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2020 is turning out to be a terrible year of aggravation, mostly with COVID 19. So many lives lost as well as employment and savings. If we remember, we have to wear masks to shop, eat out (6 feet apart) go to church and sit through church – masked.  Aggravating!

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The weather has cooled down and my husband, the energy-Nazi, is at it again. He loves saving money with our industrial-sized bank of solar panels. Now that we have had to invest in a new air conditioner/furnace, he keeps an even more watchful eye on energy usage. He has an app on his phone t…

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Wouldn’t you say that life is similar to a road? We take the on-ramp at either a hospital neonatal department, or a log cabin – or in the back seat of a Ford coupe – on the way to the hospital, and begin the ride of a lifetime, a ride called life. Some road trips are shorter than others. And…

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“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)

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The visual is implanted in my head of the three types of man that were illustrated in my science book when I was in elementary school. The Java man, who was the most primitive, bearing the looks of an ape; then the Cro-Magnon man, who took on more of a human form, but with the ruggedness of …

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It’s almost Thanksgiving. And although 2020 may have been a difficult year for you, as it has been for many people, you can probably still find things for which you can be thankful – such as your family. How can you show your appreciation for your loved ones?

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One of the most common questions asked is, “What time is it?” This is a particularly important question. Thankfully, there is a Christian answer, which the Anglican tradition helps proclaim.

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It has been said that an actor who has a talent for dramatic role can’t do comedy and the reverse for comedic actors. However, every once in a while, a film comes around that showcases an actor with a talent for both. One of these is “Reign Over Me.”

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So here we are. A nation in flux, political parties willing to destroy the other for power, and an addiction to hatred afflicting millions of people, to boot. Locally, we just witnessed an election where voters checked the ballot for someone who doesn’t live here and who never campaigned for…

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All my life I have heard the saying, “Don’t worry about things not in your control.” We all know that is easier said than done. Another phrase you hear people say when you are facing a difficult situation is, “Just give it to God.” That is also easier said than done, isn’t it? I don’t believ…

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Last Friday, Ellis County locals, community leaders and ambassadors and staff members of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, gathered on the front lawn of N.P. Sims Library to celebrate its reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony after a long period of remodeling.

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As of this writing, it’s not officially over. Who wins the election is a reality we must face, but not the true reality. The true reality is that God (as He has always been) is sovereign. Job confessed, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted,” (Job 42:1) “Our Go…

R.T. Shaw, a contractor, saw an opportunity to begin a business and at the same time provide the community with a place of recreation. Shaw opened a swimming area on land leased from his sister, Eva Waddel. Approximate time of the opening of the swimming area was between 1915 and 1918. Shaw …

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Happy November, everyone. As I sit here, the election is over – thank goodness we will have to hear no more negative ads – but no winner has yet been announced. I’m sure that will be resolved by the time you read this. But I’m not going to get political in this column. My intent is to be upl…

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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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History is a great teacher because it simply presents the facts, which allows people and countries to learn from their mistakes. The new film, “The Trial of Chicago 7,” sheds a light on a time in our country’s history that needs to be reviewed again because of its parallels to events taking …

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I wear a shirt from time to time with the above message on it. When I do, people usually look at me like I don’t have much sense … which one could argue is rather accurate. Others, just as many of you are right now, will try to figure it out on their own. Then there are those who simply can’…

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The year was 1942. World War II had started, and the U.S. Army, Army Air Corps and Navy training bases were being built all over Texas. Young men from Ellis County were being drafted into service for their country. In Waxahachie there was a vacant college campus because Trinity University ha…

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As we enter the busy month of November, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce would like to shine a light on its new members who celebrated their membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the last week of October:

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Have you ever heard so many new terms invading the vernacular these days? I’m sure the dictionary publishers are pulling their hair out by the roots, trying to keep up.

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We all know you. When we hear you coming, we get nervous, anxious, fearful. Our hearts beat louder than a drum, our blood pressure soars, and our hands sweat. We’re afraid that you’ll stop by us, look at us with a frown, then ream us out for something we’ve done or not done.

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So here we are, just a few days before Election Day, 2020. Pardon what has become an overused cliché, but this is, indeed, an election unlike any other. Nerves are frayed, emotions are high, accusations run rampant, and the country’s national media wallows in it. Instead of reputable, that c…

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Nov. 3 – Election Day. The leadership baton will be held by either Donald or Joe. One family will remain in the White House or a new family will move in, bringing their furniture, colors, staff and clothes.

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You know what I’m talking about, right? You can conquer all the negativity in your life, clean up and make right – almost everything. But there’s still that one thing you think about right before you go to sleep and it’s the first thing you are reminded of when you awake. The truth is you ha…

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The daughter of my old college roommate posted on Facebook of her experience of communicating with a small toddler who was with his dad in the Lowe’s checkout line. 

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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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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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“Governor Roberts” came to Waxahachie and created a day of excitement. He came when there were no automobiles and it was the automobile that caused the “Governor’s” death.

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From earliest times laundry was done by hand by the womenfolk. The clothing items would be carried to the creek and wet down. Then they would be pounded with a stick and wrung out and hung to dry.

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Seven months ago, one of my dearest friends and one of Waxahachie’s best, Scott Dorsett, went home to be with the Lord. While still hard to believe Scott is no longer a call or text away and that we don’t get to hear his distinct voice or be reminded of his presence by the rattles of his cam…

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I think it was said best in the HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers” that the soldiers who served together in the 101st Airborne E Company were a part of a company of heroes. The same can be said of the new Netflix film, “The Outpost,” which honors its brave soldiers by telling their story.

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Check out the research and you’ll discover that humble leaders are more effective than their proud counterparts. Humble leaders have more influence, they attract better people and they earn more confidence, respect and loyalty than those who rely on ego and control.

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Live performances are still a thing right now – and beautiful ones are happening right in our backyard in the Theatre Rocks! production of “The Glass Menagerie.” The American classic written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Bill Rhoten runs one more weekend at the intimate theatre in Ennis.

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce is celebrating many “wins” this week in terms of growth, internally and externally. Although COVID-19 has taken its toll on all of our lives in one way or the other, we are not only proud to announce that within one month we have grown the chamber by welcom…

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What comes to mind when you hear the word “authority?” Maybe words or ideas like power, control, government, police, repression or force. Usually, authority implies a negative connotation of strong arm or upper hand or dominance.

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I love metaphors. I think sometimes the most effective teaching or counseling is more effective when it’s metaphorical and indirect, rather than confrontational and “in your face.” The metaphorical approach makes one think.

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Having worked for a few large newspapers in the north, I’ve experienced first-hand the challenges facing companies with a union workforce. Since all of those experiences came while sitting on the management side of the table, it’s fair to say my views are embedded there.

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In the 1990s I started a new job. The company was owned by a husband and wife and was managed by their son. It did not take long to see that the manager of the company was going to be a big problem. I had never encountered anyone quite like him. His life ambition was to see how miserable he …

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If you’re a caregiver, possibly for a loved one dealing with an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, you’re probably already facing some significant emotional and physical challenges – so you don’t need any financial ones as well. Yet, they are difficult to avoid. What steps can you take to …

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A good Halloween movie is about providing its audiences with either a good fright or something to chuckle about long after the credits roll. Adam Sandler’s latest flick, “Hubie Halloween,” seems to do none of that and is more of a step backward for the actor.