Remember to hold loved ones close

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

I found out Monday that another friend has been taken from us too early by cancer. This enemy is far too successful in my opinion. As we grow older, it seems that more and more of our friends, family and acquaintances fall victim to this terrible disease. I am reminded of a scripture from John that our pastor used for his sermons in the last couple of weeks. John 9:1-4 (NIV) says this: As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Dump the box, favorite meals are easier, tastier from scratch

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

I’ll be honest and admit that I buy frozen ready-made pie crusts and my husband’s favorite cornbread is made with a mix, not from scratch. Not all of the jelly or jam in my pantry is homemade and we sometimes have canned biscuits. Furthermore, while I’ve learned to make tamales and usually make them once a year, it’s so much easier to buy them.

Measles break-out linked to unvaccinated travelers

| |Monday, Jul. 14, 2014

United States had almost erradicated the contagious disease, but the virus is back.

Thank you for supporting Juneteenth Celebration

Monday, Jun. 30, 2014

Thanks to all of you for supporting the 149th Juneteenth Celebration. Thank you for your Wednesday, June 18 and 26 articles on the Juneteenth Celebration. This extra-special thank you holds more appreciation than any words can say. There were several people that donated money, time and merchandise in order to make this historical event a memorable success. Know that all of you are the nicest kind of people this world has ever known and you’ll never be forgotten for the thoughtfulness you’ve shown.

Know the warning signs of stroke

| |Monday, Jun. 16, 2014

When it comes to stroke, knowing the warning signs could help save your life or the life of someone you love.

Easy summer recipes adapted from Pinterest

Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014

Twenty years ago, I thought someone was crazy when they predicted the encyclopedia might be on the Internet one day. Fast forward to 2014 and everything is on the Internet now.

‘Left-out’ hotel needs to check the internet

Monday, Jun. 02, 2014

I read your story this morning and felt the need to comment. The owners of the hotel give the impression that their poor occupancy is because of a lack of effort from the Mansfield tourism department to include the Courtesy Inn. What they fail to realize is that their own website and reviews on Trip Advisor will keep people from staying there even if the city included them. I know I wouldn't book a room there based on the information on the internet. Perhaps watching a few episodes of Hotel Impossible will open their eyes.

Be wary of antibacterial soaps, cleaners

| |Monday, May. 19, 2014

You see them everywhere and probably have some in your own home. But are antibacterial soaps and cleaners doing you more harm than good?

Thanks for help with Mansfield Reads!

Monday, May. 12, 2014

Another terrific Mansfield Reads! Evening With the Author took place May 2 at the Mansfield Public Library. Taylor Stevens shared some of her life experiences which led her into writing and becoming a successful author. “The Informationist,” a thriller and Ms. Stevens’ debut novel, was this year’s selection. She is currently working on her fifth book featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe, with the fourth one due out in July. Thanks to Joy Tipping, local journalist, for bringing your charm and interview skills to the evening. Thanks also to the chefs and students at Ben Barber and Savvy’s Bistro for the outstanding culinary treats.

Decorator gives tips on dorm, student housing design

Monday, May. 05, 2014

What insight or advice would you give to students who are trying to decorate on a budget?