Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 06 March 2012 15:54It was cotton planting time. Some of the sugar cane was already 6 inches high, and the daytime temperatures were in the 70s and 80s.
We were in Harlingen, Texas, in January and the first of February this year.
In early January, the day we arrived, there was an hour-and-a-half to two hours of gunfire in Matamoros across the border from Brownsville, and only a short distance from us in Harlingen.
People said they could hear it in Harlingen, and they told us it was reported that the members of the police force in Matamoros were all dead, killed by the drug gangs.
The Mexican Army had taken control of the city, and the shooting was soldiers against the gangs, they said, or perhaps gangs against gangs.
The last event made the news at...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:57Most people by the age of 18 years old or thereabouts learn that life no longer centers only around themselves. They know, whether instinctively or through family, that once they are adults, everyone needs to pitch in to make their communities a better place for everyone.
Some even branch out by making the world a better place.
What would have happened if a majority of scientists or medical people didn’t care about eradicating polio, and instead just went to work, came home, chatted with the family and went to bed?
The same is true about our communities. What would happen if no one came forward to give their time and talents to make life easier and better for themselves and others? I’ve seen examples of that recently right here in...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 03 January 2012 15:04When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, I do an excellent job of thinking about what I should do. But when it comes to executing the plan, that’s another story.
Some of these “action” resolutions have included exercising more, eating less, getting better organized, giving back, learning something new each day and not procrastinating. Of course, I have thought of many more over the years.
The beginning of a new year offers me a chance to become aware of those things I consider my shortcomings and, if I work at them, they could help change my attitude. The trick is to persevere.
Even though I haven’t mastered all my resolutions, I have had some successes in the past.
Instead of having insurmountable goals, experience...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 06 December 2011 17:43I’m sharing one of life’s curves with you today. My sixth-great-grandfather, James Meadows, was a veteran of the American Revolution, a Virginia native who had moved to North Carolina.
Until October, I knew nothing of his existence. I only knew that my Great-aunt Tot, my maternal Great-grandmother Adie’s sister (real name, Lottie Hampton) from Abingdon, Ill., in her usual humorous way, had chuckled about belonging to the Daughters of the American Revolution.
I also discovered three years ago that I had about a fourth cousin on my father’s side of the family, Craig Hileman, who is an attorney in Delaware with a passion for genealogical research. Craig took my memory of Aunt Tot to discover James Meadows and generations both...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 01 November 2011 15:37It’s time for me to let go of a chapter in my life, and even as minuscule time as it was, I enjoyed the three-month adventure getting to know some cute little critters this summer.
For those who may have missed my column in September, my family agreed to take in a momma cat and her newborn kittens—all seven of them.
It’s the first time I was able to see the miracle of life unfold. My husband, Randy, who grew up on a farm, acted nonchalant about the whole thing, but even he would go upstairs from time to time to see them.
For the next eight weeks, I couldn’t wait to get home from work and play with those furry little guys, knowing the day would come that I had to say, “goodbye.”
Maybe I have always been this sentimental...
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