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  • We've had this journey on our wish list for twenty years and when the opportunity arose to do itówe took it! Join us as we travel over 35,000 miles, visiting 9 countries in 24 time zones, all in 23 days.
  • The McKinney Fire Department is offering a Citizens Fire Academy beginning March 17 to educate residents about personal safety, first aid, search and rescue, fire-fighting techniques and other fire department functions. (A participant in a prior Citizens Fire Academy class dons a breathing apparatus with the help of Fire Captain Charlie Skaggs.)
  • The Universities Center at Dallas and Texas A&M University-Commerce will kick off their Mini-Speaker Series on March 2 with Texas State Historian Bill OíNeal. The Mini-Speaker Series will feature a line-up of speakers covering intellectual, relevant and intriguing topics of today.
  • Valentine's Day is a perfect time for a homemade sweet treat for the sweetheart in your life. I'm making Danger Pudding for my husband this year. For the uninitiated, Danger Pudding is made with a can of sweetened condensed milk. I don't know about you, but I can get happy just thinking about eating an entire can of Eagle Brand, just as it is, right out of the can.

  • Asparagus is a member of the lily family. The word is derived from the Greek word asparagos, which first appeared in English print around 1000 A.D. It is known to be native to the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor areas. The Greek term originates from the Persian word asparagos which means sprout or shoot.
  • Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country. Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies, including a popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell. The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").