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How Do We Reopen... with Patience, Adaptability and Resilience

Texarkana Monthly Columnist Sonja Yates Hubbard shares her opinion. … “I can’t wait to get back to normal,” is a thought I’ve had countless times since mid-March. As restrictions began to loosen recently, I’ve experienced excitement yet trepidation and debated what ‘back to normal’ even is, much less, how and when will we get there. … My opinions on the impact of this pandemic are different today than they were in March. With passing regard to COVID-19, I attended a large conference in Ft.

”COVID” Conversations with Farmers Bank & Trust

James BramlettTexarkana Market President … Farmers Bank & TrustWhat are you doing to adapt to this sudden change? … All Farmers Bank & Trust lobbies are available only by appointment for transactions that cannot occur by drive-thru, phone, or online. We have closed 5 smaller branches and numerous employees are working remotely from home. All Farmers employees will continue to receive their regular pay.

“COVID” Conversations with Southern Insurance Group

Jon SheppardOwner/Agent … Southern Insurance GroupWhat are you doing to adapt to this sudden change? … We are not allowing this pandemic to change any of our business practices. We are always mindful of our clients insurance needs and do whatever we can at all times to services those needs to the best of our ability. … How has it impacted your business/industry/workplace? … We at SIG take our clients’ insurance needs personally. We have always and will always do our best for our clientele in good and hard times.

Pandemic Parenting

Ashley Gibbs tells her story about parenting during the pandemic for Mother's Day. … It took a solid 34 days, but my four children did finally stop asking, “What are we going to do tomorrow,” and have resigned themselves to this new normal. We have all settled in and surrendered in a way. Actually, I continue to be surprised at how regular our new routines (or lack thereof) seem to have become, when really it is everything but. We should be heading into the last few weeks of school, finishing up soccer, prepping for a dance recital, and rounding out another year of club volleyball.

Give Where You Live

East Texans are generous. … Year after year, we attend golf tournaments in the heat, wine swirls in the park, and fancy galas that require suits and awkwardly high heels all to show our support of causes that are dear to our hearts. Giving back is what we are taught to do and as a region we do it well, but what if there was another way to give? A way to support local and regional charities without getting dressed up or for that matter, without leaving your house? Well there is! … This is the fifth year for East Texas Giving Day.

Suffering in Silence and Solitude

Texarkana Monthly shares information during Child Abuse Awareness Month. … The national news has reported an increase in child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversely, the child abuse hotline reports in Texas have decreased 40-60%. “This is likely due to the fact that teachers and school employees make up a large portion of these hotline calls,” said Breanne Bradshaw with Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center.

Food Security

The United Families of America-Arkansas Foodbank staff at the W.T. Daniels Center where the program began.
Jennifer London and her family spread acts of love through United Families of America-Arkansas. … UFAA’s purpose is to end food insecurity in Southwest Arkansas. They provide food for after-school and summer programs, prepare Grab-and-Go meals, and deliver meals to those in need. London and her family began their mission October 15, 2017, at the W.T. Daniels Center in Texarkana, Arkansas. Today, UFAA serves approximately 5,000 meals per month throughout the Texarkana, Nashville and Lewisville, Arkansas communities.

How to Keep Your Body Healthy During Quarrantine

Five Tips to Stay HealthyYour Health, Your Responsibility … Ultimately your health is completely your responsibility. Yes we want to get advice and help from doctors and professionals in various fields, but nobody can look after your body 24/7 like you can. You have to realize that everything you do in life from your work to how you interact with people is done with your body, and the health of your body will put a positive (or negative) filter on everything in your life.

How to Keep Your Mind Healthy During Quarantine

Billy Eldridge provides many services but primarily sees with clients dealing with relationships (premarital, marital, communication/conflict), and spirituality (deconstruction, and crisis of faith), addiction and adolescents. … He uses a Gottman-informed approach. Dr. John Gottman’s research has followed thousands of couples and uncovered what the longest-lasting and happiest partnerships seem to have in common.

How to be Comfy and Stylish at Home

“Dress like you are famous!” … Wearing your robe all day is not uplifting. A little effort will go a long way toward brightening your mood. Do something for yourself. … Choose clothes that fit you well and are in style. Fortunately there are loads of comfortable clothes that are in style at the moment. … Try to avoid clothes that you are concerned about staining or need to go to the dry cleaners. … Have a clean, fresh appearance (a little makeup goes a long way).

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