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Kevin Strength has been an extraordinary leader in and of this city. He has led with determination, class, tenacity and, pardon the pun, strength. Like most mayors before him, Strength has given much without much expected in return. Withstanding armchair mayors on nearly every corner it seem…

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The Lord of the Rings series of books is one that I can remember as a child getting lost in the narrative and attached to the characters. I can remember reading for hours on end to find out what happened to Frodo, Gandalf and Aragorn in their quest to return the ring of power to the fires of…

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Have you ever tried to do something, start something or figure out something and the more you get into it, the harder it gets and the more confused you seem to be? 

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I have read with interest the news stories regarding deaths from opioids and the resulting lawsuits against the manufacturers of these medications. I have also done lots of research and my inquisitive mind would like a few questions answered.

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It can be said that grief is like a newly formed mountain range filled with sharp, jagged peaks not yet worn smooth by the elements and time. While we learn to adapt — and survive — in a new and unfamiliar environment, the change is indelible. 

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So, you’re a leader. Great! And with your leadership certain perks and benefits: maybe a nice salary (more than others on your staff), reserved parking space, nice office, credit card for expenses, iPhone and iPad, gasoline mileage, etc., all provided because you’re a leader. 

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With such a downpour of rain Saturday morning in Waxahachie, it was not the best of conditions to be “out and about” but our beloved first responders who are always “out and about,” regardless of the weather as they serve and protect us, joined dedicated volunteers from Brown Street Church o…

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My dream summer vacation is for my students. It is hard to let them go home for three months. Teachers know how much is lost academically and behaviorally. Children thrive on consistency and every home is different. On an average, students lose two months of reading skills alone.

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For the most part, we overcome small fears daily – getting in a car, boarding a plane, speaking in front of others, walking down a sidewalk, being in large crowds, visits to the dentist and many more. It may feel a little uncomfortable at first but, once we are in the midst of it, it’s not t…

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In the coming days and months, our seniors and staff in nursing homes/hospitals across our country will have wave after wave of harm, abuse and neglect inflected upon them by the SILVER TSUNAMI headed directly at them. Many brave individuals and organizations that work in the healthcare indu…

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America cares for mothers this beautiful month of May. We celebrate their strength, their wisdom, their works and their stoic presence in our lives. A mother’s special role in the fabric of our American family has long been recognized in our country. In fact, President Woodrow Wilson in 1914…

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Mothers are a blessing. Most people are lucky to have one; I was blessed to have several mother figures in my life. My birth mother was a nurse who contracted tuberculosis working in a hospital before I was born. 

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It’s hard to imagine that summer is nearly here, and another class of seniors will be graduating soon. Even harder to imagine is that what was once my little boy is now an almost 15-year-old young man living in a world I’m often left to decipher. 

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In addition to our ongoing classes and support groups such as exercise classes, support groups, lunch programs and social functions, the center is also holding the following special events during the month of May:

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Growing up with comic books and the superheroes contained within their pages was one of the best ways for my imagination to grow. While I might be sitting on my bed in my room, my mind was transported distance places, righting galactic wrongs with the likes of Thor or thwarting a bank robber…

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A few weeks ago, someone forwarded me a group photo of me and several friends that I grew up with when we were in high school. We all went to church together from children’s church age until we were in our early 20s. After that, most of us moved and we went our separate ways.   

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I went to the Joan Baez concert in Dallas a couple of weeks ago. It was a small, outdoor venue and a very pleasant evening. It started on time and ended by 10 p.m. It was an old person’s concert. I loved it.

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We’ve taken a brief look at a leader’s character and its most important quality, integrity. This is the character quality standing head and shoulders above the other qualities. When you embrace this one, you embrace many of the others. 

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Sometimes things happen in our lives that stop us in our tracks and force us to reflect on what’s really important, or who is really important in our lives.  I guess I do this more than the average person because of what I do for a living.  As a funeral director, you are reminded every singl…

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Superhero movies have been commonplace at the theater. As soon as you get done watching one, another is vying for your attention with its origin story. But the underlying problem is that with so many films, originality and substance have been traded in to make a quick buck at the box office.

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I’m still wading through the stacks of mail that accumulated on the table while I was out of town a couple of weeks ago. The newspapers are finally in the recycle bin, the comics read, the puzzles completed. All the ads for hearing aids, walk-in bathtubs, funeral plans – those things one sta…

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A risk of unfamiliar recipes is too great. I am reduced to dry bread and coffee. To count blessings and pray I return to the church in the market center. Could I sing I would (to celebrate my praise and wonder). I pass from sunfilled courtyard to a dark and mysterious chapel, I encounter two…

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At the end of a day of mall-shopping with my young adult daughters, we were headed to our car, ready for the ride home, when we passed a nationally known cafeteria entrance. We were all hungry and elected to eat before departing the mall. 

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I recently made a trip to Independence, Mo., for a church conference. On the patio outside the conference chamber stood a tulip tree in full bloom. No green leaves, only large white and pink blossoms that covered the whole tree and welcomed us with new life as we entered and exited. It was a…

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The book, “Punished by Rewards” by Alfie Kohn, is absolutely, hands down, the No. 1 book I wish every parent, teacher and especially administrator would read. 

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Tucked away at home are 50-year-old pictures of me and my little sister, adorned no less in our splendid Easter best, trying to smile for endless photos while squinting under the warmth of a bright sun. Smiling and squinting simultaneously isn’t easy and the pictures prove it. Scurrying arou…

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Racism is a belief that is just plain dumb. Harboring this belief that someone is better than another is not only small minded but the pain caused by these beliefs can have effects that ripple across the community for generations. That is why films like “The Best of Enemies” are essential be…

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Every Easter for a lot of the world, means the beginning of spring, spring showers, flowers and trees are blooming, Easter egg hunts, the smell of a spiral smoked ham in the oven and some even make the time to attend a Sunday morning church service.