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A Baby’s First Breath

  Baby Maggie was delivered, but the doctor could not get her to take that all important first breath.     During this episode, I learned something I never knew before. Until an infant takes its first breath, its lungs are full of fluid that for nine months nourishes its body.       When the time is

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What I Remember About Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has caused great heartache. But it has also generated great gratitude. While I am writing this article, Texas Governor Greg Abbott just announced that already over 30,000 people have been evacuated from their flooded homes and are in shelters. He says the number will continue to grow since literally thousands are still trapped

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SPARROW Takes Center Stage

I love the view from my comfortable “ole” recliner. I don’t even have to move my head to see the birdfeeder Phyllis’ dad built for us. I merely lift my eyes from my laptop computer and can enjoy an array of our feathered friends: bright red cardinals, gorgeous gold finches, brilliant vermillion flycatchers, tiny hummingbirds,

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I Love My Granddaughter’s Painting

I love painting portraits. It doesn’t matter if I’m painting a smiling baby, heroic soldier, or famous dignitary; I simply enjoy the artistic process and seeing the smile on the faces of those who receive it. There’s just something magical about starting with a blank canvas and watching it become something of great value. Don’t

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Why Your Vision Will Succeed or Fail

This past week a young doctor friend, fresh out of medical school and a third-year resident, drove all the way to our home in the Hill Country to tell us about his fascinating vision. If his vision actually works, it will change the lives of millions of America’s poorest citizens. “often visions, even good and

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Let’s Honor Our Armed Forces – America’s Armed Forces Week

This week, patriotic Americans across the country celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 20.  First observed on May 20, 1950 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches, it’s always on the third Saturday in May as a climax to Armed Forces Week. A few months ago I was commissioned to paint

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