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Hello Toni: My mother has a Medicare Advantage HMO and August 1st she moved into a nursing home in the Sugar Land area. They have a doctor who visits the patients and does not accept the HMO which … more
Being in Law Enforcement you get to do many things and serve in many roles. We get to be counselors, mental health workers, EMS, and Law Enforcement Officers. Sheriff Deputies, Police Officers, DPS … more
The pitter patter of little feet running around in the morning. Hearing the children up and getting ready for school is what many people have longed for after a long summer break. Then there is also … more
Toni: Can you explain why a hospital employee from the medical claims division asked my husband Greg to sign a form stating that he is aware that he is now in his “Lifetime Reserve Days” … more
One hot summer night in August of 1954, I was with two of my buddies, Ben Sturgeon and Bill Culpepper. We were sitting at our local teen hangout, a drive-in called Caldwell’s. Every parking … more
It was a unique situation, but there my wife and I were, laying next to each other on the hard floor trying to get some sleep. No plan B, no other options. As I lay there I thought of how unique … more
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I really don’t know where to start. Recent days have been really difficult for me. I am in the midst of a struggle that has taken me down a … more
They say that age is just a number, so I suppose churning out my thousandth column with this writing might be comparable to a yawn, wry smile or the lame joke about the needle’s question to the … more
Hello Toni: I am turning 64 soon and have not started receiving my Social Security check. I am still working full time but do not have company benefits. I am confused because I do not have Social … more
How would you answer the question “What are the important events in your life?” If you had to write this down right now, what would you write? I would venture to guess that it would not … more
Dear Dietitian: I seem to get three or four bladder infections every year. My friend told me to try cranberry supplements. Do they work? Thank you, Meredith Dear Meredith, Anyone who … more
I was visiting a Kiwanian friend who graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1945. I was telling him about our upcoming 60th reunion. He said that Fredericksburg was a tiny community back then, … more
The late Dr. Robert L. Smith and Ethelyn Hughes Smith, his bride, fell short in precious few areas of life, but when they did, it was never by intent. By a few weeks in each case, they missed a 70th … more
First in a series of reflections on student life at West Texas A&M University. The core function of any University is to satisfy student aspirations for a rewarding professional and personal … more
It entertained me all afternoon, that single orange cone. No one knew just what to do with it. It was just sitting out there in the middle of everything. It didn’t belong there, but everyone … more
Thomas Wolf, the author who insisted that we can’t go home again, got it wrong. One can indeed do so, but “home” may hardly be recognizable, and/or--truth to tell--noticeably … more
This occasion could have and probably already has happened in almost any town, including Pampa, Texas. As you know, I am now in my mid 80’s and my columns talk about what has happened in the … more
A recent incident occurred at the FREEDOM MUSEUM, and as President of the Museum Board, 1 am required to address it. I will preference my response with a few facts pertinent to the issue. When the … more
Hello Toni, Recently a local news channel exposed a “granny scam” which stole $thousands from an elderly woman who thought her adult daughter had been kidnapped. This is the second … more
“I don’t need all of your drama!” Why would a person say this? Is there someone you think of when you read this line? Would you like more or less drama in your life tomorrow? Do … more
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