Fathers, be assured, o what a happy day it is! This is the day that has been designed with you in mind, to honor and recognize your patriarchal role in the God given unit called family. Whether you are grandfather, biological father, step-father, god-father, brother, uncle, or pending father to be, you matter to us. On this sizzling, summer Sunday; with a mammoth embrace and smile, we dare not forget to say, Happy Father’s Day!

“Put that water on the fire,” said the Scoutmaster to the boy at the campsite, referring to a tin pot of water which he wanted the tenderfoot Scout to place on top of the grate covering the campfire. The boy hesitated: “Are you sure?”

In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan in response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” The good neighbor was the one who showed mercy to the injured man. The bad neighbors were the ones who ignored the man and failed to help him. The good neighbor helps, the bad neighbor ignores.

As Father’s Day approaches, I hope that you are making plans to attend church with your father. I also hope you are spending some time thinking about fathers and your father. Few would dispute the fact that our families and thus our society are riddled with significant and deeply rooted problems. Few would dispute the idea that those problems are dangerous to the point of threatening the very existence of society as we know it. Few would dispute the importance of biological fathers being real fathers to our cultural survival. There is some difficulty in getting people to agree on what exactly being a “real” or “good” father is. Once some consensus is reached on that, the greater difficulty is in getting people to agree on how to teach, train, encourage, or force that.

Father’s Day 2019 is approaching, and you may decide a gift is the way to thank Dad for all that he does. The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects Father’s Day spending to reach an all-time high of $16 billion this year. They also project an average spending of $139 per person. 

As a homeowner and a home buyer there are some common issues typically found in homes. Be aware of these issues and take care of them as soon as they arise. This will help keep your home maintained well and make it easier to sell when you are ready.

William Henry Harris, of the fighting Harris family of Cut and Shoot, now of Huntsville, has made his mark as both a boxer himself and trainer of other ring greats. The most spectacular of these greats was his brother, Roy Harris, who gained a world heavyweight title fight against Floyd Patterson in August 1958. Henry helped train and worked Roy’s corner at the Los Angeles site.

There’s a description in the 2019 Tomato Fest brochure, published by the Chamber of Commerce, which tells how our community came to be called “Jacksonville.” As we’ve written in past columns there is another version as told by Jackson Smith, the founder of our community, to John Templeton, a noted historian and past pillar of our city. There’s even a third version in the book Jacksonville Texas Centennial.

I remember my dad would sometimes have an evening snack of cornbread and buttermilk. He would crumble the cornbread into a bowl, pour buttermilk over it and then eat it with a spoon. As a young boy, why anyone would consume buttermilk was beyond my comprehension. The tart flavor was simply too much for my tender palate. Besides, I had already learned that when milk is tart, it is spoiled. That tart flavor was so repulsive it twisted my face into a most gruesome scowl!

The ‘Mueller Deniers” are at it again. Special Counsel Robert Mueller made a definitive statement about his report’s conclusion – no collusion, none, between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Well, I've been in mourning for the past couple of weeks … the last episode of “The Big Bang Theory” aired May 16 on CBS.

Huntsville saw an increase in home sales over $300,000 in May of 2019 where 13 homes sold in that price range. In contrast to May of 2018, where only 10 homes sold for over $300,000. In Huntsville, we currently have 76 homes available to purchase, for over $300,000. There are quite a few brand new homes being offered by various builders in the Elkins Lake subdivision. The population growth is all around us. As time goes on, we should expect to see more of the higher end homes selling. Compared to Houston prices, Huntsville homes offer a greater value with larger lots and more home square footage. 

I have always been a rather dramatic romantic. I love to look at life from a spiritual, eternal perspective. Even as a young boy, I would “wool-gather” – daydream about traveling to far away places. Thoughts of heaven occupied a great deal of my thinking even then.

On Monday, we will celebrate Memorial Day. The holiday was first widely observed in May 1868 as a commemoration of the sacrifices of the Civil War. Following a proclamation Gen. John A Logan, participants decorated the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. 

The next time you hear from me, the 86th Legislative Session will have come to an end. On average only about 1 in 5 bills will make it successfully through a legislative session. At the writing of this column, approximately nine percent of the 7,324 bills, filed in the Senate and House, have been passed and sent to the Governor. This number will continue to rise. In 2017, 18 percent passed and in 2015, it was 21 percent. .

Memorial Day weekend has begun to resemble Labor Day weekend, or any other three-day weekend. It’s an excuse to be off work, take a trip, visit the beach, or just chill. To be sure, here and there veterans will march in a parade, past generations will be recognized in a church service, patriotic music played, and friends and relatives visit a cemetery. But this weekend a majority of Americans will be concerned more with entertaining themselves in their free time, than with remembering the fallen.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” [Matthew 5:13]

I’ve been working hard to get a new free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico passed in Congress. In Texas, trade with Canada and Mexico supports 948,900 local jobs and totals $127 billion in exports, and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will help our state’s workers and economy thrive even more. President Trump’s recent move to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum is a victory, and with this crucial issue resolved, I hope my colleagues will come together to advance the USMCA.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” [1 John 3:1-3]

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Carolyn Reilly Livingston was born June 13, 1952 to Philip and Faye Kersh in Jackson, Mississippi. She was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and attended Memphis State University. She married Larry Livingston on February 24, 1997 in Rockwall, Texas. They owned and operated Air Max Heating and Air…

Carolyn Reilly Livingston was born June 13, 1952 to Philip and Faye Kersh in Jackson, Mississippi. She was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and attended Memphis State University. She married Larry Livingston on February 24, 1997 in Rockwall, Texas. They owned and operated Air Max Heating and Air…