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Understanding the Importance of EMS Week

EMS week, May 21st-May 26th, is a weeklong celebration created to support and celebrate First Responders. Every day, Police, Fire, Dispatch, and EMS put themselves in harm’s way to provide care, safety, and medical services to our community. These are the unseen heroes who walk our streets daily and should be recognized more than once a year. EMS week dates to 1974 when President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate First Responders. Communities across the United States will take this week to honor their First Responders and the life-saving efforts they take part in daily.

Sisters and Best Friends Prepare for 2023 Miss Texas Pageant

The word “pageant” can often evoke an immediate negative emotion. Some think of the stereotypical girl vying for a sparkly crown and tearing her competitors down at all costs to win. In reality, the Miss Texas America pageant is the opposite. The Miss America pageant is a Scholarship Organization focused on community service and scholarships. They provide over 1 million dollars to titleholders nationwide. Young women can win scholarships, showcase their talent, meet lifelong friends, and work in their community.

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.

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