In spite of the times we live in I hope you’ll agree there is just not enough CHRISTMAS or CHRISTMAS Spirit in the world these days.
Yes, I know the season for the most part is still months away but maybe it’s already time we need to start spreading the spirit of the reason for the season. LOVE.
I’m sure you’ll agree that there just isn’t enough LOVE floating around in the world.
At a time when things are so stressed for so many of us you would think that we’d try our very best to change our total demeanor towards are fellow man and towards things around us I general.
No matter where I go it seems to me so many people are just way to cranky these days. So much so that many of them come off as just down right rude. It seems to me that way too many people who work in the service industry are just either fed up with being nice to customers or just ignorant as to what service is or means.
Having been in the service business myself for a while I learned very quickly that your tip and how much you earn is directly impacted by how you treat your customers. I would go out of my way to smile at my customers and schmooze them as much as I could and it always paid off with a nice tip.
Now a days it seems people either don’t get that or don’t care and is that’s the way you want to play it your should have every right in the world to do so but just don’t expect a very big tip from me. In fact I have a threshold for how people in the service industry treat me and if you go below that, I just ask fore someone else or I leave. Simple as that.
Excuse me I went sideways on a tangent for a bit. We now return you to the regular article about adding more Christmas Spirit starting now and why shouldn’t we. Yes, it’s still several months before December but so what?
This is the season to start spreading the Christmas Spirit early this year. I don’t know about you guys but I’m putting up my Christmas tree and decorations already. I even have a Christmas tune as my ringer on my cellphone and I can’t start to tell you the joy it brings to people’s faces when my phone goes off near them. You could have fooled me. They love it.
So why not. Tis the season to be jolly early this year and Now is the time. So much bad stuff going on around us we need to counter that with the Spirit of Christmas already. Start treating people kinder and start being jollier evry day and you’ll see it will become contageous in a good way.
I wish you all a great holiday season and I pray you all be able to celebrate the Spirit of Christmas with all your loved ones on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Just Another Point of View.
As the month of August came to an end it got to the point that I hated to pick up a newspaper or listen to the local radio station. It seems like almost every week or so we would lose a good friend.
We lost Mr. Joe Martinez, Freddie Esquivel good friend and great
musician then we lost Mr. Juan Alverez a gentleman who would call KWMC radio almost every time we did town talk live. These are just a few friends we lost to this horrible virus. It seems that people will not listen and wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Why? Do they not understand that it is for their own good?
Looking back to another time we were able to be in a crowd and have hardly any effects. Maybe catch a cold but always something minor.
But these are different times and the rules have changed. Pay attention to what is going on around you and stay away from crowds. Wear the mask and listen to what the experts say. I can recall a time when I was playing music you could go to a club and
be around hundreds of people and not think nothing of it. For many years on the 4th of July, Easter Sunday and other days we would have a lot of people over to my house to play music, talk, play horseshoes, and just be together as family and friends I recall that my dad J.B. McDonald would really look forward to those events he would tell me I know you are working and playing music but do not forget the family we need some time too. My dad was a truck driver most of his life and in his later years we saw a lot of each other. I miss him a lot.
When I was growing up, I remember almost every night myself and my friends would end up at the club cafe. It was on the corner of Ogden and Main St. all of the railroad workers went there. It was almost
always packed and we never thought nothing of it. It has closed now but when I drive by there, I remember the chili they were famous for and that is where I met a woman who played a big part in my life years later.
Back in those days we lived life to the fullest and enjoyed being young and living in Del Rio Texas.
I am going to tell you what happen to me in the month of August at a
funeral home. I was asking to leave a funeral because of what I said to the so-called son of the deceased. Now I have known this person for over fifty years. Him and his wife went to all my dances and even after his wife passed away, we remained friends, when he started having health problems, I would go visit him. He had a provider that was with him every day including the day he passed on during that time I would go visit him. He suffered from kidney failure, heart problems but he always tried to stay in good spirts. One time I took my son Michael with me and I noticed he looked like it bothered him. I ask him if Michael bothered him and he started crying and said no I just thought of my son. Now I had been around this man for many years and never heard anything about his son. When I ask about him, he said he lived here in town but I have not seen or heard from him in thirty years except when he needed money or a car or money to pay bills, he claimed he hurt his
back and could not work. When he passed on, I went to the funeral home and there was this person crying acting like his world had ended and I ask him who are you?
He said I am the only son of this man I loved him so and will miss him so much. I am sorry to say I said you are a liar. He got real upset with me and I told him I have known this man for over fifty years and I never heard of you.
I told him he may be your dad but you are not his son. If you were his son you would have spent time with him while he was alive and even more time when he got sick.
I told him as far as I was concerned, he should be thrown out of the funeral home. He complained and I was asked to leave which I did.
I said all of this to say if your parents are alive spend time with them while you can because we all have to die.
Here hoping we can get to where we can cope with this virus and enjoy my home town Del Rio Texas god bless stay safe and enjoy and thank god every day for another day of life. Thanks to Victor Cirilo and the Val Verde County library.
89 Muertos En El Condado De Val Verde
Después de 6 meses de que se registró el primer caso de coronavirus en esta frontera la pandemia sigue afectando a Del Rio causando cierre de negocios suspensión de actividades y la extensión de las restricciones en el puerto de entrada.
Las restricciones en el puerto de entrada para las personas que tienen visa láser se extendió hasta el 22 de Septiembre mientras tanto se les negara el ingreso a esta frontera si no es un viaje esencial.
Esto afecta la economía de esta frontera Y a qué centros comerciales siguen teniendo pérdidas monetarias a no tener la cantidad de ventas que tenían Hace 6 meses cuando se tenía turismo tanto de México como del interior del país.
Sólo estuvieron pérdidas hasta de 20 mil dorsales fueron los negocios cerca de la presa la amistad cuando se tomó la decisión de cerrar los embarcaderos Durante los fines de semana como medida de seguridad para evitar la propagación del covid-19, afortunadamente la intervención de las autoridades y que disminuyó el número de contagios de coronavirus se reabrió la presa después de un mes y medio de estar cerrado.
Debido a los contagios que se han registrado en esta frontera el Consejo Internacional de la Buena Vecindad tomó la difícil decisión de suspender las fiestas de la amistad que se llevan a cabo cada año en el mes de octubre.
De esta manera están ayudando a proteger a la comunidad al no exponerlos a un posible contagio ya que cada actividad de las fiestas del amistad son eventos masivos, y no se puede garantizar que los participantes puedan mantener la distancia de 6 pies.
Una de las principales actividades de las “Fiestas de la Amistad” el concurso de belleza de Miss Del Rio el cual se reprogramó para llevarse a cabo el 23 de enero del 2021 en el teatro de la localidad.
Debido a la pandemia el regreso a clases Pues el miércoles 26 de agosto de manera virtual para proteger a los niños y evitar que están expuestos a un posible contagio de coronavirus , los estudiantes estarían tres semanas tomando clases en línea.
Sería en el mes de septiembre cuando un porcentaje de los estudiantes del Distrito Escolar estarían regresando físicamente a los planteles educativos cumpliendo con los protocolos de seguridad que fueron establecidos por el Distrito Escolar siguiendo las indicaciones del centro de control de epidemias.
Del Rio no se ha podido recuperar de la pandemia la cual ha cobrado la vida de 89 personas residentes de esta frontera desde marzo hasta este mes de agosto y más de mil 800 personas fueron reportadas infectadas con éste virus.
¿QUÉ LE DUELE A DIOS DE NUESTRAS ACCIONES?
Hoy, después de XXI siglos, no pierden vigencia los siete ayes de Jesús en el capítulo 23 del evangelio según San Mateo. ¿Y que son los siete ayes? Las siete veces que el Señor dice “Ay de ustedes”. Aquí vamos a retomar algunos de ellos para reflexionar al respecto.
*”¡Ay de vosotros, escribas y fariseos hipócritas, que pagáis el diezmo de la menta, del anís y del comino, y descuidáis lo más importante de la Ley: ¡la justicia, la misericordia y la fe! Esto es lo que había que practicar, aunque sin descuidar aquello. ¡Guías ciegos, que coláis el mosquito y os tragáis el camello!” (Mt 23, 23-24). El Señor nos está diciendo que es oportuno el cumplimiento de la ley, pero que en nada es bueno idolatrarla y cumplirla solo por cumplirla con actitud fría, solo porque nos vean.
Nos invita el Señor a no dejarnos llevar por el fariseísmo y la hipocresía. Con ocasión de la pandemia mundial podríamos decir que algunas leyes tienen un tinte de fachada farisaica y discriminatoria a las cosas de Dios: se pueden reabrir las piscinas, los gimnasios, los terminales de transporte, los restaurantes, pero las Iglesias solo los domingos.
*”¡Fariseo ciego, purifica primero por dentro la copa, para que también por fuera quede pura!” (Mt 23, 26). Cuantas veces nos preocupamos solo por lo exterior, por lo económico, por la diversión y lo placentero y no nos interesa o le ponemos objeciones a la vida interior. Hoy nos preocupa demasiado por tener un asesor de imagen, nos preocupa la apariencia, el qué dirán, el aparecer y olvidando el SER; olvidando el verdadero sentido de nuestra existencia, descuidamos el verdadero sentido de vivir en coherencia, en honestidad, en ser luz que ilumine las tinieblas del mundo en que vivimos.
¡Que contradicciones! no podemos seguir queriendo humanizar a los animalitos y arremeter contra su maltrato, mientras aceptamos o aplaudimos la pena de muerte, el crimen horrendo del aborto, la eutanasia y cualquier otro atropello contra la vida y la dignidad del ser humano. Es cierto que el maltrato animal es algo irreprochable, pero aún más deplorable es el atentado contra la vida humana. Rechazar lo uno y aplaudir y aceptar lo otro es una hipocresía. ¡Cuántas veces se habla y se lucha por los derechos y la igualdad de las minorías, pero se le quiere imponer a las mayorías los pensamientos y las ideologías de las minorías ¿Esto será lógico? ¿No será más bien una hipocresía?
*”¡Ay de vosotros, escribas y fariseos hipócritas, pues sois semejantes a sepulcros blanqueados, que por fuera parecen bonitos, pero por dentro están llenos de huesos de muertos y de toda inmundicia! Así también vosotros, por fuera aparecéis justos ante los hombres, pero por dentro estáis llenos de hipocresía y de iniquidad.” (Mt 23, 27-28). No aparentemos lo que no somos, no nos mostremos como buenos si retenemos en el corazón odios, rencores, infidelidades, ambiciones mezquinas, malas intenciones, afectos desordenados e inmoralidades, que son como huesos y podredumbre. Si queremos vivir elegantes y bien presentados exteriormente, ¿por qué no preocuparnos por vivir limpios y elegantes interiormente? ¿Po que no preocuparnos por tener limpia y transparente nuestra alma? No nos quedemos solo en lo exterior, dejémonos guiar por el Santo Espíritu.
*”¡Ay de vosotros, escribas y fariseos hipócritas, porque edificáis los sepulcros de los profetas y adornáis los monumentos de los justos, y decís: ¡Si nosotros hubiéramos vivido en el tiempo de nuestros padres, no habríamos tenido parte con ellos en la sangre de los profetas!” (Mt 23, 29-30). No podemos primero destruir con actitudes y palabras a una persona y después quererle levantar mausoleos sobre sus cenizas. No es justo que pisoteemos la dignidad de una persona y después hipócritamente la ensalcemos. Nos urge valorar en verdad a las personas en vida, no vacilemos en hacerle saber nuestro cariño y aprecio a nuestros seres queridos. Reconozcámosle a las personas sus valores, talentos y carismas. No tengamos miedo decir con frecuencia gracias, perdóname, ayúdame, te amo y eres importante para mí, pero en el momento oportuno. Si damos una mención de honor o una condecoración hagámoslo en vida. No le causemos más dolores al Señor con nuestras acciones, preocupémonos por ser más coherentes, honestos y diligentes. Dios los bendiga, Sady Pbro.
I saw someone post this online the other day and thought to myself, “It’s about time someone posted the recipe for these”, since I’ve been making them for years now.
Talking about KETO Tortillas made with ground up Chicharrones. Yes, Pork Rinds.
So let get started in making these easy to make, and delicious tortillas that use ground up Chicharrones in the mix.
First; Scoop out 2 Cups of Pork Rinds from a bag and throw them in you blender,
Grind them up until you have a powdery consistency then throw them in a medium size bowl.
Second; ADD a Tablespoon of Baking Powder (make sure you have baking powder and NOT Baking soda
Third; Add 3 Tablespoons of Sour Cream
NEXT; ADD a generous amount of Garlic Salt (to taste) and 2 Whole Eggs
NOW, Start mixing everything up slowly until you have the consistency of a Masa, or flour dough type.
Scoop out a round ball of the mixture into your palm and put it down in between some wax paper and roll out your tortilla or you can use a tortilla press and press it out too.
Put it down on a hot grill and let it cook for a minute or so until it starts to brown and turn it over until the other side starts browning as well. When that happens your Chicharron Tortilla is Ready To Eat.
Fill it with your favorites. Anything from Chorizo and eggs to Chicken Fajitas, the sky is the limit.
I’ve even fried them up in some EVO and broke it up into pieces to make Nachos or just chips for dipping. Use your imagination for sure.
KETO friendly, Very Lo Carb Chicharron based Tortillas. So easy to make and Yum.
Happy, Healthy Eating ya’ll.
As usual,most good bands of the 70’s would be artists that started out in the 60’s. No different for Daryl Hall and John Oates. 1967 was the first time they would meet, both fleeing in the same freight elevator from a gang fight at a dance in Philadelphia’s Adelphi Ballroom where Hall had been leading his band, the Temptones, and Oates his own band ,the Masters. In 1969 Oates joins the group “Gulliver” and makes a trip to Europe, while Hall finds studio work in Philadelphia singing background vocals for the Stylistics,the Delphonics,the Intruders and others.After the early 70’s and moving on into the year of 1977,the song “Rich Girl”( written about a friend of Sarah Allen’s whose father is a fast food king) is their third single and becomes their first #1 hit. The notorious serial killer David Berkowitz, known as the “Son of Sam” will later claim the song as a motivation for his murders. By 1978 the duo spends much time playing live,including a tour sponsored by “Care-Free” chewing gum, of high schools which have sent in the most gum wrappers. Then in 1981 the song “Kiss on my list”, written by Hall and Sara Allen’s younger sister Janna, tops the U.S. charts for three weeks and is a million seller. January 1982 “I can’t go for that”,their third million seller in 4 releases, also spends a week at #1 on the U.S. R&B charts(extremely rare for a white act),only the fourth instance since 1965. In addition they are listed under “Black Music” in “World Book Encyclopedia”. In 1984 the Recording Industry Association of America confirms suggestions in Billboard Magazine and Newsweek that Hall and Oates are now the most successful duo in U.S. recording history, amassing a total of 19 U.S. gold and platinum awards. Find out more stories and interesting facts about Hall and Oates on the Little Red Rooster show on KWMC’S 1490 AM Classic Hits Station. Always remember that all known facts and stories of Artist of the Month are by Wendy Johnson and all Shows are produced By Javier Martinez Sr.
As theaters all over America slowly start re-opening and welcoming movie goers back into their theaters some new movies are coming out as well.
No matter where you go please remember that social distancing and sanitize often after being around other people.
Now, Back to The Movies. As theaters open their doors again and start to invite people in there are a few new movies coming out.
From Solstice Studios comes Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe in his latest project, a movie called Unhinged. It’s a psychological thriller that takes something we’ve all experienced, a road rage situation to an unpredictable and terrifying conclusion. Rachel (Caren Pistorius) is running late getting to work when she crosses paths with a stranger (Russell Crowe) at a traffic light. It’s not long after that, Rachel finds herself and everyone she loves the target of a man who feels invisible and is looking to make one last mark upon the world by teaching her a series of deadly lessons.
Unhinged, Rated R, Runs 91 Minutes.
Next, from Warner Bros. Pictures is a movie called Tenet.
Armed with only one word Tenet. A secret agent (John David Washington) finds himself fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Join in as he embarks on a dangerous, time-bending mission to prevent the start of World War III. The Protagonist will soon master the art of “time inversion” as a way of countering the threat that is to come.
Tenet, Rated PG 13, Runs 2h 30min.
Still riding high in the streaming realm from HBOmax a series called LOVECRAFT COUNTRY.
A thrilling take on Lovecraftian lore that proves the Elder Gods aren’t the only thing that goes bump in the cosmos.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jonathan Majors provide heroic performances. Check it out if you haven’t already been turned on to it.
So take a break from the stress and duck into a theater near you for a great new adventure,
At The Movies.
So are we or aren’t we experiencing the second wave of this so called Pandemic that we’re supposed to be in?
Everyday we hear the numbers of those infected keep growing and the number of those dying from the dreaded COVID 19 infections keeps rising as well and we have to wonder who is actually telling us the truth?
The president keeps tell us the reason the numbers of those infected keep growing is merely because the number of those being tested is growing exponentially. If you stop and think, you may be able to understand his reasoning. He ‘s saying that as more people get tested we are bound to see a larger number of those infected.
Fact is there may be millions of us walking around that are already infected but don’t show any symptoms and may never become symptomatic at all while others get sick and may even die as a result. This being the case as we test more people we find out that more people are infected. Makes sense.
What we have to worry about and be careful with is as we find more and more folks around us are infected, will we be one of the lucky ones that does not get ill from the infection or will we be one of the unlucky ones and get ill or possibly even die.
I agree. There are probably millions of us already walking around that have been exposed to the Corona Virus but since we have not been tested we just don’t know it. In spite of that fact, if you are one of these people, you may be a danger to those around you who come into contact with you. You may inadvertently spreading this virus to other folks around you. Therein lies the problem.
We each have a personal responsibility to protect ourselves and each other from this potentially deadly disease. Yes there are many that don’t even get ill from it and there are those who get ill but get better and go on BUT there are also those who get ill and may die.
So, at least for now, let’s wear our masks, keep our social distance and keep sanitizing and washing our hands often. Let’s try to stay home as much as possible unless we have a super important reason to be out in public. It is so much better to be safe than sorry or dead.
Please take care, be safe and GOD Speed.
Just Another Point of View.
Well the month of July 2020 will be remembered here in Del Rio for a long time. This virus that has taken over Del Rio has got a lot of people either confused or afraid, maybe a little of both.
On July the 15th the mayor stated that we were up to 11 deaths and that there was no room at the local hospital and even in San Antonio they were not taking any cases of the virus from Del Rio.
I believe what surprised a lot of people was when the mayor stated that they were trying to locate a refrigerated trailer to put the people that had passed away in because there was no more room, not even in the funeral homes. I am not sure what it will take for the people to realize that this is very serious.
It took me back to the flood of 98 when they had to bring a refrigerated trailer for the people that were lost in the flood.
Driving down highway 90 East I noticed the barricades in front of the entrance to the blue hole or to what we all called my favorite swimming place the pump house. It is sad to see that we have reached that point that we are not even able to go to the park and go swimming.
For as long as I can remember the parks were always full during the summer time and especially on the fourth of July.
When I was young, we would get up early and eat breakfast usually cereal, make a sandwich and head out to the San Felipe creek. We would spend the day laughing, swimming, goofing off just enjoying being with good friends.
My best friend back then was Roberto Diaz. We went everywhere together. We got our first bike at the same time then later on we got a car about the same time. Robert lived on Ware St. and I lived in the San Jose project. Our other friends that went with us some times were Salvador Torres Tobie, Danny Mesa, Jimmy Flores, and others it was a good time to be alive and we did not even realize it. I worked for Rudy Corbinas and Robert worked for Ross Drug Store but we spent a lot of time together. Roberto passed away in 1999. I remember Victor Camposano told me that he would go and dive in the San Felipe creek to get golf balls and then sell them to people that played golf to get a little money to buy some thing to eat or drink. I have not seen or spoke to Victor in a while but I was told he is like me with a few health problems.
What really impressed me about Victor was he is very smart and he knows a lot about the way Del Rio was back in the good old days and a lot of people do not know that he knows a lot about the bible. At one time we would talk almost every day, so if you want some history about Del Rio talk to Victor, he remembers things that I forgot or never knew.
I can recall the time when you could walk down Main Street and have trouble walking because there were so many people. We would stop at the entrance to Kress just to smell the popcorn that they were making and selling
Then we would cross the street to the city café I believe that was the name. I know that a man named Harry Pierce was the owner. They made good hamburgers.
Then we would go across the street to the Rita theatre since Roberto and I worked in the early morning cleaning the Drive-In theatre we were able to get in free to any movie we wanted to see.
He has been gone a long time but I still visit his grave and still talk to him.
At night we would go to San Felipe to pick fights. Since we lived in Chihuahua we were really not welcome in that part of town and me being gringo just added to the problems we were faced with.
Let me finish this by saying you never forget things that happen to you when you were growing up, but right now we live in a Del Rio like I have never seen. We are faced with a deadly enemy we cannot see but it is there so we must learn to face it and deal with it. Listen to what he city and county leaders say and let’s get through this. To do that we must work together and pray that the good lord can help us get through this time. Stay safe take care and remember wear your mask when you leave your home so that soon we will be able to walk the streets and enjoy my home town Del Rio Texas GOD BLESS. Thanks to the Victor Cirilo and the Val Verde County Library.
Del Río y Ciudad Acuña se siguen viendo afectados por la pandemia que azotó esta ciudades fronterizas desde el mes de marzo, contagiando a más de dos mil personas de COVID-19 en estas dos poblaciones en tan sólo cuatro meses.
Hasta el martes 28 de Julio Val Verde había reportado un total de 49 fallecidos y 1344 casos positivos de coronavirus de los cuales 741 personas tiene el virus activo, 593 delrienses han logrado derrotar este virus y ya fueron dados de alta por el Departamento de Autoridad de Salud Local.
La pandemia ha causado el cierre de docenas de negocios en esta población ya que empleados han dado positivo en coronavirus Asimismo todos los empleados del precinto 4 del Condado de Val Verde permanecieron en cuarentena debido a que uno de ellos dio positivo en covid-19 y como protocolo de seguridad fueron enviados a sus hogares para evitar la propagación de este virus.
Asimismo la pandemia causó que la fecha para el regreso a clases se extendiera hasta el 26 de agosto y será vía virtual durante 3 semanas Si el índice de casos de covid-19 no reduce se estaría extendiendo otras 3 semanas las clases en línea.
Ciudad Acuña también se a visto afectada por la pandemia desde el sector industrial como centros comerciales, debido a las medidas de seguridad que se implementaron para reducir el número de contagios y muertes por COVID-19.
Hasta la última semana del mes de julio las autoridades de Ciudad Acuña Coahuila del sector salud reportaron que para el martes 28 de Julio tenían 359 casos activos de coronavirus un total de 645 personas que se habían recuperado de este virus de manera oficial tenían 47 decesos a causas de esta pandemia y 54 hospitalizados por problemas de salud.
Bares restaurantes tuvieron que adaptarse a las nuevas medidas de seguridad de las autoridades de Ciudad Acuña Qué es cerrar sus puertas a las 11 de la noche Así mismo centros comerciales tuvieron que tomar sus medidas de seguridad para dejar entrar a clientes para ayudar a evitar la propagación del coronavirus.
El regreso a clases también se llevará a cabo en línea todos los niveles para proteger a los estudiantes de un posible contagio Asimismo evitar que los padres tengan que salir a las calles diariamente para llevar a sus hijos a los planteles educativos o ir por ellos.
En ambos lados de la frontera se han suspendido importantes actividades desde eventos de salud como también los tradicionales festejos de la Batalla de Puebla y ya se anunció que se ha suspendido el Grito de Independencia entre otros.
Debido al aumento de casos de covid-19 en estas dos ciudades fronterizas las restricciones en el puente internacional continuarán hasta finales del mes de agosto tanto para las personas con visa láser que intentan cruzar a Del Río Texas como los residentes o ciudadanos que intentan llegar a Ciudad Acuña esta medida es para reducir los contagios de coronavirus y salvar vidas en ambos lados de la frontera.