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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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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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Brenda Cannon Henley

Writing recently about what our faces say about us led me to another topic. My daughter DeAnna, who works for an airline, has always been funny by nature. She could be a standup comedian if she wanted. Because of her personality and length of experience, she is often brought passengers with problems or questions and has diffused many serious situations. One I will never forget occurred at Jack Brooks Regional in Beaumont.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” — Kahlil Gibran

I have news for all of us. God doesn’t expect or desire us to all be just alike. He made us to be individuals, to be different, so that we can all put our piece of the puzzle in the right place for the greater good of all. 

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Dear Annie:

I am a 32-year-old married man with two children. I am trying to come to terms with my childhood. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and a mother who had numerous affairs.

My elder brother, “Michael,” was my world. He is only three years older than I am, but he practically raised me. He is the one who got me dressed and ready for school every morning, fed me, helped me with my homework, and tucked me in at night.

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Dear Annie:

When my dad passed away several years ago, he left a certificate of deposit to me. When it matured, I went to the bank with my mom because she had a CD that matured at the same time. The CD that Dad left me was a payable-on-death CD, with me as the only beneficiary, and my dad was the individual owner of the CD.

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