“Mellow Fellow” It’s unusual that I’m writing this article during daylight hours. Usually I write at night after a long day and normally I’m in a bad mood. I’m feeling mellow right now. Nobody has yelled at me yet, displayed a bad attitude, asked for money, criticized my work or speech or tried to kill me. So far it’s been a good day. I’m enjoying a rare day off and had a cup of coffee on the back porch without my usual cigarette. I’m trying to quit again and so far it’s been 3 days without the cigarette! About a year ago I started smoking again after 3 years without a cigarette. Something happened or upset me and my response was to go get a smoke! I know the little buggers are not good for anyone and I started 50 years ago in Vietnam. Between the Agent Orange, cigarettes and PTSD it’s a wonder I’m still kicking. If a heavy smoker saved the money he could buy a new car! It’s just crazy that we keep it up. I truly feel sorry so those poor souls who are addicted to drugs even more strong than nicotine. I invite other smokers to quit with me and let me know how you are doing. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. That applies to the other stuff also. Remember that the Crockett...Read More
Author: Cheril Vernon
One Wish Unlike the old Arabian Night tales of three wishes, what would you do if you were given only one wish? What would you select? No, I don’t mean something broad like world peace; this wish would only be for you and your family. Would it be wealth? Success? Or something like Love? I realize that all of these have very subjective definitions. Each of us would have a different idea of wealth maybe ranging from having enough money to buy our “wants” (which is well above our needs) to simply being a multi-millionaire. The same could be said for success. Do you have to be a CEO, prospers business owner, or manager to be successful? And then there is Love. How would you go about defining love? Would it be love for a mate especially if one’s marriage was shaky? Or would it be love and compassion for everyone – a change in one’s attitude in life? About now you are wondering if I’m leading up to another story and I am…….. A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long white beards in her front yard. Not recognizing them she said, “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.” “Is the man of the house home?” they...Read More
Want to keep trespassers off your land? Fence does the job — or simpler yet, swipe purple paint on trees (or posts) every 100 feet on the property lines. The paint should be four or five feet high at least eight inches in length and a few inches wide. These paint swatches are legal notice that the land is posted and charges can be filed against anyone who enters the property without permission. The “purple paint” is a special mix and can be bought at forestry supply stores and some other businesses. An increasing number of farmers and ranchers — along with the bankers and small town merchants are getting worried about the agricultural economy. We read the stories about farmers reaching out to buy or rent more land, and some are farming 10,000 acres of more. And every time the big get bigger, local farm families are out of a job. Evidence of that is strikingly noticeable in the grain and cotton growing areas of Texas. Every time a farmer leaves, small town merchants suffer. Just visit most any rural town away from major cities and the problem is evident. Boarded up storefronts, schools that are educating fewer and fewer students, grocery stores, restaurants, machinery dealers have taken a hard hit. And the consolidation of farms into bigger operations continues with little thought to what happens when everyone...Read More
By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we asked our readers via the Messenger Facebook page if they would share with us their “sweetest” or “funniest” Valentine’s Day memories. We received responses that ranged from a single mom’s best Valentine’s Day present, a romantic wedding proposal, special family Valentine’s Day gatherings, a promise ring surprise, a super-sweet gesture and a story involving a squirrel. Each person who provided a memory for this story was entered into a contest to win one of three sets of four tickets to Schlitterbahn. The three winners will be...Read More
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third article in a series on domestic violence. The first article, published on Jan. 8, focused in general on domestic violence and the assistance that the Family Crisis Center of East Texas offers to domestic violence victims in nine counties in the East Texas area, including Houston County. The second article, published on Jan. 29, featured an East Texas woman who gave her domestic violence story. She told the Messenger how she ended up in a physically-abusive relationship and how she was able to get out by staying at the Family Crisis Center of...Read More
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