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1 I Page 6A - The MalakoffNews Friday, April 8, 20 ! 1 God's servant doesn't use tobacco After I answered God's call to preach, my thther- in-law told me, "You can not be a preacher and use tobacco." I promptly told him, "1 knob, a lot of Catholic priests that smoke." His reply was, "I don't care abou't them, but you cannot chew tobacco and be a preacher." We went through this conver- sation again and again for several months. I was working at this time on the Pinecone Ranch just outside of Tomball, Texas; one of my jobs there was to take care of and tend to 35 heifers that we were keeping for breeding stock. "lhey were in a 50 acre pasture away from all other cattle. The pasture had a barn and lot with a water trough, the trough was ten by ten and three feet deep. There was a water well and there was an air comp ssor pow- ered with a one horse gasoline engine. When the trough was near empty, you had to fill the gas tank and lind something to do until it ran out of gas; then you had to fill the tank again and start the engine again to finish filling the trough. Well, it was either July or August, I don't remenl- Clayton 'Buddy' Hazell Memories and Tales ber which. I do remember that it was extremely hot and humid. I drove to the pasture in the ranch truck, which had a new battery in it (this is important to this story). I pulled up to the lot, and the heifers were standing by the trough bawling tbr water. I looked, and the trough was empty, I filled the gas tank, started the engine and began walking the fence line to see that everything was in order, that is fence all up and no broken wires. By the time I got back to the lot, tank was about half full; I sat down in the shade, and cut myselfa fresh chew of to- bacco and worked it around in my mouth until it was laying just right. Then the engine ran out of gas and I filled the tank again and staJted it up. I walked to the truck, got in and turned the key, rrrup, rrrup, rrrup, was all the engine would do. I got out and raised the hood, 1 checked the oil and the water then looked at the all my desire for alcohol tires (1 am not a mechan- away,; but he left the to- ic). 1 got back in the truck, bacco tbr me to quit. ! still turned the key, rrrup, craved it, I could still taste rrrup, click, click, dick, it, I still wanted it, but then silence. ! got back out God wanted me to quit. of the track, walked A few" years later, while around a bit, then I said. working on our house at "God are you trying to tell San Augustine, I got to me something." I got craving tobacco so bad I down on my knees in the could die. No one was middle of that cow lot and around, so I got in my started praying. In the pickup, pulled out on the middle of my praying my highway and started to mouth got full of tobacco town to get a plug of Days juice and I had to spit or Work; as I was going drown. 1 then said to my- down the road, I heard a self, "What am I doing voice, "Buddy do you still talking to God with this in love me?" I will work it my mouth?" 1 then spit the like this. foot off gas tobacco out in my hand pedal, tbot on brake pedal, and threw it as far as 1 turn around and back to could and got back on my the house, knees and finished my No more chewing tobac- prayer, co for God's servant. After praying, I walked --- over to the truck and got Clay'ton "Buddy" Hazell in, turned the key and was born almost 80 years "roooonl" it cranked right ago, at home, in a small up. As I was driving the Texas town. He has been mile and a half out of the in Malakoffsince 1973 woods, I heard a voice and is recently retired as clear as a bell, "Buddy do pastor of Parkview Baptist you love me enough to Church. His column is ex- throw that stuff away?" I cerptedfi'om his book, knew then what GOd had "Memaries, Tales and Spe- tried to tell me, and I spit cial Events of My Life." 1/" the tobacco in my hand you are interested in a and threw it out the win- coW of the book (there's dow. Then I said, "God, I now a kbl. 2), contact The love you enough." Malakoff News at 903- It was strange, God took 489-053I. Recliner clearinghouse gets another l:oretta tbrtable old leather soPa, twin recliners, perfect for Humble college student. $100. If that ad looks familiar AIOUI I to you, you may have read AIX) it in my column a couple of weeks ago. It was the Carl's relatives, a widow, ad Carl had fbund on who is selling everything Craig's last that led tts to and moving to California. Noah Dallas to purchase There they sat - these two my former couch. That's lovely recliners, barely right. I said former couch, used, just begging to go It is just a fading memory home with us. These are to my living room, be- much newer than my other cause now we have found old leather stuff, but they the recliners of our look great with it, and dreams, don't put it to shame at all. If you missed it, I've It's a good thing we like been chronicling my fickle these, because we couldn't relationship with used re- really haggle prices with a cliners and reclining sofas, widow. But if they hadn't getting the first ones ti'om Worked out, I'm afraid we Longview and the afore- might not have been able mentioned sofa But now to get our money back like all that is behind us, and we did with the other re- we are sitting in two beau- cliners, and like I hope to tiful tan leather Lazy Boy do with the double recliner recliners. They miracu- couch, which really is for Iously appeared to us last sale. It is pretty beat up, week. We visited one of but it sure is comfortable. And while I liked it OK in my living room, and you might be more particular. Anyhow, it is now sitting in the back hall in the rehab building of Cedar Lake Nursing Home, for- lorn, rejected and looking tbr somebody to love it. The other thing I've been doing besides be- coming a clearinghouse for recliners is going to some training throngh Landmark Education. It is a modernized version of EST that made such an impact on many people's lives back in the 1970s and '80s. It starts with a really intensive weekend, consisting of three 12- hour days, where you are coached into taking re- sponsibility for whatever is clogging up your life and stealing your joy, and are given the tools to un- derstand and deal with it. Included in the package is also a seminar that stretches over 10 Monday nights. I figured with the threats of massive fund- ing cuts to nursing homes and home health and hos- pice agencies that our businesses are going to have to face, I'd better get all the help I can get in thinking clearly. I am de- termined that we will sur- vive this crisis. Not only survive, but get better and stronger. Last month Time Maga- zine did a big article on self improvement, featur- ing Landmark, and calling it "remarkably insightful," and "the natural first stop in an), transformation tour." This training is really helping me in a lot of areas of my life. If you're interested, you can read about it at http://www.landmarkedu- cation.corn, and a lot of other places on the Inter- net if you just Google it. Malakoff Pharmacy 1 Hour Photo Yonr Phormacy. Yottr Naghborhood-Ibm" Choice' 409 W. Royall Blvd.. Malakoff Plaza $t0 Haircuts t 0% off Chemicals (cut & style included, exp. Apr. 30) Mort - Fd tt-5 Sat Appoinlment Only 2520 Main . 903-887-4447 Budget cuts~to" schools, especially elim- Emily inating teaching= posi- Lundy tions, has caught my eye. Here is a BIG secret for everyone. Stu- Of dents learn first from Of course, I me much who take their jobs seri- of my past as a student ously, eating, living, and and a teacher. But carrying it with them in college grades don t the backs of their minds make the teacher better report for duty to get paid gets done, great, but letting go of the "goodies" or "Oldies but ism is the key to the door that will send stu- dents into that huge room alone knowing tired early. His age was from teachers, the core, a factor, and =he wanted the basis. Palaces. better to try other worlds. My and newer books or ma- health and stamina were chines don't do the job; slipping. special lighting or prop- ' Fora short while t er air control might en- (maybe a year in total) hance learning but we team taught, For a teachers in a paneled particular area of stu- room with enthusiasm, dent, he might say intelligence, gusto, con- "Wouldn't that movie trol. fearless to the line "Name" really bring this over, and students imagine his surprise to "first" as a motto get know hehad to find the children= to learn, movie and rent it. Second is having Every year 1 taught he money I spent for gen- teaeh 's hard work and uine English tea jeer; in other words"Johnny Ca-son" tapes "want to learn." weren't free. but I cut Third, entice, hire. do parts where he mocked something (money Hamlet and other Then you would see With energy long ago, sensible tactics used in I took chances by going teaching, not games, not to a cemetery to read a more A's, but ibly famous poem about more respect with men death by Thomas Gray. as role models will put When my room stunk, I this nation's schools on bought dae potpourri the map. Hire the and poured it under ta- teacher first, coach sec. blesi I thought if I were ond, And I think sports nice, ents would be are important. I know nice back. Probably I the students going or never learned, but that staying in school for the part I never re tted. spo only. But balance still wish my pay better coaches and had come chose t0 my teachers percentage- efforts, daytime and wise. Really make aea- nighttime duties like demics first with the sponsoring dances and students liking it, cleaning up. Me- Where do parents di al Times trips went come in? They support * we!l, but I lost a year in the schools, don't run life every time we went,. to complain at the first Good changes with whine from the child help have come to be; l~ut check it out quietly but the crux of the prob. first, and they try to lem will never be quit reliving their own reached with cutting teen years. It's be .n good teachers. That's " said We never really the reasoning that was try harder, statics. ight more ob- Fiberglass repair BoatdetalUng Audio/video systems Pick-up and delivory available LEO IiglUdng for boate and docks, ]i[ii i ..,n, um,--r ili 'i