Fred Smith: Mailbox Money

Fred Smith: Mailbox Money

My family moved to Tyler in 1984, and I almost immediately began teaching a Bible study that had been going for 20 years. The couples had begun as young parents and kept meeting weekly through all the stages of raising children and seeing them go off –  and then seeing some of them come home again to raise their own families here. I discovered that Tyler is a good place to find relationships ...[Read More]

Another Side of Why

Another Side of Why

The eraser came hurling directly at me. I had just asked my favorite professor if he could explain the concept he was teaching in our summer statistics class one more time. The concepts were challenging for me, and my professor lost patience with my continual questions. I stopped breathing for a few seconds, grabbed my books and dashed out of the room. I headed for the student center to collect my ...[Read More]

Maxi Anderson: A Millennial Perspective

Maxi Anderson: A Millennial Perspective

Note: Maxi Anderson, 18, is a recent graduate of All Saints Episcopal School and is an incoming freshman at the University of Oklahoma. She is part of the Generation Y/Millennial age group, which is loosely identified as being born after 1979. We asked Maxi to write her opinion after reading The 2013 Millennial Impact Report. I recently read “The 2013 Millennial Impact Report” from The Millennial ...[Read More]

The Next Generation of Givers: Steven Rogers

The Next Generation of Givers: Steven Rogers

Steven Rogers was raised in Tyler, Texas, in a family that is serious, but quietly active in the giving community. Today he works as a business consultant and has been working with clients both in the U.S. and Mexico. When he was in his senior year at Wheaton College in 2007, he and 19 other men formed the Shade Partnership Fund, a giving group to hopefully help continue their friendships and do s ...[Read More]

The Proof Is In The Pudding

The Proof Is In The Pudding

At a family reunion this past weekend, I learned my father used to pay his younger siblings a nickel for their chocolate pudding when he came home on military leave. He loved chocolate pudding, and I was raised on it – the homemade kind my mother cooled down in a water bath in the kitchen sink. To this day, eating homemade chocolate pudding produces feelings of comfort and pleasure for me, and it ...[Read More]

Fred Smith: Inheritance

Fred Smith

When my father died I was named the executor of the estate. While I had read through some articles on the subject, I was not prepared for the actual work required of me for the next full year. I could not have imagined the complexity involved and the maddening experiences of dealing with investments, insurance companies, real estate investments, tax forms and inventories. At times, I felt surround ...[Read More]

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