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During my years as a freelance writer, I’ve been blessed and honored to meet many interesting individuals and tell their stories. So many of the stories truly touched my heart and left me with a great deal of admiration for the individuals.

I was in for a big surprise. I hadn’t bothered to read the story or listen to any of the recordings. I didn’t expect much because the Broadway presentations of recent years are usually weak on plot and the music worse. Obscene or insulting. So, the several hundred members of the audience and…

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I don’t know about you but, so far, the New Year is not measuring up to my expectations. I had such high hopes. In my mind, I aimed high like the ant that moved the rubber tree plant. But here we are, three weeks into 2020, and nothing has changed.

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Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion.

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If someone had told me five years ago that Waxahachie would have two newspapers today, I would have laughed them out of the room. While there are lots of reasons for the cynicism, one stands above the rest. In a day and age when credible newspapers are needed more than ever in America, profi…

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I don’t know if I totally buy into the phrase that “God’s got a sense of humor,” but I do know that He created the human race – and designed us with the ability to express emotion. And laughter is one such emotion. In fact, it is an emotion with a righteous purpose because Proverbs 17:22 tel…

As I wrote this, I took a call from a family whose loved one took their own life. So many hurting people believe they have no hope and that there are no answers to their problems. Merciful Father, I pray that this writing makes a huge difference in at least one who you lead to read it. May t…

The birds that visit my backyard feeders are mostly seed-eating birds such as cardinals, chickadees, titmice, sparrows, finches, doves, crows, brown-headed cowbirds and female redwing blackbirds. Perhaps you will also see insect eaters such as wrens, some woodpeckers, kinglets and a few warblers.

As a community service, the Ellis County Master Gardeners provide the following tips and advice for working on your lawn and garden during the month of January.

I’m sorry — but I’m one of those old guys who still relishes a paper in my hands with the news. I still like to sing from a hymnal rather than crane my neck to look up at a giant screen in church for the words to some hip-hop “religious” song.  

There was a Navy Seal doing an interview recently and he said, to be a good leader, you must work yourself out of a job. He said that applies to parenting and employees as well.

There are some stories, once you read them or watch them on the movie screen, that make a lasting impression. Such is the case with watching the new film, “Just Mercy,” in that it compels you to find a way to right a wrong in your community or give back in some manner.

As a funeral director I have seen a lot.  When you accept the call into the ministry of helping those who hurt, you take on a tremendous amount of hurt yourself.  Thing is, you have no idea at the time, exactly what you’ve signed up for. Don’t get me wrong, if I could go back and change anyt…

I am a collector of “Words of Wisdom” by many anonymous sources over the years. This particular gathering of “Words of Wisdom” includes some of my favorites.

I tried to think about the big current news of the royals taking a step back. I was surprised at myself for even having an opinion on this topic. I am not for it. It is a breakdown of the family and sets a precedence that can only lead to selfishness. Thought should be given before you make …

The proper amount and protocol for “screen time” has been a hot topic and often debated issue in parenting circles for a while now, especially since technology has continued to affect every part of our lives.

The trend lately in Hollywood is to produce movies that are not worth your time or a remake of a better-made film that seeks to make a quick buck banking on nostalgia. Original storytelling is something of a rarity, like an eclipse of the sun, but it does happen.

Even if you were not raised in church, you probably have heard throughout your life that we all should trust in God. If you were raised in church, you are familiar with the teaching. The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your…

As I mentioned last week, one of my goals this year is to spare you the verbal manifestations of what rattles my little brain about all things politics. Since it won’t be easy, please indulge me if, at some point, the discipline I have today cracks a bit tomorrow. Given how outrageous politi…

Marvin College was the first large school in Waxahachie. If the school were here today it would truly be considered a landmark. Attention is focused to the main building where it all began. The building lasted from 1870 until 1921, a long stint for a school.

Reality tells me there are fewer and fewer changes or contributions I can make to the world. Fifty years ago, I was a young buck who was going to take the world by storm – I had it by the tail. My New Year’s resolutions were – if having come to fruition – fantastic, if not, a little unrealis…

It has been a fulfilling holiday season. As always, the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas were filled to overflowing with plans, parties and preparations. Now Christmas is behind us, the New Year looms ahead and I find myself in one of those nostalgic, reminiscent moods.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I thought I would never become a statistic. I’ve always pictured myself a strong person able to overcome anything that life threw at me but a single moment changed that in an instant.

Have you thought about your New Year’s resolutions for 2020? When many of us make these promises, we focus on ways we can improve some form of our health. We vow to get more physically healthy by going to the gym or we promise to improve our mental health by learning a new language or instru…

A teenager discloses his fiancée is – uh, well – pregnant and she’s younger than him. No big deal in America 2019; it happens all the time. But this is Nazareth, Galilee, 2,000 years ago. This is a big deal, headline news, gossip of the town. It lit up social media.

Have you made your resolutions yet for the New Year? Whether you have or haven’t, please stop by the Waxahachie Senior Activity Center and let us show you how 2020 can be one of your best years yet!

Despite a world in which the value of family remains under attack from constant bursts of distraction, there is nothing more important in life, in my view. The family unit has, for millions throughout America, succumbed to a wild and crazy race to achieve more things, more money, more presti…

My earliest Christmas memories have to do with our family, both close and distant, our surroundings and our senses of this wonderful time of year. The smell of popcorn popped to be strung on the tree was enticing. Who could resist a taste as we sewed it together for the tree? The touch of fo…

Exodus 12:37-38 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.

I saw some people last weekend who were just absolutely good people. I had never met them – I didn’t get to converse with them – but it was overwhelmingly evident that they were just simply good.

Our children are all grown up now but I still remember one Christmas when they were very small. It was a cold and blistery December – only three weeks until Christmas. Our dinky little silvery aluminum tree had no lights and no presents under its branches. Our home budget was in a strained s…

The truth has amazing power. It has the power to inform the public, shine a light into the darkness and see the facts for what they are, which can be scary at times. The new movie, “Dark Waters,” shows that while truth can be buried for a while, it can also be brought to light.

Having the “holiday blues” can bring feelings of disappointment, depression, anxiety and dread that lasts through the holidays and into the New Year, especially for seniors and their caregivers.

Well, the holiday season is here. Are we all full of Christmas cheer? I love the holidays but, boy, can this time of year be stressful or what? In fact, it is stressful for so many and I think we should spend a few minutes talking about it.

Christmas time is here and the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to contribute to the holiday spirit and quality of living in Waxahachie.