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Fri
31
Jul
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Taming the Tongue

As I have written before, the Book of James is an extremely practical book in the New Testament. James focused his book on new converts to the Christian faith who needed to learn how to maintain and grow their faith within a troubled world and in a Roman Empire that could be very hostile to Christians. James touches on timeless topics that remain incredibly applicable today. Chapter 3 is no exception—taming the tongue. I am struck by the power of this passage:

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” – James 3:9-12

 

Fri
31
Jul
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2 CENTS WORTH

2 CENTS WORTH

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Good morning to all of you come and set with me awhile and rest!!!!!!!! It's a beautiful day in Aspermont, Texas, this morning but we could really use some rain people, wish we had some of it that hit our Texas Coast. Joe and I went fishing one morning, it was cloudy, nice, so he hit the floor early, for him!!!!ha ha, anyway he said, "Let's go fishing, so I dropped everything and we left for the farm. It started thundering over west of us, didn't get too uneasy until the lighting got to coming down east of us, north of us, and west of us. I told Joe we'd better leave this place and head for Aspermont, started raining on us about 3 miles out and gave us an 1/2 inch here in town, didn't rain a drop out at the farm where we need it so bad. The cotton is growling but it's so pitiful, all that's left is in the middle of the field, I told Joe sure hopped those grasshoppers are full they have had a field day, but I'm still not dipping them in chocolate and eating them!!!!!

 

Thu
23
Jul
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The minefields of social media

The minefields of social media

We are living through unprecedented and uncharted times. A pandemic has seized our world, while social unrest and violence has swept into our major cities. Add to it all that it’s an election year and everything that is happening has become politicized. It appears that the nation has never been more divided. It has put us on the edge and I’m witnessing people I know speaking and acting in ways I would have otherwise never imagined. How we respond to what’s happening in our world is as important as the events themselves.

Respond to circumstances rather than reacting.

There is a difference. A response is thoughtful while a reaction is often “knee jerk” in nature. A response is measured, while a reaction is often the first thing that comes to mind and is usually emotional. When we calmly respond, it often disarms and relaxes others to do the same. Reactions are what we see playing out on our streets and in social media.

 

 

 

 

 

Thu
23
Jul
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Department of Defense sends teams to assist hospitals in COVID crisis

Department of Defense sends teams to assist hospitals in COVID crisis

AUSTIN — COVID-19 turned aggressive to the point last week that the Department of Defense activated U.S. Army and U.S. Navy medical task force teams and assigned them to Texas at Gov. Greg Abbott's request.

Teams were deployed to support Houston and San Antonio hospitals and medical facilities in hard-hit Rio Grande Valley. The Texas Division of Emergency Management was on the job, too, working with local officials to line up additional hospital capacity in Cameron and Hidalgo counties and to identify other sites to house patients who are recovering from COVID-19.

Thu
23
Jul
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2 CENTS WORTH

2 Cents Worth

Grab you a glass of ice cold tea, it's hot outside, but nothing what it was last Monday, it was 114 and Joe's garden cooked on the vine by the time we got Monday, tuesday and Wednesday heat temperatures, it was horrible, but it didn't stop the grass hoppers thought sure some of them would die!!!!! First of all thanks to all of you who have let me know how much you are enjoying the column, that makes me try a little harder each week to keep you entertained a little while in this horrible time we are going through. Thanks to all of our doctors, nurses and everyone that works in our hospitals trying to keep us safe and get well, they are all give out. Our delivery men that bring whatever we need, our stock people in the grocery stores, all of them that work in them, thank you for working so we can buy groceries so much we took for granted before all of this, and we sure don't take anything for granted anymore.

Fri
17
Jul
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Faces & Places

“In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. ~Robert Frost

My husband and I have taken to watching the Texas sky again and praying for rain, getting excited even at the site of the smallest cloud. He worries about his cows, and I worry about him. I happened upon this poem by Australian Murray Hartin written on the morning of February 21, 2007, during Australia’s worst drought ever. It was printed in Time Magazine in 2008.

Rain From Nowhere

His cattle didn’t get a bid, they were fairly bloody poor,

What was he going to do?

 

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Fri
17
Jul
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2 CENTS WORTH

2 CENTS WORTH

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Grab you a glass of ice cold tea and set with me awhile and visit. I do not see how Joe's garden looks as good as it does, but very many more days with this 100 degree weather it won't. I'm still pedaling vegetables all over Aspermont, but it won't be long until I won't be but we can't fuss it has been good a long time. A few weeks ago I took David and Patty Hoy a sack full and he showed me their back yard, fell in love with it. All of you that know what I paint, usually my pictures have a windmill in them somewhere, well his back yard has a fish pond with a small windmill, got to take my camera down there and paint it.

We went to Senior Citizens and ate and it was so good to see friends, set apart, like we are supposed to but we could still visit. Don't know how long it will last but last week was good!!!!!

 

Thu
09
Jul
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THE UMBRELLAS OF BAYTOWN

THE UMBRELLAS OF BAYTOWN

An unsightly dead-end alley in downtown Baytown has been converted into a major tourist attraction. It’s called Umbrella Alley. Colorful umbrellas are suspended by cables and provide shade.

“Red, yellow, blue and green. Those are the colors,” says Anna Yowell Baytown’s tourism director.

“We have 2 different shades of green right now, normally there’s a royal blue, a bright yellow, a Kelly green and an apple red.“

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Thu
09
Jul
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2 CENTS WORTH

2 CENTS WORTH

Grab you a glass of tea and visit with me awhile. Joe and I are still pedaling squash, his vines have just turned to squash everyone else says the bugs have killed theirs, but so far the bugs have left Joe's alone and the grasshoppers have not hit his garden yet. They have sure hit his cotton crop, they have had a field day out there. I have so glad to get women to take the squash, and cucumbers because I have got enough in the deep freeze and I want to freeze some okra. Joe and I love it boiled so I want to freeze some of it, and my freezer is almost full. His tomatoes are beginning to make, he sure wants them too and he said, "Carol I can eat those as fast as they get ripe!!!!" He loves a tomato and these have been slow about making.

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Thu
02
Jul
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Governor’s order restricts alcohol-serving establishments

Governor’s order restricts alcohol-serving establishments

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state to slow down the reopening process for bars and other venues as coronavirus-related infections, hospitalizations and deaths continued to increase in Texas last week.

“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars."

Abbott ordered bars and other state-licensed establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages to close at noon on June 26, but allowed them to continue offering delivery and take-out services until further notice.

The governor allowed restaurants, beginning June 29, to remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy.

 

 

 

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