Journey Through Grief Bereavement Group Offered by Home Hospice of Cooke County

Journey Through Grief Bereavement Group Offered by Home Hospice of Cooke County

Gainesville, TX – March 23, 2017

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties is excited to announce the return of The Journey Through Grief bereavement support group starting on April 6, 2017. The group will be held on Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for six weeks. Each week Kelly Lamkin will lead the group in discussing topics such as “surviving the fog” and “finding the new normal”. The group will meet at the Landmark Bank Conference Room at 1112 E California St, Gainesville, TX 76240.

Sessions will be held Thursday, April 6, 13, 20 & 27 and May 4, 11. The group will meet to help each other navigate through grief issues plus provide support in a safe and understanding environment. “I am so glad I came – it has helped me in ways I would never have imagined” said group member Susan Ripley.

“Experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one is a normal part of life’s journey” said Kelly Lamkin, Home Hospice Social Worker. “However, it can become an overwhelming enemy that can be harmful physically and emotionally. There is no magic pill or quick fix for this grief, but sharing your journey with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one, can make it easier. Come and join us – you can attend all six support groups or just one if you choose.”

To register for the support group, please contact Paula Britain at 940-665-9891. If you’d like information on individual counseling, please contact Kelly Lamkin at 940-665-9891. Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is a 501(c)(3) local community-based organization founded in 1982 and serving our communities for 35 years. As the oldest and most trusted local hospice organization, our mission is to provide the best care and support enhancing the Quality of Life of our patients and their families. To learn about other community outreach programs offered by Home Hospice, please visit or visit our Facebook page at

Journey Through Grief Bereavement Support Group


Northeast Texas Children’s Museum Announces Friendship Bridge Fundraiser

Northeast Texas Children’s Museum Announces  Friendship Bridge Fundraiser

Northeast Texas Children's Museum Friendship Bridge FunraiserCommerce Texas | March 22, 2017

The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum will welcome area Bridge players to “Friendship Bridge” on Monday, April 10 at 1:30.   The event is the longest running fund-raising event for the Children’s Museum. “We have watched friendships grow each year around the Bridge table, “said Nancy McFarland, co-chair of the event. “We enjoy seeing returning friends and welcoming new participants each year.”

The event provides a relaxing environment for the players. Groups may rotate to other tables or stay together throughout the afternoon.“We will have a table for beginning Bridge players. Sometimes when individuals have not had the opportunity to play in the last year, they enjoy being with other players of the same level,” said Toni Deaton, the other co-chair.

The afternoon will include Bridge, dessert, and cash prizes for winners of high, second high, and low.  There will also be drawings for other prizes. Tickets are $25 a person and can be purchased at the Children’s Museum or by credit card by calling the Children’s Museum at 903-886-6055.

DiVine Homes developing Lake Texoma’s first Luxury Craftsman Home Community

DiVine Homes developing Lake Texoma’s first Luxury Craftsman Home Community

DiVine Homes Located just off Georgetown Road in scenic Pottsboro, Texas, Whispering Meadows is a new gated community, just minutes to the lake, shopping and only 1 hour from Dallas. With the Counties most desired school system and numerous recreational area’s nearby, it is truly a unique location.

Whispering Meadows, is a $13 million dollar project that will feature 48 Craftsmen style homes. This private community will feature a state of the art playground, basketball court and fishing pond in a beautiful park setting with picnic tables, benches and barbecue area.

Countless hours have gone into creating an array of thoughtfully designed plans ranging from 1400 Sq. Ft. to 3000+ Sq. Ft. and a “Estate Collection” of homes are also available. What are expensive upgrades in other communities, are standard features in Whispering Meadows. Each home will have designer kitchens and baths with solid wood cabinetry, granite counter tops and hardwood floors.  Master suites will feature glass enclosed walk in showers, freestanding tubs and large walk-in closets. Many of the designs include a spacious covered patio with an outdoor fireplace for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Whispering Meadows SitemapDuring phase 1 of Whispering Meadows development, your custom home will start at only $190,000. If you are one of our first 5 buyers you will receive a $25,000 upgrade package. The time is now to seize this one time opportunity to not only own a brand new home but to belong to this premier community, Whispering Meadows. After these first five homes are gone prices will increase for the next section of phase 1.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be one of the first buyers and take advantage of this limited offer.

ABOUT DIVINE HOMES DiVine Homes is a family owned building development company with over 50 years of combined experience. Hundreds of homes from the coastal beaches of New England to the serene  shores of Lake Texoma bear our name. Our work stands out not only for its sheer quality, but for the relationships we have built along the way.   We are proud to back our work by a 10 year warranty because our homes are “Built to last a Lifetime”.

Award-Winning Psychiatrist to Speak at Austin College

Award-Winning Psychiatrist to Speak at Austin College

Vikram PatelAustin College will host internationally recognized psychiatrist and professor Vikram Patel on campus as the 2017 recipient of the Austin College Posey Leadership Award on Tuesday, March 28. Patel will present “People’s Health in People’s Hands,” at 11 a.m. in Wynne Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

The College’s Posey Leadership Award recognizes Patel’s work addressing mental health problems globally, particularly as a champion of the underserved. He works to create justice for all by creating access to quality mental health care for the socially disadvantaged or those living in low-resource settings worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people will be affected by a mental health issue in a lifetime. Patel is working to provide innovative ways to extend mental health solutions and to develop and evaluate psychological treatments that can be delivered by non-specialized health workers in routine health care or educational settings. He also seeks to teach ordinary people to deliver front-line mental health care to make up for the lack of care in many situations.

Patel was born in Mumbai, India, and graduated from medical school at the University of Bombay and completed a Ph.D. in psychology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He describes psychiatry as a medical field with the perfect mix of society and science. Timemagazine recognized Patel on its 2015 list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. He also received the 2016 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health and was recognized at the Asian Awards in London as 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Patel is co-director for the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions at the Public Health Foundation of India in New Delhi. He also co-founded Sangath, a research NGO in Goa, India, that focuses on child development, adolescent health, and mental health, He also is co-founder of the Center for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research has been supported since 1995 by the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health through the support of bright minds.

An accomplished writer, Patel has written more than 250 articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of several books including Where There is No Psychiatrist: A Mental Health Care Manual (2003). The manual has been translated into a dozen languages and is used by community healthcare workers worldwide.

On Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. Patel will deliver his lecture at the Austin College Global Outreach (GO!) Forum at the Perot Museum in Dallas. Tickets to the event start at $50 and are available at

The Austin College Leadership Award was created in March 2008 through the generosity of Sally and Lee Posey, founder of Palm Harbor Homes; the Posey name was added to the award upon Lee Posey’s death in 2008. The award honors outstanding individuals who, through their work, have demonstrated the principles of servant leadership. Previous recipients include Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, founders of Half the Sky Movement and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists; Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America; Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of Grameen Band; Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund; Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy; Dr. Nathan Wolfe, epidemiologist and author of the “The Viral Storm”; and Shigeru Ban, Pritzker Prize laureate and founder of the Voluntary Architects’ Network.

Sponsors for this year’s events include Bank of Texas and Sherman Economic Development Corporation, as well as Texas Health Resources of Fort Worth; Goldman, Sachs & Co., headquartered in Dallas; UT Southwestern/Southwestern Medical Foundation; Bank of Texas;  Dr. and Mrs. Henry Estess of Dallas; Hersh Foundation of Irving; Abigail and Todd Williams of Dallas; Stan and Judy Woodward of Dallas; John and Anne Andersen of Dallas; Children’s Health of Dallas; Brent Christopher of Dallas; Emily and David Corrigan of Dallas; Rebecca and Ron Gafford of Dallas; San Angelo physician Fazlur Rahman, M.D. and Jahanara Rahman; Ann Ross of Dallas; Sherman Economic Development Corporation; Becky and Larry Sykes of Dallas; DHD Films of Dallas; and Mental Health America (MHA) of Greater Dallas.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Take a Kid Fishing by Bill Carey, Striper Express

Take a Kid Fishing by Bill Carey, Striper Express

Lake Texoma | February 26, 2017

Take a Kid Fishing by Bill CareyThere is nothing more priceless than to hear a child say “I got one…I got one… Daaad! I got one!!” Being the hero in a kid’s eye is so rewarding. To see that little one spring from the seats with excitement is so energizing and rejuvenating. Recharge their batteries and yours too with the thrill of the hunt for some hungry stripers. We still have openings for Spring Break week!


Got Spring Fever?

Your college kids are ready for a break from those long hours of late night studying and burning that midnight oil. Get them into the outdoors. Take them fishing for some much-needed parent time. Give them something to go back to school to tell their friends… “My parents SO ROCK! They took me fishing for Spring Break”. Awesome rod bending and line stripping time spent with family and friends will be something that they remember for a lifetime.

The Fishing! The Bass!

Lake Texoma offers “World Class Striper Fishing”. There are plenty of hungry stripers out there just waiting for you. These monsters are weighing up to 15 pounds each. The 20 pounders are not rare. They are fat and sassy and will get your blood pumping.

A Proud Mom!

A mom is never more proud of her man than when she is watching him pack up the kids and taking them out for that quality time. Some moms are the type to load up with them, and others are happy sending them on their way knowing that this time is rare and so precious. Those fleeting years are gone in a blink of an eye and if you don’t snatch them up they will be gone before you know it.

Is Your Blood Pumping Yet?

Make those memories with time spent with your kids. Put down those video games and give them a “reel” game that is more fun. Get that face to face “Fish Time” and your kid will look at you and say…”Thanks Dad”. That alone is priceless!


Striper Express
Bill Carey


Bill Carey is a professional fishing guide on Lake Texoma.  You can reach Bill and Striper Express at (903) 786-4477 or email him at bigfish@striperexpress.comStriper Express Guide Service is located at 512 Mill Creek Resort Road, Boathouse #3, Pottsboro, TX 75076