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July 31, 2010

Pastoral Prayer, Hemphill, 07/18 /10

Filed under: Uncategorized — Freddie Keel @ 5:44 pm

The First United Methodist Church of Hemphill publishes a “Pastoral Prayer” each week on the church blog.(http://fumchemphill.wordpress.com/)    Maybe this prayer will be of interest to you.


July 18, 2010

Great God of the Sabbath, how good it is to sit at your feet and listen to your Word.  We are sorry for sometimes forgetting this fact and rushing around in our lives doing less consequential things.  There always seems to be something that needs to be done, and we choose that task rather than the path of spending time with you.  Forgive us and help us open our eyes and our ears to you.
Give us the grace to be still, to be quiet, and to be attentive, to listen prayerfully to what you have to say to us.
Then give us the grace to go forth refreshed, renewed, and recommitted to follow you into your world, doing your will, and acting in your name.  Let us be both courageous listeners to you and courageous servants for you.
Hear our intercessory prayers as well as all our prayers for we pray in the name of the one whose words brought life and love, and whose own prayer we pray aloud now…Our Father…

July 30, 2010


Filed under: Hemphill Care Center — Freddie Keel @ 8:34 pm







Dogs Days of Summer…

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 8:50 am

The Dog Days of Summer Everyone knows that the “dog days of summer” occur during the hottest and muggiest part of the season. Webster defines “dog days” as…

1 : the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere
2 : a period of stagnation or inactivity

But where does the term come from? Why do we call the hot, sultry days of summer “dog days?”

In ancient times, when the night sky was unobscured by artificial lights and smog, different groups of people in different parts of the world drew images in the sky by “connecting the dots” of stars. The images drawn were dependent upon the culture: The Chinese saw different images than the Native Americans, who saw  different  pictures  than  the Europeans.    These star pictures  are  now  called constellations,  and the constellations that are now mapped out in the sky come from our European ancestors.

They saw images of bears, (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor), twins, (Gemini), a bull, (Taurus), and others, including dogs, (Canis Major and Canis Minor).

The brightest of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) is Sirius, which also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky. In fact, it is so bright that the ancient Romans thought that the earth received heat from it. Look for it in the southern sky (viewed from northern latitudes) during January.

In the summer, however, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.

The conjunction of Sirius with the sun varies somewhat with latitude. And the “precession of the equinoxes” (a gradual drifting of the constellations over time) means that the constellations today are not in exactly the same place in the sky as they were in ancient Rome.

Today, dog days occur during the period between July 3 and August 11. Although it is certainly the warmest period of the summer, the heat is not due to the added radiation from a far-away star,
regardless of its brightness. No, the heat of summer is a direct result of the earth’s tilt.

Copyright © 1999, 2000 by Jerry Wilson

July 29, 2010

just a wad of grand-kids with papaw

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ready for ‘tubing’ on the pontoon boat…


and Cat and I are enjoying a cool July afternoon on Lake Conroe.

July 27, 2010

On the Bright Side – July 28, 2010

The residents at Hemphill Care Center have enjoyed a wide variety of fun activities during this month of July. In celebration of the 4th of July the East Texas Playboys entertained us with country gospel favorites. The music was provided by Price Rhame and friends. Refreshments were provide and served by willing volunteers. We enjoyed wearing out 4th of July hats which we made earlier in the week.

On July 6, the Hope Family from Lakes Area Hospice came to bring smiles to us during a time of lively music and much laughter.

Our friends from the Hemphill Church of Christ, Parkway Baptist Church, Kelli from East Texas Home Health and Lacey from A Pineywoods Home Health sponsored lively bingo games,nice prizes were given to all the bingo winners.

We were blessed with worship services and gospel singings throughout the month of July. We want to express our deepest appreciation to our friends from the Hemphill First Baptist, Hemphill Church of Christ, Fairdale Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, Little Flock Baptist Church, the First United Methodist Church and Bethel Chapel Baptist Church from Pineland.

We made an imaginary trip to the tropical paradise of Hawaii for a night of music, dancing and delicious Hawaiian treats. Friends who did not come missed a wonderful luau. We observed National Ice Cream Day on Sunday July 18th. Benton Poindexter provided several of our favorite flavors of ice cream.

Floyd Smith was named resident of the month by our own resident council. Our  volunteer of the month for July was the craft ladies (Carol & Linda).

Chere Parks and Linnie White were named the staff employees of the month by our resident council and Mandy Mitchell was voted as employee of the month by the staff. We congratulate each of these who make our lives happy on a daily basis.

Each Monday our residents gather to pray for each other and our family and friends who may be ill or having grief in their lives. We ask God’s blessing on our staff, residents and loved ones. We would like to invite you to join us in prayer as we pray for our community and country. We extend Happy Birthday wishes to Wilma Graves, Louis Scott, James Hardy, Maxine Ladner and Neva Poindexter.

We are looking forward to our homemade ice cream contest which will be at 2:30pm on Friday. We  welcome any friends who would like to participate.

We give thanks to God for his blessings upon our home and family at Hemphill Care Center.


Biography for Mary Howell

Mary Howell is a cerebral palsied quadriplegic who has resided at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill, Texas since November, 2009.  She lived with her parents until their deaths and then lived in her home with 24/7 caregivers.  Mary has spent her life turning defeat into victory.  Her determination and strong faith in God have been an inspiration to all who know her.

Mary attended Hemphill High School, Wharton Junior College and served as the Editor of the Sabine County Reporter.  She has received numerous awards from the Texas Press Women and the Texas Press Association. for her writing.  Mary wrote and published her autobiography in 2007, Life On The Bright Side.

She has received various awards for her services in the community. She was named as an outstanding citizen, communicator of achievement, and Texas Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year in 1986.  She was among the “Nine Who Make A Difference” selected by KTRE-TV in 1986..

Mary’s love for God makes the difference in her life, enabling her to turn sadness into happiness and apparent defeat into victory.

One less pesky pest……

During the spring months, squirrels have been destroying my plastic game feeders.  They are gnawing holes in the tops of my 30 gallon corn feeders.  It requires constant repair to prevent rain water from entering the feeders and ruining the corn.  These rascals are destructive to not only feeders and but also to game cameras.   Their current damage is slightly less than $200.   May is spring squirrel season and time to reduce the squirrel population.  Hunting squirrels with bow and arrow is a somewhat fair chase.  This squirrel will not do any additional damage.


July 26, 2010


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July 25, 2010

Oil and Gas Exploration in Sabine County –

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:57 am

With most of the activity north of Sabine County for the last year or so, the folks in Sabine County have been anxiously awaiting their turn to receive benefits from oil and gas exploration.  The following site has some interesting information:



July 24, 2010

Jug fishing on Lake Conroe

Filed under: Family,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:41 pm
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Gman checking one of our jug lines

Yep, got one.

nice channel cat.

July 23, 2010

Luke and Brett helped me bush hog.

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 8:18 pm


Lukie is getting ready to help Papaw bush hog.


Lukie is a good tractor driver.


Brett’s time


After Brett finished his turn operating the tractor, he planted some pumpkin and cucumber seeds.

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