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Houses on Rocks, Houses on Sand
Houses on Rocks, Houses on Sand

Houses on Rocks, Houses on Sand

“Write what you know.” Mark Twain said that. At least, per the app Goodreads, Twain is the quote generator. When I decided to include that quote in this week’s column, I went down a “who said it” rabbit hole. There seems to be two distinct camps: Twain or Hemingway. Papa, the latter, gave a more explanatory version of the idea. “Write what you know, leave out unnecessary words, and don’t do it to be famous.” And really, doesn’t that just suit the two of them? Twain with his Americanaesque yet direct writing style of “this is where it happened and what it looked like and what was said” vs Papa’s ability to heat you up to a boil and then allow you to emotionally simmer. Both are beautifully effective storytelling styles. Sage advice, it is, regardless of the creator. I was thinking about that today, because I struggle with what to say, and I struggle often. It’s been over four years of weekly columns. I have enjoyed unburdening my soul, publicly. I write, mainly, about loss and illness and growing up poor in the country. It is what I know. But, that tiny violin runs out of songs, at times. Yet, who am I to defy the likes of Mark & Ernest? So, today, I had an idea. Let’s talk about the things you grasp on to when all the other things are imploding. I have vast experience in this area, though it may not paint me in the best light.

The First Day of Fall, Finally!

The First Day of Fall, Finally!

We will officially enter the autumnal equinox at 8:03 p.m., September 22, 2022. And I think I speak for all of Forney, and Texas as a matter of course, Hallelujah! This Summer of 2022 has been a trying one for man, animals, and plants alike. But now that the Fall season has arrived, it is time to focus on the final months of the year.

Signs Children Might be Victims of Bullying

Signs Children Might be Victims of Bullying

Despite the best efforts of educators and parents, bullying is a problem at many schools. According to StopBullying.gov, an official website of the United States government, as many as one in three American students say they have been bullied at school. And the problem is not exclusive to the United States, as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research report that at least one in three adolescent students in Canada report being recent victims of bullying.

OUTDOOR

OUTDOORS

Do you ever meet someone that you instantly connect with and, after visiting a few minutes, it seems as though you have known each other for a lifetime? I’ve found the older I get, the more frequently this occurs. I can spent a minute visiting with a total stranger and usually determine if he or she is a lover of the great outdoors. When I do ‘connect’ with a like-minded person, the talk and stories of past outings usually come fast and furious!

North Texas Giving Day 2022

North Texas Giving Day 2022

Early Giving is now open for the Annual North Texas Giving Day! Held annually, NTX Giving Day falls on September 22 this year as a way for North Texans to give to their favorite charities and nonprofits, all of whom are local and give to our friends, neighbors, and community members. The website for this great event asks North Texans to “Find Your Passion. Give With Purpose,” and links to hundreds of worthy organizations.

Forney ISD Upholds School

Forney ISD Upholds School Safety as a Priority for the District

As Forney ISD begins a new school year, it is important our community knows that the safety and security of all students and staff in our district will always be a top priority. Each campus continues to go above and beyond the measures outlined by the state of Texas to ensure every child is protected while attending our schools.

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