Wilder's Whole World

By: Dwayne Wilder

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Here is a recommendation from someone who’s been there. If you are ever in Bastrop, Texas, you have to eat at Maxine’s Café! It has that great ‘old café’ feel and is snuggled into an old downtown area. There is such warmth, even before you get the menu!
There are great dishes like Mom and Grandma used to make. I had the chicken salad sandwich, but there was so much more with daily specials and great tasting desserts.
Maxine’s is located at 905 Main Street (of course!) in Bastrop and can be found at MaxinesCafe.com or on Facebook at Maxine’s on Main. Do yourself a favor and stop by!
NOTE: Bastrop is one of the places where the directions to downtown include taking ‘Water’ under the bridge!!! Yes, there is a ‘Water Street’ in Bastrop and you have to follow it under a bridge to get downtown! (You can’t make this stuff up!)
ITEM: Coppertone—the suntan people – makes eye glass lenses, too?!!!
Robin Williams’ suicide is a crushing blow to the world at large. Yes, he was an incredibly talented comedian, but he was a better person by almost all accounts.
As one of his millions of fans, I am saddened not only by his loss, but by his struggle with depression. I only knew of it in passing – a news story here; a comment there – and I didn’t know of its severity. The insidiousness of the disease means that it is with a person all his or her life, so suicide is a constant companion, even into the elderly years.
I don’t know if his suicide will spur new dedication to mental illness, but I hope it will. Many times, it takes a high profile example to get people moving. As a society, we simply don’t treat mental illness with any urgency or concern. There is so much that can be done; I hope we begin that process.
The stories I have heard about Williams include the charity work (St. Jude’s Hospital) and what he did for Christopher Reeve after that horse riding accident. Robin Williams was one of the first at his bedside. The actors had been roommates at Julliard in New York City. Williams pledged to pay for Reeve’s care, regardless of the length. Wow! 24/7 nursing care for probably decades! Williams was a special soul, indeed!
Then, after his death last week, comes the story of Jessica Chastain, the up and coming actress who has already been nominated for an Academy Award (and will win one in my opinion). She made it public that Robin Williams funded a scholarship to Julliard for her so she could be the first in her family to go to college.
He saw something in her as an actor and did something to help. Wow! Obviously, he was right, but what a gesture to a complete stranger. All Robin Williams had to give was an open heart; and he did it without reservation his entire life.
Even though I didn’t know him and never would get to meet him, I will miss Robin Williams. His stage presence and incredible comedic talent will be sorely missed. I am so glad I went to see him live at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie five years ago. He is one of my comedic heroes and I couldn’t pass up that chance to see him do stand up live.
I’m sorry he had to suffer with emotions and thoughts that come from depressed brain chemistry, but I am glad for his presence on the stage and in life. He lived to the fullest; and helped others do the same – I hope I can follow his example in living life.
Rest well, Robin Williams; and “Thank you!”
After years of downtown Denison making strides to come back, downtown Sherman is beginning that process. Old decaying property has been bought with plans to revive them. New businesses are going in at a rate unseen in decades! So, watch downtown Sherman and in a couple of years, you won’t recognize it, but you’ll want to visit!
And speaking of visiting, you should check out the newly renovated Denison Public Library! It reopened as new in the early spring; and one can see the difference. Yes, it is still in its same location and still has that same layout of the building, but inside you will see a new library……one for the 21st Century! Check it out and check out some books!
A Studebaker Museum in our area, huh?! The one coming to downtown Denison will be incredible. Those old cars are classic and will be the hit of the town. The owner doesn’t want to talk about it yet, but he put up a big sign on the former West Academy building in the 400 block of Main Street already. So, get ready; it should open this fall!
With school opening in Denison a week later due to the new high school, how are the students going to get fired up for that first Yellow Jacket football game at Munson?!! There will be no regular school day with ‘spirit day’ or ‘Wear your color Day’ and no pep rally during the school day! This will be a unique experience for the student!
But I’ll bet that the Yellow Jacket faithful will be out in mass for the game against Frisco Liberty to begin the 2014 campaign! Go Jackets! (And Bearcats, too, under new Coach Bill Patterson!)

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