• July 22, 2016

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Houston quilt festival catalog filled with good information

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 available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Use common sense — do not leave your dog in a hot car

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

Sharing my best memories of Killeen before leaving town

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

Take time to pause and be thankful this Fourth of July

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

Shipping a quilt requires care, specific packing

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.

Prepare your pets for fireworks on Fourth of July

This week I wanted to talk to y’all about how important it is to prepare your pets for the fireworks that are only a few short weeks away.

Eating habits research finds ‘comfort’ foods not good for me

So I’ve thus far been able to adjust my life to incorporate more water, mild-to- moderate exercise,

End of school year brings memories of favorite teacher

You’re going to think my calculator has malfunctioned but I have been involved in education in some form or fashion for about 51 years.

2 friends realize dream and open Texas Quilt Museum

In November 2011, two friends, Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, realized their dream.

It is OK to have a favorite pet

I am emotionally invested in all of our pets, which should come as no shock to anyone who knows me or reads my columns.

Remodeling a bedroom for a fresh look

In the past year, I’ve been making efforts to improve my life by making changes to my routine, my physical health and my environment.

Lemonade Day is a good thing for budding entrepreneurs

The only way to improve a cold glass of lemonade is to have a Lemonade Day.

My answers to security questions seem to baffle Mr. IRS

My daughter, Madie, has urged me for years to submit my tax return online.

The world of quilting has changed

Gone are the days when beginning quilters had to physically sign up for quilting classes at a quilt store or at an activities center, then pack up their supplies and projects and go to that store or center where an instructor would conduct the class.

Improving physical health involves demon of exercise

Several months ago, I wrote a Community Voices column about making changes to my life, improving my mental health by being more mindful of my physical well-being.

Maybe this year Texas Rangers win 1st World Series title

A friend asked me one time which championship I’d like to see one of my favorite teams win and which would take priority.

What’s not to love about Valentine’s Day?

I’ve noticed that a lot of people my age seem to have something against Valentine’s Day, to the point where it almost dampens my enjoyment of the holiday of love.

Mild winters a mixed blessing

While you and I may have enjoyed the mild winter, even rejoiced at the lower than expected heating bills this year, we won’t be thrilled with what happens this spring because of it. The creepy crawly bugs that tend to need a good, hard winter to help with their population control didn’t get it this year.

Reflecting on passing of birthday milestone

On Jan. 29 at 4:14 in the morning, I turned 25 years old.

Rotary clubs can do more by joining forces

I was pleased to be asked a few weeks ago to sit in on a conclave of presidents and presidents-elect of the five Rotary Clubs whose membership gathers for their weekly meetings in Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove.

Process complex in determining school closures due to weather

As the cold-weather season sets in, it is important to provide clarity to the Copperas Cove Independent School District’s process for handling conditions which would put our staff and students in danger due to ice or snow. This process is not an exact science and we rely on weather forecasts, information from Fort Hood and surrounding districts and our own assessment of conditions to make a decision.

Local woman plays a big role in quilt project

In 2002, Don Beld from Redlands, Calif., started a grassroots project called Home of the Brave Quilt Project.

How to reduce the feral cat population

Anyone living in Central Texas knows we have a few problems that need to be addressed that have been overlooked for years because no one really knows how to handle them.

A new strategy for keeping resolutions

It’s 2016 already?

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