Tyler’s Azalea Trails minus the Azaleas

The SNOVID freeze of 2021 really did a number on some of our annual blooming beauties. The azaleas are having a really bad year. However, the redbud and dogwood trees are having the time of their life. Among the plentiful background of brown they are spectacular. They usually provide a beautiful backdrop for the featured azaleas, but this year they are the star of the show. Other trees with blooms that are making an appearance are crabapples and wisteria (although I have seen buds, but no blooms, yet). The homeowners will make sure that the Tyler’s Azalea trails are beautiful. It is a passion that requires endless hours. I encourage you to drive or walk through the trails this year. See how many other blooms you can find while the azaleas are recovering or being replaced. Click on http://www.VisitTyler.com for an update on the blooms and trail activities!

We’ve been “Shot”!

We did it! We made the appointments. We jumped in our Subaru and we drove to the other side of Tyler. We sat in the “Chick Fil A like” lines. We got vaccinated against COVID 19. Not once, but twice!

As we sat in the line, I still had difficulty wrapping my head around what we were doing. It felt weird. Why was I there?

Here is why. At this stage in my life, it was the lesser of all the evils, so to speak. I haven’t hugged my family in a year. We have several in our family that we are protecting. And frankly, even though I am extremely healthy, the virus itself seems more unpredictable that the side effects of the vaccine….so far.

A shout out to the Northeast Texas Public Health District and all of the volunteers that are making this happen. George Roberts is running a first class event. Also a thank you to the Tyler Police Department that kept us in line!

Health and Wealth to all!


Is it the New

Doc in the Box?

TheraNow is leading the way!


TeleMedicine IS the new Doc in the Box!

Tyler, Texas based TheraNow is a TeleMedicine company offering live and prerecorded virtual physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions to the public at large via their unique, proprietary, TelePT software and mobile app. I have personally met TheraNow CEO, Dr. Ashok Gupta and have been duly impressed by him, his business plan, and his software. Of course, he MUST be very gifted and intelligent to have chosen Texas and such a beautiful and vibrant city as Tyler in particular to base his business and operation headquarters.

“TeleMedicine has made strides of progress in delivering efficient, economical and high-quality healthcare in the comfort of your home. However, similar services in the physical therapy field have been lacking.”

– Dr. Ashok Gupta, CEO, TheraNow

I’ve enjoyed the many benefits of Physical Therapy over the past several years, but I found it to be very time consuming and inconvenient to travel to and from the facility, often having to wait and pay for an Uber or Lyft as I don’t currently drive. Total time spent on the average 50 minute session including planning, scheduling, waiting on shared ride service or a friend to tote me around plus actual in transit time covering only 4.5 miles each way still comes to an easy three hour tour. The SS Minnow was a better steward of it’s passenger’s time!

“..not all, but a large percentage of ailments involving pain or movement dysfunctions of the body can be addressed with TelePT.

– Dr. Ashok Gupta, CEO, TheraNow

Having been suddenly thrust into the age of Social Distancing, Zoom Birthday Parties and widely accepted Home Church, I envision a wide spread use of technology to continue to permeate health care as well. From your ordinary Swellness™ visit with your Primary Care Provider to a video conference with all of your various physicians participating in a team based approach to your personal treatment plan. TeleMedicine is beginning to save time and money for everyone involved. Patients, Insurance Companies and Providers of every stripe are able to get more done in less time with exemplary results. If only the Captain of the SS Minnow had today’s technology, that three hour tour could have been a great success!

Individual Patient

If you are an individual interested in receiving physical therapy or rehabilitation via TelePT, you owe it to yourself to learn more about TheraNow. Click on the TheraNow logo below to go to the TheraNow website:

Our trailblazing TheraNow Software is all set to revolutionize the health care delivery system in the therapy domain. Come, be a part of this Revolution!”

– Dr. Ashok Gupta, CEO, TheraNow

In addition to offering live, remote, personalized, video based, TelePT sessions to patients in their homes or offices, TheraNow is offering other PT providers, whether individual practitioners or hospital owned clinics the opportunity to license TheraNow’s proprietary software including mobile app to integrate into their current practice. The software is easily private labeled with the licensee’s colors, logo and detail contact information. It can even capture payment information from the patient if desired.

Healthcare Provider

If you are a healthcare provider and are interested in joining TheraNow and their Licensee Partners on the cutting edge of America’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Industry, please click on the Core Values Logo below to learn more about TheraNow, their unique, fully integrated, proprietary software and how to contact their Licensing Team:

Written by Steven Dickey Arnold

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Luck Reunion Replay

March 24, 2020

Starts at Noon til 6:00pm

Tune in to luckreunion.com/tilfurthernoticewww.twitch.tv/luckreunion, and https://www.facebook.com/lucktexasreunion at any time between 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM CENTRAL TIME

This is a tremendous show done entirely on the internet. What a great example of how the internet can be used in a positive and beneficial way. Bravo! – SDA

Patrick Mahomes

and Whitehouse, Texas

Hometown athlete does the town good and vice versa!

by Steven Dickey Arnold

Click below to see me on the KDFW Fox 4 Newscast following the game On Sunday night!


I was at the Super Bowl 54 Watch Party at Montez Creekside Kitchen in Whitehouse and was approached by a guy who stuck out like a sore toe in his suit and tie and mirror finished, half-brogue wingtips. He was lurking amongst the Creekside patrons with an objective in mind. Scanning the room and it’s crowd patterns, he determined what action he would take and proceeded to clear a space in the crowd who were standing at the rear of the main room. I could not make out what he was saying to the folks, but they were very cordial to him when they moved to another location.  After opening up a 4 or 5 person space he waved across the room to another person who was much more casually attired. The suit continued to wave and finally got his compadre’s attention. 

Mr. Casual was toting a large video camcorder of a professional size and style. On the side was the logo of KDFW Fox 4 in Dallas.  They were obviously a reporter and camera man, sent on assignment to catch a glimpse of the fever, excitement and pride of the people of Whitehouse and the surrounding area. For the past couple of weeks, since after being down 24 to zip, nada, zero, zilch or another synonym which I cherish the most. One that I heard broadcast across the loud speaker system during halftime at Rose Stadium in the Fall of 1966. It was a Thursday night game between two black high schools. Yes this was during segregation and things were changing. We thought we might get a chance to recruit some black athletes to attend REL the next year. The home team that night was Emmitt Scott and I cannot remember the Visiting teams name. I was there scouting players for Coach Don Barton as we had already broken the color barrier with a couple or three guys on the football, basketball and other sports teams in 1966 including, as I recall, Jerry Arnold, Wilford Marshall and Jimmy Johnson.

 It was a serious matter when we were on the road. Our opponents and their fans were often very rude, nasty and even out and out violent to these young men. They also gave the rest of the team disrespect by calling us names that will go unrepeated here. There were threats made far beyond the normal ruggedness of blocking and tackling common to the sport and were of a criminal nature at times. (read as: premeditated use of a weapon to cause bodily harm to another individual!!)  That being said, we did our best to treat these fellows as teammates, although at times it was hard to ignore our cultural and lifestyle differences in addition to our skin color.

In order to give context to my memory of that Fall Thursday evening, (In that era of separate but equal, Emmitt Scott was relegated to playing on Thursday nights, while REL and JT played on alternating Friday nights and TJC played on Saturday.)  my two buddies and I heard the game calling announcer speaking in a very stylized dialect known and used by the black community in that time and space say, “ …and at halftime here at the bootiful Tyler Rose Gardens and auspicious Rose Stadium on the grounds of the infamous East Texas State Far. I am delighted to report that after 30 minutes of hard fought, noggin knockin’ Bulldog football, the score they gonna start inna second half be Emmitt Scott Bulldogs 21 and the Visitors un-uh!


It was the perfect word for the moment and the occasion. un-nh!, we weren’t gonna be successful in our recruitment, un-uh!, we did not understand the black community and their plight in 1966. And un-uh!, we (white folks) were doing little to change ourselves, but expected black folks to do the lion’s share of the heavy lifting yet to come in the way of, integration, civil rights and equality under the law. But that night was special to me as it taught me to see people as they are, and not as they might be portrayed by others such as the media or groups who have an agenda.

I digress…

At this time I’ll return you to your regularly scheduled programming:

(Repeated from above)

On the side was the logo of KDFW Fox 4 in Dallas.  They were obviously a reporter and camera man, sent on assignment to catch a glimpse of the fever, excitement and pride of the people of Whitehouse and the surrounding area. For the past couple of weeks, since after being down 24 to zip, nada, zero, zilch or un-uh!.

In order to get to the Super Bowl game for the first time in 50 years, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans in a stunning 31 – 0 second half comeback performance seldom seen at the professional level. After falling behind 24 – 0 early in the second quarter, the energetic and determined Chiefs also defeated the Houston Texans in another come back win by scoring an amazing 51 points to the Texans 10 in the last  2 1/2 quarters.

This set the stage for a storybook finish. And from a  pre “Build it and they will come!” era going all the way back to the “Here’s a stage, let’s put on a show!” era, they did just that! And in Spades!

Whitehouse, Texas’ hometown SuperStar,  Patrick Mahomes, lit up the scoreboard and led his Kansas City Chiefs to as an exciting Super Bowl win as you’ll ever see. After being tied at half time 10 to 10, San Francisco went ahead in the third quarter 20 to 10. But #15, Mahomes and his merry men took over and scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to the 49ers un-uh! and the game was suddenly over. Patrick Mahomes left the fans begging for more, and both Kansas City and Whitehouse, Texas couldn’t be prouder. 

The game was about to start and the reporter came over to my handsome striking looking friend with his white hair and long ponytail, Wendell and asked if he lived in Whitehouse. Wendell does not and said “I don’t, but he does,” gesturing toward me. The reporter, a newbie to the area confirmed that with me and asked if I would talk with him about the game on camera. I agreed and they set up the shot right there in the bar. It was extremely loud in the restaurant with folks getting excited about the eminent start of the game. I doubted that whatever I had to say would ever make it past the editor because of the sound issues. We visited for about 10 minutes about the game, Patrick Mahomes and what he had done to stimulate our small Texas community. I chose to speak for all of East Texas by saying how proud we are of Patrick and what a great person he appears to be. That he is someone that others follow naturally and how I believe he will do even greater things with his life than win a Super Bowl or three. I wouldn’t want to run against him in any race. Whether it’s for dog catcher or President of the USA, he’d be a formidable opponent! It’s obvious that he is a leader on and off the field and he has shown the strength of character, intestinal fortitude and personal perseverance that is required of great leaders. 

That night, at a Super Bowl watch party, while being interviewed by a television crew, I had an intense feeling that we were watching something extremely important to our community, state, country and quite possibly the world. I predicted on television that Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs would prevail in the game that evening. Privately I was predicting that a new hero was to be crowned that night. One we can all look up to. One who can get the opposing forces in our country to work together in an honest effort to make America all it can be. An American MVP for you, me and anyone who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. And at the same time respect all of our citizens, no matter what their skin or features may indicate about their ancestors, or what their age, physical and mental abilities may be. To train them, teach them, love them and protect them from harm as best we know how. This is the future I see for Patrick Mahomes. He’s just the right size, color, age and personality to follow

our current political mess and pick up the pieces of turmoil, hate, bureaucracy, lies, greed and character assassination that prevail in today’s political organizations. If you’re reading this or listening to me Patrick, we love you here in Whitehouse, Texas and someday I hope to live to see you running for President of the United States of America! I know you’ll pull us out in the fourth quarter, no matter what the odds. It’s what you were made to do! You inspire good people to do great things. May God bless you and your family today and in the years to come. 

Out On A Limb

Jake Penrod hittin’ a hotlick!

It was the hope of discovery that brought my son and I to the ETX Brewing Company in downtown Tyler, Texas on a brisk Fall Friday evening, the 29th day of November, 2019. I had seen ads and comments about Jake Penrod, but had missed his most recent previous Tyler appearance. He had performed his History of Country Music at Liberty Hall on the downtown Tyler square several months prior to this night. He was to perform this evening, solo, which I found interesting as he typically performs with a 4 or 5 piece ensemble including steel guitar and/or fiddle in addition to the standard guitar, bass and drums, with Jake playing guitar as well.

Jake with band

If Jake was bold enough to go out on a limb, alone.

We were certainly willing and brave enough to listen!


Arriving well in advance of showtime in order to gain a seating advantage, I noticed a fellow sitting parked out front of the venue in a late model suburban. As we walked closer it was Jake, sitting quietly behind the wheel of one of Detroit’s behemoths. Contemplating his first set I suppose. I didn’t bother him as he looked very focused. We went inside to find the place fairly busy, but certainly not crowded. After perusing the menu, we chose some snacks and sat at a table near the stage.

Jake’s ready for a hot show!

It was immediately obvious that this stage was an afterthought in the layout and design of the room. Situated in a corner where the fire sprinkler system is fed through giant pipes painted red, the “I see a red door and I want it painted black” stage was open on the front, with glass walls, perhaps even roll-up overhead doors in a previous life, flanking the rear and right sides. The left side had a railing to block any unwanted traffic from that angle. On stage was a chair and a mike, both looking lonely and possibly a little sad. In addition there was a sound system monitor pointing back at the mike, and sitting beside it was a small metal bucket. The bucket was decorated with a blue image shaped like the State of Texas and painted on that was a cattle brand, a Rockin’ JP. It took a few minutes for that to soak in.

It stood for Rockin’ Jake Penrod, of course!

Jake’s talkin bout girls

We finished our food and about that time Jake appeared on stage with his guitar in hand. He sat down on the chair, adjusted the iconic Shure 55SH to his liking, then he addressed the audience. He introduced himself, said he was glad to be back in Tyer and mentioned that he usually works with a band. Without further adieu, he broke out into his first of dozens of original songs and covers that he knocked down that evening.

His voice was strong and guitar playing much better than expected. I was immediately glad we came. Here was a really talented singer-songwriter, playing solo to a friendly audience of about 100 people. In less than optimum circumstances, including a struggling sound system, everyone there seemed to be encouraging, upbeat and positive. As Jake went through his setlist, he set up each song by describing what caused him to write the particular song or some other anecdote related to the tune and/or it’s composer. This made the music come to life and imprinted his personality on each and every song. During the evening, Jake had to compete with several distractions. Once a car parked in front of the venue had it’s lights turned on shining high beams right into the stage area and front row seats. They remained on for at least 10 minutes. Lighting is usually welcome, but these were just bright and glaring in peoples eyes.

“But Jake didn’t flinch. He continued as if nothing unusual was happening.

Playin’ Big Timer!

A few songs later, a lady customer decided it was time to shoot some baskets on an arcade machine located on the side of the room near the stage. Bells, whistles, lights and all! Fortunately, she gave up after about 15 minutes and didn’t make the siren go off! Talk about distraction. But a seasoned hand, Jake Penrod, just put his head down and sang his way through it all. I was again impressed by his demeanor, rapport with the audience, his voice and singing, his songwriting and his guitar playing. He’s at least a five tool player!

The night was not without Jake’s own foibles as he had to restart a couple of cover songs that he had in the wrong key or tempo. But we’re talking live performing here, with nowhere to hide and no band to help cover mistakes. It was all Jake, all the time! It was right after the episode with the basketballer that a lady came forward and dropped something in the bucket. She then returned to her seat. I didn’t put it together right away, but the bucket is for tips. Jake not only braved the cold night air after driving from who knows where to play solo in this chaotic atmosphere, he was playing for tips! This man is dedicated! Over the course of the evening I witnessed at least 20 drops in the bucket. Even at $5 a drop that’s plenty of money to get enough gas to make it home tonight. At $20 a drop it’s steak night at the Penrod’s.I hope it was the latter or better. We gladly did our share at the higher level. After all we enjoyed a wonderful evening of music and tales. Surely that is worth $10 each!

We really enjoyed Jake’s acoustic solo performance and would encourage him to do more of this format, however, he would be wise to do it only in a proper venue with better acoustics, a superior sound system and no distractions.

“If Jake were to hone this intimate style, I’d go out on a limb for him and predict he could OWN a lost market of Country Music fans.”


Those who no longer or never did go to clubs, bars, honky tonks and dance halls, but who would savor and enjoy a quality live performance in a recital format. Jake, buddy, if you’re out there reading this I hope you’ll seriously consider this idea! I know I’d be there, in the front row, right aisle seat! Armed and bucket ready!


Steven Dickey Arnold

Jake’s Fan Club

Texas Rangers Stars Parade to Move Home Plate

Moving Day

Texas Rangers Globe Life Park Era All-Time Team players participating in a ceremony and parade at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, September. 29, 2019 to move Home Plate from Globe Life Park to the new Globe Life Field:

Shin-Soo Choo

Mike Napoli

Will Clark

Rusty Greer

David Murphy

Josh Hamilton

Vladimir Guerrero

Michael Young

Neftali Feliz

Colby Lewis

Adrián Beltré

Elvis Andrus

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez

Hank Blalock

Rafael Palmeiro

Thank You WD!