Dec

09

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : December 9, 2011

By Emily Lundy

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” The weather played havoc with residents’ Christmas decorations in yards during Sunday night’s rain, but we’ll rebuild.
In our situation, once we had the funds to decorate and not spend on young children, we were too old to get the job done. My tree becomes smaller each year. I don’t like packing items up afterward by myself regardless of promises of help.

Malakoff and Trinidad have lost a dear lady, Betty Jean Williams Matthews Inman, 84, who was in CCNursing and

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Dec

09

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : December 9, 2011

By Emily Lundy

Last week I read an “expert’s” analysis of Christmas, especially on the one doing the most to make Christmas happen for the household or for some other group. “Do you find the Christmas holidays blessed with peace, good will, fulfillment or do the days preceding keep you frantic, redoing gift switching, waiting for the late arrival of a late gift, baking too much,decorating too often, trying to keep the house in order, working yourself into a frenzy of collapse?”

Living in a Texas home that has seen all kinds of people for a multitude of reasons, I believe I might be one of each

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Dec

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : December 2, 2011

By Emily Lundy

Thanksgiving has come and gone, Black Friday went off as expected, and we are into the Christmas Season of 2011. I don’t know where to start – cards, gifts, decor, cookie making, or baskets of surprises.

As I’m an adult with the syndrome that fights order and organization, I’ll most likely do a little each day.

The Trinidad Methodist Church wants to invite everyone

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Dec

02

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : December 2, 2011

By Emily Lundy

Ask any teen what he really wants for Christmas. Usually he responds quickly, “Cash,” Ganny, “the green stuff.”

I have never seen cash on sale or half price. It’s no fun for the giver who wants to try to find an impressive gift (but usually doesn’t). I have lived to shop.

On the other hand, cash or gift certificates are an easy way to shop; this year I’ll have some pleasure in shopping by getting different gift-cards

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Nov

23

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 23, 2011

By Emily Lundy
Special to The news
Counting blessings can be an eye-opener. Some of mine are making an appearance now, before Thursday arrives. A grandson, 12, will be out of his school for the week and has come on a Sunday night to visit Gramp and Grump and to try out my apnea machine for CPAP (and I thought this machine would scare them). Some have asked to play with the breath reliever before.

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Nov

23

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 23, 2011

By Emily Lundy

Any time a group of 70 year olds and above assemble, the conversation eventually turns to doubt and fear about the future.

Pointed out is the new longevity, the high cost of Medicare, medical research, needs for elderly not realized before, some living only on Social Security, living long enough to get funds from own retirement plans. We’re not popular. It’ll get worse. We no longer can be employed because of worn out parts on us or in us, we have no way to fight inflation, we don’t want our children

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Nov

17

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 17, 2011

By Emily Lundy

When we relocated from West Texas (Big Spring, Coahoma) closer to our East Texas roots, excitement abounded about the filling of the new lake, Cedar Creek. It was the summer of 1971, and we bought a lake lot in Dixie Isle with 120 feet on the water but, of course, the water was one-half mile from our property. Talk of water sheds, the topography of the land, the nearness of Cedar Creek and the Trinity River had all been thought

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Nov

17

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 17, 2011

By Emily Lundy

This may be public information, but if it is not, I’ll tell it. Not every woman, normal in all ways with good vision and no discernible sickness, wants to drive a car. Some do not ever learn; others may wait until midlife to learn and really enjoy it.

I was born to drive but had little opportunity as girls in my “time” seldom had their own cars

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Nov

11

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 11, 2011

By Emily Lundy
Special to The News
Our area was filled with outside sales over the weekend. I counted at least four. Two were on the highway, one, at least in a church, another up Highway 274. I hope all were profitable.

We’re positive rain will fall any day and let some fall plants grow. I read once a country

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Nov

11

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 11, 2011

By Emily Lundy

“When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, Hooray, Hooray….” is one of many wartime songs written through wars upon more wars as promised. This omen is even in the song with the words “Again.”

Hollywood has memorialized, satirized, criticized, immortalized wars in multiple ways. Poets have used “War” as a subject almost as much as “Love.” Stephen Crane, American Poet, 1871-1900, wrote “War is Kind” then blasted the “kindness” in bitterness.

In an article somewhere, I read that one thing better since the “9-11″ American experience

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