Life & Style

Texarkana Dreamer

The story of Texarkana Dreamer, Michelle Madrid. … At six years old, with dreams of the big city, a small child traveled many miles to start a life in a country offering endless opportunities and new beginnings. Michelle Madrid recounts the journey from her home in Honduras to the United States. … Michelle grew up in San Pedro Sula Cortes, Honduras. She lived in a household with her mother, sister, and two uncles. The home would be comparable to a duplex in the United States, with Michelle’s grandparents sharing the other side.

The Texarkana Dream

What do Albert Einstein, Sammy Sosa, Dave Matthews, Alex Trebek and Mila Kunis all have in common? … The answer is, they were all born in other countries and immigrated to the United States. Their contributions to academia, education, sports, music and television have made them household names and the idols of the generations that follow them.

2020 Graduates

The top graduates and senior perspectives from Liberty-Eylau High School, Trinity Christian School, Texas High School, Pleasant Grove High School, Arkansas HIgh School and Queen City High SchoolSponsored by Express Employement Personel and Kaci Kirkland, Farmers Insurance.


Pandemic Nursing

Eight weeks ago, I packed up the safety and security of my comfortable life and left my husband and children to make the 1,300-mile journey to Hackensack, New Jersey. I was on my way to serve on the front lines of COVID-19 in one of many makeshift intensive care units in a 700-bed hospital. Quite honestly, I had no idea what to expect, and the thought of leaving my family was almost unbearable. In my mind, that was the most horrific thing I would face. The day I walked on my unit, my entire reality changed.

Beta Male Revolution

Brandy and Billy Eldridge are one of those invaluable couples who bring more than their fair share to our community. They both have such a heart for helping others and they continue to find new ways to do just that.

Temporary Teacher

photos by Molly Kendrick
Mindi Pruett shares her homeschooling story. … Moms wear many hats… caregiver, chef, housekeeper, taxi driver, nurse… the titles are endless. We manage the household and make sure that everyone is content, fed, and where they need to be. Now we have added impromptu teacher to our ever-so-long-list of responsibilities. In an instant the looming question in the world became, “Has our government lost its mind?

Pandemic Parenting

Ashley Gibbs tells her story about parenting during the pandemic for Mother's Day. … It took a solid 34 days, but my four children did finally stop asking, “What are we going to do tomorrow,” and have resigned themselves to this new normal. We have all settled in and surrendered in a way. Actually, I continue to be surprised at how regular our new routines (or lack thereof) seem to have become, when really it is everything but. We should be heading into the last few weeks of school, finishing up soccer, prepping for a dance recital, and rounding out another year of club volleyball.

How to Keep Your Body Healthy During Quarrantine

Five Tips to Stay HealthyYour Health, Your Responsibility … Ultimately your health is completely your responsibility. Yes we want to get advice and help from doctors and professionals in various fields, but nobody can look after your body 24/7 like you can. You have to realize that everything you do in life from your work to how you interact with people is done with your body, and the health of your body will put a positive (or negative) filter on everything in your life.

How to Keep Your Mind Healthy During Quarantine

Billy Eldridge provides many services but primarily sees with clients dealing with relationships (premarital, marital, communication/conflict), and spirituality (deconstruction, and crisis of faith), addiction and adolescents. … He uses a Gottman-informed approach. Dr. John Gottman’s research has followed thousands of couples and uncovered what the longest-lasting and happiest partnerships seem to have in common.

How to be Comfy and Stylish at Home

“Dress like you are famous!” … Wearing your robe all day is not uplifting. A little effort will go a long way toward brightening your mood. Do something for yourself. … Choose clothes that fit you well and are in style. Fortunately there are loads of comfortable clothes that are in style at the moment. … Try to avoid clothes that you are concerned about staining or need to go to the dry cleaners. … Have a clean, fresh appearance (a little makeup goes a long way).

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