“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.
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.
For the majority of gardening enthusiasts, gardening is a warm weather activity. While some people live in climates that make it possible to enjoy gardening year-round, those who don’t often lament the end of the gardening season.
Whether you’re rarely sick or have conditions that require frequent visits to the doctor, having a trusted and skilled health care provider is an important step in protecting your health.
Mesquite Animal Services placed 50 animals in new homes during the Clear the Shelter adoption event on Saturday, Aug. 27. Adoption fees were waived for the day as part of the nationwide event. All adopted pets were sterilized, vaccinated, and microchipped.
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.
“Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug,” wrote John Lithgow.
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!
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.
Representative Keith Bell Nominates Crandall Graduate JD Niedzwecki For The Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program
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A LIFE WELL LIVED
This weekend I spent time at a class reunion with friends I don’t see every day (but wish I still did).
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is currently accepting applications for its 66th Texas Game Warden Cadet class.
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.
Winners of the 2022 Big Tex