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Come November we start thinking Thanksgiving, family gatherings and lots of good food!At the top of the food list in our family is a traditional turkey and at the top of the turkey list is one of my favorite herbs, garden sage (Salvia officinalis).  Whatever your family dressing or stuffing …

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Most of the Texas animal shelters are full right now. Some of this is partially due to our extreme cold temps recently. Many are waiving/lowering adoption fees to help clear their shelters.

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After you’ve dealt with several situations in life, you become cautious if not downright cynical. It happens.

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Historic moments are something Hollywood has struggled to fully capture over the years. In its latest attempt with the movie “Midway,” it gives a 300-foot perspective of the events that led up to the naval battle, which was a turning point for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. However, it fails …

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The kind and warm John Maxwell graced Ellis County with his presence Wednesday, Nov. 13, for the WXLeaders Summit. As leaders from all over the Metroplex descended upon the Waxahachie Civic Center, they were prepared to be enlightened with simple, yet profound leadership advice. John Maxwell…

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And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. –  Galatians 6:9

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I want to write about Dr. Compton, my dad. He will be 94 years old in January. Granted, he has slowed down considerably and gotten quieter. Perhaps he is reflecting on his life now and then. In the afternoons he looks forward to exercising at the Waxahachie Senior Center for 30 or 40 minutes…

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Thank you in memory of Horace Bratcher. Thanks to God, ten thousand angels, and to all of our friends in the whole world. Thank you for the prayers, visits, cards, phone calls, flowers, food, and a million other things. I am doing very good. I am sorry that I am late, but I have a hard time …

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Dear Hope for Today, I have some friends that have lost either a child or grandchild over the past year. As Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches, decorations are starting to be displayed in stores. What once seemed so beautiful to my friends appears to be very sad and depressing for them. E…

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I have an update on our cat – the non-athletic kitten that is a recent addition to our family. He’s finally learned the art of the cat broad-jump or perhaps, more accurately, the cat-a-pult. Our clumsy cat has decided he’s a mountain goat and all surfaces in the house have become his Pike’s …

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As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s meaningful to reflect on the origin of the holiday – Native Americans and pilgrims sharing their bounty of food with each other. As you gather with your loved ones this year, perhaps you can think of ways to share not only your dinner but also your financial bounty.

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Have you ever been in a hurry or already running late to get somewhere? If you have, you’ve probably been stopped by one of the many trains, multiple times, and at the worst times.

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It’s a saying that’s been said so often, to me anyway, it’s simply trite and just part of the noise one hears starting up this time of year: “The reason for the season.”

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If you have suffered from pain for several months or longer, you are among the millions of Americans with a condition known as chronic pain. Despite decades of research, chronic pain remains complex and difficult to treat.

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Horace Bratcher is dead and gone. We really wish him well. All the things he did for others, all the friends he had, no one can ever tell.

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Watching “Terminator: Dark Fate” in theaters the other night was like getting reunited with a long-lost friend and picking up a long-forgotten conversation. After the last two Terminator films, “Salvation” and “Genisys,” I thought there was no possibility of a return to what made the franchi…

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Howdy, boys and girls. Gather round and I will set you straight about this thing called “climate change.” Climate change is real. When I was just a young squirt, us kids called it by its real name – spring, summer, fall and winter.

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“I remember mom always telling me that all in all in the end the only one you really have is God. I have come to a place in experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no one else. + by God + by your prayers I have felt tende…

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I struggled to think of Thanksgiving traditions in my family and couldn’t come up with anything that stood out. So I googled “History of Thanksgiving” and found a few facts.

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Dear Hope for Today, I’ve been searching for an answer to a life-long hurtful, issue. As a child, I suffered verbal abuse from both parents. As I grew from a child to a young adult, I looked for acceptance in places I shouldn’t have. Long story short, I’ve lived self-rejection my whole life.…

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Our heart is a powerful organ that constantly works, never pausing to rest. Having a healthy heart gives us more energy, helps our organs function better, keeps our bodies stronger and ultimately helps us live longer. The better care we take of our heart, the more physically and emotionally …

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Well, he’s done it again! My darling husband has found another way to conserve electricity now that we have invested a king’s ransom in solar panels. After the former fiascos I discussed in some earlier columns where he flipped off the breaker to the water heater, unplugged my water cooler a…

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Her favorite color was pink. She was not a woman that sought a career or to be anything beyond what she was. But she was beautiful as that.

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If you’re not a member of the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center, we invite you to stop by and see what all we offer. In addition to our ongoing classes and group activities such as exercise classes, support groups, lunch programs and social functions, the center also presents several special…

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Under our election rules, the top vote-getters win city council. Anyone can run, with little money. You must garner the most – not a majority – of the votes and you’ll have to campaign hard to get them. And you don’t run against anyone. You run for a seat. It’s more civil that way.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The “We Were Soldiers Once” profiles are researched and written by Perry Giles, one of the founding members of the Ellis County Veterans Day Appreciation Committee. Giles’ columns are written in first person based on information compiled from newspaper articles, letters from h…

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Movies can serve many different purposes. Some films are to educate and document a moment in history. Some look deeply into the human condition, explore relationships and the meaning of love. Other movies just want to scare the socks off people with a shocking story.

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I’ve always dabbled in the arts. I’ve drawn since before I can remember and have always enjoyed painting (first oils, now primarily acrylics). I enjoy arts and crafts and have tried my hand at stained glass, mosaics, journal-making and more.

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Each year, Veterans Day allows us to show our respect for the sacrifices that military veterans have made for our country. But have you ever stopped to think about what lessons our veterans can teach us about how we conduct various aspects of our lives? For example, consider the following tr…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The “We Were Soldiers Once” profiles are researched and written by Perry Giles, one of the founding members of the Ellis County Veterans Day Appreciation Committee. Giles’ columns are written in first person based on information compiled from newspaper articles, letters from h…

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On Tuesday, Nov. 5, you’ll find a number of propositions on the ballot. In all, there are 10 state-wide propositions and one city-wide proposition, Proposition A. While most measures on most ballots are important, the two most important votes we can make in this year’s election are on Propos…

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For those of you who don’t know, there is a food, supplies and clothing pantry affectionately named “Boston’s Market” at Ennis High School and “Boston’s Market Jr.” at Ennis Junior High for students to “shop” for things they may not be able to afford otherwise. Everything is free to the stud…

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Dear Hope for Today, I have been reading your articles for a while now and have a family issue that I’m not sure how to handle. I have a daughter who is married with a baby. She has been pulling away from her family (parents and siblings) and says she needs her space from us. She has been su…

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Before I share another trait of a great team, read Chuck Swindoll’s teamwork illustration. Don’t assume it’s for the birds.

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My parent conference lasted over two hours last night. It was the best conference of my 30 years of teaching. Sometimes, I must admit, I dread them. It is not always pleasant to tell the truth and seldom is it popular.

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It’s Halloween time and my imagination runs away with me. I think of ghosts and goblins flying through the air like Casper, and witches on their brooms, all dressed in black, soaring over housetops. I can see bats gathered in the trees – an occasional one flying over the trick-or-treaters as…

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The Little League began operation for boys ages 10-12 years with the boys signups taking place at Curry Brothers store. The newspaper referred to Henry Curry as “organizer of the Little League Program.” Curry and his older team members spent considerable time at the Optimist Field preparing …

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Not much has been going on at the ranch lately. No new crises to report, no new Barbie uprisings. Things have been running smoothly – and that worries me. I keep waiting for the roof to cave in or the next disaster to strike.

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How does 9-1-1 know your exact location every time? The short answer: Sometimes they don’t. You have to tell them. Especially if you’re calling on a cell phone.

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“People working together in a strong community with a shared goal and a common purpose can make the impossible possible.” – Tom Vilsack

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Riverwalk Jazz made a great concert last Saturday the 12th of October. Playing at Getzendaner Auditorium, it was pleasantly cool. Audience of about 300 was enthusiastic.

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When we started the Sun over a year ago, one of the key features people shared with us they wanted to see was a robust calendar of events – and they were emphatic about having enough information to know what all was out there to do. They were also quite clear they didn’t want to just read ab…