon forget.

All marriages have moments and seasons where marriage is tough. When we are walking through these seasons we must remember, it is just a season, and seasons change.

I am the chief of all procrastinators. If I ever get half a chance to put something off, I’ll do it without thinking twice. If there was a contest to find who was the best procrastinator, I’m sure I’d win but then I’d wait too long and not ever get registered.

Our students have undertaken the STAAR test this past week designed to evaluate the knowledge they have gained over this school year. And, we are confident as in past years, that our students have done very well because they were well-prepared.

During one of my Bee meetings in January, a member suggested that the Bee girls write down all of our UFOs (UnFinished Objects).

Spring break is a time when families pack up and head out to the various beaches or large cities for springtime fun and activities.

I think one of the hardest things in marriage is learning to forgive each other.

Not many of us get the chance to make our living sitting in front of an audio control board, speaking into a microphone and playing music over the radio to thousands of people.

Spring is quilt show time in Texas.

My oldest son is a real-life Dennis the Menace. He is sweet and caring about others with a deep yearning for adventure that tends to be a tad mischievous.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The store shelves are lined with chocolates and stuffed animals. There’s a wide array of cards to choose from in the card aisle. Year after year, we tend to purchase the same things.

You’re going to think this is a quirky column, and I honestly agree, but I thought it would be interesting to share with you some of the famous people I’ve been privileged to meet, shaken hands with and interviewed while I was a radio station news director — or came in fairly close contact w…

Happy New Year! Thank goodness the holidays are over and we can settle into our daily routines.

One Sunday after church, we went a different way home. The day was wet and cold, the kind of cold that chills you to the bone, as Texas weather can do.

A new year frequently ushers in New Year’s resolutions. We resolve to lose weight or pay off debt, but how many of our resolutions are geared toward one of the most important relationships in our lives — our marriage?

By Rick Kirkpatrick

By the time you read this, if you have time this close to Christmas to sit and read anything, most of the frenzy should be over with.

While we haven’t had a cold spell to scare us out of our warm-weather lull yet, it is coming. Prepare now for it by purchasing needed supplies for outside dogs.

The Christmas season is certainly upon us. I can’t believe how this year has flown by.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have had the opportunity to play Santa Claus in a public venue.

It’s the end of November and you survived Thanksgiving. Maybe just barely, but you did.

I was both surprised and disappointed to learn the Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine would no longer be published. I learned this when I received my October/November issue in the mail. The announcement was printed in the “From the Editor” column at the front of the magazine. I was also feeling a…

Recently I was in a marriage class when the topic of marital intimacy was being discussed.

Imagine your dream, or one of them, coming true. Then imagine that dream is 1,700 miles away, one-way. Still, further imagine that dream happening over a three-day period.

COPPERAS COVE — Once you finish piecing your quilt top, the next question is how do you want to quilt it.

When we say our marriage vows, we promise to love each other through all the good and the bad times our marriage will encounter.

Congratulations to the Harker Heights Chamber Vision XXI 2016 Class!

When I was in school, it all seemed normal. Sure, my friends and I were picked on in junior high, but we did our fair share of making fun of others as well. It was considered part of growing up.

I have a friend who keeps telling me she thinks quilting is declining. But when you go to quilt shows, and particularly to the Houston International Quilt Show, I find that hard to believe.

Back to school means early mornings, fundraisers, events, sports and community sickness to name just a few of our “favorite” things.

Marriage can be heaven on Earth. Yet it also brings challenges.

It’s personally refreshing to be surrounded by co-workers, friends and acquaintances who work hard, dedicate themselves to quality, making sure the customer is satisfied and take seriously the importance of being kind and assisting those who need help.

This is the time of year when most quilters grind to a halt. With the temperatures over 100 degrees, we just want to hide in the house behind closed blinds and wait for the temperatures to start falling.

Rescue has been an instrumental part of my life — for well, most of my life.

One of the biggest problems in marriage is communication.

After my wife and I were married in 1974, we lived in Victoria, about 150 miles up the coast from Corpus Christi.

The most important question of our time is NOT about choosing the next president.

Yesterday I received the Houston International Quilt Festival catalog in the mail. It always arrives mid-July every year — as long as I registered the year before. You can also see all the attractions and classes offered online at www.quilts.com and shows@quilts.com. Information is also avai…

Having tinted windows on my truck, I forget how spoiled I am sometimes.

When I was growing up, I wanted to live so many other places in my life.

I know there are at least two important birthdays in the month of July. I turn 64 on July 3.

There are many occasions throughout the year that provide the necessity of mailing a quilt: Christmas, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, births, weddings or entering a show.

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