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Owen Wilson’s newest film “Bliss” is one that looked good on paper, but the final product is something more like an abstract painting. Like such artwork, the meaning and purpose of this film are buried deep within the layers of the story. These layers can be confusing and mislead the audienc…

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As we thaw out from last week’s snow and continue to watch the number of locals become vaccinated, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce is happy to say that we are sneaking up on the last week of having no “in-person” events after a long couple of months. Although next month we will begin part…

Beginning Feb. 10 and through the 21st, the Ellis County Homeless Coalition, with generous donations from the Ellis County community, provided warm beds and dinners for the county’s homeless friends. Your generous hearts covered the cost of the rooms provided at a special price by Comfort Su…

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“The nature of humanity, its essence, is to feel another’s pain as one’s own, and to act to take that pain away. There is nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” – John Connolly

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I was thinking, if God had a question to ask, what would it be? I mean He’s God – He is all knowing. He’s omnipresent and all-powerful so He doesn’t need to ask any questions, right? But then I thought of one question I’m guessing He’s asked himself over and over since the fall of man: “How …

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Sometimes we can gain great perspective on life through a TV show. I’m referring to a show about a Secretary of State – and her relatively obscure speech writer, who has a genius command of the English language. In one episode, he wrote up a masterpiece of a speech for her to deliver at a un…

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The Houston and Texas Central Railroad was built into North Central Texas in the early 1870s. By 1872, the railroad had been built through Ennis and had reached Dallas. This construction was a part of the nationwide railroading movement which followed the Civil War. Since Waxahachie was bypa…

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It was a hot July afternoon in 1965. I was to ride the bus from Midland to Teague, east of Waco, where I was to be a revival singer at my folks’ old home church.

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“Term limits would cure both senility and seniority- both terrible legislative diseases.” – Harry S. Truman

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Retirees face many important changes once their work-a-day routines change. An important aspect of retirement to consider is taking care of one’s self, commonly known as self-care.

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Ask any 911 call taker the one thing they wish their citizens understood and you’ll get a few similar answers: They don’t always have your exact location, answering their questions doesn’t slow down the response, and never hang up on them. Even if you accidently dial 911!

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The death of a family member, friend or loved one can be a difficult moment a person faces in their life, with the wave of emotion powerful and overwhelming at times. The film “A Monster Calls” dives deep into this subject by showing this painful reality.

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I have written articles and columns in various periodicals for more than 35 years. I have discussed everything I know and have written about some things I knew nothing about. And it seems now that I have, lodged in my memory, a treasure trove of life experiences, most of which bear repeating…

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If I’ve been effective at anything over the past six and half years, it’s communicating to anyone who will listen just how much I love Waxahachie. I love the people – you, the way of life, and that there isn’t much my family and I need that can’t be found here. As I see life, we should be gr…

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This week a friend that I grew up and played football with in high school posted a group photo of our football team on Facebook. I began looking at the familiar faces and, as my eyes scrolled by each, I thought about the things that have happened in their lives since the photo was taken, me …

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“The Little Things” is a movie that is similar to eating what used to be your favorite meal after going on a diet. At first, each bite is packed with flavor but, as you continue eating, things change with each bite. While the meal meets the physical need for nourishment, the overall experien…

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Anyone else find themselves scrolling through Facebook and then out of nowhere ... an amazing picture of chicken and waffles hits you?! No, just me?! Well, that is exactly what got me to Maple Leaf Diner, and I hope you go check it out too.

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“The greatest weapon is not a gun or a bomb. It is the control of information. To control the world’s information is to manipulate all the minds that consume it.” – anonymous

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Life is filled with so many negatives these days. It’s up to each of us as individuals to find the positives – and they are out there! You just need to keep your eyes open for all the wonderful possibilities.

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Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Do I need to register my dog if I’m a Waxahachie resident? If so, what do I need to do?

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I have heard it said that nothing hits harder than what life throws at you. However, it is how you get back up and keep moving forward that defines you as a person. The new film, “Our Friend,” shows how character is tested, molded and shaped in some of the most difficult times and what being…

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With all of the suffering from the Covid-19 virus, we sometimes think nobody has suffered this much. Many have lost family or friends or neighbors and have lost almost all personal contact. Jobs and businesses have been lost over the past year. Has it ever been this bad?

I sent home an email asking parents to tell their child about their first airplane ride. We are going to share stories on Tuesday, Bessie Coleman Day. I got this reply from a parent:

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When you hear the phrase, they are a great leader, what comes to mind? You might think corporate or church success, well-developed management skills, conflict resolution, wise decision-making, courage, gifted communication, winning attitude, motivational abilities, use of power, or a dominee…

Did you know God cares and understands? It is something a lot of us have heard ministers preach all our lives. But the truth is, there are some who do not believe God cares or understands. They base that on what they see happening around them and in the world. But I guarantee you there is no…

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There are films that you go and see because you want a few laughs. Other times you might crave some action, romance, or drama. But there are times when a person looks for a story to connect with the characters and the events playing out on the screen before them. That is the case with Liam N…

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The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce has several virtual events coming up and invites the community. To tune into the following virtual events, check out our Facebook page, @Waxahachie.Chamber.

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Friends are something I have always treasured in my life. Being invited into a part of someone’s life, no matter how long or brief, is truly an honor. Finding out about the loss of a friend is a difficult experience because you are no longer able to reach out to that person through a phone c…

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Since 1968, the Ellis County Historical Museum has offered the public a place to see life as it once was. At two locations, on the town square and on West Main Street at the Mahoney-Thompson Home, visitors are welcomed all day on Wednesdays and on Sunday afternoons

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Yourself, yourself, yourself. We are up to here with self! But that was our mantra for 2020 as we faced the pandemic, witnessed political unrest, angered ourselves with school and restaurant closings. We did a lot for ourselves or with ourselves or to ourselves for our sake alone. Leaders do…

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My family never lived near my grandparents. We would visit a couple of times a year and there were cards and an occasional letter.

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“America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.” – Claudia Pemberton

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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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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…