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?

Adding a new layer to the mere sandwich

Monday, Apr. 28, 2014

I love a sandwich but I seldom make them for my grandchildren – and really haven’t paid much attention to any new trends or recipes lately. My first couple of grandsons turn their noses up (much like a former brother-in-law) at the thought of being served “merely” a sandwich.

Methodist Mansfield appreciates volunteers

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is blessed to have volunteers who make a difference in people’s lives, giving their time, energy and effort to help others.

Living Word needs funds to feed needy

Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Living Word Outreach is a non-profit agency in Mansfield that has weekly given out food to the needy for 31 years. As we all know, trips to the grocery store are expensive and for those who are experiencing difficult circumstances, sometimes there is no money to do that.

Thank you for helping Mansfield’s ninth Habitat for Humanity house

Monday, Apr. 07, 2014

A big thank you to all those involved in our recent Habitat for Humanity construction project. There are at least two groups of people to thank: those who donated money and materials and those who gave of their time and labor to actually build the house. This was house No. 9 for our community-wide effort. I learned a few years ago from a mentor that if one tries to name everyone that was involved in a project someone is always missed so I will not go down that path. But, as usual, there were at least eight churches, six civic groups, 14 local businesses and 15 individuals who donated financially to the project. The actual construction project included 356 volunteers working four or more hours on the house.

Vote your conscience in local elections

Monday, Mar. 24, 2014

With the exception of a few run-offs, the state and national slate of electors is set. Now, our focus is on Mansfield. Who do we want to make decisions for us concerning local policy, who will we trust our treasury to this May?

Newborn babies bring big responsibilities

| |Monday, Mar. 24, 2014

Caring for a baby is all-consuming. One of the biggest adjustments new parents have to make is coping with the constant fatigue that comes from caring for a newborn. While babies eat and sleep on their own schedule, new parents should rest whenever they can and ask for help when they’re feeling overwhelmed.

Make-ahead meals ease busy day dinners

Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014

Knowing we’ve all had enough ice and cold weather, I hesitate to mention that all of this month’s recipes are freezer friendly (I don’t want to jinx the warming trend outdoors), but they are. It’s nice to have something ready when you have a busy day planned or need to take food to a loved one.

Bridge game takes off

Monday, Mar. 17, 2014

Congratulations to director Lauren Brown and all the players who came last week to make history at the Tuesday MAC ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge game. A record number of 10 tables were in play. My compliments to every player. All were courteous, attentive and kept the game moving in a great expeditious way.