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August 10, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – August 10, 2011

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

 

This week’s, On The Bright Side, is in honor of Friendship Day.  It is also a “Mary Howell classic” and I pray that it will brighten the day for my readers once again.

 

I often stop to thank God for blessing me with friends.  Friends come and friends go.  We have childhood friends.  We have school friends.  We have church friends.  We have society friends.  Then we have heart-to-heart friends.

 

Those are the ones who really love us in spite of ourselves. They share our ups and downs in life. They take the time to listen to good news and bad news.

 

Friends often listen when we share our deepest heartaches. They help to mend a broken heart and even wipe away our tears. 

 

Friends also not only pray for you, they pray with you, too.

 

Distance has no influence over friendship.  Though separated by a few miles or even hundreds or thousands of miles, friends can remain close to each other in mind and heart.

 

Even the smallest act of kindness offered by a stranger or new acquaintance often leads to a beautiful friendship that can last a life-time.

 

During my 60 years, I have had hundreds of friends.  Each one has touched my life in a different way.   Regardless of age differences, friends still care.

 

I am so thankful for my friends who take the time to pray for me, take me out to eat, go shopping or out for an afternoon ride, prepare a chocolate pie, or fix a special dish for me. These are friends who have mastered the art of being a friend.

A friend is someone who takes the time to write a cheery note or pick up the phone just to say hello. They also drop by for an unexpected visit where they always find a warm welcome from those they love.

 

Our earthly friends may fail us, but Jesus is a friend who never fails.  He is always with us.  He forgives.  His love has no end.  He will always be our best friend.

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank my many friends near and far who take the time to read “On The Bright Side” each week.

 

August 10, 2011

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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.

June 16, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – 6/15/11


 

June 14, was celebrated as Flag Day throughout the United States.  I for one, believe that Flag Day should be every day of the year.

 

The United States Flag is a symbol of democracy which stands for the freedoms that we enjoy.  Betsy Ross designed the first flag which contained 13 stars and 13 stripes symbolizing the 13 original states.  In later years as another state was added to the nation, a star was added but the 13 stripes remained the same. 

 

Our flag has seen many wars and has brought hope to millions of soldiers who have fought for the liberties that we often take for granted.

 

To me, there is nothing more impressive than to see our beautiful flag waving on a bright sunny day.

 


Flags are usually flown on patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, or the 4th of July.

 

At a young age, my mother taught me to respect our flag. She also taught children who came to Vacation Bible School to honor the flag.  She taught us never to let the flag touch the floor and she made sure that we stood at attention when the pledge of allegiance was recited.

 

It seems very appropriate that the last thing Mother did at our home before her death was to bring in the flag when the sun was going down.

 

The flag honors our military men and women who have forfeited their lives for our country.

 

Let us take pride in our flag and thank God that we still live in the land of the free.

 

June 15, 2011

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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.

(Mary singing ‘Jesus Loves Me”)

May 25, 2011

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE – MAY 25, 2011- Mary Howell

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
MAY 25, 2011 

	The month of May has passed by fast and furious for the residents of Hemphill
Care Center. Every day has been filled with fun, food and fellowship.
	To start the month we laughed and sang songs with the Hope Family from Lakes
Area Hospice. Our friends entertained us with lively songs and funny skits. We
celebrated Cinco de Mayo on May 5th with “south of the border” treats and taking
turns trying to break the pinata. Ruth Watson and Darwin Stroud were the first
to find the candy inside the pinata. On Friday May 6th our mothers were honored
with a Mothers Day Celebration. Beautiful corsages were presented to Sherry
Mobley, our youngest mother, Geraldine Dupree, our oldest mother and Bobbie
Garrett as our mother with the most children.
	May 8-14th was celebrated royally here as National Nursing Home Week, during
which we enjoyed a build a cupcake party, had a fun-filled scavenger hunt, on
Wednesday the owners of our home honored us with a hamburger cook-out. The
following afternoon we were treated to delicious banana splits with the toppings
of our choice. Thanks to our owners the care center has the equipment to show
outdoor movies. On Friday night we were treated to the very first outdoor movie
at our home, which was Secretariat. It is a great movie for all ages. Our
evening under the stars and moon made new memories for some of us and brought
back cherished memories of going to a drive-in theater in our younger days for a
lot of us. Thanks to our staff we had our own concession stand with a wide
variety of goodies for our enjoyment. We welcome visitors to join us for our
next movie night which will be on June 10th.
	In honor of National Nurses Week during May 8-14th , our nursing staff was
treated to a delicious breakfast cooked by our own department heads.
	Lively bingo games this month  were sponsored by: Hemphill’s Church of Christ,
Texas Home Health and Parkway Baptist Church. Various prizes were given to the
winners.
	We enjoyed worship services and sing-a-longs with Hemphill’s First Baptist
Church, Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Parkway
Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church and the
Pineywoods Pickers and Bethany Baptist Church.
	We enjoyed our craft time with Carole and Linda. We decorated crosses in honor
of Mothers day. Our Garden Club friends showed us how to arrange flowers and
even gave blue ribbons for the most creative arrangements. The Macedonia Baptist
Church Mission Ladies treated us to delicious fresh baked pies and cakes.  We
say a big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who brighten our days.
	Our resident council selected Barbara Briggs as our resident of the month,
Bethel Chapel Baptist Church as our volunteers of the month and Tammy Childress
and Perry Bice as our employees of the month.
	We look forward to making jewelry with Sandy Trahan tomorrow afternoon as well
as the beautiful music of C.J. Michaels on Friday afternoon.
	Happy Birthday wishes this month  are extended to Lowana Walters, James
Patterson, Baxter Faires, Lois Claborn and Vivian Weaver.
	We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day week-end. We pray that each of
you will live your life on the bright side.

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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.

April 14, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell

Spring has sprung!! Everywhere we look we can see signs of springtime.  Spring brings special memories of my mother and her flower garden.

From the time I was almost two years old, I remember going outside and sitting in my stroller to watch Mother plant her flower garden.  She would say “Mary, we’re going to plant these tiny seeds and in a few weeks, we will see stems of green coming out of the ground and then we will see flowers blooming!”

Every day, Mother and I would go outside and sprinkle her little seeds with water and I just couldn’t wait to see what would come out of the ground from one day to the next.

Mother also planted bulb flowers. I remember her planting dahlias.  She had purple and red dahlias.  The purple ones would grow as big as a dinner plate.

I remember Mom’s pansies which she carefully planted along the sidewalk.  She told me that pansies looked like little faces that smiled at me.

Mother took pleasure in her day lilies.  She said that they would bloom for one day and then go to sleep at night.  I also remember her four o’clocks.  Mom said that they would fold up their blooms about 4:00 p.m. every evening.

Some of my favorite flowers were Moms hydrangeas.  We never knew from one year to the next if Mom’s hydrangeas would be pink or blue.  I loved Mom’s baby pink roses which had the sweetest fragrance.  Mom called them her grandma roses.

Mom was one who was known to share her flowers with her friends.  She often picked bouquets for people who were sick. She took bouquets of flowers to church frequently.  When Dad had couples to come to our house to get married, she would go outside to pick a bouquet of flowers for the wedding.

Mom taught me this little poem which still brings a smile to my face when I think about it.

In your garden of recollection

Will you leave for me a little spot.

Plant sweet flowers of love and affection

Please plant for me a forget-me-not.

We can brighten the day of our friends and loved ones by spreading seeds of love and kindness.  We can then have a life on the bright side.

April 13. 2011

March 11, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell 3/9/11

On The Bright Side

What would life be like without the blessing of memories?  God gave us the ability to recall happy times in our lives. Sometimes, we wish we could forget when bad things happen to us.  With the passing of time, most of our bad memories fade into the past.  Here are just a few memories of days gone by of what life was like when I was a child.

Those of us who have lived in Hemphill approximately 60 years will remember when Hemphill had phone numbers with only two digits.  The phone at First Baptist Church parsonage was 54.

I remember when the roads to Yellowpine, Hemphill and old Fairdale were unpaved and only had one-way wooden bridges.

I remember when we had five cafes on the square.  Carter’s Café had the best hamburgers ever.

Hemphill drivers had the pleasure of having three car dealerships from which to choose.  Dealers Roy Payne, Comet Toole and Wayne Reeves would invite everyone to see the new models when they came in each year.  Miniature model cars were given to the children and refreshments were served.

Elliott’s Store, which was located on the Hemphill Square was a favorite place for shoppers of all ages.  Mrs. Minnie specialized in bridal and beautiful bridal selections such as china and crystal.  She also was known far and wide for her exquisite gift wrapping.

Sabine Theater, which was operated by Bennie and Bessie Alford, was a favorite place to go on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.  Movie goers could enjoy the freshly popped corn and icy cokes for a minimal charge.

I remember when mail was delivered twice daily to the Post Office which was located on the east side of the Hemphill Square.  One could frequently hear the cheeps in the back room of baby chicks in boxes waiting to be delivered to the various farms in Sabine County.

Shoppers could call their favorite grocery store or drug store and order a bill of groceries or medication which would be delivered free of charge.

Drivers were given the royal treatment by filling station owners Henry Wright, Eugene Procella, Charlie Poye and Alfred and Ebb Smith.  The car was not only filled with gas, but the floorboard was swept with a whisk broom and windshields were cleaned and the oil was checked and the air pressure was checked in the tires.

Students of Sabine County schools were blessed to have teachers who were allowed to read the Bible and teach children to pray.

Although things are different from yesteryear, over ten thousand Sabine Countians are still blessed to call Sabine County home.

March 9, 2011

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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.



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