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Have a Heart

Register as an Organ DonorYour donation could save a life like Texarkana resident Madeline Piña’s. … Most people know there is a need for organ and tissue donors. Still, they need to understand how urgent this need is. According to midamericatransplant.org, 95% of Americans support organ donation, but only about 60% are registered to donate. … February is American Heart Month, and one Texarkana family understands why a heart is a valuable gift. To the Piña family, every day is another day they wait for the call that a heart is available for eight-year-old Madeline.

The Monthly Mix

Get Organized … Order and organization give me such a sense of peace. It might seem silly to some, but when everything has a place, I feel more at ease. I have always been a very organized person, but it seems like it is still always a work in progress. Things get out of order, new things are added to the mix, and items no longer used add clutter. It can be overwhelming if you let it all pile up. My best advice is to start small with just one drawer or cabinet. This method will give you the momentum to keep going with your organization.

My Drift

photo by Matt Cornelius
Wouldn’t it be Loverly?As I descended the stairs the other day, I was reminded of the 1989 Bobby Brown hit “Every Little Step.” Every little step I took made me wince in pain. I can do stairs, but I don’t like doing stairs. Between my arthritis and the suitcase I dropped on my foot ten years ago, it hurts my feet, my knees, and my pride. I don’t want to do it multiple times a day anymore. … Which is the basis for our latest project. We’re adding a downstairs master bedroom to our house, where we already have more room than any two people need.

Publisher's Letter

I was working at my computer one day when I received a notification on my phone that a photo memory slideshow had been created just for me. I clicked on the memory suggestion, and the highlight reel of my life began scrolling across the screen. I was immediately overwhelmed with gratitude. These were not just vacations and Instagram-worthy moments; these were real life. I was reminded of moments cooking dinner with my kids, the time I got the lawn mower stuck in the pond, and lazy moments lounging around the house with our dog. It was a collection of the simple things we do every day:

A Sarine Thought… or Two

photo by Matt Cornelius
Look to the Future, Live for Today … As the new year starts, many of us traditionally choose to make some “New Year’s Resolutions.” Perhaps we make a few changes to how we spend our free time, i.e., exercise more... eat less... blah, blah... yada, yada. Or maybe we remember the things that we put into practice last year and vow to continue pressing on in those endeavors. Others just say, “To heck with it!,” and throw caution to the wind. I typically fall into camp number one:

Creating Comfort

Pulling up to Tammie and Lifford Luthringer’s home, you immediately notice the traditional design. The trademarks of conventional style, including a wide front porch accented by perfectly appointed columns paired with red brick, immediately convey a welcoming feeling. It is a feeling that is continued inside the house and is obviously a very intentional part of Tammie’s design. … “We’ve been married about seven years and have five kids between us. I wanted the house not to be stuffy or pretentious. I wanted everybody to feel comfortable,” Tammie explained.

The Monthly Mix

Shop Local This Year … 2023 is upon us! A new year means starting fresh and doing away with the old. It also means setting goals as the calendar starts over. One of my goals is to shop locally made products more! Big chain stores don’t need us, but small businesses around the area do. There are so many great items you can purchase that originate from right here in Texarkana and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites with you! … Oakcreek Furniture … For 18 years now, their American Made furniture has been handcrafted to the highest possible quality!

TXK 411

photo by Matt Cornelius
Green Smoothie … Combine each ingredient, along with a large scoop of ice, in a blender and mix until smooth. Smoothies are a great meal replacement or afternoon treat. Enjoy! … INGREDIENTSHigh-quality whey protein—Whey Protein promotes muscle growth. It is highly satiating (filling) which may help reduce hunger, and it can help with weight loss by keeping you feeling fuller longer. … 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder or peanut butter—Peanut butter is loaded with health-promoting nutrients including vitamin E, magnesium, iron, selenium, and vitamin B6.

Presenting the 2022 Texarkana Cotillion Debutantes

photos by Matt Cornelius
Nine debutantes, dressed in traditional gowns and carrying bouquets of red roses, were presented to society on December 28, 2022, at Texarkana Country Club. John Crisp, master of ceremonies, introduced each young lady as she stepped from the dais. Vicki Carr and Andrea Finley played the chosen debut song for each debutante as she and her escort circled the room. This season was coordinated by Miss Blaire Barlow. … … Trinity Marie Tutolo … Miss Trinity Marie Tutolo is the daughter of Mr. Derek Tutolo and Mrs. Heather Barnette and the stepdaughter of Mr. James Barnette Jr.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Molly Kendrick
For the last several months, my response when discussing many topics has been, “I’m just treading water into 2023.” Well, here we are. It is time to stop treading water and start swimming.

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