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Fall often seems like a fleeting memory, sometimes ebbing and flowing with temperature fluctuations typical of the Upper Gulf Coast Bend. Around October, I look to nature for clues to seasonal changes so that I can fully embrace a natural rhythm and seasonal cycle. You may notice a patina an…

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A few weeks ago, news broke that Dimitrios Pagourtzis has some serious mental issues and will likely not be facing a trial in 2020 for killing 10 people and injuring 13 during a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School.

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My husband, Peter, and I are spending a month in Spain, and we have left our worries behind. As a result, we have had to come up with new, temporary worries to occupy us until we get back home.

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Our first grandchild turned 8 months old last week, and there are no words to describe how she has blessed our lives. She recently came to visit for the weekend, and her Poppi and I were thrilled to have her. In the last couple of weeks, she has begun to crawl, and she loves to explore. Ther…

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The city of Alvin should step up and help more, financially, with the city's animal shelter. Citizens have chosen to have a "no kill" shelter therefore, costs of sheltering, caring, treating and rehabilitating these animals increase annually.

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A few weeks ago, the family of Isaac Chapa announced they were filing a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Alvin related to a police shooting that left Chapa dead.

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My husband, Peter, and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky — but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in their own way.

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It has been 19 years since Texas could claim a day where there were no fatalities on our roads. The fatalities add up to nearly 70,000 people killed on Texas roadways over the past 19 years. Every day in Texas nearly, 10 people are killed in traffic crashes. According to the Texas Department…

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I have mentioned before that I try to limit my TV time. As a personal choice, I seldom watch the "what can go wrong" shows in favor of focusing on the "what can go right" scenarios instead. (A positive imagination is hard to maintain in a negative world, but it is possible.)

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Sandy Hook, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Santa Fe and, most recently – El Paso and Midland-Odessa. Across the nation, city names have become trending hashtags as acts of mass violence have rocked communities and claimed the lives of innocent people. August was bookended by the two…

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a column praising the Alvin City Council for raising water rates to pay for infrastructure for the water and sewer systems.

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As the growing season comes to an end and winter approaches, producers are storing hay for the winter and selling hay for others to feed and store. I often talk to people and they ask about quality of hay, what is the best hay, how do I know I am getting good hay?

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Recently I was reminded of a time in my life, just a few years ago, when I injured my left hip somehow and felt a pop. Pain shot down my leg and took my breath away. The next morning my hip/leg felt like someone had encased it in cement. My whole leg was stiff from the waist down. I had neve…

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The main news this week is, of course, the revelation that Democrats in the House of Representatives are formally beginning an impeachment inquiry into Pres. Donald Trump.

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“The septic guy can’t find the cover, call him,” was the message. I’ve been getting a lot of messages like this since I decided to put my 100+ year-old farmhouse up for sale.

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Many folks in Brazoria County are busy preparing for the county fair. The Junior Creative and Culinary Arts contest is just one of the many competitions youth are preparing for. This contest is exclusively for 4-H, FFA and FCCLA members, but you can participate, too. There are over 60 classe…

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One of my family’s favorite movies is “Sergeant York.” It seems that each time I watch it I take away something else that helps me fight the good fight of faith.

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Dear readers, the following letter was written to you by a man who my husband and I met several years ago. Our friend rode a motorcycle to church, he had a weathered face and a quick smile.

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I saw a really interesting question posed online this week by a friend of mine. He simply asked how much people were paying for their health insurance. He was paying $1,100 a month.

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Without sounding too much like a country and western song, I ran into an old friend of mine the other day. It was my first "serious" Bible stowed away for safekeeping. That is because it is now held together with a rubber band. Its cover is cracked, the binding is taped and many of the pages…

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How's My Driving?

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Very few people probably know this, but an extremely important election is scheduled later this year.

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Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of news related to child sex predators.

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Years ago, I used to watch a lot of TV mysteries, and I was particularly interested in the ones played out in a courtroom setting.

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I received an email last week related to a lawsuit filed in Texas that will attempt to make it easier for candidates for office representing small parties to get on the ballot.

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Do you know your rights as a citizen of this country?

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Independence Day has always held a special place in my heart.

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As a parent, I have experienced different stages of conversation with our son over the years. I began speaking to him before he was even born. In the first few years, he communicated his wants and needs in various ways. (It is so much fun to experience this stage of innocence that is trustin…

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Many people view lightning as a beautiful sight to behold and sit outside (under cover) to watch, while others choose to play it safe and shut themselves indoors. Our family was "porch watchers." I remember as a child, my dad and I took great pleasure in the excitement of an approaching stor…

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I don’t do this often, but last week Facebook reminded me of this column I wrote four years ago. I am sharing it again this week because I believe its message is possibly even more important today. Love overcomes hate every time. Hate may win a battle here and there, it may claim victims, bu…

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I don’t do this often, but last week Facebook reminded me of this column I wrote four years ago. I am sharing it again this week because I believe its message is possibly even more important today. Love overcomes hate every time. Hate may win a battle here and there, it may claim victims, bu…

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Many people view lightning as a beautiful sight to behold and sit outside (under cover) to watch, while others choose to play it safe and shut themselves indoors. Our family was "porch watchers." I remember as a child, my dad and I took great pleasure in the excitement of an approaching stor…

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Last week, I heard a troubling story about a sheriff’s deputy and pastor in Tennessee who spoke from his pulpit and made the claim that gays and lesbians should be rounded up and executed. 

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