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Crafting Chords

photo by Brian Jones
For some of us, music is a getaway from the real world. For others, it’s just fun. But for many, it is a passion from the very first day they pick up an instrument. … Bryan Jefferies is a guitar-maker, musician, photographer, and more, bringing art in multiple forms to our community. Along with music, which is “his main diet,” he also runs two media businesses, Fresh Focus Films and Over the Edge Studios, where he does event and commercial photography and video work. His projects include music recording, writing and performing, which he says are his true loves in life.

Save Jane

The Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA Raise Awareness For Child Abuse with Save Jane Event … Area To Read Names Representing Over 1,100 Children Abused Last Year … Virtual Event/Facebook Live … On April 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., local volunteers and community members will join the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA for Children Texarkana in taking a stand against child abuse through a live video on their Facebook pages with the Save Jane event. … I am Jane Doe.

On the Scene, Ready to Serve

A child or adult in cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, with a fractured hip, brain bleed, motor vehicle accident, stroke, seizure or needing lift assist are just a few of the things an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professional may encounter in their day.

A Calm Voice in the Dark

PHOTO BY Matt Cornelius
The day starts as I walk into the dimly lit communication center for the beginning of a 12-hour shift full of unknowns. We work in teams as system status controllers. The call takers on-shift are already on the phones assisting callers who need our help with medical emergencies, while the dispatchers are on the radios talking to the ambulance crews.

Stop, Drop and Roll

PHOTO BY Matt Cornelius
The alarm goes off at 5:00 A.M.. every third day. We work 24 hours on and 48 hours off at Texarkana Texas Fire Department; it’s a nice schedule, if you can get used to it. I get ready in the dark, trying not to disturb the wife and three sleeping boys. … My 20 minute drive to work is filled with prayer. It’s quiet out, as the rest of the world is just waking up, so I spend my time praying for my family, friends, church family, the firemen coming on duty and those working off and for the coming day.

Ark-La-Tex 100 Club Pull For Heroes

The mission of the Ark-La-Tex 100 Club is to raise funds for the dependents of our first responders lost in the line of duty. Remaining funds are used to purchase any unbudgeted but necessary life-saving equipment and additional training. …

Protect and Serve

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.—People have worked, had a lunch break, worked some more, and are now headed home to have dinner with their families. I, on the other hand, am just waking up, heading out to serve my city. Well, I would just be waking up if I was doing what is recommended for a night shift officer, but when you have an amazing family, like my beautiful wife Canah and my boy, Roman, you just don’t have time to be sleeping in that late!

Outside the Lines

PHOTO BY Molly Kendrick
Nicole Brisco is an innovative and passionate educator, a devoted and creative mother and an award-winning artist! Each role is strongly connected, balancing and fortifying the other, to earn her the incredible success she has found in all three. … Brisco loves her role as an artist and believes it makes her a better educator. She has always been artistic, and at an early age, she remembers sitting at her mother’s feet drawing and coloring at the end of the school day.

Opportunity or Obstacle... You Choose!

PHOTO BY Molly Kendrick
Life is full of challenges. We can see some of them coming and therefore steady ourselves as we prepare for the impact. However, some of them show up out of nowhere, surprising us with no rhyme or reason, offering us a choice. On some level, we may actually seek challenges. We want to learn and grow, and it seems life’s most effective tool for growth appears in the form of our experiences. But with these, what do we co-create with that reality? What awareness do we develop because of it? What glimpse of our highest self does this give us?

Anish Sheth

PHOTO BY Jonathan Williams
Pleasant Grove alumni, Anish Sheth, graduated from The University of Texas at 19 with a degree in Government and graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law in 2001. He practiced law in both Washington D.C. and New York for international law firms. Anish also worked in international finance at the Hong-Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in Hong Kong. He founded and later sold World Peas Brand of plant-based snacks.

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