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Happy October, my bookish ghouls and goblins! For this month's book review, I picked a thriller from a popular author who is new to me. It is just the book to usher us into the spooky season. What is not to love about a thriller? The pages practically turn themselves, and a clever author can keep you guessing until the end. There is nothing quite like the gasp at the end of the book when it unexpectedly comes together. We need to think of a word for that. "Ending gasp" seems too long. Help a sister out!


Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

photo by Matt Cornelius
Will it be a boy or girl? Who will they look like? How big will they be? Will I be a good parent? … When a child is born, eager moms and dads experience an array of emotions elicited by few other days in their lives. Hearing that first cry brings a sigh of relief as they look to the medical professionals surrounding them in the busy delivery room to give the “all is well” thumbs up. … Eight years ago, Kristi and Clint Lachowsky, who were about to be parents for the second time, anxiously anticipated every emotion that would accompany the addition of another daughter to their family.

We’re Going There

Things Your Gynecologist Wants You To Know

All of us girls have to do it. And we all hate doing it. Even those of us who do this for a living hate doing it. What is “IT,” you ask? It is the trip to your friendly gynecologist. But it can be a little less stressful if you try to see the funny side of it all. We want to share some tips, tricks, and general observations to get you through this trying time.

… • Let’s start with the urine sample.

Running Toward the Competition

(L-R) Kassidy Arnold, Tonijiah Nard, Eric Winkler, Derek Coleman, Zephaniah Black, Zechariah Black, Ja’Traven Keener, Rhyan Rigsby, El’Lanah Black, Meisha Johnson. photo by Chelsey Gillion & Tyrone Dodson
Endurance… Strength… Agility… Teamwork... These are not just words. They define the aspirations of some of Texarkana’s most talented young athletes. Coach Henry Black established the Black Mambas track team three years ago to teach Texarkana’s youth to run toward competition and to never shy away from it. Coach Black aspires to provide kids the opportunity to see a bigger world, and he is using this age-old sport to open the door. … The Black Mambas team works on leadership, discipline, and integrity through strenuous practices and accountability.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

photo courtesy of Criterion Pictures
Show Notes … … Are you ready for a night of absolute pleasure? For one night and one night only, join The Perot Theatre as they screen the eccentric cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical stage show written in 1973 by Richard O’Brien. Later in 1975, the horror musical made its cinematic debut when it was turned into a movie.

Blake Alkire, MD

photo courtesy of American Academy of Otolaryngology
Dr. Blake Alkire is an otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeon—at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston, Massachusetts, and an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Given his interests in global health initiatives, he also is on faculty with the Program in Global Surgery at Harvard and co-founded the Global Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgeon Initiative (globalohns.org), an international collaborative research group with hundreds of members from more than 40 countries with a mission to expand access for ear, nose, and throat conditions around the globe.

Share the Love October 2022

Franks-Phillips … Reagan Franks and Zackaire Phillips both of Texarkana, Arkansas, were united in marriage on January 22,2022, at The Granduer House in Little Rock, Arkansas. Parents of the couple are Joie and Andy Franks of Texarkana, Arkansas. The couple resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas. … Giffin-Humphrey … Casey and DeAnn Reed of Texarkana, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexis Giffin, to Wesley Humphrey of Texarkana, Texas. Wesley is the son of Kara and John Humphrey of Texarkana, Texas.

The Monthly Mix

Scrub Style … I am so grateful for our medical professionals who go above and beyond to serve us each day. They do a great job of taking care of us when we need it the most. Their hours are long and tiring, which means being comfortable is essential. I am sharing my most chic scrub-style finds to help our medical professionals look good on the job! … It seems like clinics and hospitals are always cold, regardless of the season. A light jacket is a perfect item to keep on hand at all times to stay warm. I have this natural and tan one, and it has great pockets, plus a cozy sherpa fabric!

My Drift

photo by Matt Cornelius
Today’s 10,000“I’m not walking at the mall.” … My walking buddy’s tone made it clear that no argument could convince her otherwise. Heeding the advice to strive for 10,000 steps every day, our intrepid group had been walking every morning since February when the June heat shut us down completely. It was just too hot. I had brought up the idea of walking at the mall, and she had shut that down, too. … Eventually, my need for my daily steps drove me to announce to the group that I would be walking at Central Mall the next day, and anyone who wanted to join me was welcome.

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