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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.

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.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: A Story of Family, Culture, and Courage

It started as a day like any other, but I knew that day my life would change forever. I remember it as if it was just yesterday. I could feel the fear of leaving everything behind, everything I knew. I looked at Mami, and I could see the sadness in her eyes, but I could also see her courage. My mom, my sister, and I left Mexico when I was 12 years old for safety reasons after an agonizing separation between my parents that would leave her with no choice. I knew we would be safer away, but it did not ease the pain. … I did not really realize how much I would truly lose.

Every Piece Tells a Story

Caroline and Mike Craven’s mid-century modern home in Texarkana, Arkansas, is a pure reflection of their style and personality. Built in 1975, the custom home was built by Gayle and Henry Moore. Growing up in the current Ace of Clubs House in downtown Texarkana, Moore decided to build a home with the help of a commercial builder and architect, Larry McGowan, to create a home with space for entertaining and functional living.

A Pop of Color

photo by Matt Cornelius
The Chambers’ beautiful blue house with its vibrant, yellow front door adds a pop of color to the street much like the family adds a pop of color to their historic Texarkana neighborhood. Kate and Trent have chosen to stay in their beloved historic neighborhood and make their house a home. They contemplated selling or staying but could not stand the thought of leaving, so they settled on a whole house remodel.

Poteet Victory

photo courtesy of Victory Contemporary
Poteet Victory is one of the world’s most in-demand and collectible contemporary Native American artists. Although Victory’s work is abstract, his Cherokee-Choctaw influence still shines through his paintings. He has Native American heritage from his dad’s side; his grandmother was Cherokee, and grandfather was part Choctaw. … Born and raised in Idabel, Oklahoma, Victory was active in the rodeo circuit, riding bulls and wild horses by age fifteen.

A Full Cup

This is the kind of place that harkens back to days gone by. It is a throwback to all that is good about America. Going strong for 63 years, Shorty's Donut and Diner is the oldest restaurant in Texarkana. Every Monday through Saturday, beginning at 5:00 a.m., patrons file through the doors of the Texarkana staple. There are no frills or hype at this diner because that would take away from its down-home, what-you-see-is-what-you-get vibe, but customers are guaranteed a piping, hot cup of coffee and breakfast cooked to order by a staff who loves what they do.

First Day Jitters

Excited, exhausted, anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, and nervous… these are a few of the many feelings teachers feel the night before school starts. Some of these emotions may come across as negative, but I want to create a safe, perfect, and inviting classroom (home away from home) for my students. I spend countless hours preparing and planning for the big day! This will be our "happy place" together for the next nine months. I am beginning the 26th year of my teaching career. I have taught kindergarten through fourth grade, including all subjects.

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