Put pressure on the pen as it scrawls down. Lift up as the pen strokes upward. Relax your arm, but remain strong. Hold the pen lightly. Don’t let your arm cramp up.

The best date nights are the ones that help you learn more about each other, share your passions and talents and create a deeper connection. We all can use a little inspiration from time to time, so when you find yourself you’re in a date night rut, try one of these ideas. For extra, spontaneous fun, cut out these suggestions, throw them in a hat and randomly choose a date.

Editor’s note: East Texas Food Guy, Jason Hardy, and former Charm staff photographer, Leslie Nemec, spent a week visiting the romantic Texas Hill Country and historic San Antonio. This month, Jason shares his thoughts on the vacation Leslie planned. In the next edition of Charm, Leslie will give her take on Jason’s trip.

Renting a photo booth is a fun, interactive way to engage with guests at your wedding. The images provide the newly married couple with lasting memories, and the printed photos make a great gift for guests.

I was first struck by the beauty of Lake Charles, Louisiana, when I glimpsed the town from the top of the West Lake Bridge headed east.

The alarm comes alive with a jarring noise. It would be easier to roll over and go to sleep, but she knows it won’t make her feel any better. So she drags herself out of bed, knowing that across town her friend is doing the same and will be waiting on her. A quick ponytail and brush of her teeth, and she climbs into the car. The clock on the dash reads 4:30 a.m. as she notices the quiet, empty streets of the Brookhollow subdivision in Lufkin. When she pulls up to a home, another woman is waiting in the driveway. It’s time to run.

Editor’s Note: First observed in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, some of the largest shopping days of the year. As a registered trademark of American Express, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to visit locally owned brick-and-mortar businesses.

Editor’s Note: Sadly, as we were going to print with this issue, we learned that this gentle giant had passed away. We were so grateful to meet Doug and spend an evening with him and his foster mom, Dianna Hale. He was such a good boy and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

From a menagerie of stone animals out front to rooms of countless handmade gift items, Fortney Home has something for everyone.

Five years ago, Beckie Compton — a woman wearing many hats at Angelina College as an instructor of music, teacher of two choirs, the AC Chorale and the AC Singers, music appreciation, piano, fundamentals of music and music theory, when needed — was thinking of a new theme for her annual holiday concert.

As a 9-year-old girl, Sandy Schmidt’s mother taught her how to sew. She made her sisters’ clothes growing up and has made dozens, if not hundreds, of finely detailed quilts.

Why vote? Because every election matters. Because your choices matter. Because these choices have a serious impact on your life and your community.

Women comprise 15% of active-duty military and 18% of the National Guard and Reserve. As more and more women sign up to serve their country, there are also more women stepping into leadership roles after their time in the military is over.

Celebrating 40 years of protecting, sheltering and providing valuable services to some of the most vulnerable East Texans, the Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center is becoming more proactive in its approach to curbing the domestic violence epidemic, thanks in part to its leadership’s culture of creativity and innovation.

Axe throwing is a hot new trend gaining traction in communities around the globe.