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March 20, 2014

Strengths and Weaknesses


The mark of a healthy self-esteem is an ability to appreciate others’ strengths and tempering judgment of their weaknesses with mercy.  Everyone is gifted in some way, and everyone has flaws. That is just a given of the human condition. To demand equal competence from every person in every situation is not only unrealistic, but is also arrogant and absurd. In the end, it is much more helpful to build people up than to tear them down.

Speaking of strengths, I can’t find enough superlatives to describe the wonderful gifts and skills our many volunteers contributed to last week’s Garage Sale fundraiser.  Some of them worked very literally from morning till evening every single day. They set things up, organized the various departments, ran the sale and helped clean up when it was over.  I defy any organization in Texas to produce better workers than our own Senior Center participants, board and staff.

We also received help from many other places.  We send our thanks to Sheriff Ira Mercer for letting us borrow some of his trustees to help with heavy lifting during set-up.  We are grateful to Marcia Carpenter, owner of Armor Storage, for loaning us some extra storage space while donations were accumulating.  And we appreciate the announcements that First Financial, Titan and Community National Banks ran for us on their outdoor marquees.

We’d like to express our thanks to these folks who brought breakfast, lunch and snacks for our volunteers every day last week:  Palo Pinto Nursing and Rehab, Comfort Suites, IntegraCare, Serenity Estates, Mineral Wells Nursing & Rehab, Holiday Hills Country Club, Texas Best Donuts, Wise Regional Health System, and Maria Gonzales. Those great meals provided the fuel that kept our workers on their feet!

By no means last or least, we want to thank the Mineral Wells Department of Parks and Recreation for allowing us to use their activity center for the sale. What a blessing it was to have enough space to hold all the donations that came in, for which we are also very grateful.

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    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

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    March 27, 2014

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

    March 20, 2014

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    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

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

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  • 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

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    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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