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Athletics for All

photo by Matt Cornelius
As 2023 resolutions continue into February for many, it is common to focus on health and fitness goals for the new year. Texarkana presents two viable physical fitness options for individuals with special needs, from organized sports to personal training opportunities.

Good Evening TXK

photo by Matt Cornelius
A couple of months ago, I was standing in my mom’s bathroom talking to her while she was fixing her hair in the mirror, and she was just LAUGHING! I’m not talking about giggling—little chuckles here and there—I am saying uncontrollably laughing out loud while telling me about a little joke her boyfriend John made on their date the night before. She was laughing so hard that I was trying to hold back laughter myself even though I could not understand a single word she was saying because that’s how hard she was laughing.

The Family Business

Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball.” —former Chicago Bulls headcoach, Phil Jackson … Nobody knows the truth in this statement better than Steven and Bradley Lambeth. They are a father and grown son from the small northeast Texas town of McLeod (pronounced McCloud for those readers who have blinked while driving through). The Lambeths love basketball and have made it their mission and passion to coach high school students.

Twin City CrossFit at The Plex

The champagne bottles have popped, the balls were dropped, and now New Year's resolutions are in full swing. At The Sportsplex by Healthcare Express (The Plex), resolution season looks a little different this year, and the team at The Plex has found themselves supporting their members' goals and making a few resolutions of their own! The Sportsplex by Healthcare Express, a staple in Texarkana for over a decade, is now under new management and leadership.

Fit4Mom

FIT4MOM Texarkana is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special “Dadurday” Stroller Strides Class + Mom’s Night Out on February 11, 2023. … The Valentine’s Day themed Stroller Strides class will be held at Bringle Lake Park-West from 8:30-9:30 a.m., with dads and caregivers invited to attend! There will be entertainment for the whole family, starting with a stroller-based total body workout while engaging the little ones in the stroller. After the workout, attendees are invited to stay for a fun FREE playdate.

Less Slogs, More Delight

What are we reading in 2023? It’s tempting to me to consider a self-growth book for review and recommendation on the cusp of a new year for the stalwart resolution holders out there. It’s me! Hi! I’m one of them. I relish the wide-open opportunistic feeling of a new year, but if I’m being transparent...it took me exactly 12 months to slog through Think Again by Adam Grant. It felt like many of the books I chose in 2022 (weird to write past tense) were a slog. Good enough to finish, but difficult to remember. We’ve talked about this. I flushed my system with memoirs and hoped for the best.

Getting Technical About Fitness

In the realm of sports, the need for coaches and athletes to track progress is essential. Luckily for athletes, today’s technology makes it possible to track almost any health-related statistic. … In 2015, Apple launched the Apple Watch. It was a game-changer for athletes and fitness junkies alike. Imagine!

Good Evening TXK

photo by Matt Cornelius
I drank hot tea for the very first time in my whole life the day I took the picture for this article. I felt so fancy. I’m a Texan, so the only tea I have ever known is obviously Chicken Express sweet tea, and if you don’t agree that’s the best sweet tea, don’t even talk to me. Never in a million years did I imagine I’d be drinking this wonderful, warm jasmine tea from Local Habit Coffee Co., or that I’d actually be enjoying it! It felt foreign to me, but it was also a nice, deep, long hug to me on that cold day.

Lesli's 2022 Top Ten Reads

It’s almost impossible for me to believe 2022 is coming to a close. I saw a meme the other day that said something to the effect of “We are one month away from 2023, and we are all still processing 2019. It was four years ago.” Is it just me or did it feel like we went from being neck deep in a global pandemic to “it’s over?” Yeah, still processing.

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Blind Living

photo by Drew Stoecklein
Ryan Yarnell was born and raised in Texarkana, Texas, by parents William Yarnell and Jeanette McLeod. Like many in northeast Texas, the outdoors began calling his name at a very early age. When he was eight or nine years old, Ryan’s dad took him hunting for the first time in the green timber woods of East Texas. His dad and uncles were the first people to show him the ropes, and he has been a fixture in the sport ever since. … In a blessed nation full of grocery stores, well stocked with a variety of quality meats, hunting is not like it was for the hunters of generations past.

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