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July 5, 2013

Senior Center News

Happy Birthday, America!

By VIVIAN CONRAD

On March 10, 2003, I wrote these words in my journal: “I admit I’m really struggling with the news Josh gave us today. He’s being deployed to Kuwait, apparently to be a ‘gunner’ for an urban assault team if war breaks out in Iraq. I have no idea what a gunner is, but just the sound of it filled my arms and legs with jelly and my heart flip-flopped. Later I couldn’t even pray beyond repeating ‘Oh, God, oh, God’ over and over. My first coherent thought was that my son was going to die. So I’ve spent the rest of the day grappling with issues of faith, trust and fear… Now the biggest question is – how do I get through tomorrow without becoming weepy every few minutes?”

My youngest son served two successive tours as an Army MP in Iraq. He lost friends and a commanding officer who were killed in explosions and firefights. He was badly injured in a high speed convoy crash, resulting in a medical discharge and years of physical therapy.  

Having witnessed the effects of oppressive governments in our years overseas, I was already grateful for the freedom we enjoy as American citizens. But my experience as a wartime military mom made me appreciate more the cost of that freedom. For the duration of U.S. history, our liberties have been purchased with the blood of those who have stood to fight for them.  

As we celebrate the anniversary of our national independence, let us remember the sacrifices of our military personnel who put their lives on the line daily, and of the families who have sent them off, not knowing which goodbye might be their last.

At the Senior Center, we are very much aware that only a week remains before our biggest fundraiser of the year. Members of the Taste of Palo Pinto County committee are rolling in high gear to solicit donations for live, silent and brown bag auctions.  

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  • Linda Gilley chair IMG_1412.jpg Gilley named interim senior center director

    Linda Gilley has been named interim executive director of the Mineral Wells Senior Center, replacing Vivian Conrad.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hurrah for Volunteers!

    Great Britain’s King George IV (1762-1830) once said, “The highest of distinctions is service to others.”

    April 10, 2014

  • MARCH BD.jpg Spring Has Sprung

    Upon leaving the house Sunday morning, my husband and I startled a yard full of robins.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ordinary heroes

    It seems kind of funny to me that our society celebrates the abilities of some people while ignoring those of others.

    March 27, 2014

  • Strengths and Weaknesses

    I will never understand the kind of person who criticizes others for lacking ability in his own area of competency.

    March 20, 2014

  • FEB BD.jpg Treasures Galore

    Have you heard that old saying, “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure”? Well let me tell you, we’ve got treasure to spare!

     

    Since early Monday morning, our volunteers have been unpacking, sorting, pricing and arranging truckloads of treasure for the annual Gigantic Garage Sale that begins tonight. Our $10-per-person Early Bird Sale will run from 5-7 this evening, but the real fun begins tomorrow morning. The sale from 9-5 on Friday, March 14, and 9-1 on Saturday, March 15, is free to the public.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ready for Some Fun!

    Makeovers are so much fun.

    March 6, 2014

  • Creative Pursuits

    Like many other Americans, I’ve been heading straight for the television as soon as I get home from work each evening.

    February 20, 2014

  • A Great Place to Learn

    It is deeply satisfying to hear multilingual conversations floating around the Senior Center as the Spanish class dismisses every Tuesday.

    February 13, 2014

  • Thanks for your Help

    Last weekend my son and his wife showed up at our door and announced, “We’re here to help you clean your garage.”

    January 30, 2014

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