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Baghdad, Iraq, was home to the first-known general hospital in 805 A.D. By the 900s, the city had five more. Some were open to all, whether male or female, civilian or military, child or adult, rich … more
I can’t believe my third grade teacher did that! I was old, a third grader. I did not belong back with the young kids in first grade! I could not sleep that night. I was so upset at Mrs. Mannix … more
There was lots of excitement when we met after school in early October to start planning our Junior play. This meeting was to determine who would play what characters, etc. It never occurred to EJ … more
Toni: I am a 58-year-old female and in October of 2020, I was diagnosed with stage IIIA metastatic breast cancer. A non-profit Cancer program in Houston qualified me under Medicaid (Breast/Ovarian … more
One crab in a bucket without a lid will climb up the side of the bucket and escape. If there are two or more crabs in the bucket, there is no need for a lid. You see, a single crab will see the … more
Four prophets were active in Israel simultaneously: Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, and Micah.  Micah is a “seer,” so his prophecy is a word picture. He “saw” and then related in … more
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that just under 150 million Americans had COVID-19 from February 2020 to September 2021 -- and somewhere around 80 million cases had been … more
Hey Taylor: I feel like I paid too much in taxes this year. I own a small consulting firm and think I must be missing out on deductions or something because I really took a hit. Are there simple … more
Hi Toni: This week, I went to see my primary care doctor and his office manager informed me that they are no longer accepting Medicare. I recently enrolled in Medicare and will have to pay upfront … more
We are buoyed annually by hopes that spring eternal when dogwoods and azaleas lead nature’s spring parade. So do concessionaires at Arlington’s Globe Life Field, where the youthful … more
Purdue Pharma and the Sackler families, manufacturers of the opioids that devastated this country, are paying up to $6 billion to individual claimants and states for opioid abatement programs. Why? … more
Fifth in a series on Intercollegiate Athletics. Texas has 53 colleges and universities competing in three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) divisions. These institutions belong to 11 … more
I think from time to time, “What if everybody in our community went to church on the same Sunday?” What would that be like? Every seat in every church could be filled and there could be … more
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is a novel by Roald Dahl that tells the tale of young Charlie Bucket as he explores Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory. Charlie emerges as … more
Once upon a time, folks caused others to smile by telling--and re-telling--stories to each other. Some have been funnier than others, and some people have told said stories better than … more
Good morning, Toni: Have been reading your column for over a year and now I need some Medicare help. I am retiring and turning 65 in October. I had a triple bi-pass January of this year. Last week … more
Fifth in a series on Intercollegiate Athletics. Texas has 53 colleges and universities competing in three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) divisions. These institutions belong to 11 … more
Are you present in the life you live? Or are you somewhere else? Are you living in the past? The future? Are you showing up for life? Life has no dress rehearsal. Life is here now and then it is … more
Coaches Mac and Culley and radio announcer Warren Hasse (The Voice of The Harvesters, Pampa KPDN) would drop by each room, and after some small talk about the game, it was lights out. But tonight, we … more
Dear Dietitian, I have recently lost about 20 pounds, but the problem is that I cannot seem to lose weight around my midsection. What foods can I eat to lose belly fat? Signed, Maria Dear … more
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