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Good Evening TXK

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Having those people in our lives who see something special in us when we really don’t even see it in ourselves can be life changing. I have written a handful of articles about those who have yanked the best out of me in my personal life: my mom, Ali Deal, and other family members. But I haven’t really written about those who have mentored, fostered, and nurtured my strengths in my professional life. … While I’d hardly consider myself some highly successful businessman, I have found myself in professional positions I never could have imagined I would be in five years ago.

Gary Kusin

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Gary Kusin was born in Texarkana, Texas, in 1951, and graduated from Texas High School in 1969. Kusin is a mentor, investor, entrepreneur, business advisor, and author of the forthcoming book Always Learning: Lessons on Leveling Up from GameStop to Laura Mercier Cosmetics and Beyond, available April, 2024. Today, he advises an array of public and private companies, large and small, on strategy, management, and growth issues.

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The Monthly Mix

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Local Easter Basket Ideas for All Ages … Seersucker Easter Basket $32 comes in other colors and includes monogram, available @initialthings on Instagram … Bunnies by the Bay Grey Stuffed Bunny $54, and Canvas Easter Basket $32, available at Gable’s Gifts and Gratitudes … Cottontail Bunny Basket $56, and Striped “Jack” Bunny $22 available at Ginger Junction … (Monogramming available on all items) … BABY … KicKee Pants Tortoise and Hare Pajama Set $38.50 and Stripe Coverall $34.50, available at Dreidel Home + Sundry … Children’s Books available at J.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Brian Jones
Diving into the world of entrepreneurship and owning a business has been an extraordinary undertaking. Since launching my business in 2020, the lessons I have learned have surpassed all my expectations and my admiration for every business owner, large or small, has grown immensely. … Texarkana Magazine is a testament to the power of a family-run business. It is a place where everyone contributes. My husband and kids play an invaluable role, supporting my vision from behind the scenes and giving in countless other ways.

Simply Choose Love

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Although George Moore was born in 1948, deep in the throes of segregation, he never realized as a child he was living in a segregated society. “We had one white neighbor who lived less than a mile away. I didn’t see him as white. My parents didn’t talk about Martin Luther King Jr. or Jim Crow. I was never taught racial hatred, and I grew up in a loving, Godly family. I did not hear negativity or anyone talking down to others in my home.

A Seat at the Table

photo by Tyrone Dodson
“There is a destiny that makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” —Edwin Markham … The lines of “A Creed,” a poem by Edwin Markham recited by L. Lee Richardson to her senior class at age sixteen became a providential blessing that set into motion divine appointments in each of her children’s lives—including her daughter, Linda Henderson.

A Peak into the Cage

photo by Daisy Murray
Over the past few decades, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has quickly risen in popularity, drawing audiences from diverse backgrounds and cultures worldwide with its combination of striking and grappling techniques. Blending disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, and boxing, MMA has created a sporting phenomenon that has demolished traditional boundaries. … As fighters showcase their skills in the cage, the appeal of MMA continues to grow, making a place for itself in Texarkana through Peak Fighting Championship (PFC), a locally owned and managed MMA promotion.

Eclectic Expression

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If you have ever driven down Country Club Lane, you have probably noticed Sissy and Mac McAllister’s home with its warm beige stucco and red clay tile roof standing tall above the privacy fence that separates it from Texarkana Country Club. The angular lines of the modern, Spanish architecture and palm trees playfully peeking over the fence stand out amongst the other more traditional homes in the area. … The house, originally designed by architect Larry McGowan, was built for Texarkana golfer Tony Meredith in 1974. “I remember Tony from when I was a child.

Jim Pendergast

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Jim Pendergast was born in Hammond, Louisiana. When he was in the fourth grade his family moved to Texarkana. He attended Texas A&M University and received a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering. Today he works at NASA in Houston, Texas, where he builds spaceships for a living. … His current position is Deputy for Avionics for the Gateway Vehicle. The Gateway vehicle is a space station designed to circle the Moon. This is where astronauts will live and work, and take Lunar Landing Vehicles to the surface of the Moon, as NASA develops a permanent Lunar base.

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