AUSTIN – In celebration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recognizes the value of CTE programs and the achievements of students who pursue highskill technical careers in more than 750 unique occupations across the state.
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you,” wrote Lewis Smedes.
One night, around dark thirty, I set out on a quest of sorts. On foot, flashlight in hand, I felt the twigs crack beneath my feet, smelled the spongy earth scent you only get when it’s rained recently. It was cold, but not frigid. I couldn’t see my own breath, but gloves and fleece lined pockets came in handy. There was a visible mist in the air, making an ordinary night into a scene from a horror movie. I’ve always loved night noises because they’re private, fickle even. Some critters scuttle away underfoot. Others cackle and shriek loudly, then silence themselves altogether as you approach. I knew I was in the right place as soon as my feet touched the gravel. Down a long path, around a wooded bend, next to a mossy tree, I found my destination. As I pointed my flashlight at the target, I felt wistfulness in my heart. I read the epitaph out loud. “Here lies Kevin Moon. He said terribly rude things to his wife while putting together an antique bed. May he rest in peace.” I kid! I kid, I tell you. But really, this is a story about how our marriage has been tested like never before. Because, nothing strains a relationship like furniture assembly.
MUCH TO DO IN THE OUTDOORS
February 1, 2024
I hope that most of you know that I own Flower Basket. And today, you will all learn that my birthday was on Monday. According to my children, these two facts make it impossible to shop for me (“What are we gonna get a florist the week of Valentine’s Day? Flowers?”) so they’ve worked very hard to make my birthday gifts meaningful. And every gift they give is that much more special because I know that they gave it so much thought.
A number of people feel that nothing beats a quiet evening in with the one you love on Valentine’s Day. Watching a romantic film together can be a way to cap the night off.
Love is in the air come February, when plenty of sweethearts enjoy romantic evenings together. When the Valentine’s Day meal is through, it is prime time for something sweet. Often individuals feel they have to put away the wine from dinner and switch over to coffee or tea at this point in the meal. However, with a little knowledge of how to pair wine with dessert, Valentine’s revelers can continue the celebration through this final course.
Pineview Street. A nondescript house. Off-white. One story. Nothing fancy. Nice neighborhood. Manicured lawns.
Texas State Parks kicked off 2024 in grand style by breaking not only its historical participation numbers but also by having the most events, participants and miles hiked of any state.
Slow cooking is a popular way to prepare hearty meals. Slowly cooked stews can make for the perfect meal on cold winter days. In addition to helping craft meals that stick to your ribs, slow cookers fill a home with enticing aromas all day long, and that can make everyone hungrier and more eager to try the finished product by dinnertime.
There’s a look that comes about the face when all hope is lost. Eyes become hollow, unfocused. The soul surrenders but the spirit is fearful. It’s a deadpan look, though a body cannot lie. Muscles clench and relax instinctively. There is fight and there is flight, but it takes a while to decide. One is harder. Both may be final. I am excellent at vibe checking. New age woo woo folks would consider me an empath. Sometimes, I go overboard, titling feelings that, while always accurate, may be mild and subconscious. In other words, I blow things out of proportion. That was the feeling I got when I ran into her in an office, my husband’s office, to be exact. She was looking out the window, though not really. She was pretending to look out the window, pretending not to notice me. But, she knew. In retrospect, it may have seemed like I cornered her. I spoke in a monotone voice, neither fast nor slow, not happy, not sad. I find that sort of impartialness to be highly effective in circumstances of despair. When I entered her personal space, all of my hopes were dashed. She went for me. I have the scars to prove it. She attacked, as only a red tabby cat trapped in the corner can do. Yep, it is time for a cat update. Welcome to feral spay and neuter day.
How Is Jesus Like A River Of Living Water In Your Life? (John 7:37-39)
The Texas labor market reached historic highs in 2023, breaking records in employment growth and civilian labor force. In December, the state’s seasonally adjusted job count reached 14,103,300 jobs, an increase of 19,100 over the month— marking 27 consecutive months of new series employment highs.
It is common knowledge that enjoying a well-rounded diet of foods that boast diverse nutrient profiles can help give the body what it needs to stay healthy. Many foods are healthy, some less so. But are there really 'superfoods' that are much healthier than others? For some time people were led to believe so, but nutrition is much more complex. Foods touted to knock out free radicals in the body, which are believed to contribute to various illnesses, are often characterized as superfoods. According to author Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science, the body actually uses free radicals to kill bacteria, and Goldacre notes they may not be so bad in certain amounts. Every food producer wants to expand sales, and it 's great marketing to refer to a particular food as a 'superfood.' The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says that there's no scientifically based or regulated definition of the term 'superfood,' despite widespread use of the term and even its inclusion in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. It's believed the term superfood originated in the early twentieth century as part of a food marketing strategy by the United Fruit Company to promote its major import of bananas around the time of World War I. Later, bananas were touted as superfoods in medical journals, which gave the term some additional credibility. Seeing as the superfood moniker translates to superior sales, it's had some staying power, if also a little controversy. Consumers must wade through the hype and realize they can vary their diets accordingly to maximize nutritional focus without being lured in by a superfood characterization.