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July 4, Fireworks, Shows, Parades, and God


It started with a suggestion in June, followed by a meeting on July 2, and finally a formal signing on July 4, 1776.  From that moment on, the cry would go up around the world that the colonies of the North American Continent, all thirteen of them, had declared independence from Great Britain.  Like any country, Britain would not take kindly to losing the colonies.  In fact, no country in the history of the world has ever simply said, “Sure, go ahead and leave us and take all the investments we made into your area with you.”  No, instead the greatest empire in the world set out to reclaim the colonies and force them back into the British realm.  The rest of the story, you know as the United States won independence in the war that followed.  To this day, we still hear our friends across the pond in England wish us a “Happy Traitor’s Day.”  Naturally, this is done more in good humor now that we are friends so many years after the revolution. The founding fathers were by no means blind to the fact that they were setting in motion something that would be celebrated for years, and perhaps forever.  John Adams wrote to his wife of the importance of the entire event that officially started on July 2 and ended on July 4.  He sent his letter on July 3, 1776 that included the following statement:

“The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Continue Reading →

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Movies in the Park to kick off May 24

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation Department will host Movies in the Park at Spring Lake Park beginning May 24th. The movie schedule for Summer 2018 includes:

Coco on May 24

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on May 31

Wonder on June 7

Paddington 2 on June

The movie will start around 7:45 p.m. and concessions will be available. Sponsored in part by Clayton Homes of Texarkana, Movies in the Park is a free event and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating. No smoking or alcohol will be permitted. Continue Reading →

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Reflections on Mother’s Day

Anna Jarvis created Mother’s Day and President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation making it a national holiday. Since that early part of the last century, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States. Mother’s wake up to flowers, candies, special dinners, cards, and the usual, “I love you mom!” Anna Jarvis envisioned a day when each mother would feel special, honored and lifted up. Jarvis thought mothers were special, and despite the commercialization of the holiday – something Jarvis did not approve of in the least – the day remains a special day to honor mothers. Although Mother’s Day only became a national holiday for the United States in 1914, the honoring of mothers can be traced back to the earliest times. We could look back to the primal caveman who first heard the cry of a newborn baby as his mate delivered it into the world and to the moment that the caveman realized it was something special. The caveman would defend his mate, the mother of his child, to the end. His mate, the cavewoman, would in turn shield her own baby from those that would cause harm – even if it meant giving up her life as well. These primal urges became the foundation of honoring the mother. Motherhood can be traced from the moment of birth, and often to the moment of death, for being there for their children. But the “Mother” goes further. There are mothers who have never given birth, but who have stood up for a child through adoption, legal or symbolically, and have become mothers through the process. Often a mother is a woman who takes over when the birth mother is no longer around. A mother may take over for a deceased mother, or a woman who has decided not to be involved. Mothers can come from anywhere, but they all have one thing in common – they become the caring, loving and nurturing parent to a child. A mother takes on a responsibility that is either thrust upon them by nature or thrusts upon them by circumstances. The true mother does it joyfully. Mothers come from all walks of life. They are housekeepers, previous parents, business leaders, nurses, doctors, teachers, and so many other things. Despite their various backgrounds and histories, they still have that one common core – they care, love and nurture. A mother is there in the good times when a child wins his or her first award at school, and the mother is also there in the bad times like when the child experiences his or her first heartbreak. A mother is there when a child first scratches out an “A” on a large lined tablet, and that mother is there when that child walks at graduation. A mother is there when the child takes his or her first breath, the first taste of food, first walk, first cry, first day at school, the first day to go to college or work, and when that child becomes a bride or groom. A mother is there when her own role changes from mother to grandmother. During all these times, a mother shines as she cares, loves, and nurtures. Continue Reading →

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Living Room Reset – Marriage and Parenting Event

Texarkana, TX – Kirk Cameron, Chelsea Cameron, and Matt Hammitt will present “Living Room Reset” at First Baptist Church Texarkana on Sunday, January 28th at 4:00 p.m. The event will focus on a Christian aspect of bringing the family together in the family “living room” to work out problems, celebrate joys, work through loss, and grow as a family. Tickets may be obtained at

More information about Cameron and his events may be found at

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Kids, Santa is Coming Soon!

Texarkana, USA – Boys and girls it will not be long now until Santa starts his magic trip around the world again. NORAD will be tracking him again here: Santa Tracker and there will be all sorts of Santa watch shows, as the reindeer guide him through the dark night. It will be the night you go to bed early – the morning you wake up with no alarm clocks- and the day of fun and activities where you see all the new presents, toys and things that Santa left on his special visit. I must admit kids…I am a little jealous. You see I am all grown up now, so Santa does not visit me anymore. Oh, do not worry too much – he visited me for years! But, there was one year I almost messed it all up. There was one year I did not listen to mom and dad and go to bed – Nope, instead, I decided to catch Santa. It was late in the night. Instead of going right to sleep – like I know you will do – I stayed awake to catch Santa. At one point, I heard a lot of moving around in the family living room. So, I decided my time to catch Santa had finally come. I got out of bed and carefully, and very quietly, walked down the hallway. The living room was dark, but I could see with the light shining through the window that toys were well placed around the tree. Continue Reading →

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Fouke Food Pantry Opens with Success

Fouke, AR- The small town of Fouke has a lot going on these days. If you haven’t heard, they have an outstanding Farmers Market, great schools, a growing community, some sort of monster legend, and a mayor that’s….well, we think he’s a pretty good guy. Yesterday that pretty good guy – Mayor Terry Purvis- shared a Facebook post for the Fouke Food Pantry noting that it had just opened last Tuesday and Thursday. Since we honestly did not know this pantry was in operation, we’re thankful to the Mayor for sharing the news….. now it’s our turn…. The pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 2 pm and is located at the Fouke Family Clinic next to the Dollar General Store. They have served well over 50 families in the area and the list may grow. People in the community and friends of Fouke are encouraged to stop by during operations and see what’s going on at the pantry. The post on the site notes that you can come by and “see our community at work.”

The pantry is encouraging people to spread the news not only for the hope of reaching more people in need, but also for the hope of reaching people willing to serve or donate. Currently the pantry is in need of two large freezers and volunteers. We are sure they can also use donations of canned food items and other things. We encourage you to check out their Facebook page at Fouke Food Pantry. Remember, this organization is a non-profit organization – so all you big companies in town, restaurant suppliers, and others keep in mind that you are midway through the year – you may need a few tax write offs come January of 2018 – what better way to get those write offs than driving a large freezer down to Fouke and making a difference in people’s lives? Continue Reading →

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OICA Announces Award Winners to be Recognized at Aug. 10 Heroes Ball

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy’s (OICA) has announced the winners of three awards that will be presented at the OICA Heroes Ball on August 10 at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. Each award winner was chosen by the OICA Board of Directors for their outstanding contribution to children’s well-being in Oklahoma. The winners of the Kate Barnard Perseverance Award are Jasmine and Melvin Moran, the creators of the Jasmine Moran Childen’s Museum in Seminole, Oklahoma. Their museum has inspired and educated countless children since its opening in 1993. The award is named after Oklahoma’s first female elected official, who worked to end child labor and the mistreatment of Native children. Continue Reading →

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Kaiden Parris Suicide Prevention Awareness Softball Tournament

Redwater, TX- On September 9 at 9:00 a.m. the Redwater Sports Complex will host the first Kaiden Parris Suicide Prevention Awareness Co-Ed Softball Tournament. There will be several events throughout the day including a butterfly and lantern release, a home run derby, music, concessions, a raffle, vendors and door prizes. In addition counselors will be on site to help anyone needing assistance. The prevention is an outreach of Kaiden Parris’ parents. Kaiden became a victim of suicide on May 21, 2017. His family notes that he would have been 17 this year on September 9. The event is a way to celebrate Kaiden’s life and help raise awareness and promote prevention of suicide. Kaiden had been a football player and student at Mount Vernon and Redwater. His Facebook page is still maintained and notes that he had also taken classes at Texas Community College. He was a well-liked young man and had over 370 friends on his site. Kaiden has been described by his family and friends as having “a heart like tiger and a spirit like dragon.” It is hoped that the event on September 9 will continue to help raise awareness and help prevent future suicides. Continue Reading →

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Best Ways to Cut Funeral Costs

I have been an Insurance Agent for quite some time. When one becomes a Funeral Director, Insurance is one of those collateral duties that compliments your skill set and assists clients as they come to the funeral home looking for assistance for their future end of life (death) needs. Insurance offers a vast selection of products based on the needs of the client. The issues related to product selection are that although clients can vocalize their concerns, they often do not understand which product provides the most efficient solution for them. In most cases, their purchase decision will be based on one of two facts. Continue Reading →

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Isolation Increases Risk of Suicide

Last night I was surfing social media when I came upon a friend’s post stating that upon reflection, he was taking a break from social media. He stated that since the passing of his wife six months ago, his opinion posting had become offensive to his son. He was confused and hurt by his son’s chastisements, and to discontinue causing his son discomfort or embarrassment, he had concluded that his withdrawal was in order. His post was filled with sadness, despair, pain, and anguish. Regret was apparent that he had not foreseen that his posts might wedge a wound in his father/son relationship, and he was solemnly announcing his intention to bend to his son’s harsh rebuke. To show my support of this man’s right to post his opinion on a social media platform based solely on opinion posting, I went through his history and began liking every one of his opinion posts with which I could agree. It was not enough though. As I lay in my bed last night, I found that sleep was elusive. I tossed and turned all night worrying about this friend.  
Grief Brief 7
Social Withdrawal
People who have recently lost a loved one may tend to withdraw from family or friends in intimate and social situations. This tendency is generally brief and usually corrects itself without intervention. If one continues to withdraw from social interactions over an extended length of time, one might find it comforting to consult with a counselor. Continue Reading →

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