World Food Championships move to Fair Park for 2020

World Food Championships move to Fair Park for 2020

The World Food Championships recently announced that it will hold its 9th annual Tournament of Champions from November 6-10, 2020 at one of Dallas’ most historic venues, Centennial Hall at Fair Park. Fair Park, which serves as the location for many popular events such as the State Fair of Texas, the North Texas Irish Festival […]

Shining Brighter in the New Year

Shining Brighter in the New Year

I heaved a sigh of relief as my husband, Jim, pulled a chunk of splintered wood from the palm of my hand. A small piece remained behind, and weeks later, though I couldn’t see it, the splinter still smarted if I touched the right spot. Jim’s own little splinter was more elusive. He’d rubbed one […]

Good Brew: When a ‘beercation’ tour leads to a book

Good Brew: When a ‘beercation’ tour leads to a book

When Jason and I headed to Fort Collins, Colorado this summer neither of us had any idea that it would lead to a childhood dream coming to fruition. We have a “deal” that formed years ago as we started taking “beercations.”  For every brewery tour that Jason wants to go on, I get to shop […]

Texas Health Hospital Rockwall breaks ground on $90M expansion

Texas Health Hospital Rockwall breaks ground on $90M expansion

Texas Health Hospital Rockwall broke ground today on a much anticipated, $91 Million expansion project that will add two floors to the patient tower and effectively double the size of the hospital. New and expanded services will include a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a cardiac Cath Lab, an Interventional Radiology suite, a second […]

Peace on Earth — For Whom Exactly?

Peace on Earth — For Whom Exactly?

(ROCKWALL, TX — Dec. 2, 2019) The familiar melodies arrive around the same time as poinsettias. Like cough medicines and Menthol lozenges we purchase this time of year, their lyrics may soothe us: What Child is this, who, laid to rest/On Mary’s lap is sleeping?1 Though the nations may rage and winter weather behave likewise, […]

Cooking with Ease: Holiday Treat Boxes & DIY Party

Cooking with Ease: Holiday Treat Boxes & DIY Party

(ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 12, 2019) Growing up, I remember my mom making holiday treat boxes for all of our friends and family. Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas she would spend days working on them. All surfaces of our kitchen would be covered in little red and green plastic boxes, colored tissue paper, chocolate covered […]

Bed, Bath, and Biscuits: A Dog’s Thanksgiving

Bed, Bath, and Biscuits: A Dog’s Thanksgiving

“…wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds… Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted.” –Psalm 148:10, 13* (ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX – Nov. 10, 2019) I can almost taste it. But roast turkey is off limits for me these days, according to my vet, who said, “No more […]

Bed, Bath, and Biscuits: A Dog’s Thanksgiving

Bed, Bath, and Biscuits: A Dog’s Thanksgiving

“…wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds… Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted.” –Psalm 148:10, 13* (ROCKWALL, TX — Nov. 8, 2019) I can almost taste it. But roast turkey is off limits for me these days, according to my vet, who said, “No […]

Good Brew: ‘Come to the dark side…we have beer!’

  Stouts vs. Porters (ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 8, 2019) As the weather becomes steadily colder, many of us beer lovers will begin to move away from the lighter beers that kept us cool and refreshed all summer and start down a much darker path, the roasty goodness of stout & porter boulevard. Few beer […]

November’s National Diabetes Month focuses on Heart Disease

November’s National Diabetes Month focuses on Heart Disease

(ROCKWALL, TX – Nov. 6, 2019) November is National Diabetes Month; and this year the National Institutes for Health is highlighting the link between diabetes and heart disease.  According the NIH, when blood sugar is high and moving through blood vessels, the heart can be damaged, leading to heart disease. “We think of diabetes as […]