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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 21, 2013
Dear Readers: Lots of things have conspired against my getting a column in the paper regularly in the last few weeks; suffice to say, I am back (for a while, at least). Congratulations are in order to Mr. Phil Evett, who celebrated his 90th +birthday with a fabulous surprise party at the Blue Star Gallery in San Antonio on Saturday, given by his wife Joanne.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 • Posted November 21, 2014
My granddad used to tell a story about an “Indian boy” who was descending from the mountain top when he passed a snake who spoke to him, saying: “I’m dying here in the cold. Please tuck me into your warm vest and carry me down to the valley where I can be warm and live.” The boy said he wouldn’t for fear of the snake biting him.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 • Posted October 31, 2014
With Halloween days away, it seems fitting that this is National Bat Week. Blanco State Park is a seasonal host to hundreds of bats, thanks in part to the bat house located near the parking lot for the Caswell Nature Trail. In fact, the new interpretive park ranger at Blanco State Park, Kate Boysen, held the first official Blanco Bat Count on October 3 with the help of 13 citizen scientists ranging from children to adults.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 14, 2014
November is a changeable month. In some of our area, winter arrives and shuts down winter gardens. In some of southern Texas, it is time to plant Fall and Winter gardens. Harvest summer crops before the first freeze. Tomatoes can be picked while still green. They will ripen while sitting on the counter or window sill.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 • Posted November 21, 2014
For as long as I can remember, the “Star-Spangled Banner” has held a prominent place in my church’s hymn book. It is more than simply a patriotic song. In its entirety it speaks not only of country but also of God and therefore naturally belongs with other sacred hymns. I have sung all three verses all of my life and therefore was surprised when I discovered that many Americans have never heard the second and third verses—and are even surprised to find out they even exist.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
My son started 1st grade earlier this month and in just the first few weeks he has come home with some “yellow dots” for distracting others. This theme of distraction isn't new to me. I remember explaining to him once that is was OK to get distracted now and then, but I encouraged that when it’s time for business, get to it!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
Dear hearts and gentle people: Just a blast from West Virginia, and a thank you for my lovely note from Miss Ada recounting her well-attended birthday party. Florine is wonderful at keeping me updated on church goings-on and Kee keeps me in stitches with library antics. And I miss Leona something dretful!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 • Posted March 28, 2013
Frank Kincaid, Jr., Public Intoxication Felipe Corona, Speeding Christy McSpadden, Speeding Megan Kelly, Speeding Kevin Collins, Public display of alcohol Emily Monroe, Public display of alcohol Luiggi Petreucic, Speeding Benjamin Quinonez, Failure to maintain financial responsibility Christopher Gonzalez, Failure to report change of address Linda Dechert, Speeding Casey Behr, Possession of illegally taken deer, Possession of drug paraphernalia Lyndon Phillips, ...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 • Posted November 21, 2014
Small homes are still popular. In fact, I recently read about a community in the Hill Country where they were building small homes with a community/common kitchen area. This was a popular concept back in the 70’s. But you don’t necessarily have to have a community to build small. I’d say homes less than 2000 square foot would be considered small.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Posted August 14, 2014
Sellers often make a major mistake when deciding how much their home should sell for. Instead of thinking about what their home would really be worth in the current marketplace, they focus on what their property is worth to them. These emotions can lead to pricing your home out of buyers’ reach and interest, leading to a longer time on the market. Consider the correct, objective factors when determining your house’s value to determine an asking price in line with what the market will bear.
, By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 14, 2014
During your search for a new home, you may come across property located in a homeowners association, commonly referred to as an HOA. Before you make an offer, think about the pros and cons of living in a regulated community. The purpose of an HOA While some HOAs have voluntary membership, many are mandatory for everyone who owns property in the neighborhood.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 14, 2014
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. We’ve all heard this piece of advice meaning eat well to stay well. In yoga there is a similar piece of advice: A twist a day keeps the doctor away! All yoga postures, or asanas, have benefits but twists are especially valuable as they aid digestion, relieve headaches and backaches and promote the kidneys and abdominal organs to function properly.