April showers brings May flowers and the flowers blooming at the GL&M!
The Gunter Gazette
May 2018

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

(Tickets may be purchased at the door)
Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Donation to GL&M

On Tuesday April 24, 2018 Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Services, presented a generous donation check to the Gunter Library and Museum for $1000. This donation will help to enhance the program services we offer the community of Gunter.  They are a family owned business that has served North Texas for over 70 years. Their goal is: “to ensure that families who visit us receive the highest quality of professionalism and service, with compassion and care that are unsurpassed.” We are grateful for our local businesses that continue to support our Library.  

 

(Left to right in the photo are: Scott Turrentine -Partner, Allan Hanes -Manager, Shaun Barnes -Funeral Director, Arthur Atteberry -Apprentice Funeral Director)

“Those we love don’t go away.  They walk beside us every day…unseen, unheard, but always near.” - Unknown

 

Parkhaven Dental Care Donation to GL&M

This past Month the Gunter Library and Museum has received some very generous donations.  Parkhaven Dental Care is committed to our community, donating $1000 to our Library.  Their sponsorship will help with our STEM program that is offered to children in 2nd-5th grades, every Tuesday in the Gunter Library at 4:30. We are thankful for this generosity to help our programs continue for our growing community here in Gunter. 

Parkhaven Dental Care Is a Trusted Part of the Community

We pride ourselves on not being just like every other dentist. Our dedication to the community goes beyond just caring for teeth. We view ourselves as part of a vital network of caretakers who look after the health & well-being of our friends & neighbors. Parkhaven Dental Care is locally owned & part of a tradition of exceptional general dentistry in Plano, Gunter & Las Colinas, TX.

 
Rotary Club of Preston Trails Donation to GL&M

On April 6, 2018 the Rotary Club of Preston Trails generously donated $1000 to the Gunter Library and Museum.  We were able to use this donation to help us buy our new computer system for our circulation desk along with a new laser printer.  We are a Community Resource Center that many of our citizens rely on to help with personal or business needs.  We can Scan, FAX, Copy and laminate all your needs here locally.  This donation will also go to helping us upgrade the existing computers that are open to the public. We appreciate the Rotary Club and all that they do and have done for the Community of Gunter and Celina.

Are You on Team Jane?

-Nancy Watson

  On April 26th, Gunter Library Book Club discussed one of Jane Austen’s later works, Persuasion.  I surprised the group with an Austen Trivia contest, for which the prize was a Pemberley mug (pictured) and a Jane Austen coloring book. The quiz proved challenging but fun.  The discussion that followed was an interesting. In attendance were two attendees who were on ‘Team Jane’, and four attendees who were decidedly not huge Austen fans. Full disclosure – some members had either not read the book, or hadn’t read it recently.  

The slow pace of the book throughout the first section was a complaint by some but a positive for others who felt it helped us know the main character’s mind more fully and served as a contrast to the hurried pace of the climax of the second chance love story. The interior nature of this novel, it’s pointed societal examinations of rank and class, as well as Persuasion’s lesser use of humor compared to other Austen novels were all points of our discussion. The possibility of the novel not having been a finalized work, given the author’s death at just 41 years of age, was also mentioned.

Those who had never read Austen or did not enjoy her did learn more about what makes her writing appealing to others. And that is the beauty of book club! Without differing tastes and opinions book club would not be terribly thought-provoking.  

Please join us at 7 pm on May 24 as we dive into the WWII setting of a novel comprised of letters, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows. Give it a read and come share your thoughts with our friendly group. The meeting dates and book selections for the remainder of 2018 are as follows:

May 24 – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows

June 28 – Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles Henderson

July – no book club

August 23 – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

September 27 – The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins

October 25 – The Call of the Wild by Jack London

November 29 – Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor

December TBA – Holiday Party

STEM & Scratch

During April, STEM students were challenged to build a Ferris wheel out of popsicle sticks, and to create a rubber band helicopter.  The Scratch coding project was to create a bounce painting and add music to it. In May, STEM projects will be building a geodesic dome out of straws and creating Newton’s Cradle. Scratch coding projects include designing a rapid action game and a Melon Bounce game.  There will be no STEM or coding activities during the last week in May.

Sneak Peek at Summer STEM: Can you make a banana play like a piano? Can you draw a musical instrument on paper and make it play a song? What can you do with a MakeyMakey?  Make it Sing SummerSTEM Camp begins Tuesday June 5 at 4:30 pm for children going into 2nd – 5th grades. Register during May so we can provide enough materials.

 All STEM activities are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00. Activities are designed for 2nd – 5th grade children.

Coding with Scratch 2.0 meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at the same time.

Library Update

What’s happening in the library?

Children’s Book Week happens on April 30-May 6. The Gunter Library will celebrate with preschool story time on Tuesday May 1 at 10:30 and with Coding with Scratch at 4:00 for children 2nd-5th grade. Jackie Kruzie opened Children’s Book Week with a presentation at the elementary school on April 30 for Dia de los Ninos, Dia de los Libros. Dia is a national celebration of children and books organized by children’s author Pat Mora. Its goals are:

1.  Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.

2. Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.

3. Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.

4. Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

These are goals libraries promote during Summer Reading Programs, with the addition of another, that of helping prevent what is called Summer Slide. As any teacher will tell you–students lose traction and knowledge from the time off during the summer. It can take several weeks in the fall to get back into the groove. Help your children by involving them in summer reading programs at area libraries.

Mom and Me Tea

Mark your calendars for May 10, at 6 – 7:30 pm for Tea at 2600 Hitching Post Trail, Anna, Texas, Sponsored by South Grayson County Women’s Association. All proceeds benefit the Gunter Library & Museum.

Sneak Peeks at Gunter Library Summer activities:

  • The TAME Trailblazer Science Trailer will be here from 9-1 on June 5. If you missed its visit two years ago, don’t miss it this time. These hands-on science activities will start summer off with plenty of excitement.
  • June 5 is the grand opening for our Summer Reading program, following a theme of “Reading Rocks!” Nancy Churnin, author of Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, will be at the library at 10:30, reading her book and signing copies. Ms. Churnin is the theater critic for the Dallas Morning News and author of books that have appeared on the 2016 New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids list, the 2017 Texas Library Association's 2X2 and Topaz lists, as well as other well-known book awards lists.
  • Make it Sing Summer STEM Camp begins Tuesday June 5 at 1:00, at the end of the Trailblazer visit. Can you make a banana play like a piano? Can you draw a musical instrument on paper and make it play a song? What can you do with a MakeyMakey?  These activities are planned for children going into 2nd – 5th grades. Children need to register during May, so we can provide enough materials for the activities.
  • Libraries Rock! All summer! Rock with the Logan Family Music in July! In August we will have Gunter’s very own cowboy, Stuart Freeny! He will be giving a wild presentation on his family history, being a cowboy, and some good ol' fashion country music! Preschool Story-time continues all summer with rocking activities at 10:30 every Tuesday.  Adult readers are challenged with Book Flight Bonanza. Pick up a flyer on June 5 for suggestions of pairs of books with similar themes. Read four books from the list to be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire. 

Library Conference Provides New Books

One of the sessions Juanita attended at the Texas library Conference in April was the 2018 Lariat List for outstanding fiction for adults. She brought back several free books from the List.  Some of them are: Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty, and What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Arimah. These have all been added to our collection.

Jennifer and Juanita enjoyed visiting with several authors at the Conference. Children’s author Jason Gallaher was interested to find out Gunter Library is operated entirely by volunteers. This week we received an autographed copy of his attractive children’s book, Whobert Whoever, Owl Detective. Next time you’re at the library, ask to read his new book. Other children’s books that came home from the Conference include three by Kathryn Otoshi: Beautiful hands, Two, and What Emily Saw. Also look for A Bear Hug at Bedtime by Jana Hunter, Quiet! By Kate Alizadeh, and Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus.

April STEM and Coding Activities

During April, STEM students were challenged to build a Ferris wheel out of popsicle sticks, and to create a rubber band helicopter.  The Scratch coding project was to create a bounce painting and add music to it. In May, STEM projects will be building a geodesic dome out of straws and creating Newton’s Cradle. Scratch coding projects include designing a rapid action game and a Melon Bounce game.  There will be no STEM or coding activities during the last week in May.

Story Time with Ms. Jennifer!

Our April Storytime was Super! We started off the month with the book “Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears?” read by the super wonderful, Ms. Teri Williams, our new helper for storytime in the library! We are so excited to have her join us!  Ms Jennifer read “The Giant Jumperee” and it was so cute and made us laugh at the end of the story to see who it was!  Come by and check it out so you can see who the Giant Jumperee is.  Ms. Teri brought out the fun in “Where is the Green Sheep” and we made our own Green Sheep!  In “Wiggle and the Whale” we learn about all sorts of different friendships.  We even made our own friends with our very own Thumbprints!  

  We have so much fun with our story time every Tuesday at 10:30 am. Grab a friend and join us, we would love to have you!
 
If you would like to read a story to our group, let Ms. Jennifer know and she will put you on our schedule! The children love to hear from other people too!
 

Dia de los ninos, el dia de los libros

-Jackie Kruzie

April 30th marks Dia de los ninos, el dia dos libros, an annual celebration of literacy for children and families of all lingual and cultural backgrounds. On this day of literary celebration, I had the opportunity to visit the students of Gunter Elementary School as representative of the library. We discussed cultural differences and similarities and the importance of embracing other cultures. After all, if we didn’t take time to embrace different traditions we wouldn’t have tacos or pizza. The student all agreed a world without tacos or pizza would be unacceptable.

After an insightful discussion of culture, those elementary kids really know their stuff, a few savvy fourth graders helped me read Thank You, Mr. Panda/Gracias Sr. Panda in English and Spanish. Thankfully they were very forgiving of my blunders as I carefully read the Spanish version I had meticulously practiced. Learning a new language if tough and terrifying. I asked the kids to imagine what it must be like to stand in front of a group of people as you fumble and say the wrong words. I thanked them for not laughing at me and asked them to remember to be just as courteous to others.

We continued our book talk and I learned a few fun facts about the Gunter Elementary School students. First, any mention of Taco Tuesday gets them all riled up. Second, they love watching YouTube and can’t wait to come use the library computers to find their favorite videos. Third, they super excited to explore the Trailblazer truck. Did I say super excited? I mean ECSTATIC! I told them all about the 40 foot trailer filled with all kinds of expensive sciencey stuff they get to crank and squish and who knows what else! They’re excited to get their hands on all of it. So, parents mark your calendars for June 5th. The Trailblazer trailer will be parked in front of the library from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

But wait, there is more…picture book author Nancy Churnin will also be there to kick off our Reading Rocks Summer Reading Program by reading her book Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing.



I hope everyone comes out to our special event. While I love visiting the kids at school, I love it even more when they visit me at the library.

Individual Seven-Layer Dips
Ingredients:
  • 1 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 1 1 ounce package taco seasoning
  • 1 cup guacamole or make homemade guacamole
  • 1 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 1 cup chunky salsa or pico de gallo; or make homemade pico de gallo
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 Roma tomatoes , diced
  • 1/2 bunch of green onions , sliced
  • 1 2.25 ounce can of sliced olives, drained
  • 8 9 ounce plastic tumblers
  • tortilla chips

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl mix taco seasoning with refried beans. Some people prefer to mix their taco seasoning with the sour cream layer but I wanted a bright white layer so I did it with the beans.
  2. Here's how the layers are assembled: Layer 1: beans and taco seasoning; Layer 2: sour cream; Layer 3: guacamole; Layer 4: salsa or pico de gallo; Layer 5: cheese; Layer 6: tomatoes; Layer 7: green onions and olives
  3. In each plastic glass, layer about 2 Tablespoons of the beans, followed by 2 Tablespoons of sour cream, 2 Tablespoons of guacamole, 2 Tablespoons of salsa or pico de gallo, and 2 Tablespoons of cheese. Make sure you drain your salsa or pico to get the excess liquid out before you pour it on. Then top with about 1-2 teaspoons of tomatoes, olives, and green onion (If making ahead of time, wait to add these toppings until shortly before serving).
  4. Garnish with one tortilla chip. Store in the refrigerator until serving and serve with chips. Makes around 8 individual dips
Recipe Notes:

It makes it easier to place the wet ingredients like sour cream and guacamole in a Ziploc bag and snip of the corner for easy piping.

Note: All measurements are approximate. Depending on whether you want thicker or thinner layers you will need more or less.

  

Small Talk 

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

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” -Margaret Fuller.

 

Reading opens the door to never-ending possibilities.  Children embark on the journey to learn to read in the first five years of life.  Infants chew on the edges of board books, toddlers beg to be read the same story read over and over again, and preschoolers “read” a story to you through memory.

 

Research supports that a child’s reading success depends on how much he/she learns at home about reading and writing before entering school.  Early experiences with books and language are the most critical for future success in literacy.  Listed below are three specific early literacy skills that give children the pathway to later reading success.  

 

1) Vocabulary- the most important skill for a child to have when learning to read.  Children should know between 3,000-5,000 words prior to entering school. Encourage vocabulary through talking with your child.  Read non-fiction and fiction books. Be very cautious about technology apps that claim to improve vocabulary. Research is clear that technology-based learning is most effective for children in preschool and early elementary school when it is coupled with interaction, conversation, and support from adults (Donohue & Schomburg, 2017).  The idea that handing a young child a device, without adult interaction, to improve vocabulary and language is simply a misconception. 

 

2) Narrative Skills- children must learn the structure of stories to fully grasp meaning from things they later read.  Narrative skills develop in children as young as two years old. Help children understand and tell a story such as what happened at a birthday party or a trip to Grandma’s house.  Ask your child to tell you about the events in a book as you read together. Talk about the sequence of steps required in daily activities such as getting ready for school or how to play a game.  Children must develop an understanding of sequencing and why sequencing is important to later understand how a story is sequenced. 

 

3) Print Awareness- is a child’s understanding of the nature and uses of print.  To help develop print awareness, point out print on candy/food labels, signs on stores/restaurants, print on clothes/shoes, look and find print all around you.  Use your finger to point to the words on the page as you read aloud. This teaches your child about print awareness and that reading is a process that proceeds from left to right, top to bottom.  

 

There are three other important early literacy skills, specifically print motivation, letter knowledge, and phonological awareness.  Parents typically overly emphasis the importance of knowing letter names and sounds. While knowing letter names and letter sounds is important, it is not a standalone reading necessity.  In fact, vocabulary has been the number one predictor of reading success in repeated research studies.

 

The voyage of learning to read begins long before a child ever sounds out his/her first word.  Talking to your child, reading to your child, pointing out environmental print are simple ways to prepare your child for his/her adventures in reading.  “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”. 

 
Flowers in Your Garden
 
-Juanita Hazelton

Companion planting flowers in your vegetable garden helps attract bees and other beneficial insects. Other plants, like nasturtiums, attract predators away from crops. The shape of the flowers makes it easier or harder for different species to access the nectar and pollen. Bees like zinnias, cosmos, daisies, sunflowers, and purple coneflowers. They also like California poppy, portulaca, and blue anise sage. Hummingbirds like flowers with very sweet nectar.

Insectary plants are those that attract insects. Sweet alyssum attracts hoverflies which are major aphid predators.  Grow Veg.com, at https://www.growveg.com/guides/growing-plants-to-attract-beneficial-insects/ lists insectary plants for different seasons in the garden.

Insectary Plants for Late Spring Bloom: Overwintered brassicas (mustard, turnip, mizuna), cilantro, arugula, radish, phacelia

Insectary Plants for Early Summer Bloom: Alyssum, arugula, comfrey, dill, fennel and other carrot family crops, buckwheat, monarda, phacelia

Insectary Plants for Mid-Summer Bloom: Alyssum, borage, buckwheat, catnip, comfrey, dill, fennel, monarda, thyme, sunflower

Insectary Plants for Late Summer Bloom: Borage, buckwheat, catnip, comfrey, mint, oregano,

Some tips on flowers in the garden are to select flowers that bloom at the same time as the plants you want to protect, sprinkle flowers throughout rather than in one clump, or plant around borders, choose mostly low growing flowers that won’t compete for sunlight, and plant a variety of flowers. Another tip is to set moveable pots or planters of beneficial flowers in various places in the garden.

Information for this article has been taken from the many internet articles on beneficial flowers in the garden. Here are some useful sites with more detailed information.

http://gardeningsoul.com/always-plant-flowers-vegetable-patch/

https://www.growveg.com/guides/flowers-for-vegetable-gardens/

https://www.learningwithexperts.com/gardening/blog/10-flowers-to-grow-with-vegetables

https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/how-to-help-honeybees

 
 
The Right Way to Be
-Judy Cook, MD

One of the typical ‘human failings’ I see almost universally in people, and sometimes struggle with even in myself (yes, psychiatrists are human ☺ ) is the tendency when differences of opinion – or anything else – arise, to want to believe “I am right, They are Wrong”.   I see people struggle with this in all areas of life. There is a wonderful tale from India titled ‘Six Blind Men and an Elephant’, where 6 blind men, each positioned at a different part of the elephant, are asked to describe it. The one by its side, ‘sees’ it being like a wall, the one by the leg as if it is a tree trunk, the one at the tail as a rope and so on.  They then fall into fighting over which one is right. It is a wonderful metaphor for life. Each of them has a view, and each view is quite limited, and may be accurate from that particular ‘viewpoint’ and yet none of those individual viewpoints truly gives the whole picture of the elephant. Even if one has normal vision, and is able walk under, over and around the elephant, they will still have only the external picture of that elephant.  They won’t know what the insides look like, or the cellular structures, or what the elephant thinks or feels. If those 6 blind men had spent time comparing descriptions they would have at least come closer to getting a sense of the whole picture than they would ever achieve by each fighting that they had the only right answer.

No matter who we are, how determined we are to see the whole picture, we are still limited in our view of things, and this applies to almost everything in life.   Yes, there are some things where we set a few rules to define a particular situation – such as rules for living within a society, or for driving a car, or for doing mathematical equations or other limited things, but many other things ‘change’ as we develop new tools for seeing things. Humans used to think the sun revolved around the earth, and earth was the center of the universe – it sure looked that way from where they stood with the tools they had at the moment.  We now see that planet earth is one small speck in the Milky Way Galaxy which exists in an infinite, reportedly expanding universe. This view has evolved over time, but those early people who challenged that viewpoint were not only branded as ‘bad’ but often as evil, religious heretics, a danger to society - and even put to death for the ‘horrid’ things they were doing.

One of my very wise teachers regularly stated ‘The Universe is perfect, it is our understanding of the universe that is not perfect’.  I have personally found that the less I judge, and the more I ask what the purpose of something might be, or what lesson I might learn, or what gift might be present in this seemingly horrid event, the happier I am and the better life goes for me. We are humans, we are not God, we do not have infinite knowledge.  If that were the case, we might all have the same answer – or might still have a wide variety of answers. Maybe, just like there is an infinite variety of flowers and birds, there are many answers and we would do better by getting comfortable with exploring and enjoying all the diversity in this universe instead of fighting over the ‘Right’ way to be.

Handbook of Texas Women

-Juanita Hazelton

As Barbara Bush, former First Lady of the U.S., nationally celebrated for her wit and influence, is laid to rest in College Station at the George Bush Presidential Library, many people are stepping forward to speak out about her. Texas has many courageous women who made significant contributions. The Texas Historical Association has a project “recognizing the various ways women have shaped history at home, across the state, nationally, and abroad.” Often overlooked, the impacts of women on Texas history have been updated in the Handbook of Texas while over 3,000 more have been added. This important project is led by Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky of Texas A&M University-Commerce, an Executive Advisory Committee, and Managing Editor of the Handbook of Texas, Brett Derbes. You can access this information at https://www.tshaonline.org/texaswomen/ At this same site, you can view a video with a panel discussion of Texas Women in Politics.

At the site, https://www.tshaonline.org/texaswomen/map/ you can take a journey through Texas women’s history on an online interactive historical marker map. On this map, you will learn more about prominent women who made significant contributions to the state of Texas. The map allows you to zoom in and out, click on each location to learn why it is important, and navigate to the Handbook of Texas to read more about the selected individual. Each pinned location offers a brief description of the woman associated with the location and an explanation as to why the location is important. More will be added to this map in the coming months.

On June 28, 2016, in celebration of the 97th anniversary of Texas’ ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, TSHA released, Volume 1: Nineteenth Century and Before. This eBook features thirty-seven biographies, including Tamar Morgan, Emily Austin Bryan Perry, and Ellen Lawson Dabbs. This year, TSHA announced the publication of the second eBook, Volume 2: Early Twentieth Century.

The online advertisement states: “Available for free download, Women Across Texas History eBook Volume 2: Early Twentieth Century, provides the stories of many individuals who influenced the politics, economy, and culture of Texas. Our unique history is shaped by the stories from the myriad individuals who influenced the politics, economy, and culture of Texas. Among these individuals are countless women who fought for gender equality and shattered glass ceilings, creating new opportunities for those who followed. Texas women make Texas history, and as a result of their contributions in the past, the foundation for the future is much stronger. To ensure that these women receive proper recognition, TSHA has embarked on a multi-year effort to share their stories in our eBook series, Women Across Texas History.”  Some of the information included:

“Jessie Ames, a suffragist and anti-lynching reformer who was a progressive leader and founder of both the League of Women Voters and the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching.

Georgia O’Keeffe, the influential modernist painter who taught in West Texas and derived much inspiration from the vast Texan plains, conveying such impressions through her large body of work.

Jovita González de Mireles, a teacher, folklorist, and writer who was not only one of the first Texan Mexicans to obtain a master’s degree and work as a professor, but a crucial contributor to the study of Spanish folklore and the first female and Mexican to be president of the Texas Folklore Society.

Lulu Belle Madison White, a teacher and civil rights activist who led the Houston chapter of the NAACP to become the largest chapter in the South and was a vanguard in the effort to eliminate the white primary in Texas, integrate the University of Texas, and enforce equal salaries for black and white teachers.”

 

Information for this article was taken from https://www.tshaonline.org/home/

 

Words of Wellness

-Morgan Waggoner

Sitting here on a beautiful, sunshiny, 80-degree day, as we round the corner into May, I hesitate to say this for fear we have a good ol’ Texas surprise freeze tonight, but it sure feels like maybe spring has finally sprung! And one sure sign is the dirt underneath my fingernails as I look down at the keyboard! Yes, digging in the dirt, talking to my plants and pruning roses has become one of my favorite “well-rounded wellness” activities.  I know I’ve written about cliché gardening/life analogies in the past, but I had another major revelation today that I hope will encourage you. 

As I was cleaning out my garden and flower beds today, in addition to a few returning perennial plants that I expected to see return naturally this year, much to my surprise I also found several baby plants popping up from last year’s supposedly failed crop: corn, strawberries and a LOT of tomatoes! 

Now follow me for a moment, down the path of adventure this past week in my Spanish classroom at Gunter High School…. adventure with a famous character from one of the most famous works of literature in the world: Don Quixote de la Mancha. You might have heard the story (or seen the Wishbone the dog episode or seen the “actually famous” movie with John Lithgow?) about the “crazy old man” who fought giants (that were seemingly just windmills). Sound familiar? Through a series of victories and losses, the definition of “reality” becomes blurred and we ultimately conclude that “reality” is defined uniquely by each individual’s perception at the moment.  

What does this have to do with gardening or life or anything at all, you ask? Everything. There are seasons of life that we may feel like we’ve experienced a defeat or lost a battle or downright failed at something.  Sometimes we might even lose sight completely of the joy in the journey and the victories along the way or even the impact on other people around us. But maybe, just maybe, as the quote by Christine Caine says, “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” Last year, in the heat of Texas summer, I basically gave up on my burned up, weed infested garden. I did not harvest very much produce at all and I waited “way too long” to pull up the “ugly, dead” plants. But much to my very pleasant surprise, I have just harvested two big, beautiful strawberries and am on my way to a “better than ever before” spring garden full of HOPE! 

What is it that you’ve all but given up hope for? Where does it feel like darkness is burying you? What seeds are growing deep inside of you? Are you in need of some sunshine and water? Text WaggonerWellness to 22828 to get some sunshine and water and fertilizer for your soul delivered to your inbox weekly.  It’s time to sprout my friends! Let’s declare it together now: the winter is over! Spring. Has. Sprung! 

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Schedule of events for 2018
 
April 9th - Meet the Candidate Night at 6:30
May 17th - GHS Scholarship Awards
June 1st - Membership Networking at Landmark Bank Happy Hour 5:30-7pm. 
July 4th - Fourth of July in the Park 6-10 pm
October - Community Barn Dance
November - Member Networking Event - The Woods Potluck Dinner
December 1st - Holly Jolly Craft Fair 9-3:00 pm at GHS

Challenges are what makes life interesting.

Overcoming them is what makes them "Meaningful”

   Thank you for the Opportunity to serve as your City Council Woman.  It has been an honor and a privilege to serve for the last two years.  I am proud of the progress we, as a Council, are making. But the Job’s NOT done yet, we are making some improvements, but I would still like to finish the work that I have so diligently begun.

     We have been able to embellish some services and install better equipment, in the fire department, the police department, the public works is being improved with new equipment, some road improvements; but that is only the start.  We, are having to update-upgrade our infrastructure.

     My priorities include: improvements to roadways, and drainage (many neighborhoods of Gunter do not have safe areas for our children to walk to schools or for bicycles to ride on the road; drainage issues that cause flooding and inconvenience).  Economic growth is essential (we must attract new businesses while making sure our current businesses are given the assistance they need to prosper). We are having to rebuild our Infrastructure due to aged equipment and not planning in the past.  Soon, you will see a new Sewer Plant in downtown Gunter which will replace the ponds and the expansion of the Sewer Plant at the Bridge will be underway. Negotiation for a new Water Well and Storage for the City of Gunter, a much-needed requirement with the anticipated coming growth.   We must promote and expand Gunter Park while allowing everyone to enjoy its recreational amenities and beauty. A Master Park Plan is in the infancy planning and a requirement to get Grants or Bonds.  Promoting local business success and jobs will increase our tax base and make it possible for us to meet our goals without raising taxes. We have had several New Business move to our Fair City like the Event Center which will Host their first wedding in April, a new Beauty Shop and a coffee Shop.  A new Strip mall is being negotiated with a Dental Office, possibility a New Restaurant or eatery, maybe even a Drug Store.  I guess we will have to wait and see, but it’s coming.  

     I pledge to tackle our challenges head-on and help Gunter become the thriving, dynamic city it was always meant to be. I firmly believe that promoting economic development and protecting our environment can coexist; in fact, they must.

Why?

Both are essential to a quality community. Thriving Businesses mean more City Revenue which will support Street Maintenance and create jobs for our Unemployed, build a New Community Center, Build Soccer/Football Fields and other amenities in our City park.  Increase Memberships in the Chamber of Commerce, the library, Gunter Park Foundation, and all critical non-profits will benefit by improving our local business economy. The road to Gunter’s growth begins with the Council working towards these goals.

As a resident of Gunter for over 9 years; It has been great working For and with you. I can honestly say it has been a real honor and I would like to continue to do so if you re-elected me. I will strive to make the right decisions which is not always easy during these tough economic times and it sometimes requires making very difficult decisions. I will continue to analyze and study the issues and put the best interest of our citizens first as we strive to keep our City financial stable, rebuild our infrastructure and protect this City we call home. I will continue to ask hard questions, study the facts, and make my decisions based on what’s in the best interests of our community. Thanks for your support and your trust.  I’d be honored to serve you and I’d appreciate your vote on May 5, 2018

Respectfully,

Jeannie Anderson

Paid for by the Jeannie Anderson for City Councilwoman Campaign

Habitat for Humanity Home Improvement Sale on May 19th

-David Mendez

Looking to renovate this summer? Habitat for Humanity will be hosting a Home Improvement Sale on Saturday, May 19. The warehouse on 602 E. Brockett St in Sherman will open at 8am and feature a huge variety of unique wares, including furniture, appliances, lighting, and more. Proceeds will help fund local efforts to build homes for neighbors in need. Enjoy bargain prices and complete your project with money left over for pizza.

For more information, visit the Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County website at:

www.graysonhabitat.org

 
Hacked Networks: The New Normal
-Joe Woodwell

So today I received alerts on three significant computer network outages.  See if you can detect a common thread?

The network that connects motor vehicle agencies across the United States to each other and to various verification services experienced an outage.  During that time, there was no ability to process messages that support transactions of driver licenses and motor vehicle titles.


This prevented a number of motor vehicle agencies from issuing driver licenses and vehicle titles during the outage.  The network is operated by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. 


See below for announcements by just a few of the locations impacted, including Georgia, Massachusetts, and New Mexico:


http://www.wrbl.com/news/local-news/network-outage-impacts-georgia-department-of-driver-services-dds/1146395096


http://www.wcvb.com/article/rmv-unable-to-process-permit-license-id-related-transactions/20083998

http://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/network-issues-leave-mvd-website-down/4884478/


And lest you think that sort of outage might be expected of a state or federal agency, think again. The social network TWITTER, a favorite media of President Donald Trump and celebrities worldwide, appeared to have crashed for a large number of users globally.


The Down Detector website – which tracks services when they go offline – revealed that more than 5,000 people complained about the Twitter outage.

But it's very likely many more (and potentially all) users were affected.

Data on the outage suggests a range of different devices were affected, including the Android app, the desktop website, and the Apple iPad app.

The Sun online news-site in the UK confirmed that the iOS iPhone app was also broken during the outage.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/6074848/twitter-down-offline-not-working/

 

Lastly, we have Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia. Early reports indicate that Woolworths Supermarkets are closing their doors to shoppers around the region, due to an unprecedented network-wide computer outage.

Shoppers around the Bellarine were some of the first to be affected, with no transactions able to be processed at Bellarine Village in Newcomb and Drysdale.

It is suspected that the error is network-wide, with one Twitter user indicating the same problem in other areas as well.

https://www.bay939.com.au/news/local-news/92431-network-outages-shuts-down-woolies


What do they all have in common? They are widespread outages that impact customers and users who went without access to critical systems on a world-wide level or nationwide basis.

Don’t just give this a cynical dismissal; this is a serious issue you to which you need to wake-up and take notice. Why? Because it’s going to get worse, that’s why.

In fact, I predict that some of the services you use for free today such as Gmail, for instance, are going to disappear. Yep. I said that, disappear. Governmental scrutiny on Google/Alphabet activities is one reason. Yep, they’ve been very naughty, so naughty that they will likely just fold and go away.

In other instances, outages will simply happen because of neglect.

Ever notice how some governmental agencies build roads and then divert monies initially earmarked for maintenance and repair to other projects?  Well, the same is happening all over the world but in this instance the roads and highways are virtual and online and called the Internet.

Many operating those networks are doing so with the thinnest of staffing and expertise, particularly network & computer security expertise.

So, what are you going to do?? Do you have a plan?

I have just one recommendation today: Anything that would absolutely ruin your life if you were to cease having access to it online (such as e-mail, attachments, files, photos, music, and apps of any kind), you need to archive off-line. That means backing it up to a local device in your home such as a USB thumb drive or other local storage media.

But you have so much stored in the Cloud, you say? Where would you even start?  Well, how important is that data to you? First, start with your e-mail and delete all of those e-mails you don’t read or have never read, especially the subscriptions and notifications you always ignore. Save the e-mails you absolutely need.

Next, figure out what that skinnier elephant looks like now, size-wise, and eat it in small chunks over several days. Think critical, must-have files first. Make a plan ASAP, but start now so you have no regrets. You’ll get there and you’ll be glad to took that step.

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 meet.libbyapp.com. 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 netldc.overdrive.com. 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 gunterpatron@gmail.com 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 gunterpatron@gmail.com.

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