Annie “Sissy” Stolzle

A funeral service celebrating the life of Annie “Sissy” Stolzle, 82, was held at 2:00 PM Monday, December 6, 2021 at Rose-Neath’s Coushatta Chapel. Officiating will be Bro. Don Monk of Faith Baptist of Pitkin, LA. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery in the Hall Summit community. The family received friends from noon until service time.

Sissy was born on October 22, 1939 in Shreveport, LA to Omie Albert and Curdice Allen Watson, and passed away December 3, 2021 in Natchitoches, LA. She did a lot of volunteer work through the years. She was part with the Art Guild where she painted beautifully. She was a Pink Lady for 12 years and taught the illiterate to read at Northwestern University.

Preceding her in death were her parents. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Robert Stolzle; sons, David Allen Stolzle and Robert Lucian Stolzle and wife, Rhonda; daughter, Lisa Zeller and husband, Charlie; and brother, Ronnie Patrick Watson; 9 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and a host of other friends and family.

Honoring Sissy as pallbearers will be Seth Stolzle, Mark Stolzle, Andrew Stolzle, Jonas Couch and Charlie Zeller.


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Ranson Thomas Apprehended

From the Red River Sheriff’s Office:

According to Red River Parish Chief Criminal Deputy Greg Moore, Ranson Thomas, who walked away from a work detail on December 2, 2021, was arrested early Friday evening.

Thomas was taken into custody without incident at a residence in the Fairview Alpha community by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputies with assistance from a Red River Parish K-9 unit.

He will be booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center as a fugitive from Red River Parish before being transferred to the Red River Parish Jail where he will be booked on additional charges.

No other information is being released at this time.  End of Sheriff’s News Release.

The Journal reported Friday that Thomas had disappeared from a work detail.  Here is the link to that story:

https://redriverparishjournal.com/2021/12/02/inmate-escapes/

 


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Updated Christmas Parade Information

The Coushatta-Red River Chamber of Commerce is ironing out final details of the December 9th Christmas Parade.  We are one week away from an amazing parade and fireworks show. 

Decorations are going up all over the parish.  Town and parish official have made improvements.  School art students painted the windows on Front Street.  The parade route is changed back to the original route followed for many years.  The parade will assemble at the Industrial Park at 3:30 pm.  The parade will rollout about 4:30 pm and come down Cutoff Road, cross the railroad tracks, turn onto Front Street, then proceed to the Methodist Church to dismiss.

From Sheriff Glen Edwards, “Hope you noticed the hard work my inmate work crew did cleaning away all the brush and debris lining the area between the railroad tracks and the parking areas beside the Council on Aging and across from the Methodist Church along Front Street! Thanks for everyone’s effort for continued success each year!”

The last meeting of the Chamber Board before the big event is Tuesday, December 7 at 3:30.  Please come with any of your final questions that need to be answered and all of your final plans for the event.


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Inmate Escapes

The Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for Ranson Thomas, B/M 43 years of age. He is 6’1” and weighs 200 lbs.

Thomas disappeared from a work detail located on Highway 371, Coushatta, LA at approximately 6:20 a.m. Thursday morning (12/2/21). Unknown direction of travel or if an accomplice was involved. Last seen wearing a green camo print floppy hat, gray sweatshirt over his issued orange t-shirt (RRPJ INMATE WORKER written on front and back), bluejeans, blue denim jacket and dark colored boots.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Thomas is asked to call the Red River Parish Criminal Investigations Division at 318-932-6701 or 318-932-4221.

Thank you.  Lt. Troy Murray, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office.


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Meet the Rebels Night Was Fun for All

By Molly Seales

On Monday, November 29, Riverdale Academy hosted the annual “Meet the Rebels” game, which is a huge fundraiser for the Rebel Club. Each year the basketball players from 4th grade-12th grade are divided into the red team and the white team, and a running total of the score is kept. Tradition is that the winning team is served a feast and the losing team is served Beanie Weenies. This year the red team edged out the white team by a score of 102-96 and won the feast!

A silent auction was held for reserved bleacher seats and reserved folding chairs, while a live auction was held for the advertising space in front of the scores table. In addition to this money raised, each class made a gift basket for which raffle tickets were sold. The drawings for the basket were held between the girls’ and boys’ varsity games.

This years’ gift basket winners were as follows:

Pre-K “Warm and Cozy” basket – Sherri York

Kindergarten “Taste of Louisiana” basket – Mallory Yount

1st Grade “Squeaky Clean” basket – Millie Jones

2nd Grade “Taco Tuesday” basket – Addisyn Giddings

3rd Grade “Stir the Pot” basket – Beth Giddings

4th Grade “Spa” basket – Heather Almond

5th Grade “Toy” basket – Addi Cason

6th Grade “Tailgate Bag” basket – Sky McMullan

7th Grade “Home Sweet Home” basket – Brandi Williams

8th Grade “Charcuterie” basket – Hayden Cason

9th Grade “Pampered Chef” basket – Sherri York

10th Grade “Beef N Cue” basket – Rylee Kate Woodard

11th Grade “Family Game Night” basket – Sara Adams

12th Grade “Manly Man” basket – Joshua Nettles

Thank you to all who came out to meet and support the Rebels! Basketball season is in full swing, and a schedule is posted on the Riverdale Academy Facebook page. Come out and support our basketball teams this season! Go Rebels!


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Cowboy Church Children Christmas program

The Journal took a sneak peek on Wednesday night at the children practicing their Christmas Program.  It will be held at Red River Cowboy Church on Sunday, December 12th.

The show coordinator said “I am so proud of the work these young people are putting into this year’s program. It’s going to be great!”

After practice the kids ran out to the arena for steer riding.  They’re a little bit frightened, a little bit scary, and a lot of fun.  And so are the kids.


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December Activity Calendar

Red River 4-H is planning many activities for this final month of the year.  Today is the deadline to attend the fashion and Culinary Camps.  The camp dates are December 17 & 18.

The regular monthly club meetings will be held next week.  The deadline for 4-H Night With the Mudbugs closes on December 13.

Each club will have a Christmas Cookie Contest.  Each student should bring a dozen homemade cookies to be judged.


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First Methodist Hosts Advent Lunches

The first Advent Lunch of the year was held Wednesday at First United Methodist Church on Front Street. Several members of Wesley Chapel joined members of First Church to produce some of the best gumbo of the season.  The air was a little chilly and the gumbo was nice and hot.

These lunches will be held at noon each Wednesday until Christmas.  Everyone is invited for the food and great fellowship.


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What To Do Now?

By Steve Graf

Now that the fall feeding spree is just about over and bass have headed for their winter haunts, it is a great time to start preparing for the upcoming season. For many anglers, the new season starts the first weekend of January. So, what to do now? Let’s start with taking care of any maintenance and repairs that relate to all your equipment. Most anglers have a fishing room or man cave where they store, clean, repair, lube, and re-spool all their reels. It’s a good time to check rod eyes for frayed edges that can cause fishing lines to break on the hook set. A fishing room is an angler’s sanctuary, a place where we can get away from all the noise of the holiday’s and focus on getting our gear ready for another season. You want to try and control as many facets or variables of fishing as you can like equipment and boat maintenance.  Some anglers neglect this portion of work that’s not fun, but necessary.

Another area that anglers need to focus on is boat maintenance. As soon as my last tournament is over, which is usually by November 1st, I’ll make an appointment with my boat dealer to take care of any routine service work like changing my engine lower unit oil and replacing spark plugs and water pumps. As the old saying goes, “You can either pay me now or pay me later.” Preventative maintenance goes a long way in helping me to avoid motor breakdowns. I think this is one reason I’ve had very little issues with my Yamaha motor over the years. This type of maintenance is even more important today than in years past, since now parts are so hard to come by. Part shortages like computer chips and power packs continue to plague boat dealers due to Covid issues and shipping issues from China. Spending the preventative money now, will save you repair money later.

Next thing to do… clean up and rearrange your fishing room. After a long season of taking tackle boxes in and out of my boat and fishing room, it’s usually a big mess. I’m an angler that likes to be organized. I hate digging and looking for something. I want to be able to go directly to a certain spot and pull whatever I need off the shelf. One item that helps me with being organized is a label maker. There are several on the market and all will do a great job. It also makes it easier to walk into your fishing room and find what you’re looking for. The same goes for storing boxes in your boat. You don’t want to waste valuable fishing time looking for a tackle simply because you’re not organized. In tournament fishing, time is money, and looking for a tackle means you’re not fishing.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a tournament angler, the things I’ve mentioned above are critical in helping you to eliminate and control some of the variables that can keep you from being productive on the water. Tournament anglers are some of the most detailed people you will ever meet, and they understand that fishing is more than just luck; it’s all about preparation. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook! 


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Holiday Photo Contest

Calling all Louisiana 4-H’ers! Submit a photo for the statewide Holiday Livestock Photo Contest.

Your photo could be featured on the LSU AgCenter’s social media on Christmas Day! The rules are simple. Take a holiday themed photo with your livestock and submit the photo in the comments on the 4-H  social media page.  Multiple entries will be accepted. Deadline to enter is December 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.


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Rewards for Top of the Leaderboard

Red River Junior High recognized 16 students at the top of the Classcraft leaderboard with an ice cream special. 

Students at RRJH participate in our virtual Classcraft system all year long earning points with positive behavior and completing assignments.

Ask your student about their Classcraft avatar today!


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Federal Appeals Court Blocks OSHA Overreach

By Royal Alexander

As many legal scholars have believed from the beginning, Pres. Biden lacked both the constitutional and statutory authority to mandate vaccines for private workers, but he, nevertheless, ordered the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to do so.  In response, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled on this matter, handing down a sharp rebuke of the Biden Administration’s attempt to do an end run around our legal process. 

As you may recall, this past September Pres. Biden ordered OSHA to require private employers with 100 or more workers to require that their employees be vaccinated or tested weekly.  The Biden Administration, in fact, agreed with MSNBC anchor, Stephanie Ruhle’s tweet that “OSHA [is] doing this vaxx mandate as an emergency workplace safety rule” and acknowledging that this legal maneuver is the most effective “work around” (which often means it’s not legal) for the “federal government to require vaccinations.” Wow.

This Biden Administration action remains unsupported in virtually every way.  The U.S. Constitution entrusts states with core “police powers” to address and regulate the behavior of their citizens in the interest of protecting public health and safety, among other things.  Because of this, the federal government simply lacks the legal authority to take such actions. 

Of course, attorneys for the Biden Administration are well aware of this limitation on federal power which is why the Biden team attempted to characterize—and get around—this limitation on its power by forcing private employers to comply based upon an OSHA “emergency temporary standard.”  What “emergency temporary” power does OSHA have? This simply means that OSHA may ignore for 6 months the Notice and Comment process which is otherwise required by the Administrative Procedure Act.  The notice and comment process is very important because it is when all parties have an opportunity to be heard—to express their objection to or support of—a proposed government action.

In fairness, we should note that the actual purpose of this OSHA bypass—when not being used to do an end run on state power—is to allow OSHA to respond to emergencies if the agency decides that “employees are exposed to grave danger from exposure to substances 0r agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or from new hazards.”   Here, OSHA argued that this unilateral action was necessary to “protect employees from such danger.”

However, as the 5th Circuit panel explained, OSHA was unable to prove exposure or even that Covid had infected all of the private workplaces upon which it was trying to force this mandate.  The Court called this assertion by the Biden Administration and OSHA a “transparent stretch”.  The Court identified other legal defects as well—like the fact that after 20 months the virus could hardly be described as a “new hazard”—but returned to the central premise that this OSHA rule “likely exceeds the federal government’s authority under the Commerce Clause because it regulates non-economic inactivity that falls squarely within the States’ police power.  A person’s choice to remain unvaccinated and forgo regular testing is non-economic inactivity.”  (We should note that in No. 45 of The Federalist, James Madison neatly summarizes this dual allocation of power: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.  Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”).

The Court’s ruling is music to the ears of those of us who believe in the separation of powers and the rule of law, which includes the reining in of an out-of-control federal administrative state.  What the Court is explicitly telling the federal government here is that it lacks the authority to take these actions and its purported legal justification was a pretense.  May the Judicial Branch continue to powerfully assert its constitutional prerogative and function in the face of an aggressively overreaching executive branch of government that believes “it knows best” regarding our health.

Well, the federal government doesn’t know best.   Dr. Fauci, the CDC, and the federal government’s guidance on how masks and vaccines should be employed to battle the spread of Covid has changed more often than the Louisiana weather.   It’s enough to give us whiplash.

Rather, we, as free citizens who possess autonomy and individual rights of self-determination, get to make these kinds of vaccination and other personal health decisions and it is refreshing to see a court so firmly and clearly make that point in support of the right of medical autonomy and privacy.

This federal court decision has for now blocked the federal government’s attempt to mandate by regulatory law the requirement that millions of Americans, without regard to individual health status, be jabbed in their bodies with a needle and injected with a vaccine that according to CDC can potentially cause Guillain Barren syndrome (GBS), thrombosis, myocarditis and in rare cases, death—adverse events that CDC cautions should be disclosed to providers, vaccine recipients, and the public. cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7032e4.htm.

Perhaps the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh any possible adverse effects.  My point is that the decision should be made by each individual and not by government mandate.   That is why, in response to this Big Brother governmental overreach, we should all say in unison, “Keep your hands—and needles—to yourself, Big Government.  My Body, My Choice.” (I heard this phrase somewhere; oh yes, but apparently it only pertains to abortion.)

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, all Americans should give thanks for the gift of this federal court decision.  What we have here is a perfect example of the working of our system of checks and balances the Framers put in place and it’s deeply encouraging to see it functioning as it should.


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ETC… for December 3, 2021

Special Christmas Eve services on December 24th have been scheduled by two local churches.  To add your church to the list of events the Journal is publishing, please text the Journal at 318-5609 or email to redriverparishjournal@gmail.com.


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Fire Department Gets Donation

A donation to buy needed equipment has been made to the Red River Fire Department by DT Midstream.  Chief John Woodfin and Captain Jeremy Neal accepted the check on behalf of the department.

Jeremy Tingler and Eric Gray, representing DT Midstream presented the fire department with a $2500 donation.  Tingler explained that the company wanted to invest in the community in which they operate.  DT Midstream operates the Gen6 Frac Sand Plant.

Neal told the Journal that the donation would go to buy hazmat equipment and supplies.  One of the items on their shopping list is a hazmat plug kit, used to stop leaks in equipment such as oil or fuel that might spill as the result of an auto wreck.


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Entry Deadline For Business Decoration Contest

The deadline is today to enter the Coushatta/Red River Chamber of Commerce 2021 business Christmas decorating contest.  Driving around Coushatta it is evident that many local businesses are getting into the holiday spirit.

The Chamber’s contest is offering cash prizes.  For 1st Place the prize is $200.00.  Second place wins $100.00.  The third place finisher will get a Prize Gift Basket.

Judging begins tomorrow (December 2nd) and runs through Saturday, December 4th.  The Chamber said the judging will be done by 6 judges and tallied by 2 individuals.  The winning businesses will be announced at the parade on December 9, 2021.


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Camp Culinary

Let’s get ready to cook this Fall with The Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center’s Camp Culinary to be held on December 17-18 at Camp Grant Walker! This Fri-Sat program is open to all youth between 9-13 years old, and 4-H membership is not required to attend! Camp Culinary features an introduction to the rich cultural history of Cajun Cuisine with LSU AgCenter area nutrition agents and formally-trained chefs Quincy Vidrine & Kimberlyn Jones, along with LSU AgCenter Area Nutrition Agent Breanna Stabb!

The program fee will be $150 to attend and will be capped at 20 participants, so be sure to register ASAP! Drop-off will be from 4:30-6:30 PM on Friday, December 17, and Pick-up will be at 4:00 PM Saturday, December 18.

During online registration, you will be prompted to download and complete the Student Health Form. The Health Form and Program Fee will be due by December 3. Checks should be made out to The LSU AgCenter. The Health Form and Program Fee should be mailed to:

The Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center

Attn: Adam O’Malley

3000 Hwy 8

Pollock, LA 71467

Youth can be registered at the following link:

fs10.formsite.com/lsuagcenter/bkve1jd60a/index.html

For additional information on the program details, or to request a parent info-packet, you can either contact your parish 4-H Agent, or send an email to 4-H Program Coordinator Adam O’Malley at CampGrantWalker@agcenter.lsu.edu


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Take Control of Your Health

The path to good health includes staying up-to-date on health screenings and diagnostic exams. Timely care and early detection can prevent serious illnesses and improve outcomes. The following are commonly recommended general health screenings for both men and women. You may also want to talk with your primary care physician about other possible screenings based on your personal or family medical history.

  • Age 18 – Routine wellness exam and labs are recommended for both men and women beginning at age 18 and then performed on an annual basis. Blood sugar levels should also be screened to determine risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes.
  • Age 20 – Cholesterol screenings are recommended for men and women every five years to assess the risk for cardiovascular disease. In families with a high incidence of cardiovascular disease, screenings may be recommended for children and adolescents as well.
  • Age 21 – A Pap smear is recommended for women once every 3 years to test for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, the opening to the uterus. No physician referral is needed, and OB/GYN physicians provide these screenings.
  • Age 40 – A mammogram, to screen for breast abnormalities including cancer, is recommended for women at age 40 and then each year or two years thereafter depending on family history. No referral or doctor’s order is needed for an annual screening mammogram.
  • Age 45 – The American Diabetes Association recommends both males and females be screened for diabetes.
  • Age 45 – A colonoscopy is recommended tor men and women to detect any abnormalities in the large intestine and rectum, as well as for colon cancer. Physicians base their recommendations for follow-up screenings on the findings of the initial colonoscopy and family history.
  • Age 50 – A prostate screening is recommended for men on an annual basis to help detect prostate cancer. This screening is performed by a urologist and includes a physical exam as well as blood work to measure prostate-specific antigen (PSA) present in the blood.
  • Age 60 – A DEXA scan for both men and women to measure bone density is recommended. This scan can help determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Physicians will then recommend appropriate follow-up screenings in subsequent years.

So take control of your health by getting age-related screenings. It is important for you to speak with your primary care physician to schedule these screenings and ensure you stay on the path to good health!


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Shoo the Flu

Protect yourself from the Flu this winter.  Flu shots will be given at the Red River Council on Aging next Tuesday.

Mabile’s Pharmacy will administer flu vaccine on December 7th beginning at 8:30 am.  Bring you insurance and your Medicaid or Medicare card.

The Council on Aging is hosting the event at the Jack and Laura Center on Front Street.   Note that CoA is not responsible for payment.


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Leafing Through Your 2021, Book by Book

By Teddy Allen

Is this the 12th month of 2021 or the 24th month of 2020? When Waylon Jennings recorded “Stop the World and Let Me Off” in 1965, he was a man way, way ahead of his time.

Crazy, crazy …

But things are getting better, as evidenced by our annual Best Books of the Year list. You won’t find any pandemic-related works here like you did last year. Who can forget the 2020 bestsellers, like LOCKDOWN!: Your Place or Mine?, or 1,501 Ways To Make Banana Bread, or The Vaccine Two-Step: Let’s Give it a Shot.

And of course, everyone’s favorite recent trilogy, Why Masks Work and the sequel, Why Masks Don’t Work, followed by the recently published Why Masks Might or Might Not Work.

Crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy…

For years we’ve published our favorite books in late December, but in a rare moment of logical thinking, I figured it would be best to do this now in case you need a Christmas present idea. So …

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson was my favorite book of the year. Published in 2000 and on my shelf since, I just got around to reading it, about the Galveston hurricane, Sept. 8, 1900. I have a friend who’s read it three times, and I can understand why.

These others get four of five stars:

News of the World (2016) by Paulette Jiles, about a 72-year-old man in post-Civil War times on a journey from Wichita Falls to San Antonio. In small towns along the way, he reads the news to people who have no access to it. His companion is a girl, 10, kidnapped but now safe, who he’s returning to her family. She basically brings him to life again. I haven’t seen the movie yet, starring Tom Hanks.

Also The Music of the Statler BrothersAn Anthology (2020) by the retired group’s lead singer, Don Reid, and Songteller: My Life in Lyrics (2020) by Dolly Parton. And two books by the late Carl Reiner, My Anecdotal Life (2003) and I Just Remembered (2013). I listened to the authors read the Parton and Reiner books, which was part of the joy. Same with a couple of Dick Van Dyke books, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business (2011) and Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Living Well Longer (2016). Van Dyke will be 96 Dec. 13. Also Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I’ve Learned (2005), written and read by Alan Alda, if you happen to be a fan. Finally, This is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith and Life (2013), a nice surprise by the entirely likeable Gavin MacLeod from “The Love Boat” and Murray on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Same with the just-released The Boys, written and read by brothers Ron and Clint Howard, about growing up as child actors but mainly about their endearing relationship with their less-successful actor parents.

Loved it.

Other biggies:

Life Lessons (2021), a book of semi-Sunday school lessons, also by the Statlers’ Don Reid;

A Burning in My Bones (2021), the authorized biography of Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message, authored by Winn Collier;

Also The End of Me (2015) by Kyle Idelman, about the tricky business of dying to self, Improving Your Serve (2004) by Chuck Swindoll, and Anne Lamott’s 2012 Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. Pastor Tim Keller and others would suggest she left out confession, that;

Help, Sorry, Thanks, Wow would be a more exact title, but most all agree, including Keller, that it’s a thoughtful and most helpful little book.

Also four of five stars to Inside Comedy (2021) a semi-modern history of comedy by David Steinberg, The Only Plane in the Sky (2019), an exhaustive oral history of 9/11 by Garett Graff, Squeeze Me (2020) by Carl Hiassen, who writes brilliant novel after brilliant novel defending his native Florida, pointing out political absurdities in ways that are scorching and funny, and The Queen’s Gambit (2003) by the late Walter Tevis about a female chess prodigy. (The recent drama series on Netflix, set during the Cold War 1950s, is as many thumbs-up as you can give it.)

Three of five stars to The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz (2020) by Erik Larson, The Dutch House (2019), a novel by Ann Patchett, and March Violets (1989), a Berlin noir-like novel by a new guy for me, the late Phillip Kerr, about his German private eye Bernie Gunther.

Finally got around to Moneyball (2011) by Michael Lewis; loved it. And Tobacco Road (1932) by Erskine Caldwell. Re-read The Adventures of Huck Finn (1884) by Mark Twain and The War of Art: Break Through Your Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (2002) by Steven Pressfield, always a good call.

See you at the library. Read on!

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


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Junior High Toy Drive

Last week the Journal told you that there is a toy drive going on at Red River Junior High.  This week the school posted an update.

As you are out shopping and celebrating, please consider picking up a new, unwrapped toy for our Toys for Tots campaign.  Toys can be brought to the front office next week. Let’s give back!

They posted a picture of an empty collection box so there is plenty of room for your donaton.


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Lunch at Abundant Life

Mark your calendar for December 12th. Abundant Life is serving lunch and they would love to have you join them.

The lunch will be a week from Sunday during morning worship.  Stay for a Christmas Lunch and fellowship following the service.  The church asks everyone to bring a covered dish.


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