Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 29, 2012

October, Explore, and more

By Deanna Brown
Corsicana Daily Sun

— Join the discussion on this column by using the Facebook app to the right

The new Explore magazines for October are out, and if you don’t have one yet, please get one.

The Corsicana Daily Sun is once again sponsoring Taste of Home Cooking School on Oct. 13 at Corsicana High School. They are joined by Healthy Woman/Navarro Regional Hospital and ABWA (American Business Woman’s Association).

October Explore has some tantalizing photos from Taste of Home, as well as contact info for ticket and booth information. It’s no secret that I’m not much of a cook, but even I enjoyed Taste of Home when we hosted it in 2009. The booths, the products, the show itself — and that Jamie Dunn really knows her stuff. That’s right, the culinary specialist returns this year with an all-new show. Get your tickets soon.

Also in this month’s Explore, if you have ever seen the twins at Wal-Mart, you won’t want to miss their story. Joan Sharpe and Jeanette Verdi have become new friends, and I must say — they are delightful! Both have very interesting life stories, as well as that “twin telepathy” thing. When you see them dressed exactly alike, they may have called one another to arrange that — or may have simply shown up in the same outfit!

Some other friends, not as “new,” are in this month’s magazine, as well. Tony and Lynn Gatlin are precious people with a cause — and a passion. For those of you who may not know, our story in the October Explore outlines and explains their mission, and how it came to be.

Our Todd Wills caught up with Candi Dill at Bowie Elementary, and got the 411 on Rachel’s Challenge, which is in October Explore. This program is making a real difference in CISD, apparently, and continues to be a vital and thriving mission.

Raymond Linex II attended a Keep Texas Beautiful session recently, and met Laura Capehart, whose interest was piqued by an email blast from the Chamber of Commerce regarding a Corsicana Beautification committee. Laura jumped out there and got involved — a role model for us all! Don’t miss the Q&A with her.

This month also marks the debut of a new contributing writer, young Lawton Cook. This bright, eager young man met with Tony Neal, who has been the pastor of Mildred Baptist Church for 25 years. His story describes how he felt the call of ministry, and his 25-plus years fulfilling that mission.

Frank Means attended the Habitat for Humanity Eat N Skeet at Upland BIrd Country, and has his charming photos and unique take on things from that event in October Explore.

As always, we appreciate you reading Explore. I feel very blessed to be able to seek out the amazing, unusual, wonderful people in Navarro County and bring their stories to you. What a cool job, right?

And finally, a very happy birthday to my baby girl, Lily, tomorrow. Your Mama loves you!


Deanna Brown is Explore editor, editorial assistant and staff writer for the Daily Sun. Her column appears on Sundays. She may be reached via email at Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: