To my daughter on the eve of your 4th birthday,

If there’s one thing Jay Jay Jao would want you to know, it’s that ramen isn’t just a shrink-wrapped package of dried noodles for money-strapped college students.

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Ripped from their African homelands to toil and die under horrific conditions in the United States, the enslaved ancestors of most Black Americans had few places where they could find consolation, encouragement, support and at least temporary relief from their woes.

There was a time when nine people lived in Leisha Kidd-Brooks’ small three-bedroom, one bath home in Longview. The mother of three not only cared for her own children, she took in other children to provide them with a safe, happy home — even when it meant not knowing how she was going to pay…

The writer’s heart in Patty Wiseman was born in first grade when she learned to read. Career, family and other factors delayed its bloom for decades, but now it’s flourishing even as she navigates new challenges.

This serial story is an alternative view of actual Texas history. Created with fiction, this six-installment series will reveal an imagined view of the early days in East Texas and the grit and vision of Longview’s founding family, Margaret and O.H. Methvin.

As the world endures the COVID-19 pandemic, medical staff at hospitals, clinics and public health departments have become the selfless superheroes of our day.

Family nurse practitioner Debbie Mahoney is one of those superheroes, though she’s been fighting death and disease at home and abroad for more than 20 years.

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This serial story is an alternative view of actual Texas history. Created with fiction, this six-installment series will reveal an imagined view of the early days in East Texas and the grit and vision of Longview’s founding family, Margaret and O.H. Methvin.

For 78 years, “Rural East Texas” has been telling a bigger story than just the scenes it depicts from its spot above an office door in the downtown Longview post office lobby.

Robert (Bob) Holloway Sr. remembers playing dominoes with his grandmother, Lizzie Methvin, in the three-story house that once sat on Rock Hill on what is now Center Street in Longview.

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Shanna Spence had a dream.

Not only a dream of someday being a published author, but also, quite literally, she had a dream that became the inspiration for her first book.

Educators. Business owners. Mothers. Women who were first. Women who shaped churches and started organizations that still benefit Longview.

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Millions of people across the globe deal with conditions that affect the skin and hair. Acne is a skin and hair ailment that, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is the most common skin condition in the United States.

When I was a kid, my dad, Clarence Hammer, told me and my siblings that he joined the Army during the Vietnam war to avoid the draft. He had started college in Missouri but couldn’t afford the books so dropped out of school. Knowing the draft was next, he beat Uncle Sam to the punch.

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Chances are you’ve heard of the keto diet. Its popularity has soared in recent years, adding it to the list of diets many people try, especially in the New Year. The keto diet is founded on the belief that when your body is in a state of nutritional ketosis -- a metabolic state in which fat …

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Gingerbread cookies and houses are one of the many symbols of the holiday season, alongside Christmas trees and twinkling lights. In fact, few confections symbolize the holidays more so than gingerbread.

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Cookies and other baked treats are everywhere come the holiday season. It's not uncommon to give cookies as gifts or arrive at holiday gatherings with cakes and other decadent desserts.

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If you are like many people, your winter wardrobe requires a bit of extra care. Between fine cashmere sweaters, favorite woolen outerwear and your snazziest cocktail attire, your special care garments should look as crisp at the end of the season as they do today.

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During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's all too easy to let self-care slip off your radar. However, it's important for your health that you prioritize your well-being, so you can enjoy the season with family and friends. If you burn yourself out with all the cooking, shoppin…

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Each year, the holiday season brings a flurry of entertaining. From hosting a houseful of out-of-town relatives to formal sit-down dinners to impromptu get-togethers, chances are your schedule - and your home - is brimming with activity.

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Wow your friends and family by using a wood pellet grill and smoker to create every dish on your holiday party menu this season.

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When Inga Lam of BuzzFeed's Tasty, the world's largest social food network, gets going in the kitchen, she makes sure to consider all aspects of her baking process when creating the perfect treat. As a Tasty Creator, Inga is known for showing budding chefs how to sharpen their skills and liv…

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Before you know it, you're knee-deep in preparing for holiday celebrations and family visits. If you're hosting guests with allergies - and you have pets - you have a few more things to consider when getting your home guest-ready. No problem! Here are eight cleaning tips to help allergy-proo…

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Holiday hosts toil for hours to create lavish meals everyone will enjoy. It's not uncommon for Thanksgiving tables to be covered with more food than guests can conceivably (and comfortably) consume. Leftovers are the norm, but without a plan for what to do with leftovers, food can spoil or e…

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Come the holiday season, many people look forward to gatherings with family and friends. Such gatherings are often held in private homes, and that means someone must take on the task of hosting.

People of a certain age might remember the often hectic Black Friday of old, when shoppers would line up outside stores in the wee hours of the morning hoping to land the best deals on gifts for their loved ones. While many shoppers still make such early morning pilgrimages to their favorite…

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Many people enjoy opening their homes to friends and family. Entertaining can include everything from backyard barbecues to hosting formal dinner parties to providing overnight accommodations. While each of those things is different, hosts always want to ensure their guests are as comfortabl…

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Peanut butter can be found in kitchen cabinets across the globe. And whether you're fond of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or prefer peanut butter smeared on toast, chances are you can find a jar of this beloved spread in your pantry.

Hosting houseguests over the holidays? For happier guests and hosts alike, you’ll want to be sure you’re equipped to accommodate all your overnighters. Here are a few pointers:

Whether you’re braving the cold to find the perfect Hanukah gift or searching high and low for the ideal Christmas tree, there are plenty of opportunities to create special memories with your family this season. And there are ways to make each event a little warmer and fuzzier.

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What are the benefits of baking from scratch? Mostly, it's fun, and your whole family can join in. On top of that, nothing tastes as good as fresh baked treats right out of the oven. For another bonus, it makes the whole house smell great. But perhaps the most important reason to bake from s…