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Wendy N. McDougal

Marriage seminar to focus on communication

Wendy’s word

If it gets a few degrees cooler outside, then all the ingredients will be in place to make me believe fall is finally here. Jump right in and grab hold.

Get a pumpkin, plant a pansy, hang a seasonal wreath — whatever puts you in the mood. I love to light candles and bake cookies. The scents of fall are soothing and relaxing.

Find something that is special to you today, and celebrate the season by falling into fall.

Now let’s see what the “chatter” is for today ...

Marriage seminar

One day a husband decided to wash his sweat shirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to his wife, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?”

“It depends,” she replied. “What does it say on your shirt?” He yelled back, “University of Alabama.”

Do you ever feel like the communication in your marriage resembles this conversation? If so, you and your spouse may want to check out this seminar.

First Bible Church will host a Homebuilders Marriage Seminar focused on strengthening your relationship with practical insights and communication skills Oct. 12-13.

Make plans today to take part in this life-changing weekend with your spouse.

For more information, call First Bible Church at 353-2711.

Jewelry sale

Just in time for early holiday shopping, the Foundation for Mental Health will host a jewelry sale Thursday from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Somerville Place Office Complex.

All pieces are only $5 and $10, which offers something for everyone on your holiday list.

Sponsored by Fashion Jewelry Fundraisers, beat the crowds and get a jump-start on your shopping. All proceeds benefit the Foundation for Mental Health.

For more information, call Amy Turner at 773-8754.

Fun with art

For local art enthusiasts, Jackie Goode is offering a new opportunity for those who may not be interested in regular art lessons but would like to get together with friends for a night of fun and instruction.

The Oct. 11 evening will feature painting an acrylic abstract with gold leaf. Creativity will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until individual masterpieces are complete.

For $50, participants will be provided with a 16x20 canvas and paints, along with tasty wine and cheese.

To register or for more information, contact Goode at 355-6827 or

Free health event

The monthly Healthy Woman seminar will be Wednesday at noon at Parkway Medical Center.

Dr. Keddie Marsh-Dinham, OB-GYN, Decatur Physicians for Women, will share how to deal with the child-bearing years and menopause. The event is free and will feature a light lunch.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Healthy Woman is a free community resource of Parkway Medical Center, to help women maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit.

For reservations or more information, contact Tina J. Weeks, Healthy Woman coordinator, 301-3370, or visit


Morgan County Chapter 234 met recently with Don Thomas leading the pledge and singing.

Virginia Smith presented a devotional reading focused on unused gifts, reminding members that the words “I love you” never run out, what does run out is time. Regard every day as a special gift.

Following lunch, Norma Jean Melder introduced guest speaker Janet Henderson, spokeswoman for the Morgan County Dulcimer Association. The mountain dulcimer, which was originally designed in Europe, is handcrafted and well-suited for hymns, ballads and Christmas music, she said.

Ray Holton, volunteer team leader, discussed the Divided We Fail, Together We Can Do Anything Campaign, which focuses on health care and pension security.

AARP will meet Tuesday in the fellowship hall at Central United Methodist Church. State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, will be the featured speaker. For more information, call 306-1010.

Cinderella celebration

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Harp music and a dove release were part of the 40th wedding anniversary celebration for Frank and Stella Ray of Courtland. The couple reaffirmed their vows in a ceremony Aug. 25 in the historic park in downtown Courtland. To carry out the “Cinderella” theme, the “bride” arrived in a horse-drawn carriage. She wore a traditional gown and veil. Escorting her were her brother, Milton Bolden of Courtland, and nephew, Ricky Bolding of Decatur. The couple’s pastor, Micheal Farris, performed the ceremony, which ended with a dove release as harp music played. A reception was given at the McCarthy Center by their children, Mattie Burgess and Latina King and husband Joseph King. They are also the parents of the late Erskine Bolding, and they have seven grandchildren. They were married Aug. 31, 1967, in Lawrence County.

Tailgating fun

If you and your fellow football fans are doing some tailgating, we want to hear from you. Tell us your favorite tailgating stories, what you grilled and who was there to cheer your team to victory. We can feature your pictures, too. It’s easy and we would love to share your fun fall times with the community.

That’s all for now. It’s been great “chattin” with ya! Let me know what is going on in your little corner of the world. If it’s special to you and features any of the great people who live in our community, then it will make a great Chatterbox item. Just e-mail me at, or call me at 350-5730. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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