Dear Aunt B,
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It finally happened. One minute, I was taking 4 dogs outside before daybreak. There were water bowls to fill, kibble to dole out, canine epileptic meds to disperse, and crusty pug eyes to clean. Sure, I did feel a twinge when I stooped to attach Finn’s leash to his collar, but once we were down the steps, everything was fine. Then, as I bent to pick a dog bowl up from the kitchen floor, for the first time in 53 years, I heard a snap and a pop. A lightning bolt of pain shot through my innards. Clinging to the kitchen counter to avoid falling, I didn’t recognize the animal making the awful noise in the background, until I realized it was me. I threw my back out at 6 am. As my husband sauntered through the kitchen to make a cup of coffee, he was met with this vision: his wife with her chin on the countertop, tears streaming down her face, unable to speak. “Hurts,” I managed. “Back.” I think I screamed. The happy-ish ending has me scheduled for an MRI this week. I can walk across the room now. But, how did I get here? That’s what I want to talk about today, because 2020 is the gift box full of dog poop that just keeps on giving.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans are looking into new life insurance coverage or taking a closer look at their existing coverage to make potential updates, according to a new survey.
It is not always easy to tell how your charitable dollars are going to be used, especially during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Cancer affects millions of people across the globe each year. While those diagnosed with cancer face the biggest challenges, cancer patients’ friends and families also must deal with the consequences of a cancer diagnosis and the heartbreak that often accompanies seeing a loved one undergo cancer treatments. Strong support systems can help cancer patients during their treatments, but men and women need not wait until a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer to begin fighting the disease. Taking steps to prevent cancer may be easier when tackled together as a family or a group of friends. According the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world’s leading centers devoted to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention, many foods can help men, women and children reduce their cancer risk. When shopping for household groceries, families and groups of friends living together can aim to make the following cancer-fighting foods part of their daily diets.
Halloween is an exciting time of the year, particularly for horror fans who embrace the ghoulish and ghastly. Halloween hijinks and costumes may be one way to keep things scary. The array of horror films slated for release also can raise hackles and ensure sleepless nights to come. Here are a few sneak peeks at some of the latest entries into the horror film genre.
Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.
When it comes to showing teachers appreciation for all that they do, a personal gift is always appreciated. However, sometimes what they really want is the proper tools to help them in the classroom.
The Mesquite City Council approved the City of Mesquite budget for fiscal year 2020 – 2021. The budget features a tax rate decrease for property owners, no increase in fees for water utility customers and additional police officers. The City’s annual fiscal year began Oct. 1.
For the last couple of years my daughter has been driving a “Hand Me Down” Mazda SUV with about a quarter of a million miles that she bought from her brother. It leaks oil and water and constantly has to be filled every time she goes anywhere. The air conditioner is broken and so is the heater. I looked up the term “hooptie” to see if her car meets the qualifications to be a true hooptie in the online Urban Dictionary. Here is what I found:
Lance Corporal William “Billy” Hutson said he knew he needed a change in life. That realization is what led him to eight years of service in the United States Marine Corps. From 1999 to 2007, Hutson lived and breathed the Marine life, until an unfortunate training injury in 2007 prior to going overseas caused him to be medically discharged.
Senior Queen and King Court Berania Sanchez; Cedron Webb; Jordan Fisher; Joey Cortez; Ellie Russell; Adam Long; Brooke Johnson; Gabe Soto; Isabella Burchett; Rylan Byrd
“Once a Jackrabbit, Always a Jackrabbit.” In a year unlike any other, the Forney High School Jackrabbits were eager to have something closely resembling normal to celebrate. Homecoming week is historically full of themed days for the students leading up to the weekend’s festivities, and this year did not disappoint. Although we did miss out on some things like our traditional Homecoming Parade, students still participated in dress-up days at school, had the hallways decorated with their HOCO themes, and sported their Texassized mums and garters on Friday.
On a trip back to rural Red River County where I grew up, I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman at a local café where a buddy and I were having breakfast.
I was interested as soon as I saw this little red car and a rather petite woman and two passengers pull up to the Post Office, and then I was really intrigued as I saw her trying to exit the vehicle as two giant dogs tried to get out the same door as she was using! And, next I saw the license plate—FRAU! I was “hooked” and waited for the driver to exit the post office and climb back into the car with two excited “puppies,” excited to see her and wanting to get out and run. I hurried over, a least as fast as legs with 1,000,000 miles on them could stride, and told her I would like to write about her car and her if she would consent. Before we were finished talking, I felt as if “I had made a FRIEND.”
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Texas! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the area in November.