Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

They say there is no “I” in the word team. That is very true and teamwork in life is very important. Yet, sometimes, you need to focus on you, what is best for you and how you can better serve yourself. If you do not care for yourself, you will not be strong enough to take care of anyone or anything involved in your life.
There’s always time and room in your life to work in both capacities. Being part of a team is a wonderful life teacher, no matter our age, just as it was important as we were learning as a child to share things with others. Focusing on self is extremely important and not indulgent. Learning to thrive, grow and advance in every area of our life requires focusing on self, physically, spiritually and mentally.
As you start progressing in your new year, make time to take time for you. It might be the very best resolution or goal that you set. Learn to lavish love on yourself. No one deserves it more!
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OK, HEALTH addicts, it’s time to take positive steps to improve your lifestyle, especially if it’s far too sedentary. As we told you on Sunday, Brightwood College’s campuses in Friendswood and Houston are holding health fairs today, Wednesday, as part of Education Corporation Of America’s national community fairs program.
They will run from 10:00am to 1:00pm so either drag Sunday’s edition out of your recycling bin or the dog basket or go online to to refresh your memory about where to go and what to expect when you arrive.
After all that activity, you can reward yourself tomorrow, Thursday, with a free tasting of beers from Lagunitas Brewing at Stuttgarden Tavern’s Texas City bar-restaurant. Sipping begins at 7:00pm and
other details are in today’s listing.
We also told you on Sunday about two chamber-of-commerce events on Friday.
First, Catharine Pearce, a business marketing strategist with Beyond Business Coaching, will be guest speaker at the latest presentation in League City Regional chamber’s business development seminar series from 8:30-10:00am.
Then, at 11:30, the Dickinson chamber will be at the city’s Knights Of Columbus hall for its monthly lunch meeting, featuring city mayor Julie Masters’ annual State Of The City presentation. If you have not already paid your fee, the price at the door is $20.
On Saturday, start your day at the Galveston County animal resource center, where Pet Vaccination Services will be offering low-cost vaccinations, flea control and heartworm testing to all animals, while the resource center will be offering county registration and microchipping to owners living in Bayou Vista, Hitchcock, Kemah, La Marque, Texas City, Tiki Island and unincorporated Galveston County from 10:00am-3:00pm. We first listed the event in Sunday’s Coming Soon, so you know where to look for more details.
After treating Fido and Felix, head to the Hitchcock public library for a celebration of the year of the rooster at 1:00pm. Yes, as we also listed on Sunday, it’s Chinese New Year and library staff will be helping guests create Chinese drums, play a chop-sticks game, learn about the new year and participate in activities that are perfect for the young.
Finally, the band Kickin’ It Dixie will be at performing free at Texas City’s Stuttgarden Tavern, kicking off at 9:00pm.

Pint Night beer tasting
WHO: Stuttgarden Tavern
WHAT: Lagunitas Brewing brands
WHEN: January 26, 7:00pm
WHERE: 10000 Emmett Lowry Expressway, Texas City
HOW MUCH: Free entry
CONTACT: 409-316-9409

Kickin’ It Dixie live
WHO: Stuttgarden Tavern
WHAT: Musical entertainment
WHEN: January 28, 9:00pm
WHERE: 10000 Emmett Lowry Expressway, Texas City
HOW MUCH: Free entry
CONTACT: 409-316-9409

County judge speaks
WHO: Clear Creek Republican Women
WHAT: Address by Mark Henry
WHEN: February 3, 11:00am
WHERE: LaBrisa Mexican Grill, 501 North Wesley Drive, League City
HOW MUCH: $15; e-mail
CONTACT: Loretta Roberts, 281-334-3492,

Robert Earl Keen in concert
WHO: Kressler Presents
WHAT: Singer-songwriter plays a Football And Music Weekend pre-Super Bowl throw-down
WHEN: February 3 and 4, 8:00pm
WHERE: Heights theater, 339 West 19th Street, Houston
CONTACT: Melissa Matthews, 615-310-5859; Linda Klosterman 615-414-8827

Open house
WHO: My Special Occasion
WHAT: Take a guided peek at the events center
WHEN: February 12, 1:00-5:00pm
WHERE: 15001 Delany Road, La Marque
CONTACT: 832-931-7813

Yachty Gras boat parade
WHO: Yachty Gras
WHAT: America’s largest Mardi Gras flotilla parades from Clear Lake into Galveston Bay
WHEN: February 18, 7:00pm
WHERE: Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah
HOW MUCH: Free to watch, $95 to register a boat
CONTACT: 877-285-3624

Inspirations by Frances Durisseau

As we are still in the beginnings of a new year, it’s a good time to do a personal inventory of whom we allow in our most personal places. There are times when we have to walk away from various people in our lives, not because we no longer care about them but because they don’t actually care anymore. When we are hurt time after time, we most probably need to accept the fact that such acquaintances don’t have our best interests at heart. We can continue to love them but it might require us doing it from a distance.
The reality is that some people in our lives become somewhat toxic for us. It can become a heavy burden trying to love someone who doesn’t seem to appreciate or even acknowledge the love and concern we give them. So don’t waste any more moments of your time trying to prove something to them because you have nothing to prove. It is often best to cut the cord of attachment either for a while, or possibly for good, for your peace of mind.
When someone chooses to walk away from you, either emotionally or physically, it’s best to release them and let them go. Your destiny is most probably not tied to anyone who abandons you. It doesn’t mean they are bad people. It might just be time to let them continue on their own journey wherever it takes them. Give yourself permission to set them free. You will heal and become stronger and more in tune with the ones who truly care about you.
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Living on purpose with William Holland

I  realize there are many people who are genuinely concerned for our nation. We knew all along that, whoever won the presidential election, there would be a large amount of strife, worry and disappointment, but I pray and hope that, in time, we will agree to press forward and keep our focus on God.
We are never going to agree about everything but we can at least put forth an effort to work together and be unified on the issues about which we feel the same. Another point we can agree on is that whatever any of the candidates had in mind to bring America to greatness might not necessarily be what God considers important.
Being pleasing in God’s sight is much more than insurance plans, military strength, trade agreements or foreign affairs and let us not forget becoming wealthy, which seems to be the central pillar of the materialistic American dream.
God’s way should be our highest priority as his word declares that He is much more concerned with the condition of our heart than that of our practical infrastructure. The world’s system is driven by politics but God’s kingdom is always emphasizing and concerned about our personal relationship with Him.
I recall a story that was told years ago by an elderly evangelist. It went like this:
“I have spent time in many different places in the 40 years of my ministry as a traveling revival preacher. On one occasion, I lived in the home of a woman who had seven children and, although she had a large home to care for and attended to her husband’s family business in her spare time, I never saw her disturbed once.
“There was always the fragrance of Christ about her life and I marveled at it. While staying with the family during a week-long conference, one morning around five o’clock I noticed a faint light filtering in past the bedroom door so I opened it very quietly and saw this woman kneeling by her piano. I quietly closed the door.
Early the next morning, the same thing occurred and every morning after that. So I asked her, ‘What time do you rise to seek the Lord?’ She replied, ‘Oh, that is not my decision. I made a choice long ago that, when He wanted to have fellowship with me, I was available. There are times when He calls me at five or at six and, on occasion, He will call about two o’clock, I think just to test me.’
“Always she would get up, go to her piano stool and worship her Lord. I asked, ‘How long do you stay?’ She replied, ‘Oh that is up to Him. When He tells me to go back to bed, I go back. If He doesn’t want me to sleep, I simply stay up.’
“This humble saint made a conscious decision to go beyond the disappointments and frustrations, beyond the discouragements and all the little things that try to steal our happiness. She had a passion to walk in a spiritual awareness with God as a constant way of life and realized that, when our will is submitted to Him, there comes a freedom and joy of living in his presence.”
When we decide to make such a connection with God on a daily basis, we can sing “It is well with our soul” because we are no longer living our own life – we are living his. Yes, there is a way we can live in optimistic contentment if we give Him our burdens and allow his promises to be activated within our life.
This includes releasing an unforgiving attitude and resentment that can infect our mind and make us sick in our spirit. When we embrace the power of God’s word and become determined to sincerely trust Christ and invite Him to sit on the throne of our conscience, we can enjoy an exciting, positive and victorious life.
Even when the world around us seems to be falling apart, we can rest in perfect peace because we know that God is in total control. “Cast all your fears, worries and anxieties on Him because He cares for you” – I Peter 5:7.
Kentucky resident William Holland is an outreach minister, chaplain and author who has his own Christian website,, and sets out each week to find thought-provoking messages of inspiration, hope and encouragement for our readers.


DON’T FORGET that Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston Island Pleasure Pier have their respective long-weekend Curing The Wintertime Blues and Kid For A Day programs running until February 26, so a trip to either end of the county could pay handsome entertainment dividends today, Sunday.
We gave you details of both programs last Sunday, so look back at that issue or go online to our website,, to refresh your memory about their timings and other vital information.
Financial literacy not your strong point? It’s never too late to learn, so another event not to forget is Tuesday’s free money lessons for seniors.
As we first told you on Wednesday, they’re being given by Hilltop Securities at League City’s Helen Hall public library as part of an educational series. The event runs from 6:00-8:00pm.
If it’s your body rather than your wallet that concerns you, there are twin community health fairs in our area on Wednesday.
Head to Brightwood College in Friendswood – or its partner campus in Houston, if you care to make the drive – for the free event, which is part of a national program run by Education Corporation Of America at 64 Brightwood campuses and Virginia College campuses in 17 states. The event, which runs from 10:00am to 1:00pm, will feature all manner of information and activities, including blood-pressure checks, health-care demonstrations such as the correct way to floss your teeth and even a hula-hoop competition.

Community health fairs
WHO: Education Corporation Of America
WHAT: Two Brightwood College campuses host the corporation’s national community fairs
WHEN: January 25, 10:00am-1:00pm
WHERE: 3208 FM 528, Friendswood, and 711 East Airtex Drive, Houston
CONTACT: Audrey Pannell, 205-503-5955

Creating A Niche For Your Business
WHO: League City Regional chamber of commerce
WHAT: Guest Catharine Pearce speaks
WHEN: January 27, 8:30-10:00am
WHERE: ACU Of Texas, 1095 League City Parkway, League City
HOW MUCH: Free but RSVP required
CONTACT: Jane McFaddin, 281-338-7339,

State Of The City address
WHO: Dickinson chamber of commerce
WHAT: Mayor Julie Masters addresses the chamber’s monthly lunch meeting
WHEN: January 27, 11:30am
WHERE: Knights Of Columbus Hall, 4132 27th Street East, Dickinson
HOW MUCH: $15 prepaid, $20 at door, RSVP required
CONTACT: 832-534-2583,

Low-cost pet vaccination and registration
WHO: Galveston County health district
WHAT: Pet Vaccination Services offers low-cost vaccinations, flea control and heartworm testing to all, while Galveston County animal resource center offers county registration and microchipping to owners living in Bayou Vista, Hitchcock, Kemah, La Marque, Texas City, Tiki Island and unincorporated Galveston County
WHEN: January 28, 10:00am-3:00pm
WHERE: Resource center, 3412 25th Avenue North, Texas City
HOW MUCH: Vaccination from $12 to $68, lifetime county registration and microchip $20; discounts for seniors
CONTACT: Scott Packard, 409-938-2211

Chinese New Year
WHO: Hitchcock public library
WHAT: Celebration of year of the rooster
WHEN: January 28, 1:00pm
WHERE: 8005 Barry Avenue, Hitchcock
CONTACT: 409-986-7814

Coffee with the president
WHO: League City Regional chamber of commerce
WHAT: The chamber’s president and CEO, Steve Paterson, discusses its affairs
WHEN: January 31, 8:45-9:45am
WHERE: UTMB Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South, League City
CONTACT: 281-338-7339

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