Before I get too far into this, I commend the young man who offered up a prayer at the end of a Christmas message this week. In his prayer, he prayed for families to get along with each other and not let anger ruin Christmas.

What a smart, observant young man. Too much rich foods, too many late hours and too many bills left awaiting payment in the upcoming days.

SHE made her debut very late on the night of Christmas according to her grandmother, Jill McCartney. We welcome Sawyer Grace Richardson who weighed in at 5 lbs. 14 oz. to the parents of Tess Becker and Clayton Richardson. It was a long night according to all and everyone is doing just fine. Oh, we can expect to see her at the Chamber of Commerce just as soon as Jill can manage to erect a portable crib in her office! Congratulations!

NEVER judge a book by its cover is a saying we were all taught while growing up. It came into play when a new release by Texas author Colleen Hoover popped up on Facebook postings. The book is called “Regretting You” which is a novel about family, first love, grief and betrayal and is one of nineteen others of her award winning novels.

Catching the attention more so than the book is the fact this No. 1 New York Times bestselling author founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service and bookstore with her family in 2015. It provides readers with an opportunity to receive signed novels in the mail each month from authors all over the world. All profits from the subscription service are donated to various charities each month. The Bookworm Box has donated over $1,000,000 to help those in need.

The Bookworm Box is also a specialty bookstore located at 204 Main St. in Sulphur Springs. A perfect spot for the readers in our area for a day trip or you can check it out.

While in Sulphur Springs, you may also want to take in the Music Box Museum and other sites as well as take a 2.5 mile walking trail around Coleman Park. The trail circles the lake and two beautiful waterfalls.

IN KILGORE, the Four Star Cinema was sold out to Star Wars fans from seeing the new release on Christmas afternoon. However, Little Women was released on that day and I was joined by Joe Ann Knight and Cindy Gilmore to give our personal review.

Jo Ann said, “The movie was good except you sure didn’t want to leave your seat for fear of missing something.”

As a warning, we were caught off guard, not knowing the movie was filled with flashbacks from adulthood to childhood and you had to keep up with what was happening with each of the women. The actors, actresses, scenes, costumes and the ending was spectacular.

THE New Year is on the way to the relief of all those who are worn out from the fast and furious hubbub of the Christmas season. It falls in the middle of the week this year (on Wednesday) so parties should be short and sweet for the working folks. For most watching that televised great luminous sphere called the Big Apple lowered from its mast at Times Square in New York City is the official ending and new beginning of the year. By the way, did you know the tradition of lowering that sphere from the mast was born on Dec. 31, 1907?

The 1st of January is usually spent among friends and family eating traditional foods for luck like black-eye peas and cabbage. Then they hover around the television to watch football. That’s quite alright. The winter season officially started on Dec. 22 and it is the season to hibernate, collect thoughts and look forward to spring.

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo, for auld lang syne,

we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”

Happy New Year to All — if the good Lord is willing and the creek don’t rise, we will see you in 2020! In the meantime, may His love and laughter fill your hearts and your homes throughout the year, and we may be reached at or (903) 984-2593.


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