The Gunter Gazette
January 2018

The Gunter Library & Museum
110 S Hwy 289 #4
Gunter, Texas 75058

Congratulation to the Gunter High School Football Team 1st runner up in the State UIL 3A Division II Title
We want to congratulate the Gunter High School Tigers on an amazing and inspiring season and for uniting our community in a very special way.

Gunter finishes the football year with a 31-game, two-year historic winning streak ranked 152nd in the nation and 25th overall in the state of Texas and 1st runner-up in State 3A division-2 football.

Thank you to the players, coaches and the fans of Gunter High School for bringing us fun and delight to our Friday Night Lights.
Gunter Volunteer Fire Department Community Christmas Party
If you missed the Gunter Fire Department Community Christmas Party this year you better put it on your calendar to attend next year for sure! We had so many of our local businesses and organizations participate! It was fun to see how everyone in this beautiful town came together to put on a wonderful event for our community!
There were hay rides and train rides! There were games galore to play for every age! Lots and lots of treats from awesome cookies to popcorn and hot chocolate! If I had been a good reporter I would have written down everyone that participated! I will do better next year! The Gunter Library sponsored a story time and craft!
There were smiles on all the children and adult faces, so it must have been a success! Thank you to all the businesses and organizations that volunteered their time and energy to make this so successful!
A great big Thank You to the Gunter Volunteer Fire Department! You are the Best! Please look at the following request from them. Let's Support our Local Fire Department!

STEM & Scratch

At 4:00 p.m., 2nd-5th grade children arrive for Fun with Physics after school STEM activities or Coding with ScratchJr. STEM activities are on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.

STEM activities in November focused on states of matter and electric circuits. On November 14, children watched the results of capillary action and performed some color changing experiments with food color and soap in milk and water. On November 28, we watched static electricity from a balloon move a coke can, and then built minions out of conductive playdough with LED eyes that glowed. In December we will experiment with magnets. There will be no STEM in January, but in February we will start “Try Engineering Together” with bridge and tower building. All STEM activities are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00. Activities are designed for 2nd – 5th grade children.

Coding with Scratch Jr. meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. In November we created our own characters and dialogue with ghosts and turkeys. On December 5, we will focus on creating a tag game with holiday characters. On December 19, we will wrap up Coding with Scratch Jr, and introduce Coding with Scratch, a more advanced coding experience. Coding with Scratch begins on February 6.

Library Update

While our cold weather lingers, visit the library to check out some of our new resources. We have added several new DVDs: Wonder Woman, Star Wars: the Force Awakens, Moanna, and Frozen. New books include Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt, Nevermoor, the Trials of Morrigan Crow, by Jessica Townsend, and The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater. We have also added books 1 and 2 of March by John Lewis, a graphic series about the Civil Rights movement. If your New Year’s resolutions include dieting, we have several books about KETO eating, as well as the Flat Belly Diet Pocket Guide. Check out our nutrition section. We have several copies of Wonder by R.J. Palacio, the featured book in our new book discussion group beginning Thursday January 25. One of the copies is in Spanish and another is an audiobook.

During December, our STEM and Coding classes worked with magnets and designed games using Scratch Jr. There will be no classes during January, but activities will begin again in February, on Tuesdays. We will introduce Coding with Scratch, a more advanced type of coding on February 6 and 20. STEM classes will begin February 13 and 27 with Try Engineering Together, a team building activity. Both activities are designed for children 2nd – 5th grades and meet at 4:00 p.m.

Jennifer Woodwell provides story time for preschool children every Tuesday morning at 10:30. During December she took the holiday story time to kindergarten classes at Gunter Elementary School. If you haven’t visited the library with your preschool children on Tuesday mornings, you are missing an opportunity for them to enjoy an exciting story experience.

I hope everyone enjoyed the community Christmas party sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Department. Library volunteers read Christmas stories to children, along with a multitude of other activities including train rides, games, visits with Santa Claus, free cookies and hot chocolate, and the excitement of seeing and hearing the special lights display organized by the fire department. Thank you, Fire Department Volunteers! We hope it becomes an annual community party!

Check-Out Library Materials 24/7 Online!

Gunter Library and Museum card holders can check out eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive and their great new app Libby. You can find out more by going to Libby is highly recommended for first time eBook readers, it is so easy! You can also easily read or listen directly from your browser by going to Here are some quick steps to getting started if you already know your library card number and password.

  1. Click on Sign in on the upper right corner of the page.

  2. Select Gunter Library Museum from the drop down menu on the left side of the page.

  3. Type in your library card number.

  4. Type in your PIN (you may email if you do not remember your PIN).

  5. Click on Sign in.

  6. Search for title, author, or keywords or just browse.

  7. Click on Borrow, then go to Loans under My account at the top of the page.

  8. Click on Read in Browser. If you are using the app and want to have it available when not connected to WI-FI click on Download and choose EPUB.

Pro Tips

  1. If the word Borrow is under a title it is available to check out. Place a hold puts you on the waiting list when the book is checked out to someone else.

  2. A book symbol lets you know it is an eBook.

  3. A headphone symbol lets you know it is an eAudiobook.

  4. Items check in automatically after 2 weeks, but you can return most titles early if you would like.

  5. Three dots lets you know that there are more menu options available if you click on them.

  6. The Libby app will remember your library card information for multiple accounts and multiple libraries.

  7. Pressing the spacebar will advance one page forward in the book. The left and right arrow keys will move you back and forth one page. The up arrow will let you know how far you are in the book and allow you to change the text size.

If you want to join the eBook crowd but just aren’t getting the hang of it, email us for an eBook assistance appointment at

Gunter Elementary Kindergarteners
This December the Library went to Gunter Elementary School to share our Holiday Story Time with the Kindergarten classes. It was raining outside and it would not have been pleasant for us to have those cute little children trudge over to the library in the rain!
We enjoyed "Twas the Night Before Christmas" read by Morgan Waggoner and then "Pete Saves Christmas" read by Jennifer Woodwell. We then played some really fun games that were donated by Brea McNeil that she had used at the Gunter Volunteer Fire Dept Community Party. Our wonderful volunteer helpers were Nicole Stewart, Courtney Clower, Kathy Hite and Morgan Waggoner. We appreciate the time that these ladies take to help us run a successful program. We also made a fun beaded holiday candy cane for our craft!
We always enjoy our time with the children of Gunter. Our hope is that they will always remember how fun the Gunter Library and Museum is to visit and that we can instill in them the love of checking out a good book and reading!

Story Time with Ms. Jennifer!

This December our story times centered around Christmas! We read classic tales like ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to modern tales of how Pete the Cat Saves Christmas! Each week was unique with special crafts made by the children to yummy treats enjoyed by all!
We encourage you to bring your young children or homeschooled children to story time. There will be fun stories and special crafts all month! We meet every Tuesday at 10:30!

Have you always wanted to volunteer in the community? Now is your opportunity to do just that! The Gunter Library is always growing and changing. We need some enthusiastic people that can share their talents with the library! You can volunteer four hours a month or more; it's all up to you! There are always things to do in the library and with your help we can make a difference!
We appreciate your donations to our community library! Please click on the form below to fill out and return to us.

Donating to the community library has never been easier! We now have paypal!
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
-Jennifer Woodwell
January is always a good time to snuggle in with a good book. I have a large pile of books sitting next to my bed that I want to read. Maybe I will be able to get the pile started this month! I did get the book for January's Gunter Library Book Club read. It was a marvelous book that I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! Wonder by R J Palacio. I hope that you will join us January 25th at 7:00 for our first Book Club Meeting! I will be making some good refreshments so you will definitely want to come!
A recent book that I finished would be the perfect snuggle up and read by the fireplace book! It was Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden. I always love a Kate Morton Book! This one takes place in Australia and then travels to England. "A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book - a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dock-master and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, Nell sets out to trace her real identity". It is an adventure for sure trying to solve her mystery! You will enjoy this mystery and getting to know Nell!

Small Talk

-Mitzi Nelson, M.S., CCC-SLP

The picture above is a very common scene. Children are in front device screens during car rides, at restaurants, and at home. It is wise to know the risk associated with screen time especially in young children.

More and more research studies link speech and language delays with the amount of time a child spends in front of a screen. These results come as no surprise to early childhood professionals who have witnessed first-hand the decline of language skills in preschool age children.

Children learn to talk and communicate through interactions with other people. Without interaction with another person, it is not communication. Handheld device usage interrupts the natural flow of interactive communication. Take a car ride for example. If your child is watching a show or buried in video game, he sits quietly which is probably the parent’s goal for the device. But that also means there is no communication and relationship-building happening between the child and adult. Instead of a device, try telling your child a story. Play interactive games such as “I spy”, “Rhyme Time”, or counting the cars. By making these changes, your child’s language is enriched, your child learns to trust you, and best of all, you send the message “I love being around you” to your child.

Tips for interacting with your child instead of handing devices:

1) At the restaurant- *Bring a small bag of age-appropriate toys/books and play together. *Walk your child around the restaurant and point out interesting things on the wall. *Trace your child’s hand on a piece of paper- kids love the feeling of getting their hands traced and seeing the representation on paper. *Play peek-a-boo. *Sit by a window and talk about things you see outside. *Do not expect a quiet dinner. Young children must learn how to act at the table. They will learn, at the appropriate age, if you invest time in teaching them instead of handing them a device.

2) At home- *Play for 10 uninterrupted minutes with your child each day. *Be okay if your child makes a mess when playing. Set a timer for 15 minutes when playtime is over and have everyone clean up. *Talk to your child while doing household chores. For example, talk about the color of each clothing item, what the clothing item is (shirt, skirt, socks), or about the size of the clothing item (Daddy’s big shirt, Baby’s little shirt) while sorting the laundry with your youngster. *Read a book every day with your child.

3) In the car- *Tell your child a story. *Say to your child, “Tell me what you see” instead of “What are you looking at?”. *Sing silly songs together. *Play “I spy”. *Talk about the color, size, speed of the cars that pass and make-up stories about where each car is going.

It might be hard at first to limit the time your child has in front of a screen. Make small goals such as replacing 15-30 minutes of screen time with an interactive activity each day. Increase steadily. The reward is a priceless connection between you and your child.

Words of Wellness
-Morgan Waggoner

Stop it. Just stop…. Enough is enough. At the close of 2017, I challenge you to close the chapter of Overthinking. How much time have you wasted in wondering Why this or Why that happened, why you are where you are, why things are in the state they are in? It’s time to stop overthinking…. Time to let go of the why’s of the past and start asking the Whos? Whats? Wheres? Whens? Hows? and yes, even the Whys of the present and future….. WHO do you want to be today and in 2018 for yourself and for others? WHAT can you do right now, WHEREVER you are to serve or meet the needs around you? WHEN are you going to schedule time for your own self-care and restoration to be able to continue serving others? HOW do want to contribute to our world this year and HOW can you overcome any obstacles you imagine to be in your way? And WHY must you focus on the now, on being your strongest, most vibrant, healthy, caring and helpful self? What reasons do you have for finding peace in the present and looking for and connecting to the good in others? When you stop overthinking you can you learn and let go of the past, let hope draw you into the peaceful present and then let excitement guide you into your future. Abundant blessings to you in 2018!!

Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

These Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies are my most favorite Russian Teacake recipe yet! They’re full of rich cocoa powder and chocolate chips – NUT FREE!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Special Dark, use your favorite)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Additional powdered sugar, for rolling (about 1 – 1 1/2 cups)


  1. Preaheat oven to 375°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, cocoa, and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together. Stir in the chocolate chips. If dough is too soft, chill it until you can work it easily with your hands.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon balls of dough and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes until bottoms are just slightly brown and the tops are no longer glossy. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes, until you can handle them. Fill a small bowl with 1 cup powdered sugar and roll each cookie in the sugar until coated. Place on a rack to cool. (Once cookies are cooled, you may want to re-roll them in more powdered sugar.)


You can use either regular unsweetened cocoa powder (any brand) or Hershey’s Special Dark Unsweetened Cocoa, which is what I used.


Yield: About 4 dozen, Serving Size: 2 cookies

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 179
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Sodium: 828mg
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 1g
December Gardening
-Juanita Hazelton

An Internet article has linked Zika spraying to the killing of millions of honeybees. See the article at An attempt to stop a deadly disease has an equally deadly result. What’s a bee keeper to do? What’s a gardener to do? While someone else will have to figure out the answer to the Zika/honeybee problem, there is something you can do about pesticides.

While you spend time planning for your spring garden, take some time this month to learn about Howard Garrett and organic gardening. Who is Howard Garrett? If you are an organic gardener, you know he is one of the leaders in the research, education, and promotion of natural organic gardening. He has a national radio show every Sunday. In the Ft. Worth/Dallas area, you can listen to his Dirt Doctor show on Sunday mornings from 8 - 11 a.m. at KSKY News Talk 660AM. Go to his webpage to find information about basics of organic gardening. There are several YouTube videos illustrating his methods linked to the website. Any questions you have about raising plants can be answered by following links to topics in his library. The basic tenets of organic gardening promoted on his website are:

1. Stop using all synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides and other synthetic chemicals that harm beneficial life. High-nitrogen fertilizers are salts and harmful to the soil. Nitrogen-only products are even worse.

2. Build soil health with aeration, compost, rock minerals, sugars, microorganism products and shredded native tree trimmings mulch.

3. Plant native plants and well-adapted introductions, water carefully, mulch bare soil and use low to no-toxicity pest control products.

Whether you choose to follow organic methods in your gardening or not, it should be a choice you make based on knowledge of how toxic some of our gardening practices are and the realization that there are alternatives to them.

Gunter Fires

-Juanita Hazelton

1930 Fire Burns Gunter Downtown

From the Celina Record, Thursday, January 23, 1930.

Gunter people were called from their beds Saturday morning into the blizzard that had sent the mercury to about five below zero, to fight, almost bare-handed, the most destructive fire that has visited this place. At about 3 a.m. fire was discovered between the meat market and B.E. Sharp’s real estate office. Those acquainted with the relative situations of buildings in Gunter will realize the extent of danger in a fire originating in this central location.

Folks had prepared for the most severe night of the winter, had made themselves cozy under a heap of bedclothing, and were sleeping their best when the alarm sounded. A few gathered and hastened to thaw the fire plugs near the buildings. The plugs repeatedly froze, however, and gave the fire new starts. As the flames continued to leap from building to building, a crowd gathered, and men mounted the roofs of adjoining buildings and wet them as thoroughly as possible. The wind was coming from the north and blew the flames toward Uncle John Monday’s, even jeopardizing the coal and feed building of Homer Wallace’s. Had the wind been from the south, it is most likely that the north side would have caught, and that the fire would have been much more destructive.

The situation became more serious with each moment, as the untiring efforts of those contending with the fire failed to stop it in its march toward the east and the west. The meat market and Mr. Sharp’s office building were destroyed, and the flames bore down upon Campbell & Co.’s. (recently sold to L.A. Stephens) and over to the building which housed Gunter Drug Co. It burned to the street on the east and was stopped by fire-fighters and a double brick wall between Gunter Bros. Drug Co. and the Queen Theatre. Saturday dawned while some $60,000 worth of property lay in smoldering ruins along main street, and as the band of fire-fighters, nearly exhausted, left the scene, assured that the demon had been stopped.

For some seventeen years Mr. Sharp has had the oversight of these four buildings, which belong to a Mr. Hopkins and wife of Sherman. Mr. Hopkins was down Saturday and Mr. Sharp says it is likely the buildings will be replaced. It seems likely, in fact, that practically everyone of the businesses formerly housed in these buildings will come back, in time. The property and stocks were fairly covered by insurance. Some fifteen or twenty citizens of Gunter are without employment as a result of the fire, although everyone seems in good spirits this week.

This information was copied from the Celina Record, Thursday, January 23, 1930, digitized at the Portal of Texas History,

Fire Wipes Out North Side of Gunter Business Street

From the Celina Record, January 29, 1948

Gunter had a fire Thursday night of last week that is estimated to have destroyed $100,000 worth of property. The origin of the fire is not known but it is believed to have started in the Texan Theatre building. A very cold wind was blowing from the north and the fire was on the north side of main street. Help was called from Perrin Field and Celina. It is believed their work kept the blaze from crossing to the south side. The sheriff and a deputy were on the scene as were two men from Sherman police force.

The Texan Theatre was burned to the ground as were the Grayson County Hardware Store, the N.C. Speck Café, a cleaning shop belonging to Tommy Lowery, and the apartment homes of Herman Stroud and Mrs. Sarah Wilson.

Talking About Suicide
-Judy Cook MD

What can we do about the increasing problem of Suicide Suicide is a tragic event not just for the person who does it (who is trying to escape some significant – usually emotional - pain), but for all those left behind. What is more tragic still is that the rates of death by suicide and by substance abuse, which I consider another version of suicide, are increasing rapidly, especially in the 10 – 24 year old age group. That’s right – in our young people! Having dealt with too many parents who have lost a child to suicide, there is hardly anything more painful for them – a deep pain that never goes away. It is
not just the pain of unexpected loss of a child, but how it happened and all the self-questioning and self-blame – What did I miss? What did I do wrong? How could I have prevented this? Forty years of experience show that personal guilt is unwarranted, because parents do the very best they can with what they know and have learned and experienced. Unfortunately these problems are not addressed anywhere close to adequately in this country or elsewhere, partly because of the way we stigmatize not only ‘mental illness’ – most of which is more appropriately termed ‘mental pain’ – and because we even stigmatize emotions, talking about them and getting adequate help. That help includes learning a lot of skills, not just taking pills!!!!!
Prevention is not something society or even the medical community thinks about in terms of mental illness, emotions generally, or something so ‘unexpected as suicide’. I put that in quotes, because suicide kills 2 Million people a year world wide, 40 Thousand just in this country, plus another 60 Thousand that get listed in the ‘accidental death’ category when they die from substance abuse but it wasn’t an overt suicide attempt. Hardly something we can consider unexpected when it kills as many people annually as the mosquitos that carry malaria and other diseases. To me, substance abuse and some other addictive behaviors – like smoking– are a bit like playing Russian roulette and continuously pulling the trigger – you’ve got to know at some level there’s a serious risk. Although Drug abuse is now getting some attention, part of the real issue for suicide and substance abuse is that they have been the ‘unspoken epidemic’. People don’t take action to solve a problem when they don’t realize it exists. Look at the attention that was given to Ebola in 2014 – it was a catastrophe getting worldwide attention and a push to really do something about it – and by comparison it only killed a total of about 14k people worldwide. What if we would shine that same spotlight on the emotional pain that drives suicide and substance abuse (and other addictive behaviors) with an eye to prevention, which is the main thing that has truly made inroads in the medical field? How much pain and suffering might we find a way to relieve or eliminate – not just for the direct victims but for the even larger pool of family and friends left behind, who suffer so horribly. In teens it has sometimes set of chains of ‘copycat’ suicides – as if one person doing it gave permission to some of those other hurting kids to do the same things.
It is hard to work at preventing something when we don’t even realize it is a problem. But wait - there’s more. We don’t pay attention to emotions and emotional distress generally – seeing emotions as something to be ashamed of and hide from – but when it doesn’t come out directly in suicide or substance abuse, it can come out in other ways – like creating or worsening physical illnesses – like cancer, heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, auto immune diseases and almost anything else you can think of. In addition, many medical illnesses can have emotional distress as their presenting symptom – or the medical illness could be the presenting symptom for emotional distress. Way too many people develop heart disease and strokes from serious stress! The numbers are getting worse in all these categories for all ages and it is time to start doing something more about it. To me that ‘something ‘ is very basic. It is - ‘horror of horrors’ - getting more open about and aware of our feelings, communicating and sharing them more and interacting more – directly, 1:1, personally with other human beings.

There have always been people who are depressed or distressed or found life unbearable for some reason – usually very valid reasons that will be exposed in therapy – things like emotional, physical and even sexual abuse - which might happen in the family, from friends, or neighbors, or teachers or strangers – or might arise from guilt and shame we feel about something we have done and feel was so horrible we deserve to be punished. It can also arise from significant changes in life – loss or addition of a family member, a major move, stress in the family, divorce – a wide array of possibilities. It is fascinating that even though some kind of emotional issue, some kind of wound to our feelings – can cause great pain, and sometimes drives us to mental illness or self destructive behaviors – we stigmatize it when someone has any emotional pain – as if THEY are the ones at fault. Now, of course, we also have the wonders of Pharmaceuticals - it is a ‘chemical imbalance’ and a magic pill will “fix it”. If that were accurate, then the $15 Billion worth of psych pills every year just in this country would surely be moving the needle in the right direction. Kind of like if all those diet programs and pills worked, everyone would be skinny...... However, those ‘chemical imbalances’ are mostly the result, not the cause, of the problem, just like sugar imbalance is the result of diabetes, not the cause of it. The ‘treatment’ might manage the problem, but usually doesn’t ‘heal’ it. This problem has to heal ‘from the inside’, not just have a chemical ‘bandage’ put over it. Ironically, to do that, we have to be willing to open up, talk about those stigmatized emotions, and get
outside help to express our feelings, so we learn other ways to manage our thoughts and feelings and thus manage those injuries in ways that help heal from the inside rather than allow them to fester and grow.

So what, if anything, can any of us do for our children, our loved ones, ourselves, our friends or our coworkers to help with a problem which is so huge that suicide and drug abuse are only the ‘tip of the iceberg’. First, most important, and probably toughest, is to recognize that feelings are not some dirty, nasty thing to be hidden away and avoided – they are the very core of what makes us human and allows us to relate to life, our fellow human beings, and everything thing else in our life space. Then comes the hard thing – talking about them without feeling ashamed or embarrassed – and realizing everyone doesn’t feel the same way about things and that is ok – sharing gives knowledge, understanding and power. Even better is when we realize ‘we are not alone’ – that there are other people who share similar feelings. Part of that sharing of feelings means providing time to do that. In today’s world not only do people spend much less time talking face to face, or even ‘live’ on the telephone, families don’t sit down together at meals and talk and relate to each other – much less check in on each others feelings, activities, desires, plans, pains and so on. We are hypnotized by electronics and suffer from an ‘over-connected disconnect’. That lack of connection also means we don’t notice when
changes are happening that might indicate problems nor do people – especially our younger people – feel comfortable reaching out and saying they need someone to talk to.

It is so important, especially as a parent, but overall in relationships as well, to get to know our loved ones well enough to notice especially if something seems to be changing with them – whether good or bad – and talk about it. For kids, teens and young adults, there are very clear warning signs that parents should always tune in to. Of course there are the big things like admitting they are depressed, or making a suicide attempt, or arriving home drunk or stoned, but there are more subtle things that should raise the alarm that it is time to sit down and have a more intense talk to help ward off problems. This includes changes like a change in friends, attitude, school performance, activities and interests, sleep patterns, health and similar things. These can be subtle, or not so subtle signs, of any number of things that can escalate into major problems. The things causing it can be anything from a fight with a friend to a loss of a boyfriend or girlfriend or more important – critically important – issues – like drug use, or being abused by someone – whether by bullying, physical assault or sexual abuse - all of which might not be talked about directly for a variety of reasons. It could also be for less direct issues – like a classmate dying in a car wreck or by suicide, or being ill, or coping with illness or changes in the family, and a wide array of impactful changes. If you can’t get your loved one to talk to you when these changes start happening, get professional help. Tune in to those same changes in yourself and get help if you need it – a therapist who can teach skills, not just someone who can dispense pills.

Early prevention is the very best strategy – and that includes doing a variety of educational things that help you better understand what is happening and why - as well as some specific skills you can learn to help yourself and your loved ones. I still learn by reading, listening to programs in my car, going to live programs to always learn more. Because none of us can ‘read the label from the inside’ – or see ourselves as others see us, it is also wise to learn from trusted others such as friends, family, therapists and ministers – especially when something is bothering us. Be sure however, to pick those people very carefully. With 7.5 Billion people in the world, there is no way you can ‘please’ everyone – not even our creator can do that - so we don’t stand a chance..... When I got into therapy during psychiatry residency, with a whole department of people to choose from, I chose very carefully, because so many people were really opposed to women professionals in those days. I needed to spend the time learning to get better, not feel attacked for being a doctor in a day when very few women did that. It was a great opportunity to get help from a very supportive, insightful, knowledgeable person who clearly had my back, so when something was said that I really didn’t
like hearing – but needed to – I knew to listen and work on it. All of us need people like that to turn to for that very intimate, private, emotional part of ourselves.

My wish for all of you this New Year, is to allow yourselves to find people like that so you can open up in mutual sharing, and learn skills to diminish and manage any pain you are having, and to hopefully also prevent some – preferably most - of those things from happening, because otherwise you have a 75% chance of some serious emotional pain in your life that will be very painful to handle alone and could turn into a significant emotional illness. You will find some helpful information on my website and more will be going out fairly often. Judy

(Slow Cooker) King Ranch Chicken Soup

This EASY creamy soup tastes just like the beloved King Ranch Chicken Casserole. Loaded with cheese, juicy chunks of chicken, and tons of flavor! Simply load up the slow cooker and let this soup simmer during the day. Everyone will be waiting with bowls in hand to enjoy this one!!

  • Author: Serene @ House of Yumm
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 6


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 and 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 medium jalapeno, minced (seeds and membranes removed)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, Mexican blend or Colby Jack
  • Tortilla chips for serving
  • chopped fresh cilantro for serving


  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and saute until it’s fragrant and light golden brown, about 1 minute. Stir in the flour and whisk continuously for 1 minute.
  2. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, increase the heat to a simmer and whisk continuously for several minutes, until the sauce is smooth and thickened.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and salt. Add black pepper to taste and set the sauce aside.
  4. Place the chicken breasts in a large slow cooker. Top them with the diced tomatoes with green chiles and jalapeño and pour the sauce over the top. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through but not overcooked.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, stir the cheese into the slow cooker and cover the slow cooker for the time being.
  6. Pull the chicken into large chunks and stir it back into the slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and all of the ingredients are heated through. Stir well.
  7. To serve, crush the tortilla chips into a bowl and ladle the soup over the top, garnishing with extra cheese and the cilantro, if desired.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
-David Mendez
Cuphead is a nostalgic adventure set in a rich, hand-drawn 1930s inspired cartoon world. Here, Cuphead and his sibling Mugman are tasked with repaying a debt they imprudently amassed. Most levels feature boss battles or flurries of enemies that test the limits of each character's abilities. With customizable attacks on-hand, players can take on their adversaries with moves that fit their playing styles. With 2D action resembling the Super Mario Series, Cuphead provides a familiar challenge that brings back memories of a time when gaming was simpler, yet arguably more difficult.

Texoma Genealogy Group

We’re excited to announce the formation of a new in Sherman. The group is free and requires no registration. The first meeting (and subsequent ones) will be at Grandy’s, 3201 Texoma Parkway from noon-2pm. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, January 10, 2018. You are welcome to come early, eat and meet the instructors.

Genealogy has had an immense surge in popularity due to an aging population, easier access to information because of digitization of records and TV shows such as “Who’s Your ???” Some have jumped in without proper training and became disillusioned because they didn’t have the correct research tools or organizing techniques to continue their work or their research is later found to be incorrect. This group will get you started with a solid base to be able to research, document and organize it all and know it’s correct.

Our instructors are Cindy Barnhart and Carol Beck. Cindy has over 30 years of genealogy experience researching her family. She received a Certificate in Family History Research from Brigham Young Independent Study, Brigham Young University. Cindy scheduled and taught both beginning and advanced classes for 5 years in Lake Kiowa until moving to Sherman 2 years ago. Her love of Genealogy leads her to continue to teach others.

Carol has 10 plus years of genealogy experience. She assisted Cindy in organizing and teaching the Lake Kiowa Genealogy Beginner classes until she took over the leadership of the main group 2 years ago.

See our website: https://www. Or contact Cindy at 512-293-4398 or Carol at 903-893-4000 with questions.

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