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Church of the Rational

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Church of the Rational

Let's talk about anything you want to talk about.
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Georgetown Stories

Georgetown has more than doubled in size during my two decades here. Stories upon stories are just waiting to be told
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Family & Friends

Stories of the people I love + A sharing space for all my family and friends!
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The Arts

A place to post and reflect on poems and poetry in general.
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Everyday Stories

For the sharing of stories that tend to fall beyond the further shore of our memories, with only small ripples to show they passed our way.
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For Love & Money

My first two books were labors of love. The Harmon Waite detective series is for love AND money.
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A Week of Years

Feedback & Deep Discussions Encouraged!
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Two Decades at Dell

Riding on the Coattails of Genius
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  • Royanne Kelly says she has always wanted to be an actress, but it's been a lot more than talk and dreaming for this 12-year-old Georgetown girl. Back in third grade, the acting bug bit Royanne when she was picked to be in the play, The Elephant’s Child. A list of 12 or so plays followed, most at the Palace Theater. "After my first show, I knew I wanted to do this forever,” she said. She's played the lead, Belle, in Beauty and the Beast; Wendy in Peter Pan and the main characters in several others. She has also had parts in several productions at school. She was involved in the play, Rock of Ages just before school started. “I am amazed at how quickly she learns her lines and how animated she’s become in her roles,” said her mother Carol. Her parents have been very supportive of their daughter's dream, with dad, Bruce, building sets for some of her plays at Village Elementary School. “It’s been a great joy watching her grow into her dreams,” said Bruce. Carol, knowing how much her daughter loves the theater, along with her sister, and a cousin, decided to turn a room in their home into "The Hollywood Room". Royanne was not allowed to enter the room until it was completed. In June, a grand opening was held with friends and family attending. The room was fit for a star, including a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star with Royanne's name on it. This school year, the seventh-grader is in varsity theater classes and choir, setting the course for her entire future. "My goal in life is to be a famous actress on TV. I already have a college plan," she said. A member of Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ, she plans on majoring in Children's Ministries. She then wants to go to college in Dallas and earn a degree She knows her dreams can be achieved thanks to the devotion of her parents. "They always cheer me on, even when I have the smallest part. They tell me it's a learning experience. But, I know they will be really proud of me if I make it-no WHEN I make it!" she said. Life has given Royanne experiences that have helped her shape her future. Two years ago, she was a crossing guard at school when a pre-kindergarten student opened a car door and a ball fell out. The child was nearly hit when he climbed out of the car to retrieve the ball as it rolled in front of oncoming traffic. "I pulled him out of the way, grabbing him around the waist, "Royanne recalls. Another experience has helped her make the decision to get involved with the church youth. A speaker at a summer church camp spoke about bullying and the message hit home with Royanne. A few years back, three students were bullying her at school, making fun of her looks. The speaker’s message led to her decision to help other children. For now, Royanne is focusing on her school work, trying out and getting acting parts, and enjoying the room her family created for her to dream about her future. Story by Kathleen Holton
  • When I was sixteen years old, I hawked popcorn in Texas Stadium during Dallas Cowboy games. I spent the first half of each game climbing flights of stairs and using my big voice, "Popcorn, get your Hot, Buttered Popcorn!" During the second half, I could either keep selling or find an open seat and watch the rest of the game. That was in 1973. The Cowboys were in one of their heydays, so I always cashed out and looked for the best seat I could find... ...And I got to see some pretty incredible games. Tom Landry was the thinking man's coach, and he always seemed to be one strategic step ahead of other coaches. Bob Lilly, Jethro Pugh, Too-Tall Jones, and Randy White were the "Doomsday Defense." Those big guys were exciting to watch as they regularly overwhelmed the opposing offensive lines during games. Most impressive of all was the Cowboy's quarterback, Roger "The Dodger" Staubach. He was always putting the stink on the other teams. An escape artist, he would end each wild backfield runabout with incredible throw after unbelievable throw. If the Cowboys were behind, a fourth-quarter comeback was always anticipated with great relish by the fans. If Roger didn't make one happen, it was usually because he had started into that home stretch three touchdowns behind, and there were still a few points to go when he ran out of time. Last night, I watched "A Football Life, Roger Staubach." I've always believed that winning football games is on the shoulders of the quarterback, and Roger Staubach was a shining blue and silver-clad superhero to me. He helped me fall in love with the game of football. That documentary did an excellent job of reflecting those magical times. It was almost like I was back in that stadium again, a youngster watching his hero save the day game after game. I remembered just how joyful it was to be in the audience and how sad I was when Roger retired. Heroes are still around, Thank God, but there was and always will be only one real-life Captain America.
  • A decade ago most of my online purchases were from Ebay. Now, I buy from Amazon almost exclusively. There are several reasons for that but Amazon's customer service tops the list. I was recently reminded of the value of their good service when I was looking to buy a sling backpack. I had found a few on Amazon, then Ebay sent me a $5 certificate. I decided to see what they had to offer. I found one I liked on Ebay and went ahead and purchased it... A few days later I received a cheap looking sling that had a big, weird logo on it... It came from Amazon and included a note that said it was an Amazon gift. I remember thinking that "Free" was about what it was worth... But, I received a message that same day telling me the sling I had ordered from Ebay had also been delivered. I had only received the one sling from Amazon, so I was confused. One week, multiple emails to seller home-garden-and-beyond1 (unanswered for days at a time), even a call to Ebay customer service, and I am still in the dark. It is only a guess but my purchase from Ebay may have been fulfilled by Amazon and that seller sent me the wrong bag??? In the meantime, I went back and bought a sling from Amazon... Two thoughts motivated that decision. 1) My time is more valuable than to keep fooling with inefficient Ebay processes. 2) If I have any problem with my Amazon order, same as always, it can and will be resolved in a few minutes with a simple phone call. I do want to add that for a completely hassle-free experience, I've learned over the years to purchase only products with Prime Shipping. My Prime membership pays for itself in so many ways though that, that is not an issue. What about you? Do you prefer Ebay or Amazon or have other thoughts on the subject?