Commentary

My mother, Flo Ella Cannon Davis, and Brendan Michael Jones, her great grandson

Mother’s Day has never been a favorite holiday of mine. There are many reasons, but the main one is that I felt I could never please my biological mother with any gift. She always found a way to make me (and others) know that she did not like it or that I did not do my best. That was just my mother.

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James  Holly, M.D.

April 19, 2016, Dr. Michael Oszczakiewicz asked if due to his surgery schedule, I could fill in for him and speak to the Lamar University Pre-Med Club, similar to the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). I agreed. It was great fun.

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James  Holly, M.D.

Join a team

In his remarkable book “The Fifth Discipline,” Dr. Peter Senge, addressed the value and the power of a team. He said:

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to cancer researchers at the Association for Can

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched an online platform to enable the research community and the public to submit ideas on the National Cancer Moonshot effort. Submissions will be considered by a blue ribbon panel of scientific experts and patient advocates as they develop the scientific direction at NCI for the initiative.

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cracked windshield

Q. I was driving down the road when the large truck in front of me kicked up a small stone from the road into my windshield. I filed a claim with the owner of the truck, and it refused to pay. Do I have a case for small claims court? My friend was with me and can testify that she saw the stone thrown from the truck into my windshield.

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Albert Nolen

Taylor made … The oh-so-talented James Taylor was a huge draw at the recent Christus Southeast Texas Foundation 36th Annual Gala. The sold-out fundraiser was held at the Beaumont Civic Center with guests seated at 150 different tables (a huge coup for any fundraiser in this day and time). This humble velvet-voiced gentleman wowed the gigantic crowd for over an hour, and sang a career’s worth of favorite hits that brought back tons of memories for many.

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Today, you stand upon the precipice of the rest of your life. Precipice – “a very steep side of a mountain or cliff; a point where danger, trouble, or difficulty begins” – is not often used in this context. More often, one would choose threshold, which means “the point or level at which something begins or changes.” In actuality, both precipice and threshold apply to commencement.

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Q. I let a friend borrow the extra key to my apartment and he lost it. Can I require my landlord to change my locks?

A. Under the law, a landlord has an obligation to change the locks at his expense when a new tenant moves in. After that time, the landlord must change the locks whenever the tenant requests, as often as the tenant wants. The tenant, however, must pay the costs of installing the new locks. In other words, you can require your landlord to change your locks; however, you must pay the costs.

 

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I have often, over the years, written about the power of words — both those that hurt and wound and those that help and heal. The Book of James teaches about the tongue and how powerful it is when used in anger or insult. I read Chapter 3 three times this week because I wanted to understand it as best I could.

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Ken Meyer of Conroe remembers their sacrifice, as he must. Some things are simply too sacred not to be remembered and honored. The U.S. Air Force Security Police veteran is honoring the 19 servicemen who lost their lives in Operation Red Wings in a way that is a bit unusual, but one that will certainly stand out in the minds of those he meets on his 628-mile journey.

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