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I Am My Mother’s Daughter

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By Martha Crump

In September 2021, I wrote a piece about estate planning and offered a few suggestions from folks more “expert” in the field than myself regarding some basic facts and types of advanced planning that would be helpful when it comes to ensuring the family farms and ranches get to stay in the family.

Fast forward to October 2023 and you would find me dealing with the unexpected death of my 88-year-old mother and experiencing firsthand some of those very issues.
In spite of the fact I had settled into thinking Mom’s affairs were pretty much in order, I soon found out just how wrong I was.

No matter how much you plan, it seems it is just impossible to anticipate every single small detail. Probably one of the most basic and best things you and your loved ones can do is to have a current will. I was fortunate my mom had that part addressed.
One thing my family did not shy away from was talking about and planning for the future. Mom was very proactive in meeting with an estate lawyer and getting things firmly in place years in advance of her passing, or so I thought.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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When A City Girl Goes Country

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By Annette Bridges

Everyone needs a room with a view that makes their heart happy. My honest favorite panorama would be either the mountains or the ocean. I have yet to convince my hubby to make permanent moves to either, although he does enjoy the visits as much as I do.

The location of our house on our ranch does not provide the expansive field of vision of our land that I would enjoy. So, I have created a room decorated and furnished in a way that gives me smiles, giggles, and a wonderful peace-filled feeling when I am hanging out in it. I am in that place right now writing this column. I am in a lounging position with my computer in my lap on the chaise that was once my sweet mama’s. I had it reupholstered this year to give it a fresh look.

To read more, pick up a copy of the April issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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On the Road with Dave Alexander

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Local celebrity dancers of the greater Gainesville area brought the house down recently at the second annual “Dancing With Our Stars” contest in Lindsay. The event raised more than $200,000 as the sponsored dance teams did their best to take home the grand prize.

The money raised will go to the “Heart of NTMC” Campaign for the purchase of a cardiac capable CT machine for the Gainesville hospital. Rodolfo “Rudy” Martinez and Sherry Sherriden took home the Mirror Ball Trophy.

To read more, pick up a copy of the April issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Jesses Jewelz

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By Jesse Kader

I’m super excited for this month’s article. I’m thrilled to share my first ever Jesses Jewelz exclusive piece with you. This blazer has been in the works and design for close to a year and I finally get to offer it to you. It is also available in two other colors. I hope you love it as much as I do. See them and the other colors at www.jessesjewelz.com

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