Columns/Opinions

Thu
10
Dec

"Leave hustle, bustle for quiet time with God" by: Betsy Monico

   Last week I cranked up my electronic blanket.    
   It makes my bed the most comfortable, cozy, and warm place in the world.    
   I live in a house full of polar bears, and I am not one.   
   Five of the Monicos are naturally hot natured.   
   Do the math…there are six of us here, so I am the only one who is cold natured!   
   Their casual winter wear is shorts and t-shirts; however,    
   I bundle up in multiple layers and sleep in toboggans nightly by mid-December.   
   I survive by telling myself we are saving money on our heating bill.   
   The first night I slept in my blanket was like heaven!   
   I crawled into my warm cocoon and dreamed that I would never have to come back out of it. I did.   

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Thu
10
Dec

"Christianity means bringing Jesus to those who need him" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there.   
   They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.   
   Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.    
   When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Luke 5:17-19.   
   We had this reading for recently and I thought about it in a whole different way.   
   That is what is amazing about the bible, no matter how many times you read it you can always discover something new.  

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Thu
10
Dec

"Jesus shelters us from our storms" by: Caleb gibson

   A group of painters were in an art contest to see who could create the best painting of peace.     
   They had many beautiful paintings of the sun setting, palm trees and lush green hills.   
   As great as these were, there was one that stood out. It was Jack Dawson’s painting. His canvas showed a ravaging storm.   
   There is water raging, dark clouds, and lightning. How is this a picture of peace?   
   Throughout all of this the painting shows a small bird hidden in the cleft of the rock.   
   As this whole storm is going on around it, the bird is protected and secure. This shows us one of the best definitions of peace. It is not just the absence of a storm. It is knowing that God is with us during the storm.   
   This is the peace that Jesus came to bring us.   

Thu
10
Dec

"Non-verbal communication skills are key to great alpha pack leader" by: Rob Murray

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of an ongoing series on gun-dog training. The first column appeared Nov. 12.

   Up to this point, we have brought our puppy home and we have set our pack goals for what we expect from our new hunting partner. 
   Today let’s learn to be a great dog leader; the Alpha leader of the Pack!
   There are several characteristics that make a strong Alpha leader. 
   The most important skills are non verbal communications, verbal communications and tone.

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Thu
03
Dec

"Dice roll: Will lights brighten Tree No. 1?" by: Jessica Shepard

   It has always been family tradition to put up our Christmas tree after our Thanksgiving lunch/dinner. 
   The same tradition still holds true this year. 
   Even though we moved our feast to Saturday to accommodate my brother’s return from Austin. 
   And it was a rather nasty sort of wet and dreary day. 
   Per usual, we got the tree and ornaments out and prepped for a day full of instrumental Christmas music and hunting down those little hanger hooks that always disappear every year. 
   Even if we buy a whole new box, they’re like Houdini and escape the ornament box they were in. 
   Which leads to the hunt for more hooks. 
   Unfortunately, Saturday was really spent re-stringing lights over the middle of my mom’s “project” tree. 
   I’m pretty sure everyone has had a tree like this at least once in their lives. 

Thu
03
Dec

"Holiday season market reflects changing times" by: John Sample

   I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  
   I, in fact had three, which speaks volumes about trying to visit with as many grandchildren as possible.  
   The beginning of the Christmas retail season brought some interesting changes in consumer behavior. 
   For the first time more money was spent this weekend on the internet than in bricks and mortar retail outlets.  
   In fact, online sales rose 19 percent and we have yet to factor in the sales for Cyber Monday.  
   I can safely say that I contributed nothing as I am the one that has taken the lane of least resistance.  
   I simply give all of my expanding family cash.  
   I let them do the shopping for themselves.  
   I will admit though to purchasing gift cards online.  

Thu
03
Dec

"Special time to tell real meaning of Christmas" by: Betsy Monico

I pride myself on spending our Thanksgiving break giving thanks and doing a whole lot of nothing.  
   I do not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving; neither do I participate in Black Friday.  
   I tried Black Friday one time at Toys R Us when the kids were little, but it just was not worth it.  
   I still remember where I stood in line with my basketful of goods in the far back corner of the store and where I left my items to get out of line and head home.  
   I went back to my in-laws in Dallas and enjoyed another cup of coffee before my kids even got up.  
   We do have the tree up now. It tried to fall on me today, I mean literally.  
   I had to hold it up until my husband came to my rescue. Somehow we got it stable again without having a full blown disaster.  
   As usual, I got tickled right in the middle of the fiasco.  

Thu
03
Dec

"Christmas season begins with the Nativity" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   “But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  
   “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  
   “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”  
   “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”   
   The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.   
   Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”  
   “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.  
   “May it be to me as you have said. Then the angel left her” Luke 1:30-38 

Thu
03
Dec

"Go to God with gratitude, prayer" by: Caleb Gibson

 Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” 
   Isn’t it interesting how we can be anxious for so many things?  
   Yet God wants us to worry about nothing.  
   Why? Because we are thankful that God hears our prayers.  
   There is a connection between prayer and thanksgiving.  
   When we are praising God for what he has done, we are in essence praying.  
   People think that prayer is something hard to do. Instead it is simply communicating with God.  
   When you don’t know what to pray, thank God for three things.  

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Thu
26
Nov

"VFW Post held many childhood memories" by: Jessica Shepard

   As I’ve mentioned before, my grandfather was a member of VFW Post No. 2438 and my grandmother was active in the Ladies’ Auxiliary.
   That means, for as long as I can remember they carted my siblings and I around to Easter and Christmas parties.
   Quite a hand full of funerals and wedding anniversaries, too.
   I vaguely recall going to a convention or something in Corpus Christi once upon a time. 
   It also means I remember the old building before the fire.
   That one was built in 1980 before burning down in 2000.
   I had spent clumps of my childhood for at least 10 years there. 

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