• January 22, 2017

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Can kindness to others start a chain reaction?

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.

Don’t forget to make time for your marriage in new year

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 towards one of the most important relationships in our lives — our marriage?

Don’t give up on your dreams; I’m sure glad that I didn’t

It took an army of friends and family to motivate me to finish my Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications in 1985. I was 33 years old when I walked across the stage and am proof that you’re never too old to complete a secondary education.

Reading labels can make you smart, but take your appetite

In the past few years I have become a devout label reader. Before I buy anything, I thoroughly read the ingredients on the package’s label.

Making quilted Christmas gifts takes time, but it’s worth it

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.

Adopting a shelter or rescue a great Christmas gift

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.

Couples must make ‘us’ time at holidays

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

Some tips for playing Santa from a veteran of the red suit

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

Attitude of giving is best gift we can give our children

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

End of Quilter’s Newsletter is a disappointing development

I was both surprised and disappointed to learn the Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine would no longer be published. I learned about this matter when I received my October/November issue in the mail.

Your bedroom should be place of rest, relaxation and romance

Recently I was in a marriage class when the topic of marital intimacy was being discussed. As group members began to share their own struggles in this vital area of marriage, the importance of the marriage bedroom was introduced. It seems we tend to neglect this valuable room of our home. Our bedroom should be a special place where we are able to fully relax and spend time together as a married couple. Let’s look at a few ideas on romanticizing our bedroom and creating a place of refuge and relaxation.

Table reading of play in New York was dream come true

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.

Dogs can sense change before we do

Knowing that dogs are great judges of character and seeing it in action are two different things. That’s also a lesson I learned over the past 18 months that I didn’t even realize I learned until I read back through my dog journals.

In marriage, remember good times

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

Learning along with Vision XXI class was quite an experience

Congratulations to the Harker Heights Chamber Vision XXI 2016 Class!

Fancy running shoes helped put some fun into getting fit

More than two months ago, I stepped on the scale and the number I saw was shocking.

It’s important to keep quilting alive for next generation

I have a friend who keeps telling me that 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.

We can help pets adjust to back-to-school schedules

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

Remember acronym HEART when talking with spouse

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

Dedicated people make our community work well

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.

It’s a good time to clean and organize your sewing room

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.

Sometimes animal rescuers need a break from the stress

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

Married couples shouldn’t stop dating when money’s short

One of the biggest problems in marriage is communication.

40-year reunion of singing group was music to our ears

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