Valentine’s Day is a day when love is celebrated through simple gifts of flowers and candy exchanged between friends, lovers, sweethearts, spouses, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons.
At age 5, Doug Dillard had a crush on the girl who lived around the corner on Avenue J in Temple. The year was 1935. In a voice loud enough for a neighbor to hear, he asked JoAn Pirtle to marry him. JoAn turned him down. We were too young, she said.
Lisa Wingate’s latest novel, “The Sea Keeper’s Daughters,” is the final book in a trilogy that revolves around a family mystery that spans decades. Once again Wingate takes her readers on an eloquent trip through time as she travels from the 19th century to the 21st century.
Benny Ismaili is no stranger to the restaurant business. Born in Italy and raised in the former Yugoslavia, owning a restaurant was an extended family tradition.
Connie Swinden and a group of volunteers sit around a table at the Belton Senior Center writing Valentine’s Day cards to military men and women they’ve never met. Lovingly handwritten in cursive, each card is decorated with heart and flower stickers and carries a message of appreciation and hope to service members currently deployed in the Middle East.
In her book, “Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned that Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes,” published by Tyndale Momentum, Texas author, mom and wife, Kristen Welch, describes the day that she and her husband identified entitlement in their children.
A dedicated group of Temple-based runners log more miles with less pain by employing a run-walk-run method created by former Olympic athlete Jeff Galloway.