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May 23, 2013

A Revised Perspective . . .

My son is an EMT ambulance driver in Oklahoma City. On Monday he spent hours pulling people, alive and dead, from the rubble of what had been their schools and homes.  Five of his paramedic coworkers, one just days away from becoming a first-time father, lost everything they owned to the tornadoes. Suppressing the pain of their own losses, they continued working tirelessly to rescue others throughout the day and night.

Tuesday morning my daughter remarked, “You know, Mom, that hailstorm we had last week is growing less and less significant as I watch the news footage from Oklahoma. A little hole in the roof and a busted windshield seem like nothing compared to the devastation of losing homes and loved ones.”

She’s right. The problems we encounter from day to day pale in the face of such catastrophic loss experienced by so many families this past week. My heart is broken for them, especially the ones who lost children.

I don’t have the resources to rebuild a whole town, but I am determined to do what I can, beginning with the names we know – Cory, Raymond, Crystal, Luke and Dan.  These are the emergency service workers whose homes and possessions were completely destroyed. At the Senior Center we are collecting Walmart gift cards for my son’s friends so they can buy immediate necessities like toothpaste and socks. And we are putting together a baby shower in a box to send to Dan and his wife, who is due to deliver any day now.

If you would like to contribute toward either of these small relief projects, you can drop your gift cards, cash or baby items off at the Senior Center. It might not be much, but it’s a start.

Just a reminder that the Senior Center will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday next Monday, May 27. We will resume our regular schedule on Tuesday and end the month with a birthday party on Friday.  

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

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  • Hurrah for Volunteers!

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

    April 10, 2014

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    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

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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

  • 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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