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Are you familiar with the magazine Texas Highways? They also have a website, Texas Highways.com. If you click on it, up pops a big picture of a wine connoisseur carefully pouring a glass of deep red wine.

Headlines above it? Texas Mushroom Festival, of course, and a nice press release about the event coming up this weekend.

That’s not all you’ll find there. According to their website, the magazine’s November issue, which comes out Oct. 20, will feature the “Small Town Spirit” including a section on Cowboy Cafés. In fact, they were in our town several months ago visiting with Noella and Angela about Walker’s Vintage Café on that very topic. Don’t miss the November issue.

•By the way, in preparation for the Mushroom Festival this Saturday, the Woodbine Restaurant will close after lunch this Thursday and reopen for lunch next Tuesday, Oct. 17. One more thing. During the festival make sure to go by the car show and do some voting on these awesome cars. Then don’t forget to stop in the Kimbro Center and see what beautiful things the quilters in our county have been making.

•Of course, as we shared last week more events than just the Mushroom Festival going on this weekend. From 1 until 5 p.m. Saturday, Sallie Reid is hosting a special art gallery viewing and a “Regional Gathering of Kingdom Hearts” at The Bluebird Haven. A concert follows from 5-7 p.m. Take your lawn chair.

•The Couples Rodeo, which will be quite entertaining, will be held Saturday at Crossroads Cowboy Church followed by some serious stuff Sunday with the Best of Texas Ranch Rodeo Sunday. That will follow the 10 a.m. church service.

•Then next weekend is a good time to get your fill of fried fish. First the Bedias Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual fundraiser, fish fry and auction Saturday, Oct. 21. The fish fry begins at 3 p.m. Make sure to bring something to drop in that donation jar for your meal. Then hang around. Their auction should be a good one.

The following day, Sunday, Oct. 22, the North Zulch Volunteer Fire Department will do the same thing with a fundraiser and fish fry starting at 11 a.m. The NZVFD Auxiliary host a bake sale that day as well.

•Members of the class of 1974, mark your calendar for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, for a fun evening with old classmates. Rick Grall will be hosting your class reunion at his home on Ranch Lane. That’s off Highway 90 and you might remember it as Bullard Road.

To make sure the caterers have plenty of barbecue dinner on hand you do need to RSVP by either texting (936) 348-1040 or emailingglynabrown@aol.com.

•Ready to do a little shopping? Now is the time to start gathering items for your shoe box. You do pack a shoe box for needy child for Christmas, don’t you? Operation Christmas Child, a part of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse, has been trying to make a good Christmas for needy children for 27 or so years.

This year the collection dates are Nov. 13-20 and First Baptist Church of Madisonville is a collection center. There are some things customs regulations says you can’t put in there, like toothpaste, candy, food, powdered or liquid drink mixes.

Sounds like trying to board an airplane, doesn’t it? That’s because these boxes do just that. You might check out the regulations to make sure you buy the right thing. You can do that at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/. Think about writing a note to the child, maybe include some photos of you and others, as well as your name and address. If he or she can, the child may write to you.

It takes a lot to get shoeboxes organized and shipped so please give $9 for each of your boxes. Maybe put it in an envelope and tape it to the shoebox so you won’t forget it. By the way, read my ending to find out a little about that forgetfulness.

Back to the shoeboxes. Drop yours off at the church Nov. 13-20 from 8-5. They do close for lunch between 12-1 p.m. If you’re one who slides under the deadline, that’s Sunday, Nov. 19, from 2-4p.m. and Monday, Nov. 20, from 8-11 a.m. Then the truck will pull out.

•Condolences to the family of James Thornton, who passed away last Monday, Oct. 2. Services were held Sat, Oct. 7 at the Cowboy Church of Leon County in Centerville. Send your condolences to his wife, Merleen, their children and their families at P.O. Box 721, Madisonville, TX 77864.

•And finally, about that forgetfulness, how are you sleeping? Did you know lack of sleep can makes you age, forget and can even lead to a premature death? And you just thought it made you tired the next day.

According to a study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which tested sleep quality (they watched people sleep) and blood samples, a single night of sleep troubles activated gene patterns in the test subjects consistent with faster aging. Those who didn’t sleep well exhibited more signs of fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity. Unfortunately, lack of quality sleep also affects what’s going on inside our body. Hmmm, I’m afraid I’m in trouble.

“Nearly every disease killing us in later life has a causal link to lack of sleep,” said Matthew Walker, a UC Berkeley professor of psychology and neuroscience. He continued to point out that sleep deterioration has been linked to such conditions as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and stroke. Research has also proven to help our brain function properly the quality of sleep is as important as the quantity.

Feeling smug because your sleeping pills knock you out? Read on. The study said you’re not fooling your body. Walker added that pills designed to help us get to sleep “are a poor substitute” for the natural sleep cycles the brain needs to function well.

“Don’t be fooled into thinking sedation is real sleep. It’s not” he continued. “Sleeping pills sedate the brain, rather than help it sleep naturally.”

So how do you fix the problem? You’ve probably heard these suggestions before, but here they are again.

• Establish a consistent bedtime routine including going to bed at the same time every night.

• No T.V. or computer time right before getting in bed.

• Make the room as dark as possible.

• Get plenty of activity during the day. It makes the body want to rest.

• No caffeine, stimulants, sweeteners or alcohol in the evening. In fact, for some of us, consuming these during the day can affect sleep

• Forget the sleeping pills. They add to aging and deficient brain function, rather than solve the problem. .

Bottom line? We each have to experiment to find what works best to help us sleep. A really cool room is a necessity for good sleep in this household. And a good ceiling fan that makes a little rhythmic noise to focus on.

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