With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing millions to work from home over the past 18 months, it has brought about the end of the traditional office and changed our view of the workplace as we once knew it. Working from home has become the new normal for many Americans and professionals around the world. It has forced us to create workspaces that allow us to perform at our highest capacity, while also being surrounded by all the comforts of home.
Texarkana’s growth continues to broaden the community, encouraging new opportunities and innovation, but its towering history casts a large shadow on the twenty-first century. This is not to say heritage is unimportant or that “old” is bad. Texarkana’s past is the character, and in many ways the literal foundation that waits to usher in a future where each may coexist. … Nestled alongside the railroad tracks on an overlooked block of downtown is the 1894 Gallery. The building, formerly home to Ritchie Grocery, is now owned by David Peavy.
Certain pieces of art, such as Leonardo Davinci’s The Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, have been etched into the minds of people across the world. These pieces are well known, not because they are new or recently discovered, rather, these masterpieces continue to be beloved because of their extraordinary beauty that has carried them through the ages. It is through pieces such as these that we can see the way art brings people together, draws conversation and questions and can tell hundreds of stories at the same time.
We recently marked the 77th anniversary of D-Day, the start of Operation Overlord that helped turn the tide of World War II. Like those who came before them and their successors, the men and women of the Greatest Generation were heroic yet ordinary people who were asked to do extraordinary things—and they did. … My dad was a waist gunner on B-17s during the war, and he continued his career serving our country in uniform for years afterward.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love taking baths! And when I say I love taking baths, I mean that 95% of my life is spent in the bathtub. There’s no way I could do justice to the euphoric feeling I get when I’m soaking my worries away in the bathtub through simply words alone, so I won’t even try.
Even Then: A Reminder to My Teenage Child … Well, here we are at the stage of your life I have simultaneously anticipated with excitement but also feared to the Nth degree. I think I have had these feelings because I can still so vividly remember what it was like to be a teenager. Your infancy, toddler and small childhood consisted of your father and me shooting from the hip when relating to you because we had little to no memory of what it was like to be a baby.
Special Advertising Section Sponsored by Farmer's Bank & Trust … A home is so much more than a place to stay. … If we are lucky, our homes are a place of safety and refuge from a world that can sometimes be stressful. It’s a place where the people who mean the most to us gather and share our life’s greatest moments. … For a time, a global pandemic transitioned us from busy lives filled with activities and destinations, back into the confines of our four walls.
A former international top model, an esteemed vocalist of jazz and classical music, a Texarkana native, though well versed in world travels, Carol Miles, is soon to release a five-song album titled Givenchy & Me. … Her song, “Texarkana Cutie,” which she composed on her own, will be featured as well as her cover of “On a Little Street in Singapore.” A bonus song, “Christmas in Paris,” will also be included and both “Texarkana Cutie” and “Christmas in Paris” are written in English and French.
INGREDIENTS … • 1 - 8 ounce cream cheese, softened … • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk … • 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate … • 1 - 8 ounce container whipped cream … • yellow food coloring (optional) … • 1 graham cracker crust (recipe available at allrecipes.com) … In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Beat in lemonade concentrate. Fold in whipped cream and, if desired, food coloring. Pour into prepared crust. Cover and refrigerate until set. … As the summer months wind down, a great dessert can keep them cool and sweet.
Our family has embarked on a new and exciting journey. We have welcomed a new member to our crew! In early August, a 15-year-old German boy flew across the globe to join our family and live in Texarkana for the next eleven months as an exchange student! … People have asked me, “How in the world did this all come about?” I credit my friend Lacey McCulloch for helping to make it all fall into place. While spending the day together, Lacey mentioned she had received a text from Jayme English about hosting an exchange student.