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April 4, 2013

Let’s Try Something New . . .

I have parents who indulged my creative whims while I was growing up.  When my imagination was captivated by a story of a girl in a blue gingham dress, my mother sewed me one to match the book illustrations. It was my favorite garment until I outgrew it.  

At my request, mom slathered butter on slices of home-baked bread to recreate my elementary reader’s descriptions of roast beef sandwiches eaten by pioneer children.

Having the disadvantage of parents who were city born and bred, kids at my school lunch table did not believe that people actually ate chicken necks.  My mother gladly fried up several hens so I could take the necks to school and eat them in front of my friends.

When I expressed a fascination with rocks, my dad came home with a book on geology and samples of American indigenous stones. My parents similarly produced a stamp album when I became interested in collecting stamps.  Whatever captured my imagination, they enabled and encouraged my exploration of it without reprimand if the interest faded.  

That kind of encouragement without recrimination opened up a whole world of exploration. It fostered in me a boldness for trying new things and embracing new experiences. Over the years I’ve tried my hand at cake decorating, Tae Kwon Do, and brass rubbing, with varying degrees of success.

That appreciation for variety has carried over into my job at the Senior Center. We try to give our folks plenty of opportunity for trying new things.  With that in mind, we’ll be starting a 30-minute conversational Spanish class at 9 on Tuesday mornings beginning in May. Everyone is welcome.

For those who missed the AARP Defensive Driving class in March, we’ll be bringing it back again on Tuesday, May 21, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m..  Call us at 940-325-6470 or drop by the center to sign up.

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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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