• September 28, 2016

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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.

Choosing your favorite peanut butter’s a major national issue

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

Catalog’s arrival means time for Houston quilt festival nearing

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.

Be mindful of the heat when taking your dog out in the car

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

It seems my hometown really wasn’t so bad after all

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

Music holds special place in my July 4th memories

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

Take special care when shipping quilts

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 noisy fireworks that come with July 4

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.

I finally had to face up to the ‘D-word’ — diet, that is

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

Taking time to thank a great teacher of mine

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.

Quilt museum has exhibits to please every quilt lover

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

Remodeling bedroom helps give my life a fresh outlook

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.

Community benefits from Lemonade Day in many ways

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

Submitting IRS return online proved to be quite taxing

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

The world of quilting has really 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 weekly pack up their supplies and projects and go to that store or center where an instructor would conduct the class.

Dogs can be devastated by divorce, marital separations

Ever wondered what happens to fur kids when a marriage falls apart?

Hardest part of staying in shape is motivation

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.