It will not defeat us.
The EF-4 tornado that knocked us breathless brought a response that left us speechless.
We saw neighbor helping neighbor and realized the goodness of the human spirit.
We saw our first responders in action and realized that the word hero is not overrated.
We saw our elected officials suddenly thrust from obscurity onto the national stage, and realized that they had earned the trust we placed in them.… Read the rest
What a terrible time our neighbors in Rancho Brazos have had.
We received the”Code Red” announcement while we were in Galveston. Went to the county’s website but did not find any more info there. Went to hcnews.com and had very accurate up to the minute info.
Called friends in Granbury to check in on my 92-year-old mother. We had better, current info than they did.… Read the rest
Father in Heaven,
As your people on earth, we recognize our serious need for You and Your grace to help in time of need.
We ask for healing, provision and restoration for everyone suffering around our community.
We are all groaning for Your Redemption from the futility often experienced in our lives on this problem plagued planet.
Until that glorious Day of Redemption comes, please enable us to be a reflection of Your love and mercy to those in our community who are hurting the most from losses – of every kind – especially related to recent tornadoes.… Read the rest
Shallowest minds are quickest to tackle deepest subjects, including one comment heard numerous times in many communities: “What this town needs is a few good funerals.”
A stronger cry should be for more “good births” of folks disposed to spend their lives serving others.
Classic examples are the late Emmett Whitehead and his widow, Marie. They purchased the Cherokeean (now Cherokeean Herald) in 1950 – and Texans – particularly those in Rusk and Cherokee County – marvel at their record of community service….… Read the rest
Prom and graduation often bring up the subject of parties and alcohol.
Should alcohol be present at parties for teenagers? Parents can be conflicted about this.
Thinking that consuming alcohol is a rite of passage, or that alcohol will be present regardless of what they do, some parents opt to provide it at their home. Their thinking is that they can teach their teen to drink responsibly, or “better here than somewhere where I can’t control it.” … Read the rest
Too close for comfort
We have experienced two tragedies in the past month.
The West tragedy was one. Ray was staying the night with our daughter’s family on Wednesday, April 17. He was scheduled for A.C.T.S. Retreat Team departure very early the next morning.
Enjoying their evening, Ray was reading a story to our 3- year-old granddaughter Olivia on the couch while our 5 year-old granddaughter Kaylynn was viewing a book of her own in the chair near the back door.… Read the rest
As a parent and as a spiritual leader in our community I want to respond to the editorial in your paper concerning the commissioners’ decision against prayer in the courtroom.
While I honor the service of our government officials, I also feel grief over this decision and the reasons for it. However this letter is a response to the last two paragraphs of the editorial which said: … Read the rest
I can’t believe how quickly April 29 approached.
My husband and I woke up at 6 a.m. so that I could get a last meal in before I had to fast, and then Finley woke and joined us. We had a nice morning with just the three of us, and my nerves were pretty steady considering that the time was ticking before we’d become a family of four.… Read the rest
With it being Mother’s Day weekend, you probably expected to find some M-is-for-the-million-things-she-gave-me columns on the Forum page today.
You guessed right.
The other day, I read guest columnist Chelsea Hooper’s column, featured here, about the birth of her son Fisher. Chelsea, whose writing I find delightful, is at the start of her child-raising years. She also has an adorable toddler daughter named Finley.… Read the rest