By the time you read this, I will have flipped the script of my 50s and plummeted down the rabbit hole known as 54. My time in the land of quinquagenarians has been exciting and enlightening. In other words, I adore my 50s. My 20s were HARD. I was a young mom. It was hectic - still trying to figure out who I was in this big old world. My 30s were even harder! I cooked up a mess of baseball games and kid school functions and seasoned it with a corporate job and a blended family. My 40s were nightmarish. I lost a child. I became ill. Then the 50s came along and swept me off my feet. I gained an addiction to simplicity. I lost the desire to prove so much to so many. Yet, while the mind has been greatly eased, the body has bolted like a lone deer at a game feeder on opening day. 50s, what are you doing to my body? My upper spine is crooked. Some odd little cysts have claimed squatter’s rights in my lower lumbar. My knees are bad. My eyes are worsening by the minute. But, none of this prepared me for the saga of my teeth. Because, nothing – and, I mean nothing – freaks me out worse than going to the dentist.
After a diligent interview process, the City of Forney and the Forney Economic Development Corporation are excited to announce the hiring of Lynn Spencer as the Director of Economic Development. Spencer will be leaving her position as Economic Development Project and Program Manager at the Falcon Field Airport of Mesa, Arizona and is expected to join the City of Forney on June 14, 2021.
A measure long sought by conservative activists allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license is on the cusp of becoming law after the Texas Senate approved a compromise on the bill Monday, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott.
JESUS CHRIST WAS “ALL” HUMAN, AND JESUS CHRIST WAS “ALL” GOD.
She was sitting at a table in Manhattan, in the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel. This all happened in the mid-70’s, so she told Jay MacDonald from his BookPage interview in 2006. She was THE hot young DC based magazine writer du jour, being tapped by Playboy magazine to write an article on an up-and-coming director for what would wind up being one of her defining life moments. Within the span of an hour, she would hear a fateful voice in her head. It would tell her the solitary life she had painstakingly fabricated needed to be thrown out of a window. She was surely sitting in front of the man she just met but would soon marry. Marry, they would. Divorce shortly thereafter, they also would. Throw in a daughter and our beloved writer’s ensuing alcohol dependence and you begin to wonder why this story isn’t a movie. Or, maybe it was. After all, we’re talking about Martin Scorcese and a little film called Taxi Driver. And, the freelance hot to trot magazine writer? Her name is Julia Cameron. She went on to climb out of her deep dive into drug addiction and alcoholism. She teaches creative writing, still. While she’s written fiction, non-fiction, poetry, films, and even television episodes, her opus magnum is a written artist’s program called “The Artist’s Way” that inspires established and wannabe creatives to find a deeper connection to process and purpose. Today, we’re going to talk about her spine.
A study from the Gap Year Association found that 77 percent of students who take a gap year do so between high school and college. Parents may not know how to react when their soon-to-be or newly minted high school graduates bring up the idea of taking a gap year, but additional findings from the GYA’s “National Alumni Survey” might inspire parents to look at gap years more positively. For example, the survey, the findings of which were based on the responses of hundreds of American and Canadian citizens who had taken gap years in the past, found that 98 percent of respondents indicated their gap years helped them develop as a person, while 96 percent felt their gap years improved their self-confidence. In addition, 84 percent of respon dents felt that they acquired skills to be successful in their careers during their gap years. Perhaps of most interest to parents of high school students contemplating gap years is that 73 percent of survey respondents felt their gap years increased their readiness for college and 57 percent said their gap years helped them determine what they wanted to study in college.
The end of a school year has traditionally been a time of celebration. Students may celebrate because summer vacation has arrived, and families typically gather to celebrate students who have earned their diplomas and degrees. But just as it’s compromised many other traditional celebrations, the COVID-19 pandemic is changing how families can safely celebrate graduation.
By the time students reach graduation day, many have taken hundreds of tests, written scores of essays, worked through thousands of pencils, and made dozens of friends along the way. Such realities only underscore the notion that graduation is worthy of celebration.
Graduation day is one of the proudest moments in students’ academic careers. Diplomas are symbolic of hours spent honing skills and working on assignments and, ultimately, success in the classroom. High school diplomas represent an opportunity to go on to higher learning or a trade, while college degrees indicate young people are ready to begin their professional lives.
Graduation is steeped in tradition. Come the day of graduation, many grads-tobe might be focusing on receiving their diplomas and then celebrating after the ceremony. The hard work students put in affords them every right to celebrate once they’re officially anointed as new grads, but before the party begins it can be fun to reflect on the many traditions associated with graduation ceremonies.
Reaching senior year of high school or college is something to celebrate. It means that graduation is on the horizon and another chapter in students’ lives will soon come to a close, with a new one likely to begin shortly thereafter.
At the May 10 Board of Trustees meeting for Forney ISD there were many wonderful people recognized for their contributions to the 2020-2021 school year. They recognized the Elementary and Intermediate Campus Teachers of the Year as well as the Secondary Campus Teachers of the Year. And on Wednesday, May 12, the District honored all of the Forney ISD nurses for their amazing contributions to the health and wellness every single day for our students, staff, and even the community with the COVID vaccines.
To say that his has been a unique year for students would be a gross understatement. Nothing has been normal. However, the Night of Percussion did bring a modicum of normal and the students presented their talents in a fashion above and beyond.
Following an extensive national search, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Jenna Covington, P.E., as Executive Director/General Manager. The Board finalized its decision during a Special Called Board Meeting on Monday. Covington, who previously served as Assistant Deputy of NTMWD’s Wastewater operations, assumed her new position on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
Three Public Education Bills Passed in the House