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…

Typically, I do not worry, especially if it is something in my life that I cannot control. I am not being judgmental, but some people worry about everything. Studies have determined that people who are chronic worriers can literally take years off their lives. Any doctor will tell you that i…

If you’ve never lived outside of this corner of the world, you might think that every school district is filled with exceptional students, highly skilled and committed teachers and staff, families that support our young people in every learning experience and extracurricular activity in whic…

Frankly, I think the people of this country are being played. That isn’t to say, however, that I’m interested in forcing my own thoughts of dealing with a pandemic on anyone or anything. How others choose to live in what are strange, turbulent times made stranger and more turbulent by the fe…

In his final performance as James Bond, Daniel Craig has given audiences a tremendous parting gift. Since taking on the role in the 2006 film “Casino Royale,” Craig has elevated the character’s status to new heights and leaving a single question for people to ponder: What’s next for 007?

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, behind only skin cancers. In fact, the ACS puts the average risk as a one in eight chance that a woman will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. And according to the World Healt…

I saw something the other day that I loved, it read, “When prayer becomes your immediate reflex instead of your last resort, the whole battlefield begins to tilt in your direction.” How often do we push the panic button, taking matters into our own hands when the wheels fall off our wagon?

When “The Sopranos” first aired in 1999, it was groundbreaking. Over its six seasons, the show immersed its audience into the seedy underbelly of organized crime mixed with themes of family and loyalty. The new film, “The Many Saints of Newark,” shows how choices early on shaped these indivi…

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…

Just like so many others, I would like to feel better about America. I would like to believe that we as a nation are better than what we have revealed ourselves to be. The truth is, however, we are not. We are exactly who we are — and who we are must be transparently assessed, acknowledged, …

A few weeks ago I attempted to lay out for you what the impact is on the people, you and me, of this city when it comes to truth about the taxes we pay. Today, I hope to provide more awareness as it relates to those taxes. Why? Because the constant shrill over taxes coming from a few folks, …

I am amazed by a lot of things. I am amazed that the pandemic is still here. I am amazed at what seems to be an incredible increase in violence and discord, not so much in the world, but here at home. I am amazed at the number of families who do not attend church. I am also amazed at the num…

“Life can change so fast, so unexpectedly. Love when you can, while you can, as much as you can.” – Mandy Hale   

Halloween is almost here, and I always look forward to the creative decorations and the bowls of candy. I especially enjoy seeing the parade of clever costumes people invent. Speaking of costumes, it’s a bit of a costume party here every day. No, not literally, but when I look around the cen…

Life sometimes is a rocky road to travel. There are bumps, potholes, and the lanes can be uneven. But like any road, some detours can provide a person with a second chance. Clint Eastwood’s new film “Cry Macho” is about second chances and the journey on which they can take a person.

I always question “The Why” …. why do we do what we do? Why do we care so much? For me, it’s easy. My “Why” for why I created Mentors Care, wrote curriculum, worked so hard to create a program that can impact the lives of at-risk high school students, is because I was one. My family was not …

I never thought it would be in my lifetime that I would witness the times in which we are living. I grew up in church and remember hearing sermons preached about the end times and how treacherous things of this world would become. We cannot all agree on much, but we can all agree that the st…

Next Tuesday, Sept. 28, the race for District 10 in the Texas state legislature will be decided. Despite what seems like a year of unending election cycles and fierce campaigns, the decision next week matters. It matters not only because of the need for stability in Austin, it matters becaus…

These cooler mornings have energized me, kind of like that little bunny. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not planning to join a marching band, train for a marathon, a half-marathon, or any other competitive event. I DO know my limits!

Life can be extremely tricky at times. Often, we find ourselves overwhelmed with everything we have to juggle. Family, job, relationships, and finances, to just name a few, are enough to keep anyone busy. I have been astonished at the number of people I come across professionally and persona…

I hate to say it, but when you see any modern martial arts type of movie you have pretty much seen them all. The new Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is no exception. It features a story that mirrors hundreds of other, better-produced pictures leaving no originality fo…

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…

The skies are blue, the sun is hot and the people gathering are hungry for more than just food. It’s Saturday in South Dallas, and this is the recipe most every Saturday morning as several individuals from the Waxahachie area band together to feed, clothe and pray for the homeless and those …

Early in my ministry of working in the church, I was involved in a sensitive counseling matter. We had a family in our church that was a victim of a prank caller. The male individual would call this particular family and direct his calls to the wife and mother of the home. He would say horri…

“Until you realize how easily it is for your mind to be manipulated, you remain the puppet of someone else's game.” – Evita Ochel

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…

Have you ever wondered what God is thinking? What really occupies the mind of God? What bothers Him? What makes Him happy or sad or even angry? It may sound silly to some. I don’t know why I think about things like this, but I do.

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. – Bob Marley

Most people believe that when our nation’s patriots defeated the British in 1783, the people of the United States of America lived happily ever after in a blissful democracy, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Hello everyone! We’ve had the pleasure of opening our doors every day for the past three months. It’s been great welcoming all of you back inside the center. We’ll never get the lost time returned to us, but we can get together and enjoy today and the days ahead. We look forward to greeting …

There have been times in my life when I have made some pretty big mistakes. One that comes to mind is when I was younger and not handling a situation in the correct manner at a job I had. I remember being called in and having to answer for the decision I made.

On Sunday morning of March 1, 1915, H.E. Dixon, Mack McKinney and night watchman Bass made a grisly discovery at the Jackson Garage on the corner of Jefferson and Jackson streets in Waxahachie. These men found the mutilated body of Jack Jones on the floor of the sleeping room of the garage. …

“People’s indifference is the best breeding ground for corruption to grow” — Delia Ferreira, chair of Transparency International

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the history of 911 innovation and the phases the industry has gone through to accommodate new technologies. As an early adopter, the North Central Texas Emergency Communications District is at the forefront of innovative development. We push for the type of te…

Since the invention of the video game, Hollywood has sought to bring that virtual plane of existence to the big screen. The new Ryan Reynolds movie, “Free Guy,” works to engage audiences in this unique world.