Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 26, 2013

This and that

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— First off, let me just say how surprised and humbled I was to receive the Best Columnist nod in the Best of the Best 2013. Especially in light of the fact that nobody in my family voted. HA! No, seriously — I’m not sure they were even aware the contest was going on. So, to all of you who did take time and vote for me, I very much appreciate you. As so many Oscar winners say, it was an honor just to be nominated with this particular group of peers.

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You know how they say everyone has a twin? Well, I got to meet mine this week!

At least 15 years ago, a chap I barely knew told me I looked like Nonnie Farmer. Quite a few more times through the years I got that.

It just so happened that this week we got a chance to meet, sit down and visit a couple of hours. And what do you know, she had been getting the “Deanna” thing herself! Go figure. We had some great laughs swapping stories. Also kind of odd, we had some parallel things going on in our lives a couple times.

I confess, if I was younger, thinner, prettier and had great legs, then I might look like Nonnie.

She is hot — I’m more like lukewarm.

I will say I found her to be funny, smart, very creative and just simply delightful. So keep your eyes open for the September Explore magazine, because she will have a feature in it, where you can learn more about this beautiful lady.

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Also, please keep your eyes peeled this week for your August issue of Explore magazine. It is full of interesting reading, if I do say so myself.

Lea Dominy of Camp Gladiator addresses obesity in our children, and Frank Means takes in the 2013 Freedom Festival at IOOF Park.

We explore the roots of Church in the Park, which was started by the late Bro. David Hale, and our Martha Phillips tracked down the new, extremely photogenic principal of James L. Collins Catholic School.

And we have a story that I feel is very, very important.

Whether or not you’re aware, drug and alcohol use in our county is rampant. Ask any CPS investigator what the biggest causal factor is in the child abuse cases they investigate, and I bet money they will tell you meth. Methamphetamine use is on the rise across the nation, and the sad, awful truth is that in this county, there is no place to check someone in as an inpatient if they cry out for help with their addiction.

We recently became aware of a person who after many years abusing this drug, finally broke down, hit bottom, and asked for help. They fell in a “crack,” so to speak, where they barely made too much money per annum to qualify for assistance, but their health insurance was such that rehab would have cost them $3,000 per month.

Fortunately, this person did find a rehab facility in a neighboring state where they could stay for several months and work on becoming clean.

There needs to be someplace close to take a person when they cry out for help. Not tomorrow, not three days from now after we’ve done research; now.

Help for the Hurting in the August Explore maps out just what options ARE available in Navarro County for the addict who wants help.

We who profess to be Christians are charged in the word to help the hurting. Don’t think of this as “someone else’s problem.” It’s not going away.   

We need better solutions.   

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore Magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached by email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com