February 2016 – Exclamation Points!

Tim and Patti Kaminski at the Fort Bend County Republican Party’s Christmas celebration.

Tim and Patti Kaminski at the Fort Bend County Republican Party’s Christmas celebration.

The Month of Love

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Mother Teresa in her infinite wisdom and genuine love for mankind summed up her feelings about love and sharing it with others with these words. I couldn’t agree more.

February, the month of love, is about reminding those we love most how much we cherish them, be they sweethearts, spouses, children or that someone special we have in our lives. And if you need help with some extra special ideas, we’ve got you covered in this issue.  From budget-friendly gift ideas to our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide to Fort Bend love stories, we are celebrating the month dedicated to love in a big way.

Speaking of celebrations, our cultural correspondent Zeenat Kassam Mitha shares the history behind a Cambodian celebration – Independence Day – and the Fort Bend Cambodian Americans who participate in celebrating their heritage. These wonderful community leaders are making a difference in the lives of Cambodian women and children with their incredible work through the Abbassi Foundation. We salute their efforts and hope you will enjoy their story on page 52.

We love telling the stories about the amazing individuals in our community – our very own super heroes – and we have started a monthly column designed to do just that: share what we call our Hometown Heroes. This month, we bring you Sandra Janak. Read all about this Hometown Hero on page 44, and if you would like to nominate someone as a Hometown Hero, please send us an e-mail. Fort Bend is full of super heroes, and we would love to tell their stories.

Mother Teresa also said, “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” Spread the love with a smile this month, and we’ll do the same as we are out and about in the Bend. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Stay focused,