We’ve had some good things happening in our town. First, congratulations to Ethan and Ashley Butler on the arrival of Joshua Dale. The little fella weighed in at 8 pounds 12 ounces and was welcomed home by big sisters Cami Jo and Bailey.
•Then congrats to Henson Family Dealerships. This local business, which is so supportive of our town, is celebrating their 25th anniversary in Madisonville this year.
By the way, have you seen the truck parked at Henson Motors and all decked advertising the Texas High School Rodeo Association? Thanks to Henson employees, the truck is making its rounds to weekend high school rodeos so everyone can see it and purchase raffle tickets. Somebody with the winning raffle ticket will take that truck home with them when the winning ticket is drawn at the Texas High School Rodeo Finals held in Abilene June 6. Wanna buy a ticket? WE can help
•Here’s what’s going on ’round our town.
Have you ever been to Tupperware/Bingo? You can this weekend and it’s all for a good cause.
Our MHS band is on a roll to raise money so they can march at Disney World in June and this is one of their fund raisers. It all starts at 6 p.m. this Saturday Feb 24 at Walkers. Tickets are $25 for 3 bingo cards at the door.
That Tupperware part? Those are the prizes for the winners. By the way, if you’re not a bingo player but would like to donate to help these kiddos, drop your donation off at Walker’s or the high school anytime.
•Chris Kelso, who is employed by Centex, owned by Don and Pam Bodenheimer, has stepped up to the plate and put on another hat. He now also serves as the interim pastor for Crossroads Cowboy Church.
Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and his master’s degree in Theology in 2012 from Liberty Bible College. He and his wife Lacy have two children Madeline and Lane. Sunday morning services start at 10 am. Come as you are.
And speaking of Crossroads Cowboy Church, Sisters in the Saddle is growing by leaps and bounds. No, it’s not only for those who ride; it’s just a group of ladies who believe the western heritage and agricultural roots are a strong part of Christianity.
Sisters in the Saddle was formed to provide a combination equine/Christian weekend event and this April will be their fourth annual. Besides watching or participating, you’ll hear Christian speaker Debbie Phillips, the wife of the Late Bum Phillips, and humorist Karen Cunningham.
By the way, this has sprung into a Bible study right here in Madisonville. Gals of all ages try to come together every other Tuesday evening at Liz Henson’s home for Bible Study. Interesting how things grow, isn’t it? Presently they are studying “Armor of God” by Priscilla Evans Shirer. You’re invited.
You’re also invited to the upcoming Midway Volunteer Fire Department annual steak dinner and dance that will kick off this Saturday evening with Happy Hour at 4:30. Then some great steaks with all the trimmings will be served at 5 p.m., followed by some boot scootin’ dancing.
This is the 26th year for the annual event. One of the goals from the fundraiser is to garner enough money to upgrade their present fire engine. The current edition is a 1984 model and while a new one is out of the question, a later model would provide more up-to-date equipment and you would really like that if it’s your house that is on fire.
Dinner and dancing is $40 per person and tickets can be purchased in Madisonville at Lakeside Restaurant or in Midway at the city hall.
It’s Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo time and of course there is a Madison County night. This year that’s Friday, March 9 and the performer is Chris Young. Madison County Area Go Texan members have tickets for the special section reserved for Madison County. Tickets are $30 each but now’s the time to buy them.
•Speaking of Rodeos, our own Madison County Fair will be held the week is March 17-24 with the rodeo being held March 16-17, 2018. This year the fair honors Mr. Billy Wilson this year, a life-long contributor, worker, supporter, gofer, and everything in between for the fair. We’ll share more about the fair next time.
On our birthday list, happy birthday to Margaret Armbrister, whose birthday was Tuesday, Feb. 20, and to Steven Cole. whose birthday is Wednesday, Feb. 21. Dawn Knight and Debbie Eschberger celebrate birthdays Friday, Feb. 21.
Saturday will be Carol Fox’s time to blow out candles. Sharon Jefferies and David Williams wind out this week’s list with her birthday Feb. 28.
Got birthdays? Let us hear from you. Call (936) 348-6541 and leave the info, making sure to spell those names for us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
And finally, the vitriol and anger spewing from so many people these days truly saddens me. I’m not lily-white, but goodness, what we hear and see on TV and read on Facebook shows our lack of consideration for our fellow man, rudeness in our reasoning and definitely a lack of tolerances.
Of course, maybe that’s easier because the person isn’t face to face with someone. A great article on this subject by Thomas Plante was in November’s “Psychology Today.” Dr. Plante stated, “Even many major news outlets (as well as numerous Psychology Today bloggers) have disabled comments at the end of their reports and posts due to the frequency of extreme vitriol, incivility, and name calling by readers.”
At the same time Dr. Plante shared research that reveals “good people can do pretty awful things just as seemingly awful people can go some really good things.”
It reminded me of a classy lady right here in Madisonville who years ago, after a disagreement with someone said in absolute astonishment, “I can’t believe I got so mad I said those things.”
Perhaps we do it because, well, others do it. Not a good reason though is it?
Yet we have become complacent and desensitized to the ugliness we hear and see daily and slowly it infiltrates us, even when we don’t want it to. Before long ugly comments about others doesn’t even a sting our own character. For example, don’t like their attire? Making fun of it doesn’t build our character, but it does teach the young ones saying bad things about others is okay. It’s monkey-see, monkey-do.
Perhaps the famous Two Wolves parable, supposedly a 21st-century legend attributed to Native Americans says it best.
“A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, "The one you feed."