Here is wishing everyone a warmer week after the longest white Valentine in recent memory. Many remember the foot of snow in 1985 as we look back at those old pictures developed at the 1-hour photo at La Villita. Some mentioned that roofs collapsed but I only remember how quickly the sun came out and melted my snowman. So, what changed so much in 25 years? To begin with, this cold front was quite different, never in recorded meteorological records had there been so much cold in all the 254 counties of Texas, a one in a million event. Kind of like the flood of 98. We must be buying our tickets at the EZ-Stop next to Livingstone Church. I think a lot of people, not all, learned something and were thankful for something.
We learned that a house with a fireplace will probably be worth a few thousand dollars more in the real estate market. That even though you have a gas stove with an electric igniter you friends on FB will tell you a match also works to light it. That you can flush a toilet with a bucket of melted snow or pulled from the creek or swimming pool. Not so many learned that when it is less than 40 degrees outside your garage or back porch can also double as a refrigerator. We also learned the value of modern insulation in a new home. Our baby monitor records the minimum and maximum temperature and even with many hours without power the temperature never dropped below 47 F inside. Not comfortable but not dangerous.
Many people expressed their gratitude that, at least on FB, since we don’t have a daily “newspaper of record” nobody mentioned a carbon monoxide poisoning or much less hypothermia. Ex cub scouts brushed off their “be prepared” moto and looked out for family, friends, and neighbors. Our local PD made several wellness checks to make sure isolated citizens were ok and it was the perfect excuse to call that neighbor whose dog poops on your lawn and you had been angry at for months. Some of our radio stations went on and off the air and we all scrolled Facebook obsessively looking for the latest FB live from our elected officials until we overloaded our cell towers and even those didn’t work so well but we were thankful for the local information. If you didn’t have FB you probably got a concise call in English from the emergency services to give you an update.
If you really really want to know what happened with the power, water, and sewer system. Ask the people who know because they passed the budgets during the last 25 years. I’m sure they will give you much better information than the FB experts. Ask Mayor Garza, Valdez or Alcala, Rowland, Reno, Liz, Fred C. or Fred C. Tina, Mary Ann, Diana, John, Mike, Najla or Lee. They were each there for four, eight or more years making the hard decisions on current needs vs. future investments. Same decisions you make at each paycheck on paying bills or saving for retirement.
Nov. 1968 George Harrison becomes the first Beatle to issue material independently of the group with the album soundtrack for the film “Wonderwall”.
On March 12, 1969 he and his wife Patti are arrested and charged with possession of 120 joints of Marijuana. By December of 1970 after releasing the album “All things must pass” he is the first to secure a charting top album and sells 3 million copies worldwide. The album is co-produced by Phil Spector and Harrison is backed by such musicians as Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker, Billy Preston, Badfinger, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. By Dec. 26, 1970 “My sweet lord” hits #1 giving Harrison a second accolade as the first ex- Beatle to have a chart topping single. The song was originally given to Billy Preston and the song sells for over 5 million copies worldwide.
On March of 1971, Bright Tunes who owns the copyrights to the song “He’s so Fine” by the Chiffons makes a claim that “My sweet lord” plagiarizes the song “He’s so fine”. Harrison claims that the song is inspired by the Edwin Hawkin Singers song of “Oh Happy Day”, which makes more sense. But on Sept. 7,1976 district judge Richard Owens orders Harrison to pay $587,000.00 dollars. Although not too many people knew about Harrison’s talents, it is interesting to know that he played several instruments, no fewer than 26. Such instruments included the Sitar, guitar of course, four string guitar, bass guitar, arp bass, violin, piano, auto harp, Moog synthesizer, harmonica, tamboura, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, now that’s a lot of instruments. Now Harrison known as the quiet ex- Beatle, should be known as the unfaithful ex-Beatle. As troubles brewed with the Beatles in the latter years, Harrison was so upset with the band but kept all feelings inside of him. Buy that time he had an affair with Ringo’s ex- wife. Gorge Harrison actually had hundreds of affairs, just too many to talk about.
Find out more on George Harrison as we feature him as Artist of the month on KWMC”S 1490 AM classic hits station and the “Little Red Rooster Show”. And as always and still , all known facts and stories are by Wendy Johnson and still all shows are produced by Javier Martinez Sr.
Well, here we are again and I must thank all of the people that called the radio station, and my cell phone to say they enjoyed the article about the Loma de la Cruz. There was one lady who said she knew the person that it happened to and even though what I wrote was not all the facts they were pretty close.
That being said I am going to tell you about what happened one night at the West Lawn Cemetery.
I am not going to mention any names because some of the people involved have passed away.
My friend and I were told a certain movie was coming to town and they would be selling tickets in advance.
Now I knew it would not do me any good to ask my parents for money so we spent about five days walking the streets and hi ways looking for soda water bottles which we would wash them and then sell them to a
local grocery store.
We also had several yards to clean from people there in the project.
The day the tickets went on sale we had seventy-five dollars and we were ready.
We went down and bought the four tickets and when the time came the movie started at seven p.m. I do not remember all of the movie but it was like a cartoon and I did not enjoy it very much.
After the movie we ask the girls if they wanted to go to the carnival on Las Vacas St.
We spent about thirty dollars and did not win nothing but a small teddy bear but we rode a lot of rides. I hated riding the ferris wheel because I am afraid of heights.
After the carnival we decided to go somewhere quiet and spend some time alone.
We ended up at the west lawn cemetery.
We got out and were walking through the graves and we come up on a head stone that was laying long ways across the grave instead of the way they are standing behind the grave.
I remember reading the inscription on the grave and thought it was a good saying.
My friend said let’s lay down on it and I said you first so we decided to flip a coin to see who would go first. My friend said no. lets flip a coin and heads you walk barefooted on it and tails you lay down on it.
I flipped the coin first and I took off my shoes and walked from the bottom of it to the top and I told my friend it hurts to walk on it even though the surface is flat and smooth.
I sit down to put on my shoes and they were not where I left them.
They were about ten feet away from the stone, at the time I thought my friend had thrown them, he later told me he did not touch them.
Then my friend layed down on the stone and I hear him say I could lay here forever.
All of a sudden, he started yelling I can’t get up. HELP ME
I RAN OVER AND GOT HIM BY THE SHOULDER AND LIFTED UP ON HIM AND SOMETHING THREW ME BACK ABOUT TEN FEET.
HE SAID SOMETHING IS WRAPPED AROUND MY CHEST AND I CAN’T GET UP and I am starting to have trouble breathing.
By then we were all screaming and all of a sudden, a gentleman showed up with a flashlight and hollered what’s going on.
All of a sudden what ever was holding my friend down let him go and the caretaker ask if we needed medical help we said no and got out of there. My friend told me that when he said I could stay here forever a voice whispered, careful what you wish for.
What was it I do not know but it scared all four of us and I have never talked about it until today?
In closing let me say respect things like that and never take for granted anything, THANK YOU GOD BLESS AND ENJOY MY HOME TOWN DEL RIO TEXAS. Thanks to Victor Cirilo and the Val Verde County Library.
It was a cold Sunday Night in February and the Snow just kept coming down of the Lone Star state. Iy was a beautiful sight and the kids were all excited because we hardly ever get to see any measurable amount of snow fall in central and south Texas.
This time it would be different though and by morning because of the extremely cold temperature the snow was still on the ground. For the next day the temperature never managed to climb above freezing and the snow was clinging to the ground into another day.
Now it would be Wednesday and finally the temperature manage to climb high enough that the snow started to melt but there was another supersize headed our way the very next day. More snow and that it did. It snowed quite a bit again that morning and through the day into the evening.
This time the snow fell lightly but steadily all day into the evening before it started to surrender by early in the night. It had now been 5 days with snow on the ground and in the air. Much of the stat was suffering from a failing Power Grid and rolling black outs that were supposed to keep the entire power grid from crashing itself.
In fact we would later find out that we were all just a short time away from a catastrophic failure of the states entire power grid which could have left most of the state without for weeks maybe months.
Also, by this time many businesses had been closed and when they reopened they we rushed by customers in a panic buying frenzy. Citizens of our great state were almost in a state of shock. Frustrated with being without of power, having to stay indoors and now without adequate food and other necessities like toilet paper.
The state wouldn’t start to recover until mid day Friday February 19th but by then most businesses were out of many things. There was little if no gas available at local gas stations, many homes had little if no water pressure and many restaurants were either closed or had limited supplies.
Some bar-b-que places were open but had no bread so the couldn’t sell any sandwiches. Some had no tea or drinks at all. And on the days they were open the lines of customers trying to get a bite of food to eat were extremely long and never ending.
People died, many were hurt, some lost their homes and still we try to figure who is responsible and the bigger questing is will anyone be able to fix it so that a situation like this never cripples the state like it did this time. GOD Bless The Great Sate Of Texas.
Just another Point of View.
En primer lugar, ubiquémonos conociendo ligeramente a la persona de San José: es conocido como Patriarca, Confesor, Esposo de la Santísima Virgen María y Patrón de la Iglesia Universal. Significado de su nombre: Dios salva. Su apodo: el Santo silencioso. Su nacimiento: fecha desconocida en Belén de Judá. Su fallecimiento: antes del inicio de la vida pública de Jesús en Nazaret de Galilea. Es venerado en: la Iglesia Católica y en la Iglesia Ortodoxa. Su festividad se celebra: el 19 de marzo en el rito romano, el domingo siguiente a la navidad en el rito bizantino, el 3 de enero en el rito mozárabe y el 1 de mayo San José obrero (fiesta del trabajo). Sus atributos: por antonomasia, con el niño Jesús en brazos; vara florida, con azucena o nardo; cayado y serrucho de carpintero. Patronazgo: Iglesia universal (declarado por el papa pío IX en 1870). Países que lo tienen como patrono: Austria, Bélgica, Canadá, Corea del Sur, Italia, México, Nueva Zelanda, Panamá, Perú y Vietnam. Personas y situaciones en las que se le reconoce como patrono: protector de la familia cristiana, carpinteros, emigrantes, viajeros, niños por nacer; por antonomasia, es el «patrono de la buena muerte» por atribuírsele haber muerto en brazos de Jesús y María.
Con motivo de los 150 años de la declaración de San José como patrono de la Iglesia universal, el Papa francisco exalta las cualidades y la grandeza de San José. Al respecto Manuel Ruiz Martínez-Cañavate sintetiza: “José amó a Jesús con corazón de padre –“patris corde”-. El Santo Padre nos regala esta declaración para iluminar una cualidad que puede pasar desapercibida ante la grandeza de José. Y es que el gran Santo nos demuestra que Dios “puede actuar a través de nuestros miedos, de nuestras fragilidades y de nuestra debilidad”. Es ésta una característica notable, pues es reflejo de que la grandeza de Dios con frecuencia se revela precisamente valiéndose de la pequeñez. Tenemos que estar atentos”. El año Santo de San José va del 8 de diciembre de 2020 al 8 de diciembre de 2021.
Para realizar la obra de la salvación Dios quiso valerse del hombre mismo, porque como nos dice San Agustín “Quien te creó sin ti, no te salvará sin ti”. Y por ello para enviarnos al Señor Jesucristo a cumplir la obra de la salvación, Dios quiso valerse de la Santísima Virgen María y de San José, siervos humildes para hacernos entender que la gracia, el poder y la misericordia de Dios se manifiestan en medio de la fragilidad humana, ya que la fortaleza, el poder y el auxilio nos vienen del Señor.
En las reflexiones de forodelavirgen.org/93325/5-lecciones-san-jose, encontramos: “Mientras que los estudios señalan la importancia del papel del padre en el crecimiento varonil de los niños. Hay evidencia de consecuencias graves cuando el padre falta. Entonces llegamos a que la responsabilidad de San José fue apoyar a Jesús en el desarrollo de una identidad masculina de acuerdo a la ley natural. María podría dar a Jesús su cuerpo físico, pero no su identidad varonil. Eso tenía que venir a través de San José. Y debido a su rol en la familia, debe ser el sano modelo a seguir”.
Sin lugar a equivocarnos podemos decir que cuando la sociedad ha ido sacando a Dios de su vida, de la familia y de las instituciones y cuando hemos tergiversado la escala de valores, se ha iniciado un caos y una confusión muy seria que nos tiene al borde del colapso. Necesitamos volver Nuestra mirada y nuestro corazón al Señor Jesucristo y asumir en nuestra vida personal, social y familiar la vida y el testimonio de San José.
Reflexionemos las cinco lecciones que da san José a los padres de hoy:
1. Dar el ejemplo con la acción: “Ser un ejemplo a través de la acción es la forma primordial en que los padres deberían imitar al papá terrenal de Jesús, que era un ejemplo de moral tranquila como jefe de la Sagrada Familia”.
2. Amar a la esposa: “Para Mons. Charles Pope de Washington, “El primer regalo que todo padre puede dar a sus hijos es amar a su madre y a hacer cualquier sacrificio necesario para permanecer fiel a ella, aferrarse a ella y asegurarse de que el matrimonio es fuerte”.
3. Mantener las prioridades en orden: “San José puso su vocación de esposo y padre antes que su carrera”. Se le pidió huir a un país diferente, Egipto, con el fin de proteger a Jesús, dejándolo todo y no pensar: ¿Qué pasa con mi trabajo? ¿Y mi carrera?
4. Hacer la voluntad de Dios: “La importancia de vivir como Dios quiere es una necesidad para un padre también. San José obedeció tan pronto como él supo cuál era la voluntad del Señor sin dudarlo”.
5. Ser humilde: “La humildad de San José es también una lección para los papás. “Se disponía a cumplir con la Sagrada Familia con mucha humildad, sin buscar ningún tipo de compensación, y confiaba totalmente en la divina Providencia.”
La comunicación de José se da a través de sueños, a través de los cuales el ángel del Señor le ordena lo que debe hacer Mt 1, 20-21; 2,13. El evangelio solo dedica a San José unas cuantas frases y no cita ni una sola palabra suya. Solo resalta su muy atractivo silencio y con esto basta para hacer un gran relato suyo. Ojalá imitemos a San José en el silencio, en la obediencia, en el ser justos y en saber escuchar y obedecer a Dios, haciéndonos dóciles instrumentos en sus manos. Dios los bendiga, Sady Pbro.
J.J. Cervantes’ junior year of high school basketball ended with a little love from the Rams faithful.
Cervantes was named the Best Offensive Player and Best Defensive Player in the inaugural KWMC 1490 Ram Basketball Awards presented earlier this month. The awards, which are voted on by the fans, drew more total votes than the radio station’s football awards.
According to Javier Martinez Jr., KWMC sales manager, more than 1,300 votes were cast for the basketball awards, at least 200 more than were cast for football.
Despite sweeping the awards, Cervantes said the nomination was a surprise but not unexpected.
“I knew I had worked hard to get there. I made varsity last year, so I knew I had to keep up with it this year,” Cervantes said.
“It’s really nice to see basketball get some love. I know basketball wasn’t the main sport in town, but these awards and the turnout show a lot of people are following us and we players are feeling like we’re getting recognition now for how hard we’ve been working,” Cervantes added.
Cervantes announced his arrival this season with a huge home debut, scoring 29 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, in a loss to Pleasanton. He was the Rams’ leading scorer on offense and his defensive presence at the post made him a game changer for a team that was more up tempo and not just built for the blocks.
For offensive player of the year, Cervantes was nominated alongside Luis Arteaga, William Proffit and Nick Rivera. For defensive player of the year, Cervantes was nominated with Rivera, Cesar Gavia and Eli Webster.
Cervantes credits his father, Juan Cervantes, for helping him improve throughout the season.
“The big difference for me this year versus last year I think was more listening. I mean, my dad helped me a lot. He would help me work on the things I had trouble with and wanted to improve on. I got a lot of support from my parents, and I’m pretty sure that was the big difference for me,” Cervantes said.
This was a tough year for the Rams. Their season came to a premature end after they were forced to suspend play in January due to high COVID-19 positivity rates in the community. Once they were cleared to return, making up those lost games was too great a task.
Cervantes said he learned that for the team to get better, the players needed to stay in contact and be on the same page. “You’re not a team if you’re not being a team. It doesn’t have to be just basketball to build that team chemistry,” Cervantes said.
El mes de enero y febrero de este año fueron de las fechas más importantes para todos los residentes de Del Rio por qué se aplicaron las primeras vacunas contra el covid-19 a los más vulnerables.
Esta fue sólo una de las actividades importantes que se llevaron a cabo en esta frontera En dónde las autoridades del Condado y de la Ciudad con el apoyo del personal médico estuvieron protegiendo a la población con las vacunas anti covid-19.
Debido a las restricciones implementadas por el estado y la ciudad las actividades masivas permanecieron suspendidas para así lograr reducir el número de contagios de coronavirus en esta población y de esta forma que todo pudiera regresar a la normalidad.
Eventos que ya eran una tradición en esta frontera como la marcha en honor al doctor Martin Luther King se tuvieron que suspender también fiestas del 14 de febrero entre otras todo para proteger a la comunidad de un posible contagio.
Durante el mes de febrero se tuvieron buenas obras una de estas hechas por la asociación de bomberos de del Río quienes entregaron más de tres mil dolares al centro de recursos contra el cáncer Mary Pierce tel Centro Médico Regional de Val Verde.
Los fondos serán utilizados para entregar bonos a mujeres Quienes no tienen aseguranzas para recibir asistencia médica y éstos los podrán canjear para que se les practique una mamografía de manera gratuita para descartar o detectar el cáncer a temprana hora y así poder recibir apoyo.
El último evento que se llevó a cabo fue la inauguración del primer parque público para Canes el cual fue hecho tanto con donaciones como también con aportaciones del municipio ya que ésta obra es para que familias puedan acudir llevar a sus mascotas a un lugar sin problemas y disfrutar al aire libre.
“No hemos recibido notificación por parte de nuestros superiores sobre el retiro de las restricciones en los Puertos de Entrada sobre los viajes no esenciales para las personas con visa láser debido a que el índice de contagios en ambos lados de la frontera siguen siendo altos” dijo la directora del Puerto de Entrada Liliana Flores.
Esta medida se está implementando en todos los puertos de entrada terrestres para evitar que personas portadoras de covid-19 pueda cruzar la frontera y causar que el virus se siga propagando y que haiga más personas infectadas.
La fecha para remover las restricciones en el Puerto de Entrada se tenía programada para el 28 del mes en curso y será un día antes cuando la directora Liliana Flores sea notificada sobre las medidas que deberá tomar.
También se dio a conocer que debido a la situación que se vive en las ciudades fronterizas con el alto número de migrantes del lado mexicano los oficiales de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza constantemente realizan simulacros en el puente internacional por lo que se cierra durante espacios de 30 minutos una o dos veces por semana para que los oficiales estén preparados para cualquier situación de emergencia.
Debido a que se habló qué enormes caravanas de migrantes se dirigían a la ciudad fronterizas e intentaría entrar a este país a través de los puentes internacionales a la fuerza los oficiales se tienen que preparar para poder responder a cualquier emergencia que se llegue a presentar o este tipo de situaciones.
La directora del Puerto de Entrada Liliana Flores informó que todo su personal está trabajando de manera normal, pero están en espera de notificaciones de sus superiores para saber si todo regresar a la normalidad o permanecerán las restricciones en el puente internacional durante un mes más hasta que se logre reducir en su totalidad el índice de contagio de coronavirus.
También se dio a conocer que hasta ahora no se han registrado incidentes en el puente internacional con los migrantes de que todos están respetando las normas y están siguiendo los protocolos para poder ingresar al país de manera legal.
Se estará cumpliendo un año desde que se implementaron las restricciones en el puerto de entrada terrestre local para evitar viajes no esenciales y aún no se tiene conocimiento si estas normas serán removidas o continuará mientras se tengan casos de contagios de coronavirus en ambos lados de la frontera.
Well, the good news is that Movie Theater Live Attendance is up a whopping 50% since theaters were forced to close and then re-open on a limited basis due to the Pandemic.
Lost of good movies on the horizon too. Just opening at your local theaters through out the U S of A are films like;
TOM AND JERRY from Warner Animation Group, Warner Bros. Animation and associates. “A legendary rivalry reemerges when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of the wedding of the century, forcing the desperate event planner to hire Tom to get rid of him. As mayhem ensues, the escalating cat-and-mouse battle soon threatens to destroy her career, the wedding, and possibly the hotel itself.”
Tom and Jerry, at theaters now and runs 1 Hour and 41 minutes.
CRISIS from Green Room Films and associates. “A drug trafficker arranges a multi-cartel Fentanyl smuggling operation. An architect recovering from an Oxycodone addiction tracks down the truth behind her son’s disappearance. A university professor battles unexpected revelations about his employer, a pharmaceutical company bringing a new “non-addictive” painkiller to market. Set against the backdrop of the opioid epidemic, their stories collide in this dramatic thriller from writer/director Nicholas Jarecki (Arbitrage).”
CRISIS is Rated R and Runs 1 Hour and 58 Minutes.
On The STREAMING SIDE; BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR, from Lionsgate and associates. “Take a trip and break out of your shell with Barb and Star. From the gals who brought you Bridesmaids (co-stars and co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo) comes BARB & STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR. Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time... ever.”
BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR is Rated: PG13 and Runs; 1 Hour and 46 Minutes.
Nows the time to get off the road and into a nice comfy theater for a brand new and exciting adventure as we all venture At The Movies.
Every day I scour the Internet looking for interesting content to share with folks like you.
Stories about health, well being and eating healthy along with all things for a healthier lifestyle.
This morning I was going through the internet and ran across Sadhguru.
Who is Sadhguru? Who is Sadhguru? “Jaggi Vasudev, known publicly as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi and author. Vasudev earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Mysore and has been teaching yoga in southern India since 1982.”
Anyway, he was talking about a thing called Horsegram known to some as Kollu. Horsegram is actually a lentil. In fact, some say it is the most potent rich lentil found on our planet.
He went on to explain how to prepare it and eat it and then he said, by eating it it creates heat in the body affecting metabolism. He then went on to say the it might make you a little constipated as well but if that happens he said, take some Castor Oil and put a few drops in your navel and/or or rub some on the center of the fore head as well as behind each ear and this will serve to cool the body down. He claims that within 5 minutes of so the body will cool and you’ll go to the bathroom effortlessly.
I thought that was very interesting. If your Diabetic you may want to Google Horsegram because some say it helps control Diabetes?
In researching around I also found out some interesting stuff about olive oil. You can also put a few drops of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) in your navel and it supposedly do wonders for your digestion, your bowl movements and your skin as well as a bunch of other things like making your nerves and veins more supple. Google it. Who knew?
So, next time you run by the grocery store try to find you some Horsegram. I will tell you that it’s not easy to find unless you have one of those health food stores. You can, of course order it on line at several different places but shop around for the best price.
It may be well worth it to try out the Horsegram, some Castor Oil and some Olive Oil and see what it does for you.
Of course as we always say, ask your Doctor before undertaking any new regimen.
Until next time, Happy, Healthy Eating!