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​​In October last year, my husband was hospitalized with a mysterious illness. The worst medical condition he had experienced up to that point was heartburn, so when sickness overtook him so quickly, it was quite a shock. The illness affected his 46-year-old liver, heart, lungs, and spinal fluid. He had a team of competent doctors trying to diagnose him, but they were stumped. They had no idea what they were treating.

National Library Week

National Library Week is April 23-29, 2023. In celebration and recognition of National Library Week, Texarkana Public Library's Interim Library Director Laquita Dedmon reflected upon the importance of libraries in the community and the job's joys and challenges. … Libraries today are not that of the old. We have been redefined and are earning a new place in the learning environment. Though Kindles, tablets, and, more often, our phones have become the avenue through which many people read, the library is still a resource.

Hearing Loss and Dementia—What's the Connection?

Hearing loss and dementia are both natural consequences of aging. But did you know that hearing loss itself could cause dementia? … You may think that having hearing loss does not affect your health—except for your actual hearing. But untreated hearing loss could have more effects than you would think, particularly for your mental health. … Dementia is one effect of untreated hearing loss. Scientists have found that the chances of mental decline increase the worse your hearing problems are.

Bougie Grubs Hibachi Bowl

This month's recipe is one of our personal favorites. The hibachi bowl is sure to impress family and friends!INGREDIENTS … 1 1/2 pound chicken breast … 1/4 cup soy sauce … 1 tbsp sesame oil … 1 tsp ginger paste … 1 tsp minced garlic … 1 tsp black pepper … Bag of stir fry veggies … 1 cup diced zucchini … DIRECTIONS … 1. Cut chicken into small pieces and place in a bowl. 2. Mix in soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger paste, garlic, and black pepper. Marinate chicken for 30 minutes in the fridge. 3. Add chicken to skillet on medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring often.

AFTER You Grow Up

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” … When we are young, this is the burning question that seems to be on everyone’s mind. People begin asking us as soon as we can successfully string enough words together to have conversations. This one question encompasses several others: What interests you? Where would you like to go to college? What career can you see yourself doing? Do you want to get married? Do you want to have kids? Where would you like to live?

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