Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


April 18, 2014

Hoisting flags and honoring family

JACKSONVILLE — While searching our syndicated columns to fill this space, I realized ... it's probably time for me to say a few things.

A lot has been happening lately, professionally and personally. I hope everyone has noticed that the Daily Progress is now flying the American, Texas and POW flags again. They were taken down at some point this past year (I was not here yet) for a couple of different reasons. However, after some feedback from a couple residents, we decided to replace them.

We purchased the American flag, but Senator Robert Nichols provided the Texas flag and the local VFW Post provides us with POW flags. We appreciate Sen. Nichols and the VFW for their contributions.

When I walked outside late one evening and looked up to see the flags waving fiercely in the wind ... I was moved.

I appreciate the veterans who have fought for our right to hoist our colors. I also love Texas, despite its chaotic weather patterns.

On another note, our reporter Jo Anne Embleton has been out this week for a medical procedure. So, if you haven't seen her byline, don't worry. She is recovering nicely and will return Monday. I told her if she wanted a few days off so badly, she could have just asked!

Otherwise, here at the Daily Progress, we are working overtime lately to publish a few special sections. So, be sure and keep an eye out

for those!

We are also starting to gather all of our area high school seniors’ photos for publication in our annual


Personally, I turned another number recently ... I won't divulge which! I am thankful to have gotten where I am, but I do have a lot more I'd like to accomplish. Birthdays always make me reflective.

On my birthday this year, I found out one of my favorite uncles had Stage 4 cancer and three to six months to live. However, he passed away four days later. I don't hate many things ... it's just not in my nature. But I hate cancer.

Today I will be attending his funeral. It seems like our family is diminishing, and that is so scary. But the few of us who remain will stick together.

We will remember my Uncle Grady with fondness. He and my aunt were

married for 50 years this February. Someone with that kind of love in their heart is sure to be remembered for being a great person. We threw them a small party on their anniversary this year, and I am so thankful we did. Don't pass up the chance to honor those you love for their life accomplishments. You never know when those accomplishments will end.

My Uncle Grady and Aunt LaQueta have always been two of my biggest fans. When I was very young, they bought me a swing set. I’m told it quickly became one of my favorite pasttimes.

Uncle Grady gave me a guitar a few years later. I wish I had taken the time to learn to play. I’m still planning to take lessons.

They both watched me grow up; saved all my school photos; and visited often. They cheered when I graduated high school and college.

They save the articles I write, and they always love for me to call. I couldn’t ask for a better aunt and uncle.

I wrote a poem and presented it to them on their anniversary. With tears in his eyes, on the drive home, Uncle Grady said it was his favorite gift.

Little did he know, it was mine too.

With that said ... Rest in Peace Uncle Grady. You will always be remembered for all of the love you gave your family.

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  • Hoisting flags and honoring family

    While searching our syndicated columns to fill this space, I realized ... it's probably time for me to say a few things.
    A lot has been happening lately, professionally and personally.

    April 18, 2014