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by Betty Weiss

AMY MILLSAP picked Alaska as the place for her dream vacation.  As with almost all of the people who make the trip, it’s the magnificent scenery and the wildlife sightings that interest her the most.  There’s a popular bumper sticker that reads:  “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.”  That’s one sticker that Amy doesn’t need on her car’s bumper, because she was born and raised in Killeen. Now she and her family have lived in Harker Heights for 31 years.  So, if anyone is qualified for “native Texan,” it’s Amy.

A June 1979 graduate of Killeen High School, Amy and her child hood sweetheart, James, were married in December of that year.  They have three children, and four grandsons.  She got her realtor’s license in 1989 and has been the owner of Morris Real-estate since 2002.

Amy has been a member of Globe Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association for about 19 years; she’s a past president, Woman of the Year, and an inductee of the Central Texas Area Council Hall of Fame under the business category. As a member of the Rotary Club of Killeen, she served as its president in 2002, and is the current membership chairman.

She doesn’t have much free time for movies and reading, but she’s been taking time each morning to read several verses from her Bible.  The old adage that if you want something done and done right, just ask a busy person.  That applies in Amy’s case every time.

It’s Happy Anniversary to:  JIM and PHYLLIS SISSON, who will celebrate their 47th anniversary on August 10.  Into those golden years are JAMES and DONNA DELANO.  They will mark their special date on August 14, with 56 years and counting.  Also golden, BARTON and BARBARA MASHBURN – married 58 years on August 22.  And the youngsters in the group: BUTCH and DARLA MENKING will be married 34 years on August 22.

According to the calendar, summer will be over very soon, but there’s still some time for Ladies’ Light Reading.  In hot weather, everything – including reading – should be light, no complicated plots or long list of characters to keep track of.  The last four books I’ve read fit the “light” category.

Mary Higgins Clark’s  “The Melody Lingers On” is about a disgraced Wall Street broker that may or may not be dead.  There’s the lovely interior designer who becomes involved with the swindler’s son, who may have a hidden agenda; the widow (?), who insists her husband is dead; and the mistress, who knows the truth and is making the most of it

“The Rumor” by Elin Hilderbrand takes place on the lovely and historic island of Nantucket. Two families, who are long time friends, get caught up in rumors that travel quickly among the tight knit island residents.  One wife gets writer’s block, so she rents a small space in town where she can write in private.  Rumor number one begins when family friend visits – she must be having an affair.  The other wife is having an affair with her landscaper, and when she attends a garden event dressed in a jazzy outfit and “glowing” – rumor number two is she must be pregnant. Lives become complicated and friendships strained, but all ends well.

Nancy Thayer’s “The Guest Cottage” also takes place on Nantucket.  A soon-to-be divorcee leaves Boston with her children and rents a cottage on the island for the summer. At the same time, a recently widowed man takes his son to the island and soon discovers the house has been rented to two tenants by mistake.  Then it’s a boy meets girl plot with several twists that keep your interest.

Jane Green’s “Summer Secrets” is the book that unveils old family secrets.  Most of the story takes place in London.  But a lot of the story also takes place on Nantucket when a young woman travels there to meet a father she never knew existed….  Running out of space…it’s an interesting story.

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