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Editor’s Note: In the weeks leading up to the Gala, we’re going to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the planning process. You’ll hear from committee member Brent Cummins about how he became involved with Joy’s House, how the committee works in supporting the event, and how all the pieces come together in executing a...
Ann has always been a Christian. She has always had a relationship with God. Granted, there have been times that she has felt closer than others, but the relationship has been solid forever. But she found herself asking God for something not too many months ago that surprised even her. “I was overwhelmed with blessings,”...
We lost my great-uncle on July 3rd.  Uncle Junior, as he was so lovingly called by his nieces and nephews, lived a full life with his wife, Hazel.  They traveled the world together collecting antiques, and wonderful memories before cancer began taking Hazel’s strength and eventually her life.   Uncle Junior recently shared with my cousin...
Miss Annie is beautiful and kind. She is soft spoken and generous. But one look in her eyes will tell you that she has lived…really lived. You see, Miss Annie is a teacher. And while many people are teachers, there aren’t many teachers like Miss Annie. She received her teaching degree in the 1950’s, during...
Skin … Skin … Skin It protects us; it is our first line of defense. It absorbs:  vitamins, acids, water and oxygen. It excretes; it is the body’s largest waste removal system. It secretes a mixture of oils that keeps the skin soft and supple. It regulates our body’s temperature by sweating and cooling the...
Like a lot of children who grew up during his time, Mr. Joe was raised on a farm. He was one of 14 children and without a doubt, his friendly approach, easy smile, and quick wit are a result of knowing what it’s like to work a room, even if they were his brothers and...
In the midst of one of the most divisive political landscapes in America’s history, members of Congress, as well as President Donald Trump, have shown there is one thing we can all agree on–caregiving. It’s a topic that we all face or will face in one way or another in our lifetime, and with the...
You look into Mr. Daoud’s eyes and you see a kind soul. But if you could just look a little deeper and see his past, you might be surprised. Mr. Daoud was a member of the Black Panthers and admittedly, had a difficult time seeing perspectives other than his own. Without going into detail, you...
It is a familiar story. Those who are eager to experience the joys of learning and travel but don’t have the chance. Perhaps their aging parent has moved in or their spouse is now in a nursing home. Whatever the situation, the reality is that for many caregivers it’s difficult to get away. That’s why...
To hear them tell the story of how they first met is captivating. Mr. Dick knew it was going to be a good night. It was summer. He was eighteen and driving his blue ’57 Chevy. Let’s face it. When you are eighteen years old and driving a turquoise Chevy on a warm summer’s night,...