Commentary

Brenda Cannon Henley

There are few things in life stronger than the love of a mother for her child. In her heart and body are the elements that sustain the young life until it greets the world in birth, and those same elements grow with each gift of a child. A mother knows her own child, I might add, like no other and can see the good sometimes resting beneath the unkind, mischievous or negligent surface.

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Richard Alderman

Q. My daughter-in-law received a ticket last year for lack of auto insurance and paid the $250 fine. She thought it was paid in full, but recently she received another bill for $250. When she asked about this bill, she was told that she has to pay the $250 “surcharge” for three years. Is this true? Please explain the lack of insurance fine and its duration.

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With a starting MSRP of $28,600, the comfortable and convenient 2015 Sienna is available in five grades: L, LE, SE, XLE and Limited (all-wheel-drive is available on LE,

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I have a program on my computer that alerts me to special days, birthdays, facts of history, and suggestions for each day. I truly enjoy learning and find something new every single day to add to my storehouse of facts, trivia, fun and serious information. Today, I have spent a good two hours reading about famous Texas women, and in particular, mothers. It is fitting since we are celebrating the Battle of San Jacinto in which Texas won her independence in 1836.

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This spring and summer mark significant milestones for SETMA and for Carolyn Holly and myself. May 8, 2015, Carolyn and I celebrate the 50th anniversary of our graduation from college. Aug. 1, 2015, SETMA celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding. And Aug. 7, 2015, my wife and I celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

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The much-ballyhooed release of Windows 10 is nearing, as Microsoft polishes its features and adds devices to the list of compatible hardware that can run the new operating system.

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Amazing that three different little reminders have come to me in the last two days calling my attention once again to the fact that it is the little things that often mean the most. Perhaps you can attribute my newfound opinion to my age, the loss of my husband and many friends, my children growing up and now my grandchildren reaching adulthood, but I know for certain that I value and treasure the little things I once took for granted.

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In the not too distant past, we communicated with each other with the spoken and written word, telephone, telegraph, and by mail complete with a postage stamp. Fast forward a few decades, and now, in terms of personal communication, we use satellite dependent cellular phones, e-mail, texting, video conferencing, social networking, and other forms of digital media. While generally very efficient in terms of time and energy, these new digital communications technologies have also made us somewhat lazy.

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As our medical home grew, SETMA started a patient-centered council from which we could get feedback about how we can improve our services. As our idea of this project grew, we realized that more than “feedback” on what we had decided to do, we wanted our patients and community to give us guidance on what we should do and/or what they wanted us to do.

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Shortly after my husband, Ted, passed away in August, I said down and penned an article, but after reading it over, I decided against sending it to my editors. I felt that readers might misconstrue what I had written or, more importantly, what I was feeling deep in my heart. I asked the questions, “Why are you so silent? Don’t you know I need you more than ever? Where are you? Were you really never our friends? Don’t you care at all?” I was hurting and I did not know how to express myself or really what to expect from those I loved.

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