Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 4, 2013

Come on cold front

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— If you haven’t yet received your copy of the October Explore magazine, I encourage you to come by the Daily Sun office and pick one up today!

I’ve never made a secret of the fact October is my favorite month of the year. The leaves are starting to turn, it ceases to be so oppressively hot outside and a bit of “brisk” creeps into the air, and it’s the month of my birthday! To each of you who expressed a “Happy Birthday” to me this week, thank you so much. My cup indeed runneth over. I’m a blessed (older) woman.

It was also mine and Mr. Kirk’s wedding anniversary, and he asked me if I’d prefer a weekend at the Gaylord Texan, or the Omni Hotel in Dallas. After doing the story in Explore, I told him neither: I wanted to go to Glen Rose and see The Promise. I’ll report back my first-hand observations, but time is running out, and I encourage you to get there quickly. The Promise is a play about Christ that has been performed for 25 years in an outdoor amphitheater in Glen Rose, but has received unwelcome news this season. Please read our Explore story.

Also in our October magazine is a program that helps a very specific, special group of our population. If you don’t know about Reach for Recovery, please read this story in Explore. Since October is Breast Cancer awareness month, Explore sought to inform a bit on this particular resource. And, stay tuned to the Corsicana Daily Sun, as we spotlight a different angle of breast cancer awareness each week.

I can’t help but think of my dear friend Sharon Nabors, who was our October Explore cover model in 2011. Oh, what a valiant warrior she was. I think so many were drawn to her because of her indomitable spirit — no matter how many hits she took, she got back up with a smile on her face and went out to help someone else. And even though our Lord called her home March 1, 2012, she will always be the symbol in my mind of “Fighting spirit.”

Also this month is a story of spirit: the spirit of volunteerism inside the walls of our Corsicana State Home (as it was called in the old days) called Epiphany Ministries. Lisa West has done a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of those who enter the halls in an attempt to reach those young people for Christ. As the State Home faces an uncertain future, along with its residents, I think it’s particularly timely to read about good going on inside those fences.

Please don’t miss On the Town with Frank Means when he checks out the first Paws for a Cause, or Lea Dominy discussing the importance of sleep in living a healthy life.

Finally, please don’t miss the annual Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild Show going on now at the Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave. It is free, and open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a drawing for a beautiful, handmade quilt, and visitors to the show will have the chance to see guild members working on a quilt to be raffled off next year. This year, there will be classes offered during the run of the show. For more information on that, pick up a copy of Explore or “Like” Explore on Facebook, where our “Flip” edition may be found.

As always, thank you for reading Explore!


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. She may be contacted via email at To “Sound Off” on this column, email