Of snakes & pumpkins: even a perfect fall day is better with prayer

Of snakes & pumpkins: even a perfect fall day is better with prayer

 Our Texas porches want pumpkins in autumn, temperatures notwithstanding. There might not be color in the trees yet, so we depend on pumpkins and chrysanthemums.  I’ll set my favorite yellow and deep orange mums atop a weathered bench on the front porch and add a few pumpkins to accentuate their glory. I’m only a fair-weather […]

Register through Sept. 30 for Community Wellness Challenge

Register through Sept. 30 for Community Wellness Challenge

Prizes awarded to overall lifestyle transformation winner (Rockwall County) The Rockwall County YMCA recently welcomed new Membership and Wellness Director, Liz Jones – a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer and wellness coach with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Strategic Management. To kickoff the post-summer season, Liz and the Rockwall YMCA are hosting a Community Wellness Challenge.  […]

‘Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself’

You may have heard the saying, “world peace begins at home,” but what does that mean to you personally?  To me, this means first looking within ourselves for answers.  Author Leo Tolstoy wrote, many years ago, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”  People tend to look furthest away […]

Wylie East announces homecoming spirit themes

Wylie East High School will celebrate Homecoming the week of Oct. 24-28. The Homecoming Parade is Monday, Oct. 24. Due to a scheduling conflict, the Homecoming Dance is not the Saturday after homecoming. Instead, it is Saturday, Nov. 5. Homecoming Spirit Days are as follows: Monday, Oct. 24 – Raider Spirit Shirt and Jeans Tuesday, […]

Glow in the dark pep rally at WEHS (video)

(Wylie East High School) The Wylie East Raiders hosted their first pep rally of the year on Friday, Sept. 9. During the pep rally they had the lights off and did alot of things with glow sticks and glow necklaces. The students really enjoyed the Rally to prep them for the Raiders first home game, […]

What you need to know about using credit cards for international travel

Most credit card users in the U.S. are accustomed to swiping their cards through a machine that reads the information stored on the magnetic stripe, then signing their name on a paper receipt or electronic signature pad. Outside the U.S.– including many countries in Europe, Asia and South America– banks and retailers have switched to […]

Seven alternatives to punishment

Six-year old Bobby walks into the kitchen from playing soccer.  Bobby’s dad, Tom, had asked Bobby to take off his muddy shoes before entering the house.  Red Georgia mud dotted the new hallway and den carpet.  When Tom sees the footprints, he is furious about the mess and that Bobby had disobeyed him.   “Bobby,” Tom […]

Breastfeeding support group to meet Wednesdays

(Rowlett) Lake Pointe Medical Center is now offering a free, weekly Breastfeeding Support group, facilitated by Sue Knight, RN IBCLC.   Moms and their babies are invited to join the group from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Show up for one meeting or as come as often as you’d like; no registration required. This is a great opportunity to meet other […]

Wylie East student flies solo

Wylie East student flies solo

(Wylie) When JC Bernarte was younger he never realized his dream would come true, but on Aug. 12 he spread his wings and flew for the first time. Joining ROTC was more than an educational experience. ROTC is where Bernarte first found his love for planes.  At the end of last year, he received a scholarship, […]