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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A troubling situa- tion takes a positive turn and moves toward a resolution that should please you and your supporters. Meanwhile, make time to deal with new domestic issues. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It's a good time to reas- sess your goals and consider shifting directions. Remem- ber to keep an open mind, and be prepared to make changes as new opportunities arise. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Rely on your strong Mer- cury aspect to help you close that communication gap be- fore it becomes too wide to cross. A sibling or other fam- ily member has news. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You' re about to get off that emotional roller coaster and start experienc- ing more stability than you've been used to. This is a good time to let someone new into your life. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Good news: A trusted friend comes through for you. But you still need to shed that last scrap of self-doubt and once more become the cool, confident Cat we all know and love. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Things should be getting back to a less hectic pace. Enjoy the more peaceful atmosphere. You earned it. But don't for- get about those still-unre- solved issues. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A more positive family relationship develops as misunderstandings are ex- plained away. A job situation appears promising, but check it out before you act on it. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21.) Congratu- lations. That on-the-job situ- ation is working out as you'd hoped. Now's a good time to relax and to enjoy the com- pany of family and close friends. SAGITTARIUS (Novem- ber 22 to December 21) You might feel as if you're caught in an emotional tug-of-war. But don't be rushed into a decision on either side. Wait for more facts before you act. CAPRICORN (Decem- ber 22 to January 19) The Goat's usually high level of self-confidence is brimming over these days. This should help you deal with a situation that you've avoided far too long. Go for it. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Relation- ships become more intense. But be careful not to be pushed into decisions you' re not comfortable with. Re- member: You're the one in charge of your life. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You need to show more confidence in your abil- ity to reach you r goals. Make that long-delayed decision, and avoid floundering arotind in a sea of self-doubt. BORN THIS WEEK: You appear to be strongly opin- ionated, but you can also be open to other ideas -- so long as they are presented with logic and clarity. (c) 2001 King Features Synd., Inc. Tan & Buy ..... ,OO and Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - The Malakoff News - PAGE 1B Room 10 By Emily G. Lundy Few teachers, who are not coaches, escape "sponsoring" some club or activity in their teaching duties. I have sponsored Future Nurses, Future Teachers, a community college student council, a high school student council, and particular classes (the head sponsor for two jun- ior classes). Every teacher dreads spon- soring the junior class in most schools because this class hosts the junior-senior prom. In the "old" days these events meant 48 hours of decorating and months of planning - theme, decor, colors, invita- tions, table layouts, food, en- tertainment, d.j., and much more. In 1987 1 had much respon- sibility for the prom at my high school and had never worked so hard in my life. Knowing how parents want to see the ballroom, we had them donate the food if it was fancy. We even had caviar. Parents brought the food early, saw the decorations, and then left. That year the day after the prom was Mother's Day. When I awakened that morn- ing I swear my feet were at my knees. Then my older son, already a graduate, came into my bedroom to invite me to breakfast out. When I had to turn the invitation down, I knew I was near death from fatigue. One junior class I sponsored with just one other teacher in a smaller school presented a play each spring. We put on a comedy in 1964 with two brothers as main characters. With what they added to the plot, including one limping through all his movements, we were quite a hit, bu t my diges- tive track did not settle down for a month. The next year this class would be in charge of a night of eight chosen couples from each class who would compete for Mr. and Miss CHS. Each student would present talent and model outfits. The Good Lord decided it was time I be- came a Mother in the spring of the junior year. We could not teach pregnant in high school 35 years ago, not even say the word in some groups, and I was saved from a fate worse than death. Then came student council sponsorship at a larger high school. For eight years, we had energetic projects, good programs, and frequent dances. I slump just thinking about it. Also each year we attended a convention in some Texas city until the state affiliation de- cided on alternating between D-FW and Austin. One year in San Antonio the students climbed the "tower," one got too close to the edge, and the guard made her leave. On another trip, time the girls (always four girls, four boys as delegates) sneaked into the boys' room, placed petroleum jelly on the door knobs, mirrors, and telephone, then left. When the boys returned, they exploded in anger. The prank revealed itself when one of the boys decided to use the phone. When he had settled down, cleaned his hair and ear, he de- cided the girls on our trip had done this dastardly deed, picked up the same greasy phone, and called the girls' room. I still laugh about his using the same phone. On one trip to Austin, two of my males stayed in the room of four girls from the Coast. That sponsor caught my boys and caught me at breakfast the next morning at a McDonald's on our way home. I yelled at the boys until we reached Waco. Then we dis- covered the girls from LaPorte were dismissed from their council, one the principal's daughter. My two guys, one the president of our council, met with the principal, con- vinced him they did nothing wrong, other than hide in the closet and bathtub. Their fi- nal verdict included probation and "boys will be boys." Why did I not catch my "boys"? If I did not sleep at night, I could not drive the free- ways in the daytime. My main goal and prayer was "get these children safely there and back." Sometime I drove a borrowed van, one I had never been in before in my life. We had our own used van one year, one painted red, white, and blue, earning the nickname Mr. America. On the highway I let one of the senior boys drive as I rode up front in the other seat. There were no seats in back. The student delegates sat on their suitcases because my hus- band had washed the carpet the night before, and it wasn't dry. As the nine of us rode along, we had to stop at a red light. A car with pretty girls stopped beside the driver's side. My driver, quite cute himself, looked at me, and said sadly, "Ms. L., I've never been so embarrassed in my life." Some years my husband ac- companied me, but mostly a fe- male teaching friend took her Emily G. Lundy 1961 of the p01e. That young man is now quite a successful en- trepreneur. Finally, my husband's in- volvement with the dances and projects got the best of him, and he said, "You have to give up this activity." Of course I was never in the humdrum of high school life again, never again as important. But years after I resigned and learned that on one trip to Austin, the boys' and girls' room connected with a door, enticing them to put both king size beds in one room side by side and sleeping that way one night, I knew I had quit in due time. My own younger son was on that trip, a freshman. He lay beside a senior girl all night, all in their clothes re- portedly, and he said he never slept a wink. He never told me about the event either. When I would knock on the door for checks, someone would hold the door open narrowly, claim- ing to be "getting ready" for the next meeting. Made sense to me. No one revealed any of this until all involved were gradu- ated. Like the time this same son sold one of my tests to a senior. I never knew until an- other student told me six years later. Much about this upsets TRIMMING REMOVAL CLEANING MISTLETOE, ETC. Free Estimates 903-872-5459 : ........ :aitktmtf,the:studei, the '-me especially sincesenir other half with me. She hated driving and tried to link with my bumper. The year a student behind me used a pole under the front seat to mash my ac- celerator really scared her as she didn't know why I would drive so fast. I was in quite a "state" my- self as why I could not control my speed until I saw the edge barely passed the test, and my son supposedly received only $25. Something tells me he might not have received money at all but illegal ale. 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