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2001 was one of the darkest times of my life. Leading up to this, I had drifted far from God. I had convinced myself that I could do life on my terms and didn’t need Him. I was doing what I wanted and nothing else mattered.

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“Half Brothers” is one of those films that on the surface looked like it had a lot of promise but, after a few minutes into the picture, those hopes seemed to be dashed. While the story looked compelling enough for me to purchase a ticket, its lack of depth didn’t have the sustaining power t…

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You ready for this? “In a 2009 international study, the majority of people said they trust a stranger more than they trust their boss.” (Quoted by James Kouzes and Barry Posner in “The Truth about Leadership”).

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The new year is all about resolutions and fresh starts. It’s the perfect time to help families start planning ahead for important discussions such as: how to identify signs of loneliness in older adults; a crisis plan for a caregiver who may be affected by illness or other life events; and s…

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Milk is an amazing product. The nutritional value with its fortification of vitamin D makes it a modern marvel. It defines the class of mammals. A mother’s milk tugs at our emotions. Warm milk before bed calms. An Oreo commercial cannot be shot without it. The explosion of various kinds of m…

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We are officially 13 days into the new year and the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce is more ready than ever to take on 2021. At the beginning of each year, the chamber sets a goal of a certain number of new members to acquire throughout that year. Last January, the goal was set at 100 and by …

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For many years, citizens of Ellis County have heard of the county farm. It has served the county as a type of prison and as a home for the poor.

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The book lies buried in the rich soil of the Old Testament. Not many stop to dig it up and read its God-breathed pages of practical wisdom. How sad! The writer writes about what many live – an endless search to find satisfaction and meaning in life apart from God. It is a classic read on how…

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Up way too early on a non-workday, I turned on the TV while I made coffee. My back to the screen, I recognized the voice but could not place it. I turned around and, of course, it was Ma on “The Little House on the Prairie” television show, which I had watched hundreds of times many decades …

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Since it seems everyone on the planet has been, or is, weighing in on the current state of the country, I’m going to resist boring you with mine. I know, I know - given my admitted lack of discipline at times in recent years, that may come across as a bit of a shock. Trust me when I tell you…

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Day 1 – Dec. 30 started as a workday, like any other day, except that I have been working from home. By mid-morning I began experiencing a tickle in my throat and quickly it turned into a dry cough. I kept at my desk working but, by 3:45 pm, the cough had moved into my upper chest and was a …

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Even with the proper precautions, the COVID-19 virus can strike anyone at any moment regardless of age or health conditions. That is the case with the Alsup family of Red Oak, which is still recovering from the effects of the novel coronavirus.

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Telegraphic communication reached small communities in the post-Civil War period when the railroad arrived. After the Waxahachie Tap Railroad made its connection with the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1879, Waxahachie received its first telegraph line.

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Movies that warm the heart and touch the soul are something to be truly treasured. That is the feeling that I left with after seeing Tom Hank’s latest film, “News of the World.” It rewards audiences for their hard-earned dollar with a great story that leaves a lasting impression.

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“What the Dormouse Said,” collected by Amy Gash and illustrated by Pierre Le-Tan, is an amazing collection of perfect, timeless quotes that ring true today.

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With the conclusion of what will go down in history as a most turbulent year, and with the ushering in of 2021with a clean slate, most will give thought to resolutions and goals to make ourselves better people. To plan for the future, we should assess our past.

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Thank goodness 2020 has finished its course, though our strength may be limited. It’s been a tough one just facing the pandemic.

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Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

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Primarily created for display rather than function, crazy embroidered quilts are believed to have originated in the mid- to late-1800s. Victorian ladies broke all of the rules of traditional quilt making: symmetry, color and functionality. For perhaps the first time in textile history, quilt…

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We carry a calendar in our mind. After a very informal survey, I realized everyone has a different visual for this and a favorite medium. In the past there were only paper calendars. Now, the younger generation, hands down, favors the one on the phone. Several older folks do, too. The remind…

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We contacted Seal Tex while experiencing issues with our walk-in freezer, which needed structural repairs. Chris Hilden came out and inspected the unit. To repair it would cost thousands. Chris began to ask questions about what we do and we of course inquired about what their company is all …

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Thank goodness, we made it through 2020 and now we’re moving forward into 2021. Although we’re still wearing masks, continually sanitizing and keeping our distance, life is still good. But, it’s up to each of us to find the blessings around us. It’s up to us to turn the negatives to positive…

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One of the things I enjoy about the Christmas season is the big blockbuster movies that are coming to the theater giving promises to thrill, inspire or warm your heart from the moment you see the trailer. That is what I thought going to see Gal Gadot back in action as Wonder Woman but, alas,…

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James Dobson tells the story of a university student who hanged himself in the basement of his dormitory. Tragic news indeed. To make it worse, no one missed the student until a search began … five days later. A few years ago, in Stockholm, Sweden, an 84-year-old woman sat for two months on …

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I love the study of the four temperaments. A myriad of authorities have developed studies in them, but my favorite is by Tim and Beverly LaHaye, who wrote, “The Spirit-Controlled Temperament.”

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I do not know if you feel the same way that I do but for the most part, all I am hearing for the most part from our leadership on a national, state, and local level is that we need to wear a mask, social distance, and wash our hands. There is nothing wrong with that, but we need action and m…

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Last time, we looked at a power model of leadership. In this model, leadership accumulates and wields power to make people do things to accomplish what the leader wants. It’s top-down leadership, autocratic, command-and-control, followers serving the interests of the leader.

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The Schwartz family has lived in the Palmer area almost a century. After leaving Indiana in the post-civil war period, the Schwartz brothers chose to settle in Palmer. Johnny Schwartz, the son of one of the brothers, related some things which he remembered about Palmer, with his memories sha…

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Life. Isn’t it wonderful? Are you living and breathing today? If so, that’s what is known as the miracle of life. I have become overwhelmed this morning, thinking about my life and all the miraculous things that have occurred down through the ages that resulted in somebody like me – living a…

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“The true meaning of America, you ask? It's in a Texas rodeo, in a policeman's badge, in the sound of laughing children, in a political rally, in a newspaper ... In all these things, and many more, you'll find America. In all these things, you'll find freedom. And freedom is what America mea…

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I recall telling my parents they were crazy – crazy for selling all they had to live fulltime in an RV. That was well over 30 years ago, but today it seems I’ve come full circle. You see, I recently did the same thing. I sold most all my belongings to live fulltime in a 28-foot RV with my hu…

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We’re nearing the end of 2020 – and for many of us, it will be a relief to turn the calendar page on this challenging year. However, we’ve still got a few weeks left, which means you have time to make some year-end financial moves that may work in your favor.

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You know, there is one thing most people across the world are seeking right now. That is, hope. Hope for today and tomorrow. Where do we find hope in a time of so much calamity? When we lose hope, we also lose our joy.

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SAL squadron 388 performed a flag retirement as part of Flag Day Observance in June. At that time, the cable to the flagpole at Waxahachie Autoplex broke. Squadron 388 took on the project of getting the flag flying again on this 80-foot high flagpole.

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Despite the growing number of COVID cases, December has been full of blessings, blessings in the form of gift and food donations, volunteering, shopping local, enjoying the endless Christmas …

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George Clooney is an actor you can’t help but like. He shares that quality with Tom Hanks but adds a little bit more suaveness in his acting roles. However, unlike Hanks’ films, some of Clooney’s movies you want to like, but you can’t in the end.

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Thanksgiving is behind us, 2021 ahead of us, and we have entered December. Children around the world have begun the annual Christmas countdown, marking off the days on their fingers or their Christmas countdown calendars.

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It's funny how Christmas takes on a different meaning for us at some point between the time our eyes lit up on Christmas morning to the sight of goodies under the tree, from Santa to an age where, today, we awake Christmas morning just glad to be breathing and for a steaming cup of strong coffee.

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In 1970, Harold Vineyard, along with his brother Jack, decided to purchase Big A Auto Parts from Glen Brooks and his brother. Most people in town will know the business better by its current name, taken in 1990, NAPA Auto Parts.

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This is something that needs to be considered as far educating our county residents. Are our county residents aware that if you are vaccinated for Covid-19, more than likely you can still possibly infect others with COVID-19?

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Some of the most telling chapters of history are when ordinary people stand up for what is right against the face of evil and despite the consequences they might face. One movie that recently touched me was “The 12th Man” directed by Harald Zwart, which puts this type of courage on display.