Life & Style

Taking Back Time

Am I the only one who feels like the ”Tiger King” era of quarantine was a million years ago, or that it was just some strange fever dream? … Can we please go back to those much simpler times, please? Ahhhh, those were the days. Since then we’ve received stimulus checks, cringed watching our adult family members attempt to make TikToks with their kids, and almost killed our siblings a time or two. Where’s my receipt?

Here and Now

Amanda Horton shares her Alzheimer's caregiving story. … Even though she is still with us, I have filled buckets of tears over the past eight years grieving the gradual loss of my mother. From the initial thoughts of “Mom seems pretty forgetful lately” to the gut-wrenching realization of dealing with full-blown dementia and Alzheimer’s, I would not wish the peaks and valleys of this experience on anyone. … But I have finally stopped feeling sorry for myself. … I am a firm believer that your mindset influences every aspect of your life.

I Need A REAL Hug!

Joanie Thompson shares her perspective on being homebound. … As a lady in the beginning of her eighth decade, I have lived through some interesting times. The year 2020 has certainly been one of them. During my eighty plus years, I have been a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I am “Grammy” to four grands and five great-grands, plus several great stepchildren and their wonderful families. I have also been a scout leader, room mother, church lay reader, Salvation Army auxiliary member, church circle leader, hospital auxiliary president, etc.

Welcoming A Baby During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Rachael Potter shares her story of having a baby during the COVID-19 pandemic. … On February 26th, 2020, my husband and I went to dinner at Zapata’s with several friends after an Ash Wednesday service. One of those friends, who works in the medical industry, told me to stock up on food and diapers because the country was headed towards a shutdown from the new COVID-19 virus we kept hearing about on the news. I thought, “No way!

Wedding Plan D

Everyone will tell you that wedding planning is stressful, but wedding planning during a global pandemic takes stress to a whole new level. … When Jackson and I got engaged in October, we were excited to plan our dream wedding in Texarkana. We were both living in Stillwater, Oklahoma, since he was working at Oklahoma State University. I speak and consult nationally, so my work is remote and requires much travel. Life was good; we were engaged and looking forward to getting married in six months! … As both of us are from Texarkana, and because I grew up going to St.

“Popped Positive” For COVID-19

So, You’ve got the COVID. Now What?Day 1 … I notice a peculiar cough; It’s kind of dry. It was Tuesday… or maybe I had it Monday? I can’t rule it out, but can’t quite remember either. … Day 2 … Wednesday, I sneeze probably four or five different times during the day. When I sneeze it’s at least three, and often as many as six sneezes… in a row! … Also, on Wednesday, I have lunch with my father-in-law. He’s one of my favorite people on Earth. Although he’s older than me, he’s likely in better shape, but still, he is a septagenarian.

Texarkana Dreamer

The story of Texarkana Dreamer, Michelle Madrid. … At six years old, with dreams of the big city, a small child traveled many miles to start a life in a country offering endless opportunities and new beginnings. Michelle Madrid recounts the journey from her home in Honduras to the United States. … Michelle grew up in San Pedro Sula Cortes, Honduras. She lived in a household with her mother, sister, and two uncles. The home would be comparable to a duplex in the United States, with Michelle’s grandparents sharing the other side.

The Texarkana Dream

What do Albert Einstein, Sammy Sosa, Dave Matthews, Alex Trebek and Mila Kunis all have in common? … The answer is, they were all born in other countries and immigrated to the United States. Their contributions to academia, education, sports, music and television have made them household names and the idols of the generations that follow them.

2020 Graduates

The top graduates and senior perspectives from Liberty-Eylau High School, Trinity Christian School, Texas High School, Pleasant Grove High School, Arkansas HIgh School and Queen City High SchoolSponsored by Express Employement Personel and Kaci Kirkland, Farmers Insurance.


Pandemic Nursing

Eight weeks ago, I packed up the safety and security of my comfortable life and left my husband and children to make the 1,300-mile journey to Hackensack, New Jersey. I was on my way to serve on the front lines of COVID-19 in one of many makeshift intensive care units in a 700-bed hospital. Quite honestly, I had no idea what to expect, and the thought of leaving my family was almost unbearable. In my mind, that was the most horrific thing I would face. The day I walked on my unit, my entire reality changed.

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