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Good Evening TXK

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September could not be a better time for me to write this article because exactly one year ago this month, I finally faced my fear of moving out for the first time on my own. I faced the fear of failing, of making a mistake, and of not being able to manage my money, and I finally moved into my own apartment! Update: I still cannot manage my money, but I made it a solid year on my own and enjoyed every second of it. … I want to let you in on a little secret.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name … If you watched television in the 1980s and 1990s, I know you just sang that title line in the tune of the Cheers theme song. You are not alone. I totally hummed it while I typed! But do not let the title mislead you. I am not about to talk about my favorite coffee bar or hang out (true confession: I am a literal teetotaler). Nope. I want to talk about what it means to be home, and at least for me, that means being known and knowing others. … I grew up in a small town. Being raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas, is one of the biggest blessings of my life.

The Monthly Mix

Coffee Table Style

September is the perfect time to refresh the interior of your home! A coffee table is typically the focal point of the living area. It is a great place to kick your feet up and relax. Your coffee table can also be a conversation piece when you have guests present. Here are some great pieces that will help give your table area a fresh look as we go into a new season.

Publisher's Letter

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The design of our home sets the backdrop for our life, and how we function there writes our story. … Dorothy was on to something when she said, “There’s no place like home!” It is one of the most famous quotes from one of the most classic movies of all time. Dorothy simply needs to get back home. I find it interesting that Dorothy’s home is far from perfect, yet she still has a powerful connection to it. The movie’s entire plot revolves around Dorothy returning to her little farm in the middle of tornado alley.

My Game for Life

August marks National Golf Month. Local golf pro Sam Wacha developed a love for the game at an early age with her father. With experience in playing Division I college golf and taking a journey with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Sam shares her experience and passion for golf. … What a dream job it might be to play a sport for a living. Better yet, what a dream to play GOLF for a living! While this is completely true, the road to accomplishing it is an incredibly challenging and rewarding process.

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.

2022 Realtor Spotlight

Selling a home by owner is tempting with websites such as Zillow to help with information acquisition. Some do not realize, however, how much time and money a Realtor can actually save a homeowner. Realtors bring their knowledge of the housing market and experience to the table to provide a potentially cost-saving experience to buyers and sellers.

Hawk Hunters: Lady Tigers Bounce Back in Rivalry Matchup

Story courtesy of Texas High School Tiger Times Sports Editor Kaylin Williams. Photos by Braylen Garren.The Lady Tigers defeated the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks 3-1 Aug 23, 2022. … The Tigers got off to a very slow start in the beginning of the first set, not gaining any momentum through the duration of the set. … Texas had multiple missed serves, hitting errors and miscommunication errors, ultimately beating themselves. … Pleasant Grove stayed disciplined on defense and came up with a few big kills.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

When a book comes into my orbit multiple times, I embrace it as a sign of destiny. My choice for the August book review was like that. It popped up in a few Instagram stories from fellow book lovers and then directly in a text from a good friend who knows my taste. Doesn't it feel good to be known? In an effort to keep things fresh, I posted on my social media that I would be reviewing this book and invited my friends to read along. … The book is Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, and it turned out to be exactly the book I had been searching for all summer.

Dual Citizen with Dual Emotions

I have recently discovered that public transportation makes me cry more than anything. Bus rides and flights seem to be the best places for sentimental reflection on the place, stage, or people I am leaving. … My Instagram-worthy summer travels presented this situation to me repeatedly. The opportunity to visit my brother in Honduras and then my cousins and grandparents in Europe provided me with an abundance of bus rides and flights to let it all out. … The beautiful scenery and unique cultural experiences are what I usually talk about when someone asks me about my time abroad. Surfing.

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