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Living Well Wednesday, September 19, 2001- The Malakoff News - Page 7A 4 Her life is like a...Melody By Amy Dowell and Melanie TrammeU We want you to meet Melody Baker, LVN, office nurse for Dr. Paul Sanner in Malakoff. Melody has been working with Dr. Sanner since he started his prac- tice here in May and says she loves her job. She says the doc- tor is kind, caring, and extremely knowledgable and because he is in the process of building his practice, he has time to devote to the patient-one on one. Melody says she enjoys help- ing people, and loves dealing with a variety of patients from babies to geriatrics. She also enjoys lab work and loves to teach, often explaining different lab tests of side effects of different medica- tions. Melody was born and raised in Odessa to parents Merlin and Norma Hutchins. After gradua- tion, she met soon-to-be spouse Gene Baker, who had been to Denver, Colorado to preaching school. He and Melody married and soon after he received a call- ing to preach full time, so they moved to Floresville, where they stayed ten years. It was during that time that Melody decided to pursue a nursing career to fulfill her need to serve people in any- way she could, so she attended St. Philips College in San Anto- nio and received her LVN degree. Melody says this was a decision she really loves because she feels blessed to be a part of the nurs- ing profession. Three years ago, Gene re- ceived a calling to Malakoff and the family relocated here where he now pastors MalakoffChurch of Christ, and Melody says this is a decision she loves. They both have become real "Malakoffians" and truly enjoy living here. Their lives are full and very busy between working full time, visitations, church services, and church sec- retarial work (printing the church bulletin every week). Melody tries to squeeze time to work on her computer, answer e- malls, and WHEW! Cro- chet baby blankets. Speaking of babies, Melody's already twinkling eyes take on a special glow when she speaks of Skyler, her 17 month old granddaughter, daughter of son Rocky and his wife Shaun. "Skyler is a real joy and just pre- cious," Melody proudly states. But she is equally proud of Skyler's parents. Rocky is ex- pecting another baby in spring and Melody couldn't be happier. We lost our innocence Continuedj%mpage 1A House. Our President had to fly around the country, like the fabled Flying Dutchman, his good ship Air Force One accompanied by fighter jets, until he could be cleared to return home. Was this The United States of America? They couldn't do that here. The hell they couldn't. Malakoff was indirectly represented at the site of the Washington events. Ricky Allanen, son in law of Malakoff retiree Bill Green was seated in a getting ready to take off for home when he saw the low flying jet fly directly into a section of the Penta- gon. In the aftermath, he was forced to take a bus home.He is head of campus police in Corsicana schools. , For many A-rr/ericdris disbelief gradually shifted to fascination with the stirring drama of human beings sacrificing themselves for their fellow citizens in the smoking wreck- age of lower Manhattan. And, finally, came an ice cold rage, one that turned red hot as the enormity of our loss became clear. Malakoffians, like their neighbors, adjusted to the new reality: Our world had changed forever. Not even our clergy were exempt from this building an- ger. "God must have had a purpose for creat- ing anger," said Rev. Linda O'Neal from the pulpit at First United Methodist Church at the end of Day Five. "I believe that the good purpose was to motivate us and to energize us to fight evil." "On the other hand...if we allow our an- ger to turn into hatred, we are misusing it. Worse than that...if our enemy can teach us to hate, then our enemy will have de- feated us." Across town at Antioch Baptist Church it was Youth Sunday and the congregation saw positive signs in the spirit of unity that appeared to be blossoming in the country. A hopeful sign. Said Pastor Carl Woodard, "...this is bringing us together, but we should have been together all the time." At Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Malakoff, the Reverend Joseph Kallookam didn't address the events in New York and Washington, D.C. directly. But his sermon touched on the parable of the Prodigal Son who was warmly welcomed home despite his prodigal behavior. "We need to follow the example of the father not that of the two sons." The father readily forgave his son. Said Father Joe, "...an eye for an eye is not the answer." In a long, hard campaign to bring the guerillas to heel "...only the innocent are hurt," he said. The Bush administration has been encour- aged by the growing public demand for revenge against the terrorists. Working closely with Pakistan and other mideast al- lies it is forging ahead with a plan for a major military operation against the forces of Osama bin Laden. The guerilla leader is suspected of having perhaps bankrolled the highly sophisticated hijacking and crashing of the three jetliners into their high profile targets. The East Texas congressional delegation was making responses in various ways. Congressman Pete Sessions released a statement saying that he was "outraged and saddened by this terrorist attack. He urged Texans to pray for the victims of the tragedy and their families. In Texas, the Legislature Wizards were making plans for the resumption of legislative business. A good deal of their attention is expected to be related in ways, large and small, to the events in Washington and New York. Throughout the week, people in Malakoff and sur- rounding areas dealt with the tragedy on their own terms. For many it was business as usual. For others it was looking for ways to help those whose lives have been marked by tragedy. (See accompanying story) All agreed nothing would ever be the same again. And in the final analysis that is perhaps not such a bad thing. But the price was much too high, one wit- ness was quoted as saying. T" b: :! She says Shaun's kids in the daycare are lucky to have her because she does such a fantas- tic job! So, see what we mean about Melody? Kind, genuine, sweet, caring, all this plus a whole lot more. Her life is like a Melody, with all the notes falling in the right place, thanks to a life dedi- cated to God, family and work. Thank you Melody. Go by and meet Melody and everyone at Dr. Sanner's office. They are very special people and we think you will agree. Sm HInT Acold is contagious a day before you show signs, and for as long as the symptoms last-- usually one to two weeks GIBSON PBJHUMCI' 890 W. 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