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If These Walls Could Talk

PHOTO BY Molly Kendrick
Grace… The New Normal … Friends, we have made it to December. It is the final month of this crazy year of COVID-19. Hallelujah! For so many of us, 2020 has brought fear, uncertainty, loss, anxiety, and memories we want to leave behind a locked door. Through the chaos, I have been able to find a few experiences I hope to carry with me into 2021 and beyond. … The Brothers, our twin boys, were born in January 2019. We had been a comfortable family of three for almost four years, and I knew growing to a family of five would force me to let go of some things and lighten up a little.

Texarkana Forte

Many times an idea is birthed from a casual conversation. Such is the case with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. Remica Gray and Mary Scott Smith, two friends dedicated to promoting music in the Texarkana area, talked about offering live orchestral music locally. … Unsure if there was an interest, they inquired about the amount of funding needed for such a venture and formed a committee. The duo asked area music patrons to be founding members by donating a thousand dollars each.

Molly C. Quinn

PHOTO BY Claire Leahy
Molly Quinn is a Texarkana native who may be best known for her role as Alexis Castle, the daughter of the lead in the television series Castle, which was part of the ABC line up from 2009 to 2016. Getting her start on the stage of the Perot Theatre while performing in the Nutcracker, she caught the attention of director Martin Beck and the two paired up to launch Molly’s acting career.

Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation

Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation … … 8500 North Kings Highway … Texarkana, TX 75503 … MISSION … The Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for excellence in education, promote innovation in teaching, and partner with the community to enhance the quality of education for all students. … PURPOSE … The Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation will support educational excellence to enhance student achievement, to recognize exemplary staff involvement and to foster community support and involvement.

Opportunities, Inc.

Opportunities, Inc. … 6101 N. State Line Ave. Texarkana, TX 75503 … 903-791-2270 … www.oppinc.org … FB: @Oppinc … Established: 1966 … WHO WE ARE … Opportunities Inc. is an organization of dedicated, committed people who believe in the promise and potential of children and adults with disabilities. We strive to build a community where each person belongs; where each person is accepted, welcomed, and given the chance to participate in the community, regardless of disability. We strive to positively affect the quality of life for children and adults with any kind of disability.

CASA & TCAC

The Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center … … 1203 Main Street … Texarkana, TX 75501 … 903-792-2215 … [email protected] TCAC Program Director Missy Davison … MISSION … The Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center is an umbrella program under CASA of Northeast Texas. The purpose of the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center (TCAC) is to provide a non-threatening environment for the investigation of child abuse.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a wife, a mother of three, a former campaign manager, political advisor, Fox News contributor, and was the White House Press Secretary for two years under the Trump Administration. There’s even talk about the potential of a 2022 run for Governor of Arkansas in her future. … Her most recent endeavor adds “Author” to her resume. Speaking for Myself:

Renaissance Man

NEGATIVITY by Michael Ulmer
When we think about a Renaissance man, most of us think of those great men of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, whose brilliant plays and poetry we’ve studied in books and whose breathtaking works of art we’ve seen on chapel ceilings. Centuries later though, right here in the year 2020, you still occasionally run across those rare individuals who seem to become an expert at every task they set their hands to.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

PHOTO BY Molly Kendrick
Thanksgiving, Traditions, and the LikeNOVEMBER. A thirty-day month full of gratitude, joy and, for some, appropriately timed Christmas shopping. For me and my family, this month marks the beginning of a fairly complete transition to cooler weather, celebrating a wedding anniversary with my stud of a husband, continuing to watch PG and A&M football, being able to wear my UGGS in public with less self-awareness and my favorite American celebration: THANKSGIVING! … Thanksgiving has become our favorite holiday spent with the whole family, and we are all refreshed once it is over.

Peace, Love & Gayble

On June 11, 2010, my world came crashing down. … The unexpected happened to my family, along with several other families in the surrounding area. I had always heard of horrible things happening to others, but I never imagined that my family would be a part of such a story. On that day, we lost Gayble, our seven-year-old spunky, fun, loving daughter, in an unexpected, horrific flood at Camp Albert Pike. … The first year after this devastating event occurred was nothing but a blur for me. I recall just trying to survive one day at a time.

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