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It all started 18 years ago when Rene’ Collard, the daughter of Glenda and Eddie Collard, attended cosmetology school. She was looking forward to a job as a beautician, something she loved to do. But then came the letter saying Rene’ had failed the state board test. Devastated, she did not try to pursue her passion.

Fast-forward 18 years. Even though so much time had passed she still longed be a hair stylist, so recently Rene’ decided to try again. First thing was to call the state board so she could make her plans.

That’s when Rene’ learned she had not failed the test. Instead she had passed the test 18 years earlier! Through a clerical error she had received someone else’s letter, which meant they had received hers. Now how would you like to have been the one sitting in the chair of that gal or guy’s who failed that test? Kind of scary isn’t it?

Rene’ is now working at Shear Impressions Hair Salon at 103 E Limit. That’s just off of Highway 90 south of our hospital. Give her a call at 936-348-3393. Moral of the story: Computers are only as good as the employees working them.

And speaking of computers, this coming Saturday, Jan. 28, is a great time to get rid of those old electrical devices. Time and place is a Madisonville City Hall between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Here’s what you can discard: computers, laptops, laptop batteries, cell phones, cell phone batteries, office phones, printers, copy machines, telephones, cables and wires, remote controls, scanners, mouse, keyboards, monitors, TVs, medical and lab equipment, point of sale equipment, fax machines, DVD/CD/VCR players, game consoles, and GPS equipment. You get the picture: the technological stuff.

There’s an off-limits list too. It’s not the time to recycle things like light bulbs, alkaline batteries, refrigerators, air conditioners, or household appliances. If you take them, you’ll have to take them back home again. Even the weather says it’s a good time to clean house.

Then after that, why not treat yourself to a meal and a game of 42?  The Madisonville Masonic Lodge No. 740 is hosting a 42 tournament and meal Saturday evening, Jan. 28. It kicks off at 5 p.m. with the meal and then the tournament begins at 6 p.m. That’s when things get serious! The cost is $15 per person.

Not many days left for that Winter Weekend Special offered by Woodbine Hotel. It comes to an end Jan. 31. This is a great opportunity to get away without having to drive afar and you’ll get breakfast to boot!   

Then, how about a little dancing? Not long ago I listened to a pastor speak about daughters and daddies and why they should take their daughter out on dates. He does this periodically and always dresses according to the occasion because it should be a big event. He even sneaks out the back door and rings the doorbell to pick her up. On special occasions like Valentine’s Day or her birthday he has taken gifts, nothing expensive or fancy, just something to say she’s special.

This pastor shared that if he didn’t take his daughter out and teach her a gentleman should open car doors and restaurant doors for her, should made sure she was seated first, should always walk by her side to escort her, not in front of her, then who would teach those things? Who would teach her how to carry on a conversation and how to say goodnight at the door?

If you think about it, it really is something a father should do and an opportunity to do just that is coming right here in Madisonville, Friday, Feb. 3. The First United Church is hosting its fifth annual Father-Daughter Dance in Wesley Hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

There is no cost for the evening and it’s open for all, so dads granddads, uncles, take your special gals between the ages of preschool to eighth grade and teach them how a guy is supposed to treat a gal. Refreshments will be served and a photograph will be provided to each young lady and her date at no cost. It’s a special time to make a wonderful memory that she will not forget.

Calling all business owners! You sent in some great choices for Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. Now letters are coming to you to make your final selection and get it back to the Chamber of Commerce.  The banquet is going to be an exciting night.

Families are growing! Congratulations to Leigh Ann Standley Fuchs and her hubby Cody Fuchs who added a baby boy to their clan last Saturday morning. Wyatt William weighed in at 8 lbs 6 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Wyatt was welcomed home by big brother and sister Rustyn and Charli Jo. Grandparents are Paul and Carolyn Bailey and Jim and Susan Standley.

It’s birthday time! Happy birthday to Laura Cannon and Michael Barrington, who celebrate their birthdays Thursday. Jan. 26. Judi Delesandri blows out her candles Sat. Jan 28 and Charlotte Picazo celebrates Jan. 29. Charli Black has her birthday Jan 31 as does Camryn Fredericks, Rita Slaughter Davis, Randall Karber and Rickie Milazzo.

By the way, Rickie and his wife added Misty added Grace Lynn to their family Jan 16. Rickie works for House of Hope.

We’re already gathering that birthday list for next week, so if you have birthdays or anniversaries in your family, give us a call at 936-348-6541 or email gala@nettlescountry.com. We need those names spelled correctly for us!

On our sick list Debbie Davis’s father, Ewell Burns and his wife Pat, from Durango, Colo., are Madisonville residents for a while as Mr. Burns has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and is undergoing treatments at M.D. Anderson. Cancer’ tough and being away from home, even if it’s with loved ones, is even tougher.  Send Ewell and Pat Burns your encouragement at 2405 Derby Lane, Madisonville, Texas 77864.

And Taylor Vandusseldorp, a jailer at our local sheriff’s office was in a serious accident while on her way to work in early January. She suffered numerous broken bones and internal injuries so she will be out of work for a while and even with insurance the out of pocket expenses are mounting for the family. If you would like to help go to https://www.gofundme.com/taylor-needs-our-help

Condolences to the family of Florence P. Friend, 81, of Franklin, Texas who passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 in Bryan, TX. Florence, who lived in Madisonville for many years worked at First National Bank in Madisonville  (now Prosperity Bank) as Vice President before her retirement. Services were held last Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at the Bedias Baptist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to your preferred animal rescue shelter.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Jackson Friend and son, Jackie Lee Friend. Most of her family her daughter Phyllis Meyer, two grandsons Jason and Matt Meyer and one great grandson, Jack Meyer lived in Santa Fe.

Many were sadden to learn of the unexpected death of Russell White, 64, who passed away unexpectedly Jan. 19. When most of us think about Russell, we see that big smile he always had. Services were held last Monday in Madisonville. We hope to have addresses for your condolences next week.

Memorial donations may be made to The 100 Club, 5555 San Felipe St., Suite 1750, Houston, Texas 77056-5527 or www.the100club.org.

And finally, Eric Hoffer, an American moral and social philosopher once said, “Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind."

Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Unfortunately, if you read or listen to almost anything these days there doesn’t seem to be a lot of consideration floating around. Instead, vitriolic statements fly from much of the news media and injurious words are soaring about social media by those we call friends.

If Hoffer is right and we are made kind by being kind, and I believe he is, perhaps rethinking how we say things should become a priority.  Kindness does not mean agreeing, it can also mean disagreeing but doing so in a civil manner, without name-calling or accusations, without venom in those words. It isn’t puppy-dog words, it’s honesty spoken without bitterness.

Expression, sowed with research and with strong positive points for the case draws people.  Bitterness? Well, bet you find yourself flipping the news channel or scrolling right on past those who have yet to understand that kindness is like honey for the cause.

As the great Francis of Assissi once said, “Where there is hatred, let me sow love: where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”

Whew! It appears we have a lot of fertile ground out there for improving our kindness techniques. I’ll close with a line you undoubtedly know from a well-known song, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”

May your mind sing that to you for the remainder of the day!

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