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Mesquite Arts Council Earns $10,000 National Grant to Continue Virtual Programming

Mesquite Arts Council Earns $10,000 National Grant to Continue Virtual Programming

The Mesquite Arts Council has been awarded a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant for support of Arts Engagement in American Communities. The funds will support the Mesquite Arts Council’s new virtual and online programming which include MAC Doodles, Virtual Workshops and the Tote-and-Go program.

INFIDEL

After an absence of almost seven months, Vivian and I decided to venture out to the Cinema after checking out their rules to keep us safe. Everything in print sounded as safe as possible, other than not attending, and with a little prodding from my “brave” wife, I agreed that it was time to go back to a little entertainment near normal!

Laymen’s Corner

America is having a lot of violence in the cities today. Most of it is heartless and cruel. It appears that the human nature has been let loose and some people are just letting out what is inside of them.

Hard Times are Relative
Hard Times are Relative

Hard Times are Relative

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a dumpster fire of a year. There’s practically zero debate on that topic. Even 2020 won’t argue with me. Sure, there’s always hope and there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, albeit a fluorescent light that makes your shoelaces glow in the dark. It’s just that the hits keep on coming. And, I find myself saying all the things that women my age swore we would NEVER say, you know, old people stuff. The other day I told my husband that I was sure glad my father wasn’t here to see this. Facepalm. That’s definitely something old people say. But, it’s true! I can’t fathom my sweet old daddy trying to wear a mask to get into the Dollar Tree or hearing that Luby’s is closing or trying to enter through the wrong end of a Walmart. Then again, he did have a tendency to surprise me.

Did You Know?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the smoke from wood burning contains several toxic harmful air pollutants. Made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles, wood smoke contains benzene, formaldehyde, acrolein, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, the Department of Health & Human Services has determined that some PAHs may reasonably be expected to be carcinogens, which are substances that can cause cancer. The EPA notes that wood smoke can be a threat to human health. When microscopic particles from wood smoke, known as particulate matter, get into the eyes and respiratory system, they may cause burning eyes, runny nose and illnesses, including bronchitis. People with asthma may find that fine particles found in wood smoke worsen their symptoms and trigger attacks. People at risk for heart attack, stroke, irregular heart rhythms, and heart failure may want to avoid wood smoke, as the EPA notes that the fine particles found within it may trigger these conditions.

Make Every Anniversary Count

Make Every Anniversary Count

Wedding anniversaries provide opportunities for couples to reflect and relive the excitement of their wedding days. Anniversaries can easily be forgotten amid the hustle and bustle of daily life, but many couples are making concerted efforts to ensure their anniversaries are celebrated as the special occasions they are.

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