Talk Tuesday

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

How soon is too soon to talk to your kids or grandkids about money?If they are old enough to ask for a toy or a bike, they are old enough to start learning financial lessons that will last a lifetime. … The best financial lessons are part of everyday experience. Look for opportunities to talk about money, read books aloud and play games that center around spending money wisely.

Bougie Grubs Carbonara

May is BUSY! With school events, end-of-year ceremonies, and summer approaching, I use this quick recipe on days when we need a good meal. … … INGREDIENTS … 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil … 1 cup thick-cut bacon, diced … 4 tsp minced garlic cloves … 2 whole eggs … 1 cup grated Parmesan … 1 pound spaghetti … 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper … DIRECTIONS … 1. Put a large pot of salted water on to boil and add noodles. 2. While the water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil in a Dutch Oven or large sauté pan over medium heat.

Momming is Hard

I think when we are young, we are convinced we will grow up and become a world changer. We want to invent something, cure something, or discover something that secures a spot for our name in history books. But as we grow, most of us realize life will probably not be quite that dramatic. For me, as an introvert, that is really more of a relief. I don’t think I have the calling or capacity to lead on that level, but the longer I have been a mom, the more I understand the impact of my role. … Moms are changing the future with each moment of tenderness and with each moment of correction.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

My daughters have always had lovies that went everywhere with them, but in typical firstborn fashion, my son never strayed far from his book. Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle, to be exact. It was read so often by the people who loved him that our neighbors could recite it along with us. He was mesmerized by being read to from an early age and will still pull up a chair if someone reads aloud.


​​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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