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•   Gary Womack  1/25
•   James Paul Barnett, Jr.  1/26
•   Grant Rozell  1/26
•   Dewey Davidson  1/28
•   Michael Snodgrass  1/29
•   Sondra Blalock (Adair)  1/31
•   Jan Dobbs (Barton)  1/31
•   Betty Hicks (Hasler)  1/31
•   Evelyn Jones (Armstrong)  1/31
•   Barbara Smith (Stephenson)  1/31
•   Sharon Thieleman (Smith)  2/3
•   Gwenda Polk (Hicks)  2/4
•   Nadine Chandler (Hollingsworth)  2/9
•   David Hand  2/9
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•   Reeves Gilmore  12/30
•   Ruth Young (Thigpen)  11/22
•   Sharon Grimes (Maynor)  10/28
•   David Turner  10/14
•   Gary Roye  9/22
•   Sue Ann Barnes (Stagner)  8/27
•   George McGuire  8/21
•   Paula Stephenson (Jackson)  7/9
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Arizona
4 live in Arkansas
2 live in California
3 live in Georgia
1 lives in Indiana
3 live in Kansas
4 live in Louisiana
1 lives in Maine
2 live in Michigan
1 lives in Mississippi
1 lives in Missouri
1 lives in New Mexico
1 lives in New York
2 live in Oklahoma
3 live in South Carolina
2 live in Tennessee
256 live in Texas
3 live in Virginia
1 lives in Germany
1 lives in Japan
22 location unknown
55 are deceased





Like Captured Fireflies -  a poem by John Steinbeck, Nobel-prize winning author of The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Travels With Charley, and many more.  

John Steinbeck's poem comes from a conversation that  he had with his eleven-year old son who was having some issues with school.  Steinbeck listened attentively to his son, and, in response, recalled the teacher who had the biggest impact on him when he was young and at school.


In her classroom our speculation 
   ranged the world.
She aroused us to
   book-waving discussions.

Every morning we came to her
carrying new truths,
   new facts,
   new ideas -- 

Cupped and sheltered in our hands
   like captured fireflies.

When she went away a sadness came over us -
   but the light did not go out.

She left her signature upon us - 
   the literature of the teacher
   who writes on children’s minds.

I’ve had many teachers who taught me 
   soon forgotten things - 
But only a few like her -
Who created in me a new thing, 

   a new attitude,
   a new hunger.

I suppose that to a large extent,
I am the unsigned manuscript of that teacher.

What deathless power lies in the hands
    of such a person.


The 2019-2020 Clarence Award goes to the teachers who schooled us, educated us, and even inspired us. 

We pay grateful respect and love to their memory, their dedication and their influence upon our lives..




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January cold and desolate;
February dripping wet;
March wind ranges;
April changes;
Birds sing in tune
To flowers of May,
And sunny June
Brings longest day;
In scorched July
The storm-clouds fly,
August bears corn,
September fruit;
In rough October
Earth must disrobe her;
Stars fall and shoot
In keen November;
And night is long
And cold is strong
In bleak December.
- Christina Giorgina Rossetti, The Months

The twelve months...

Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,
Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,
Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy.

- George Ellis


"January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow."

- Edgar Fawcett


"The name, ,   is derived from the ancient Roman name 'Janus' who presided over the gate to the new year. He was revered as the 'God of Gateways,'  'of Doorways' and 'of the Journey.'

Janus protected the 'Gate of Heaven,' known as the 'Lord of Beginnings,'  is associated with the 'Goddess Juno-Janus,'  and often symbolized by an image of a face that looks forward and backward at the same time.

This symbolism can easily be associated with the month known by many as the start of a new year which brings new opportunities. We cast out the old and welcome in the new. It is the time when many reflect on events of the
previous year and often resolve to redress or improve some aspect of daily life or personal philosophy."


January's flower is the snowdrop or carnation, and its stone is the garnet.

 "The Snow-drop, Winter's timid child,
Awakes to life, bedew'd with tears."
- Mary Robinson




“The first month of the new year is like a new car. You keep watching for the first scratch. Oh, no!! And there's just one comfort. Pretty soon, you can't tell the first scratch from all the other dings.” - Ron Wolfe

New Years History & Traditions - For a look at ancient celebrations of the arrival of the new year (usually in the Spring time!!), and an explanation of how it all changed to the way we now do it, plus much more, click on this link:


January Events


1stNew Year's Day - "New Year's Day is everyman's birthday." - Charles Lamb

On January 1st, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.


3rdFestival of Sleep Day -  “I love sleep so much, sleep is the first thing I think about when I wake up.”

A Sunday school teacher asked the children just before she dismissed them to go to church, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"
Little Johnny replied, "Because people are sleeping."


5th - 

6th –   Epiphany or the 12th Day of Christmas – celebrates the visit of the three kings or wise men to the Christ Child, signifying the extension of salvation to the Gentiles. "When the 3 Wise Men showed up bearing gift cards."


6th - Bean Day    Not the human kind, but the one that people say makes music. “Bean, bean...the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot!”


8th –   On this date in 1935, Elvis Presley was born in a Mississippi manger. Combine this with the fact that it's National Oatmeal Month and you can sing “Don't Be Gruel.”


11th –   Celebrate the day milk was delivered in bottles for the first time back in 1878.  Get in the Moo-d!!


Girl Scout cookie sales should begin in Northeast Texas

Ready for Cookies?

Buying Girl Scout Cookies is about so much more than just handing over money for a box of treats. It's about the skills a girl gains from interacting directly with you – the cookie customer! It's about the experience of running her very own cookie business and working with others – learning important lifelong lessons along the way. That's why we encourage you to buy your cookies from a Girl Scout – the Cookie Professional! – and not from her parents.

And guess what? This year, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has gone digital! This groundbreaking enhancement means girls can do even more with their cookie businesses than ever before. Be a part of something big.

Which Girl Scout Cookies Score the Most Brownie Points?

14th  National Dress Up Your Pet Day!! 


16th – National Nothing Day

18th – Thesaurus Day (What's another word for thesaurus?) and Winnie the Pooh Day because its author, A.A. Milne, was born Jan. 18, 1882.

“We have a Winnie!” Pooh Day celebrates Milne's silly old bear, another poor soul whose diet resolutions lasted only until the next jar of honey was opened.

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” - Winnie the Pooh

18th -


19th -  Popcorn Day

20th – In 1900, the first traffic rules were posted.


  On the same date, they were first broken.


20th - Cheese Day -

21stSqueeze to Please. It's National Hugging Day!!




23rd- National Reading Day is celebrated in thousands of schools all around the United States. This literacy event is designed to help Pre-K through Third Grade students develop the literacy foundation they need to become lifelong learners. Schools, libraries, nonprofit groups, and parents participate in a variety of activities with younger readers on National Reading Day.

National Reading Day
 calls for every child to be in the reading company of a caring adult.


23rd -  National Handwriting Day & John Hancock's birthday.

23rdNational Pie Day - a special day that is set aside to bake and cook all of your favorite pies. On this day, you are also encouraged to bake a few new pie recipes. And most importantly, it's a day to eat pies!

A great way to celebrate National Pie Day is to bake some pies and give them away to friends, neighbors, and relatives. You never know, you may be starting a tradition of pie giving between your friends and family.

25thOpposite Day -  Might be a good day to compliment your boss.


27th - Chocolate Cake Day

29th –  National Puzzle Day 

31st –  National Backwards Day -  UoY wonk tahw I naem?


January is time to also recognize:

  • Foods that start with the letter "A" - Apples & Apricots, Asparagus & Artichoke

  • National Eye Care Month

  • National Volunteer Blood Donor Month   

  • National Book Blitz Month

  • National  Month

  • National Get Organized Month

  • National Walk Your Pet Monthdedicated to creating an awareness of physical health by encouraging pet owners to begin a daily practice of taking their pets for walks.



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