Monthly Archives: September 2010

Perception Is Not Reality

When it comes to American families and financial planning, perception is not reality. Although they are overwhelmingly optimistic about their financial future, their financial planning habits paint quite a different picture, according to a recent study commissioned by State Farm Life Insurance Companies and conducted by KRC Research. The study reports that although 82 […]

Sew Much Fun

Deana Betik loves to sew. She does things her own way and does the kind of sewing she likes. “I don’t use patterns; they drive me crazy. And I’m not a seamstress; I don’t enjoy hemming pants.” Deana started sewing back in high school when she took a sewing class. “It was the only […]

It All Fits Together

A lot of times, Jimmy Neal gets people to do things that for some reason they would not have normally done. Maybe that is why Mansfield Independent School District asked Jimmy to lead Summit High School (SHS) staff and students. In this, his first year as principal of SHS, Jimmy has the distinct privilege […]

The Time is Near

September is here, and it is time to think about fall fertilizers for lawns. Sometime around the end of September, the evening temperatures cool down to 50 degrees or below. That is the time to get out the spreader! Another great indicator that it is time to fertilize your lawn is when you do […]

A Quiet Life

With very little fanfare, new neighbors moved into Kerens in July 2009. Six Benedictine monks moved from their home at the Christ in the Desert Abby in New Mexico to establish the new Monastery of Thien Tam. Two of the monks came to Texas to supervise the remodeling of the buildings on their 300-acre […]

Making Connections

Helping others feeds Monika Ringo’s soul. She is an ordained minister, a nurse, and an instructor of CPR, first aid and infant safety — not to mention the mother of four daughters, three of whom are triplets. Meghan, the eldest at age 26, lives in Lubbock while the triplets, Shannon, Callie and Kristen, 21, […]

Treasures and Tradition

After 17 years of Thanksgiving dinners served to as many as 25 guests in a small dining room and prepared in an equally small kitchen, Diane Kelly thought it would be nice to have a bigger kitchen, a larger dining room and maybe a back porch. Keith Kelly agreed and the two began envisioning […]