Keep Your Fork

Author Unknown The sound of Martha’s voice on the other end of the telephone always brought a smile to Brother Jim’s face. She was not only one of the oldest members of the congregation, but one of the most faithful. Aunt Martie, as all the children called her, just seemed to ooze faith, hope, and love wherever she went. This time, however, there seemed to be an unusual tone to her words. “Preacher, could you stop by this afternoon? I need to talk with you.” “Of course. I’ll be there around 3:00.” As they sat facing each other in the […]

You Know You’re In Texas When

Author Unknown You only know five spices-salt, pepper, Ranch dressing, BBQ Sauce and ketchup. You design your Halloween costume to fit over Wranglers and Cowboy Boots. The mosquitoes have landing lights. You have more miles on your tractor than your car. You have 10 favorite recipes for Deer meat. You’ve taken your kids trick-or-treating when it was 90 degrees outside. Driving is better after it’s rained because the potholes are filled with mud and you don’t have to take those backroads to go “mudding.” You think sexy lingerie is tube-socks and a flannel nightie with only 8 buttons. You owe […]

BEN McCULLOCH – Texas Hero

by Julia Robb Ben McCulloch was a hero, but most of us don’t know who he was. Yet Ben McCulloch fought in the Texas revolution (barely missing dying at the Alamo), he fought the Comanches, he was a Texas Ranger, a U.S. marshal and a Confederate brigadier general. McCulloch was born in Tennessee in 1811 and David Crockett eventually became one of the McCullochs’ neighbors and closest friends. In 1835, Ben and his brother Henry decided to follow Crockett to Texas. They planned to meet in Nacogdoches on Christmas day. Ben and Henry didn’t get there on time and Ben […]

An Open Letter to Aetna from a Texas Doctor

Source: Notification of Termination to Aetna. January 30, 2014 Dear Mr. Bertolini, With a deep sense of sadness, I must inform you that I will no longer serve as a physician for Aetna patients under the terms of our contractual agreement, which you most recently unilaterally changed. I have been privileged and honored to care for thousands of patients covered by Aetna policies since the 1990’s. I have devoted my life to providing the very best, state-of-the-art care to these individuals. We have formed a patient-doctor relationship, which I hope many will chose to continue in spite of my severing […]

7 Toxic Reasons to Ditch Dryer Sheets

By Vanessa Romero We are exposed to a plethora of toxins every day, and while we can’t remove every toxin from our life, we can take measures to lessen our exposure as well as enhance our bodies ability to detoxify. In today’s blog post I’m going give you 7 toxic reasons to ditch dryer sheets. Why I Decided To Ditch Dryer Sheets My mother has a form of dementia called Lewy Body Disease (LBD). It is neurological in nature, with no known cure. Most research suggests those who are inflicted with the disease live 8-12 years post-diagnosis. This is not […]

Duck Dynasty – The Show That Got Away

by Pat Archbold After A&E fired Phil Robertson for saying what every good Christian should believe, social media has been abuzz. One of the recurring themes has been puzzlement about why A&E would cut off its nose to spite its face. Duck Dynasty is the franchise right now. Why would they risk destroying their own cash cow? To understand the why, we have to go back to the beginning. Duck Dynasty is not the show that they wanted, it is the show that got away from them. It seems what the producers intended and what A&E envisioned with the show […]

A Christmas Miracle

by Donna Wallace Helen. Dear, sweet, elderly, Helen. Such a beloved lady, and friend to all who knew her. Helen had belonged to the same church for almost all her adult life. She saw many members come and go, bond and feud, but she had always remained faithful to her beliefs, and she was highly respected, and cherished, among all the other parishioners. Poor Helen. She wasn’t a young spry chicken anymore. She was well into her 70’s, and not quite as energetic and bubbly as when she first visited the church so many years ago. Christmas 1998 was not […]

What Are You Expecting For Christmas?

by John Killinger   What are you expecting for Christmas this year? Smoke curling from chimneys into cold skies and bare trees standing like sentinels watching for Santa Claus with his sleigh full of toys? A tall fir tree bedecked with soft colored lights and trinkets and candy canes? The smell of Christmas cookies wafting through the house, and the sound of bells and carols on the stereo? Children hanging their stockings on the mantle, or, if the stockings have gotten too large and the gifts too plentiful, laying them on the hearth by a blazing fire? Looking for the […]

Christmas Magic During The Great Depression

by Beverly Roberts Jostad Christmas 1940 makes me misty-eyed every time I think about it. I was a high school student and The Great Depression was in full swing. In the hard times of the era, people depended on one another. We collected food, clothing, bedding and household items and gave them to the needy. We saved the toys we collected for Christmas. The home economics classes made new dresses for the dolls, while the shop classes turned lumber into trucks, games and other toys. That Christmas we students found ourselves wrapping toys and loading packages for delivery. As we […]

On Santa’s Team

Author Unknown My grandma taught me everything about Christmas. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: “There is no Santa Claus,” jeered my sister. “Even dummies know that!” My grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her world-famous cinnamon buns. […]

Grandpa’s Hands

by Melinda Clements . Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He didn’t move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands. When I sat down beside him he didn’t acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if he was OK. Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was OK. He raised his head and looked at me and smiled. “Yes, I’m fine, thank you for asking,” he said in a clear strong voice. “I didn’t […]

Christmas Hunting

By Carey V. Smith Every year in December, comes a time that strikes fear into the heart of every husband and father. That is the Christmas shopping. Men are by nature conquerors, and the shopping experience of many is the same as visiting an art gallery, museum, or sight-seeing. There is nothing to do, no sense of accomplishment, and no trophies. The stress we must endure is as high as when I first proposed marriage to my wife, only I get to live through it again every year. Through deep analysis, I have decided that the problem is one of […]

THE BEST FRUIT CAKE RECIPE YOU’LL EVER FIND

posted by staff You’ll need the following: a cup of water, a cup of sugar, four large eggs, two cups of dried fruit, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts, and a bottle of Texas Silver Star Whiskey. Sample the whiskey to check for quality. Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat […]

27 Signs You’re In A Texas Country Church

1. The doors are never locked. 2. The Call to Worship is “Ya’ll come on in!” 3. People grumble about Noah letting coyotes on the Ark. 4. The Preacher says, “I’d like to ask Bubba to take up the offering”, and five men stand up. 5. The restrooms are outside. 6. Opening day of deer or quail hunting season is recognized as an official church holiday. 7. A member requests to be buried in his four-wheel drive truck because, “I ain’t ever been in a hole it couldn’t get me out of.” 8. In the annual stewardship drive there is […]