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Once upon a time I went in search of a thumbtack at our house. You know, it's the kind of thing you see all the time until you need one. I searched in the first logical place I could think of, a space in our kitchen known as the drawer of "misfits." 

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The other day my hubby was flipping through the channels when he landed on the movie “Cast Away.” It was at the very beginning, and both of us had already seen it several times so I was only mildly interested. 

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Over the last two-plus years, Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to journalists as enemies of the people. He has criticized the press, canceled a few press passes and even called out individual journalists by name. 

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As a reporter, one common theme I have heard discussed over the last two decades is overcrowding in prisons and the growing cost of housing prisoners and inmates in county jails, state prisons and federal prisons. 

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On Saturdays, my husband likes to watch old westerns, whether it be movies or TV series. I myself have rekindled an interest in these classics as well. One of my favorites lately is the Rifleman. There is usually an interesting story line with good family morals in the scripts. 

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Last week, the Alvin City Council hosted its second work session on a proposed “tent-city ordinance.” The proposed legislation came about after the Archangels of Texas opened a facility to house the homeless. While the intent was to house them inside, they ended up living outdoors in tents. 

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Home landscape beautification often starts with simple ideas and singular plantings: lawn construction that is often St. Augustine grass, at least one fast-growing tree for anticipated shade and a few foundation plantings of shrubs as a visual anchor. I offer to expand the effort and increas…

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There are several ways people predict the weather. For me, I know it's going to be a hot one by how much tea my husband takes to work. He likes his ice tea. In the summer months, it seems he brews a ton of the stuff. And over the years, he has perfected his tea-making skills. He knows how ma…

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This is the time of year many people are planning their vacations. Now, our family never flies to exotic places. No, for us the closest thing to Disney World was the county fair – a true family event for us where no booth was left unexplored, no food untouched and no carnival ride too wild o…

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As I write this, there are 20 — yes 20 — people running for the Democratic nomination for president. One of those 20 will face Donald Trump in the general election to be decided in about 17 months. 

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Last week as the world watched, the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris burned. I have never been to Paris and I am not Catholic, but I was horrified. 

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When our son was in his second year of college, he and several friends rented a house close to campus. One day in a text conversation, he mentioned that he was not feeling well, and since he was rarely sick I took note of this. After we hung up, I prayed and received peace in my heart about him. 

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Faith to move a mountain. I don’t recall how old I was the first time I heard this message preached from a pulpit. As I grew up in church, I wanted to have that kind of faith to believe God. But is seemed elusive to me, as if faith was … just something … out there … somewhere. And I wasn’t s…

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It’s a sad commentary that alarms go up among Washington elites when the Trump administration defends the Constitution and holds Congress to its word. That is, after all, what the Department of Justice did last week by agreeing with a federal court that all of Obamacare is unconstitutional. 

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I scrutinize myself in the mirror on a regular basis. From the front all is well. I am pushing 60 and holding together reasonably well. 

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This is one of those weird weeks where I really don’t know what to write about. I have already started and given up on two columns because the topics I chose were boring me. 

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I returned to college after I turned 50. I had been working in business and, for a variety of reasons (reasons that required an entire book to explain!) I was no longer willing or able to continue. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally decided I would jump through the necessary hoops …

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Several years ago I received the deepest impact on my heart after witnessing the simplest act of love. I needed this reminder again today, and I wanted to share it with you ... 

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When I was about 10 years old, I was watching my dad feed the hogs on our small farm. Even though the hogs were huge, they were fairly gentle, and I had never been afraid of them, but I was smart enough to stay out of their way when dad brought their supper. 

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I have been pretty critical of the state Legislature over the last few weeks — primarily one bill that is being pushed — but I also believe in giving credit where credit is due. 

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One morning, I passed a "moving sale" in my neighborhood and spotted a small roll top desk out in the driveway. I had been looking for something to store some paperwork in, and yet still attractive to the eye. 

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A few weeks ago there was a heated debate in Alvin over the City Council agreeing to spend more than $700,000 on a lighted disc golf course. 

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Dear readers, with so much sickness going around, I believe it’s time for a dose of good news, so I’m resurrecting this testimony. Be blessed. 

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Over the past 13 years I have shared so many testimonies of how God has restored my spirit, soul and body. And I feel that it is time to share this season of redemption as well. This is not an easy thing to discuss, but necessary. 

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Getting my hair cut has never been one of my favorite things, but lately it’s been worse than usual because the town I live in has a shortage of hair stylists and I have a shortage of hair. 

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Earlier this month, I testified in Austin about our property taxes with state legislators. Let me assure you that Chicken Little is alive and well in the halls of our state capitol. They have convinced most everyone that Texas is one of the most taxed states in the country, that property tax…

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February is halfway over, and for me working on that resolution to be more physically active is not getting any easier. If you’re not as physically active as you wish to be, I encourage you to look at one of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s programs called Walk Across Texas! WA…

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Last week, legislators in both the Texas House and Texas Senate submitted identical legislation aimed at reducing the impact of property tax on landowners in Texas. 

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In the Texas Senate last week, a number of constitutional amendments were filed. I would like to look at a couple of those. 

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What do a weather-predicting rodent and the lowly crawfish have in common? If you guessed they both emerge from a burrow, you would be right. However, that is where the similarity ends. The famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow every Feb. 2 to predict an early spring or …

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The 2019 Relay for Life of North Brazoria County (Alvin, Manvel, Pearland) will be held Saturday, June 1, at Alvin ISD Memorial Stadium on the campus of Alvin High School. 

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Last week, I received an email that certainly got my attention — 95,000 people in Texas who are not citizens were registered to vote and more than 58,000 had cast ballots. 

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