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Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

Today I want you to remind yourself  how wonderful you are! I’m not speaking about big ego, self-serving attitudes that many have about themselves. I’ve seen and know of that in many, and it’s easy recognizable and not at all attractive. I’m talking about the humble, quiet confidence that only comes by living your life without rose-colored glasses disguising the hurt and pain you might have been though. It develops from knowing that you may not be the most beautiful or handsome  or the most popular person in the crowd, but you are finally comfortable that you are giving the world the best you that you can  and are happy with that person. It comes from understanding that knowledge and education lie  beyond diplomas, and wisdom comes as you experience both the good and the bad that life brings to you. It is seeing beauty in the person you have become, and excitement in the possibilities of all that the future holds for you, whether you are 10 or 85! Take the time to remind yourself today  how wonderful you are, and celebrate that reality! There is no one else exactly like you  and there never will be again! Go out there and dazzle, shine, sparkle, glow, sing, dance, write, paint or whatever you feel like doing, and make the world more beautiful! WOW! You are amazing and I am blessed to get to share this world with you.

Leticia “Tish” Gribble, is the fiancé of Doc Amey and will be joining with him to offer guidance to those of us who struggle with finding sobriety and moving into a fulfilled and spiritually guided path. By sharing their life journeys, they are finding their true calling; the desire and the wisdom to help others who have faced hardship and despair in their lives. NO NONSENSE will be an outreach column appearing weekly on our newspaper and online. This is a means for so many who feel alone to see that there are many who look for help and do not know where to find it.  You can reach Doc and Tish at doc@thepostnewspaper.net or you can find them on our website and our Facebook pages as well.  
We are proud to welcome Doc and Tish to The Post family. It is our hope that through them, you and your loved ones can gain some perspective about battling to come back from abuse, addiction and loss. It is Doc and Tish’s hope that others who have followed a similar path to theirs will find help and solace and a chance
at new beginnings as well.  Here is Tish’s story, some of which is too heartbreaking to publish here.

By Leticia Gribble

Being born in to brokenness has given me a great opportunity in this life. I am a 36 yr old woman raised between two broken cities with two broken parents. My parents met at an adult night club in Galveston, my mother was a 16-year-old runaway and my dad’s mother was the owner of the club. Shortly after I was born to my 20-year-old mother in 1981, both my parents took off on a path that paved an extremely rough childhood for my 4 siblings and I. Once heroin took over as the ruler of our home everything in life became traumatic and dangerous. As crazy as it sounds having to drug addicted parents was my normal. I didn’t know any different. I was still a happy very loved daddy’s girl, despite my dad’s extreme physical abuse to my mother and my mother’s oblivious parenting, being surrounded by drugs, living in cars, bathing at parks, I still was generally happy. Then it all changed.
When my dad decided to leave for California in an attempt at sober living, my world was wrecked. My blinders were removed and I saw this big huge dangerous hurtful world in front of me. Until he left, life was good. He and my mother were always together. When he left, she was able to hold things together for a while but a relapse was almost inevitable and suddenly I found that I was no longer just a fun happy go lucky 7-year old. Now I was big sister, mother, father, protector, provider, guardian and my childhood completely ended on that day. My mother continued being held captive by her addiction, resulting in 4 little girls who were exposed to all the dangers of drug houses and drug dealers. My dad’s mom, my granny is the only constant foundation I was ever shown. She lived in Galveston and when my mom was too strung out to take care of us she would come pick us up. She would bathe us, feed us, buy us decent clothes and pour in to us that we were worth more than what our parents were giving us.
When my mom would obtain a small amount of sobriety she would come back to the island and pick us up and take us back to Houston. My mother indirectly did the most damage to me but despite her many failed efforts at mothering, I always felt very deeply loved. She fought her own battles but her heart was pure gold. She loved deeper than anyone I’ve ever known and instilled the love of God in to me. My back and forth childhood resulted in a deep rooted false reality. I was taught to hustle; I was trained in master manipulation of any and every situation. I knew how to look out for myself and anyone around me.
I had already been doing drugs, that started when I was 12; it was normal in my world. By the time I was 18 I had a one year old son and a newborn baby girl. It wasn’t long before I was fully following in my mother’s footsteps. I started working in adult nights clubs as a dancer myself. Often times in the same clubs my mom once worked and she would waitress alongside me. That path was fast, too fast to worry about babies. So, my children went to Galveston to live with my granny and cared for by my younger sisters.
I received my first felony drug possession in 2001 and by 2003 I was sentenced to TDCJ on my second felony, which was assault on a Harris county police officer causing bodily injury.  While I was in prison, I met Jesus in an 8×8 cell. I felt a love that I had never felt before. I was able to get far enough away from the brokenness to truly hear Gods voice speaks in to my life. After being released from prison in late 2004, I picked my children up from Houston and aside from a short stay with their father I have not been without them since.
In 2007, we lost my mother here on earth to her addiction. It rocked my world and sent me into
I was a single mother on my own in Houston from 2004-2008 when I married an ex-boyfriend from Galveston. He was verbally abusive and involved with other relationships while we were married. What looked like an escape was just another form of prison. But my kids were always with me. Until 2013 when I attempted suicide multiple times and found myself in and out of mental hospitals. The children went to stay w their dad for a couple months while I regrouped. But I had them back by 2014.   I had begged the Lord to let me die; and He did!! I died to myself; surrendering it all to Jesus.
In 2014, I told God all I wanted was Him. I stopped begging God to save me and realized Jesus already had. I stopped asking God to help me and realized He had left me with the Holy Spirit. I stopped asking God to do for me and I completely died to myself. I humbled myself before God and started asking God what I could do for Him.
I am and always will be finding and receiving deeper depths of healing. And now, a once mislabeled broken girl is now a whole and complete woman in Christ. I’ve been to Haiti to serve at a girl’s orphanage, I am a faithful disciple, I am on my second year of Bible College, I am an ever present, devoted and fully committed member of The Fellowship of Texas City. I am a prison in-reach minister. I have become a patient, loving, tender, understanding mother. I have healthy relationships around me with healthy boundaries. I am a happy, joyful, daddy’s girl again.  I am in a pure relationship with an amazing God-fearing man, and next month I will become a wife who is happily fully committed to her husband. And most of all I AM THE DAUGHTER OF GOD. My mission in life will always be to help other woman walk out of brokenness and in to their full God given redemption.

By the Digital Diva

One of the biggest moments of our kid’s lives is that moment they say “mama” or “dada”. Every parent’s dream is for your kid to grow up happy and live their life like other children their age. But what happens when that day doesn’t seem to come?
One of 68 kids has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Rob Laffan, CEO of TippyTalk, is a loving father of a nonverbal child, and just like all parents, he wants to give his child a better quality of life. It was this love for his daughter that inspired the creation of TippyTalk, and now it’s his passion to share it with other families throughout the world.
The TippyTalk app is the first of it’s kind; it’s the first communication tool that removes the person living with the verbal disability from the limitations of same room communication and opens the door to the world all around them.
How it works:
The App allows a person living with a verbal disability to communicate by translating pictures into text messages which are sent to a family member or care givers phone or tablet. The app allows you the parent or caregiver to capture images that are uniquely identifiable and familiar to the person living with the verbal disability. You simply take a picture of an object, place, or person and apply the appropriate text. You can also reinforce language development by recording your voice over each picture insuring the person living with the disability will recognize and understand the message.
This communication is not restricted by distance the person living with the verbal disability can communicate with whomever they chose no matter where they may be in the world. TippyTalk is unique in that it removes the person with the verbal disability from the limitations of same room communication and by doing so increases and promotes Communication, Independent choice, and Social inclusion, while also reducing the frustration for the person and the family living with the verbal disability.
It is available on the Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple App Store and for Android on Google Play. A Subscription is required to use TippyTalk. A one month trial is available. Then after that it’s $14.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
There are so many apps out there that we never hear of and can be life changing to us or our families. If you hear about any please let us know. We would love to hear about any apps that you think are life changing but just don’t get the recognition that they need. You can email them to Jamie@thepostnewspaper.net. We look forward to your feedback.

By Trishna Buch

Although there are still a few weeks to go, it is never too early to start your July 4th preparations. Kemah Boardwalk knows this, which is why they have decided to host “Star Spangled Kemah”, a five day event that features food, games and live entertainment.
According to a press release, Top Star Events & Entertainment will be presenting country music artists as part of Kemah’s celebration. The artists who will be gracing the stage at Kemah Boardwalk are Bri Bagwell, Jack Ingram and Abbi Walker.

4th of July Fireworks

Bagwell started releasing music in 2011, with her first album “Banned From Santa Fe”. She is best known for her song ‘Whiskey’, which—according to a press release—“became her first top 15 hit on the Texas Music Chart.” Her E.P. was released in 2013, which was the same year that she was named Texas Female Vocalist Of The Year; a title she received again in 2014. To keep up to date with Bagwell, go online to bribagwell.com
Ingram—who has a career spanning 20 years—earned the title of Best New Male Vocalist in 2008; an award bestowed upon him by the Academy Of Country Music. He is currently in the midst of promoting his album “Midnight Motel”. To keep up to date with Ingram, go online to jackingram.net.
Walker is the daughter of a preacher who, according to a press release, has “a big voice and plenty to say.” Her country music journey began in 2012, with the release of her first album “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” and she has continued to conquer the music world since then. She was once nominated to be the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards’ New Female Artist Of The Year and had two of her radio singles hit the Top 20 on Texas Radio, said a press release. To keep up to date on Walker, go online to abbiwalkermusic.com.
“We are thrilled to be producing these concerts with Jack Ingram, Bri Bagwell and Abbi Walker as the community gathers to celebrate the July 4th holiday,” Pier Castillo, CEO of Top Star Group—of which Top Star Events & Entertainment is a division—said in a press release.
“The City of Kemah and Kemah Boardwalk have put together a fantastic family friendly event filled with live music, art, food and more in this first ‘Star Spangled Kemah’ festival. As a proud member of the local Clear Lake area community, we are looking forward to a successful and fun event.”
Based on the event’s activities it has all the makings of being fun and successful, just as Castillo hopes. The events start on Friday June 30, at 6:00pm, with a Toucan Alley Art Walk. Guests are invited back on Saturday July 1, starting at 10:00am, to enjoy Keith’s Kemah Day; of which benefits will go towards Texas Equusearch. Then, on Sunday July 2, enjoy a Bayside Bash at Kemah’s 6th Street along with music and activities for the children. And guests will be able to enjoy live music from the band Rapture starting at 3:00pm, who will be followed by Walker at 7:00pm. On Monday July 3, the music and activities for children will return and this will be complemented by the Lone Star Block Party, which will be presented by Lone Star Beer. Enjoy music from Bagwell starting at 5:00pm and stick around for Ingram at 7:30pm. Finally, on July 4 starting at 9:30am, enjoy the Star Spangled Kemah parade and be sure to stick around for a social!
I urge everyone to mark the dates in their calendar and make their way to Kemah Boardwalk on one, if not all, of the days that Star Spangled Kemah is in full swing. I took the liberty of listening to a song from each artist and I will personally say that the trip out will be worth it.

By William Johnson

People commonly take their longest vacations in summer and they generally remember to make arrangements to have someone take care of everything from their pets to the newspaper.
But many people may neglect to have someone look after their plants and home grounds during their absence. And if you go away from home for more than a week, you may return to find substantial damage has occurred to plants left unattended.
This is especially true for plants growing in containers – both indoors and outside.
The ideal solution is to ask a friend who is knowledgeable about plants to check on your plants regularly and water them when necessary. Be sure to give written instructions on the needs of each plant or group of plants, since your friend is not as familiar with them as you are. But try not to make the instructions too complicated.
If the plants are going to be on their own, move those growing indoors away from sunny, bright windows, so they use water less rapidly. This doesn’t mean putting them in a dark room since they still need bright, indirect light to stay healthy while you’re gone.
Then right before leaving on your trip, thoroughly water all of your indoor plants. Even allow some water to stand in the saucers beneath the plants’ containers – something we normally would not do.
Plants in small pots will tend to dry out the fastest. If you will be gone for more than a week, enclose these plants (pot and all) in clear plastic bags to retain moisture and reduce soil moisture loss. Plants in plastic bags should receive bright light but no direct sun, which could cause excessive heat buildup inside the plastic.
Plants outside often need to be watered almost every day during the intense heat of summer especially when accompanied with windy conditions. Place all of your outdoor container plants, including any hanging baskets, in a shady location near the northern side of a building or under the protective cover of a large shade tree or covered patio.
Group plants fairly close together because this, along with the shady location, will help slow water loss. And, of course, water thoroughly just before you leave on vacation.
If you’ll be gone for more than a few days and you can’t find someone to water for you, inexpensive water timers – available at local nurseries and hardware stores – can work very well when hooked up to an irrigation system. A battery-operated or electrical unit attaches to an outside faucet. All you do is set the timer for when you want the water to come on (based on how often you generally have to water the plants) and for how long, and it will water your plants automatically.
It’s probably easiest to use an oscillating sprinkler to water a grouping of your container plants. But if you wanted to be more sophisticated, drip systems also are available. With such a system, an emitter head, which is attached to thin, plastic tubing, is placed into each container. When the water timer comes on, the tubing carries water from a main line to each container, where the emitter allows the water to drip into the soil. Very little water is wasted, but it takes more time and money to set up this type of system.
In addition to caring for plants, you need to water your home grounds very well prior to leaving, especially if there has been little rainfall before your vacation time starts. A thorough, slow soaking will provide a lasting supply of moisture.
Make sure you mulch all flower beds, vegetable gardens, shrub plantings and newly planted trees, too. Use a 3-inch to 4-inch layer of shredded leaves, cypress mulch, pine bark mulch or other available mulch to conserve moisture and reduce germination of weed seeds.
Also water newly planted trees thoroughly by laying a hose with trickling water a few inches from the trunk and leaving it there for about 30 minutes per tree.
Flower beds and vegetable gardens are particularly vulnerable to drought while you are away. To water automatically, place either soaker hoses or sprinklers to cover various beds and areas of your landscape. Connect them to hoses attached to a timer at each faucet you use for irrigation. Set the timers to come on twice a week and stay on long enough to soak an area thoroughly. Also, set the timers so that each water timer comes on at a different hour; that way you won’t lose water pressure while irrigating. And keep in mind that morning irrigation is preferred.
Be sure to water and cut the lawn before leaving, and plan to have it mowed during your absence, if necessary. Most lawns require mowing at least every seven to 10 days. Besides becoming a telltale sign that you are away, overgrowth is unhealthy for your lawn, and the grass will be unattractive and stressed when it finally is mowed.
Finally, any sign of active insect or disease problems should be dealt with before you leave, or you may return to widespread damage and expensive replacement costs.