Commentary

Constant amazement sweeps through my heart and mind when I hear someone say that they cannot read the Bible because it is so boring. I laugh quietly to myself. We have every kind of intrigue, mystery, villain, hero, love story, war, and instructions for life found within its pages. The truth of the matter for me is that every time I read a story, I tend to find something that I had overlooked in the past. It may be one or two words or an entire pattern of truth. It is new and interesting and I find help for whatever it is that I am facing at the moment.

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I wrote the first half of an article that became important to me when I asked a large group of people, “What do you want to be remembered for in life after you die?” The responses were interesting, revealing, and thought provoking. I asked our readers to join me in thinking about this same question and have had some compelling replies and many good conversations. I would remind us all that we build this legacy day by day and that how we live our everyday lives, and sometimes, even minute by minute, determines our overall composite of life.

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While this doesn’t have the emotional gut punch of “Munich,” it’s a solid companion piece for similar subject matter in its factual account about the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the SS officer largely responsible for Hitler’s “Final Solution,” which led to the deaths of over 6 million Jews during WWII.

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The morning light guides you to the water, dressed in gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and tall rubber boots. You make this trek with a sieve extended by a long pole in hand as you collect snails, ranging in size from half-an-inch to an inch long, being careful to not expose yourself to parasitic flatworms that infest the waters. This is just another morning of summer vacation for Lamar University junior biology major Emily McCall of Orangfield, who spent two weeks performing field research in Kenya. 

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Living in the professional newspaper world for many years gives me access to many good pieces of information. I get press releases every day, and sometimes every hour, from the big boys like UPI, AP and others, as well as many from smaller agencies and reporting firms. I have long been a member of several respected news associations including the National and International Associations of Investigative Journalists.

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A slogan entitled “Passion,” which hangs in my office, states: “Many things will catch your eye. Only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those!” As men and women hurl themselves headlong into life, they are mostly driven by necessity, that which immediately appears to be essential, rather than by passion, which is the birth of one’s purpose for and in life. In fact, Americans have become so unaccustomed to the caring manifested by passion that they often associate passion with irrationality, bigotry, fanaticism or extremism.

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If then, hope is the foundation of passion and purpose, what is hope? The first element is the affirmation that the future is positive and good. For some, this is a difficult aspect of hope. Due to the loss of loved ones to death or estrangement, the future doesn’t look bright. For others, the irremediable consequences of choices or bad experiences make the future gloomy. Yet when we find someone else who needs us and when we recognize how precious life is, hope returns. If there are those who do not value us, there are those who do, or who will, or who can.

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Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I am married to a man with two children from a previous marriage. They are adults. My husband is 15 years my senior, and he married early the first time, so long story short, his children are only four and six years younger than I am. The problem is with his daughter.

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Dear Annie:

My granddaughter, “Melanie,” thinks that she has a half-sister 24 years younger.

Melanie believes that her father, long divorced from her mother, was asked by his former unattached girlfriend with whom he remained friendly, to “help” her have a child before it becomes biologically too late.

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James Holly, M.D.

As most healthcare providers were preparing to celebrate the Declaration of Independence on July 4, Southeast Texas Medical Associates (SETMA) had a surprise laboratory inspection by the Joint Commission. Formerly known as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Joint Commission founded in 1949 is the oldest healthcare organization in the world.

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