Life Lessons from a Pencil

Hand-Holding-Pencil-psd86502Here are life lessons from a pencil:

  • Everything you do will always leave a mark.
  • You can always correct (erase) the mistakes you make. But, there always is always residue left.
  • What’s important is what is inside of you.
  • In life you will undergo painful sharpening which will make you stronger, if you get the point.
  • To be the best, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.



Hold the bus!

BUS-BTSSDFriday (Tomorrow) KSWP/KAVX will gather school supplies on South Timberland Drive in Lufkin… Between Berreles Fire Burger and AutoZone from 10:30a to 1:30p… Jenn (Afternoon Personality) and David (Evenings Personality) will be there and have giveaways.

The following is an excerpt from KTRE-tv’s website… It’s goes like this…

Hold the Bus! By Michelle Reed KTRE-TV

“KSWP KAVX stuff the bus’ fundraiser helping kids get school supplies… The stations have teamed up with several East Texas agencies to stuff the bus. The back-to-school fundraiser is a way for people in the community to give back to kids who might not be able to get all of their school supplies or even afford any school supplies this school year…. Go here for the full story…

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Classic Hollywood Decor Making Comeback

Carole Lombard and Clark GableWhat is your home Decor? Michelle and I found this story. “Classic Hollywood is making a comeback. That “LOOK” is making a comeback now.” The Mom Blogger that wrote this story “likes it”.
Here is our (Al, Michelle and Good Friends take on it)
It’s Making A comeback! Classic Hollywood!
My mom always said wait long enough and the trends always return – sure enough Fringe is back, lavish crystal chandeliers, lacquered furniture, credenzas, showy fabrics, fur, chaise lounges, and lots of light are the “new” looks.

  1. If you want to add a little Hollywood flare to your guest room or dining room it’s cheaper than you think and off course there is always Pinterest (how did we live without it before)
  2. Shop garage sales and thrift stores for old used furniture sand it, and spray with black lacquer spray paint. After that, look for the supporting cast – in distinctive pieces that have that glitz to complete your look. Lamps, and side tables, bold colors and accessories that have that jazz.
  3. Kids seem to be more into the glitz and old Hollywood glam.. maybe you could beat some summer boredom by working on a room remodel project together out of stuff in your storage room, garage or attic that’s just collecting dust.

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It’s National Anti-Boredom Month

Dynamic-Discs-Disc-Golf-Eric-McCabeJuly is coming to an end, and so is National Anti-Boredom Month. Here are some cool Boredom Busters:

  1. Wacky Workout – Learn a new sport that is out of the ordinary, such as disc golf. This will not only cure boredom, but allow for some exercise as well.
  2. Backyard Camping – Pitch a tent and invite some friends make smores and have a “outdoors experience” right at home.
  3. Game Night – Break out some board game classics, such as Monopoly, Yahtzee or Candy Land. This will also allow for some quality time with family or friends.
  4. Scrapbooking – Take items, photos, etc. from this summer and create a scrapbook. This will relieve the boredom and also help keep great memories.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow have you stayed busy during Anti-Boredom Month? Do you have any anti-boredom tips? Share your thoughts on our blog!

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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Good Friends


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End Summer Fighting between Kids

Getting AlongDO you find yourself saying things like … “Don’t talk to each other. Don’t look at each other. Was that necessary?”

This mom came up with a plan… Kindness Coins. Each week (I chose Sunday) since I expected kindness, I presented the coins with full hopes that they would get to keep all of them. Since my boys are older (and wise to the whole “penny is only 1 cent” bit) I chose quarters, 10 coins per child, a total of $2.50 each.

I explained that I wanted to reward them in advance for their expected kindness, but if they choose to show unkindness towards a sibling or myself, I will request a quarter. I’d like to report that after a month, things are coming along quite nicely. They are learning that with each unkind comment (sometimes they don’t even realize it), a quarter must be gently placed in my hand (I’ve had a few thrown, and that’s a no-no…go get another quarter;). In a more severe instance, I asked for 2 quarters, and in all cases, I expect (sincere, look-them-in-the-eye) apologies for the unkindness. When they give a quarter to me, I put it right back into the bucket from which I drew at the beginning of the week. Just make sure you replenish your supply (or maybe it was a rough week and you don’t have to).

A very simple song I learned in church as a child comes to mind, “I want to be kind to everyone, for that is right, you see. So I say to myself…remember this: Kindness begins with me.”


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Forrest Gump Anniversary

Forrest-RunningBelieve it or not, “Forrest Gump” turned 20 Saturday. The lessons Forrest taught and learned are eternal. Here are a few:

  • Always Celebrate with Chocolate - ‘Mommaalways said, “Life is like a Box of Chocolate, You never know what you never know what you’re gonna get.” (FYI – Today is Chocolate Day.)
  • You’ll Never Know What You’re Capable Of If You Don’t Try – Forrest Gump was born with a back that was “as crooked as a politician,” requiring him to wear braces on his legs. A constant target for bullies, his only childhood friend famously advised him to “run, Forrest, run!” He broke free of his braces and later enjoyed a successful career as a college athlete. Always try. You may surprise yourself.
  • To Have Good Friends, Be a Good Friend – There were no better friends than Forrest and Bubba. Forrest was a good friend to Bubba because Bubba was so loyal to him. It’s simple: Be kind.
  • Do What You Love, No Matter What – Forrest loved mowing the lawn so much that he did it even when he was a “gazillionaire.” From the outside, that must have looked foolish, but he didn’t care: He was always true to himself. Be honest with yourself about what makes you happy.
  • Stay Positive and Focused – When Lieutenant Dan lost his legs in the Vietnam War, he grew depressed and did everything he could to distract himself from his problems. However, after joining Forrest on his shrimping boat and later investing their earnings in a new technology company by the name of Apple, his life turned around dramatically. Stay positive and always look ahead. Better days are coming.
  • It’s Great to Give Back – After earning a fortune, Forrest gave Bubba’s portion of the shrimping boat business to Bubba’s family. “There’s only so much fortune a man really needs and the rest is just for showing off,” he reasoned. If you can share your wealth, it’s worth doing.
  • Expect the Unexpected and Be Open-Minded – Like Forrest’s mother said, “Life is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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Independence Day

independence dayFor many of US… the Fourth of July (or Independence Day) declares by it’s very nature as a “Cool” holiday. OK, well maybe not temp wise, but nevertheless “Kool!”. So go out have fun and frolic (really?) and enjoy the family… Do something. :-)

You can join others and eat, lounge by the water somewhere, grill, or just numb-out as my grandson says… Grandson #1 (meaning first born) also ask this once (with a smile), “So Papaw, kids are not Independent from parents?” His mom whirled around and he took off running laughing… Kids, you’ve go to love ‘em!

Anyway, where was I?

firework-statue-of-libertyFourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom).

Independence Day when you and your family possibly attend fireworks displays or backyard fun (be careful),  parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, (source Wikipedia)

flagJuly 4 celebrated as a legal holiday in the U.S!

Some say it’s the greatest secular holiday in the country. Celebrating the day became common only after the War of 1812. Thereafter, civic-minded groups worked to link the ideals of democracy and citizenship to the patriotic spirit of the day. (source – merriam-webster)

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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Good Friends


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