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Talking Turkey

Your Preseason Guide To Hunting Texas’ Wiliest Game Bird … Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine … I scratch the wand across the slate call, and almost instantaneously, the tom turkey responds with a thundering gobble. For 30 minutes, we played a cat-and-mouse game of call and response. He gets closer each time. … Now, he’s 15 yards away. We are eye to eye. … In the shade, turkeys look dark and drab. In the sunlight, however, they shine with an iridescence not seen in many other Texas critters.

A True Symbol of Patriotism

photo by Matt Cornelius
In the early hours of New Year’s Day 1969, as the world celebrated the dawn of a new year, one man embarked on a journey that would define his life, reshape his values, and inspire a deep commitment to his country. Meet Greg Beck, a United States Marine Corps (USMC) veteran whose story is a testament to duty, sacrifice, and unwavering patriotism. … For Beck, the decision to join the military was not one he took lightly. He felt an innate sense of duty and a debt to his nation that called him to service. “I owed America,” he reflects.

Ashley Ann (Molton) Landers

photo by Katie Clementson
Fluent in Spanish, Ashley started her career in San Antonio at the nation’s largest (at the time) Hispanic advertising agency, Bromley Communications, where she led campaigns on global packaged goods brands like Nestle and General Mills. While part of a global network out of Paris, France, she managed multi-agency teams from one of the original “mad men” agencies in Lower Manhattan. A month after becoming Principal and CEO of Texas Creative, Ashley structured a global agency partnership with an Australian-based firm to be the US Agency of Record for a global sports-betting company.

The James Henry Russell Stem Complex Opens at Texarkana College

photo by Matt Cornelius
On October 10, 2023, Texarkana College (TC) held the grand opening of the Dr. James Henry Russell STEM Complex. The naming of the complex is a well-deserved honor, as James Henry Russell (JHR) has spent his life endeavoring to make Texarkana the best place to live, work, and raise a family. It was a day full of celebrating Texarkana College’s beautiful state-of-the-art complex and the amazing opportunities available for TC students. … After graduating from Texas A&M University–College Station, JHR turned down a job offer in New York State and returned to Texarkana.

Giving Guide 2023

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDEGiving Opportunities … Every nonprofit has unique needs. Find one you connect with whose mission aligns with yours. Determine how you, your family, or your company can help that organization succeed. There are many ways to give that are listed in this guide. You can give regularly or one-time. Every donation helps make an impact for the organization. … Mission … Study this information so you can learn and understand the work the nonprofit does and the impact they make.

Dear Mrs. (Slightly) Sophisticated

photo by Matt Cornelius
Every year during the holiday season, my mother-in-law reaches a frenzied state regarding gifts. From Black Friday shopping to Christmas morning, it is a nonstop race that makes us all forget the reason for the season. None of the rest of us care who bought the most expensive gifts or who spent more on decorations. Any way you can help me navigate this? Thank you, Miserable, not Merry Dear Miserable, not Merry, … You are not alone in this epic battle. Here are a few examples I have found regarding this issue. … Black Friday:

The Upside of Envy

In the classic holiday movie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, the character Peppermint Patty famously chastised Charlie Brown by saying... “Look at this! Is that what you call a Thanksgiving Day dinner? Where’s the turkey, Chuck? Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners? Where’s the mashed potatoes? Where’s the cranberry sauce? Where’s the pumpkin pie? Did we come across town for this? We’re supposed to be served a real Thanksgiving dinner.” … Does this sound familiar?

Good Evening TXK

photo by Matt Cornelius
As November unrolls its carpet of burnt orange and crispy leaves, it also brings forth the season of togetherness, reflection, and Thanksgiving. This month let’s slice through the pumpkin pie of our digital lives and savor the authenticity that often gets overshadowed by the whipped cream of egos and likes. … With the advent of smartphones and tablets, it seems we’ve all been handed tickets to a digital feast where the main course is carefully curated profiles, and dessert is full of sweet, addictive validation.

The Monthly Mix

Season of Gratitude … Writing notes is becoming a lost art. I love handwritten letters or cards. There’s just something about the time it takes to write one that makes receiving it extra special. Keep stationary and stamps on hand for mailing a quick “thinking of you” or “thank you” note. Grab pens and markers you enjoy writing with specifically for the task. It’s always fun to receive mail. … These Alexa Pulitzer cards are stunning for fall. I love the “On The Hunt” design and all the details within it. They are printed on a thick cardstock, making them durable.

TXK 411

There are endless, fun options when putting together a fall-themed charcuterie board. … First, gather your favorite fall-themed items: candy corn, caramel popcorn, figs, and mini pumpkins. … Next, collect the basic charcuterie foods. The go-to items to incorporate are different varieties of cheeses, salami, crackers, jams, dips, fruit, and last but not least, sweets. One way to keep the board on theme is to choose foods with warmer tones like orange, brown, and purple. … Once you have all these items, you can start the fun part: assembling your board.

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