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Fried chicken and fixin’s, banana pudding and homemade pies, topped with a slab of juicy, cold watermelon under the shade of a tree or a pavilion indicates a picnic southerners take delight in preparing and serving. In Kilgore, such a picnic will take place during the annual Danville Cemeter…

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

When something that we consider bad happens to us or others, we may focus on the problem’s cause, not only in order to try to change the situation but maybe also to assign blame, perhaps even to God. In at least one case, however, God challenges us to focus less on the past cause and more on the future purpose for which He can use the particular suffering or affliction.

THE construction crane that collapsed into Elan City Lights apartments last Sunday in Dallas fell close to home as Kilgoreite Emily Fried was one of the tenants at the apartment complex. With multiple injuries and one deceased, the week has been one filled of fear, distress and anticipation …

Many teens take a significant step toward adulthood when they get behind the wheel (and stereo volume controls) of their own vehicles.  My eldest and most expensive daughter recently reached this milestone when my wife and I purchased her a pre-owned 2018 Nissan Altima for her sixteenth birt…

“You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are.”

– Fred Rogers

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”

– Grouch Marx

In an address to the House of Commons in 1935, Winston Churchill warned of “the endless repetition of history.” His comments echo a quote by George Santayana in 1905: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The knowledge and wisdom are as one.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

History shows us that when an entity refuses to regulate itself to the point where innocent people are victimized and/or discriminated against, the people will eventually demand...

 “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

If you own a business, you’ve always got plenty to think about: sales, marketing, employees, competition, industry trends, consumer preferences – the list goes on and on. It’s easy to get so caught up in your work that you might not take time to think about retirement. But if and when that day arrives, you’ll want to be prepared – which means you need a business succession plan.

All of us at one time or other has been in the position of needing to reach out for help, whether it is through a loss of job, home or family. Circumstances can be overwhelming, especially for the bread-winners of the home.

When the school year draws to a close, parents begin looking forward to the slower pace of summer–with a less regimented schedule, relaxing family vacations, and a long list of menial household chores to inflict upon the children anytime they mention being bored.

The 86th Texas legislative session ended this past Monday with the House’s passing but the Senate’s not voting on a bill related to decriminalizing some possession of marijuana. My News Herald colleague Rev. Will Wilson argued for the bill in his May 12th column, which teased my different perspective that now follows.

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”

– Patrick Rothfuss

I was blessed with four amazing and talented grandsons. The oldest of them, Jack, graduated from Robert E Lee High School in Tyler last night.

My daughter, his mom, generally calls him Jackson. My dad, before he died, called him Sam Jack – only heaven knows why. The rest of us mostly call him Jack.

Memorial Day weekend is a time of celebration and to honor our veterans.  It is also a time when many friends and family gather for cookouts, watch parades, go to the beach, visit amusement parks, and enjoy the much improved weather.  To ensure your celebrations go safely, here are some precautions to consider when planning for that weekend.

THE month of May is designated  a “color me purple” month from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and the fight for breath virtually turns the patient a bluish- purple in times of distress. The allergens and viruses found in the springtime can make living a harsh reality.  And just because the end of the month is drawing near doesn’t mean the fight is over, in fact it’s just the opposite for those who suffer and their families who attempt to breathe for them.

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.”

Most of us would probably agree that men and women frequently behave differently, and these differences often show up in professional, family and social situations. Of course, this certainly doesn’t mean either gender has an advantage in these areas. However, here’s an interesting question: Do women possess attributes that may make them better investors?

Some evidence suggests this may indeed be the case.

The headline on a Barna Group report out this past April (based on interviews conducted between April and August of 2018) was “1 in 4 Practicing Christians Struggles to Forgive Someone”. The details of that report indicated that 23% of practicing Christians (defined as those Christians who said that their faith is very important in their lives and who had attended a worship service in the preceding month) reported that they could identify someone whom they could not forgive, and of those only 28% said that they wished they could forgive that person.

On grief and John Wick, “For the character and in life, it’s about the love of the person you’re grieving for, and any time you can keep company with that fire, it is warm.”

Once a teacher, always a teacher – or so I have been told. At least that holds true for former Kilgore College Instructor David Stroud as his lectures can now be heard via an Apple iTunes podcast. Titled  “Mr. Stroud’s History Class” (so named by his daughter, Sarah Quinlan and the originator of the podcast) the history lessons now reach across the globe.

If you want to help pay for your children’s college educations, you might want to consider contributing to a 529 plan. With this plan, your earnings grow federally tax-free, as long as the withdrawals are used for qualified higher education expenses such as tuition and room and board. Yet, you may have heard some things about 529 plans that are keeping you from investing in one. However, these concerns may be more myth than reality – so let’s take a look at a few of them.

Spring in East Texas always announces its arrival with an annual tree-pollen allergy apocalypse, followed by our own version of monsoon season, when most residents consider trading in their pickups for four-wheel drive dinghies.  All of the rain and foliage-philandering gives rise to the need for some serious yard work, which many of us look forward to with the same anticipation we feel when it’s time to visit Dr. Auger for a thorough colonoscopy.

God spoke the following promise through Isaiah: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24 ESV). That promised behavior of God contrasts sharply to the prior behavior of the Israelites that a few verses earlier God judged for the following reasons: “because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen” (Isaiah 65:12 ESV).

DEAR DR. ROACH: For 58 years, I’ve been walking around with a visible tracheostomy scar on my throat, leading the curious to ask: “Yuck. What happened there?” My answers have changed over the years, but were usually something like: “I was 4. A doctor had to cut my throat open so I could brea…

DEAR DR ROACH: I am a 79-year-old male who has been on tamsulosin for years, but it is not helping much. A recent CT scan showed my prostate at 6.2 cm transverse measurement. My urologist suggests taking Avodart to shrink it. However, I have read that this drug, along with other similar drug…

“I got vision and the rest of the world wears bi-focals.”

“I got vision and the rest of the world wears bi-focals.”

“I remember my mother’s prayers, and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

IN the South some things are of utmost importance.Believe it or not a good glass or cup of tea ranks as high priority on that list.Newcomers to the area learn very quickly tea must be brewed and not of an instant variety and, bypassing all diets, it is usually served sweet – very sweet, in fact.

At time of writing, the Texas legislature is considering a bill that would take steps toward decriminalizing possession of marijuana. If the bill passes, those caught with less than an ounce would have to pay a $500 fine instead of being arrested and incarcerated. I want to express my support for this bill from a theological perspective. In fact, I believe that no one should be criminalized at all for mere possession.

If you’ve noticed an increase in bicycle-related events lately, it may be because May is recognized as “Bike Month” – and some cities even observe a specific Bike Week. Of course, bicycling is good exercise and an environmentally friendly method of transportation, but it can also teach us some lessons about investing.