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Senate panel conducts hearings on school violence, safety

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Senate panel conducts hearings on school violence, safety AUSTIN — A panel of Texas Senate members on June 11 and 12 received input about ways to improve security on public school campuses. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, formed the legislative body’s Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Safety following the May shooting at Santa […]

Being bullied—being a survivor

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Being bullied—being a survivor Many of us have been bullied as children. It happened to me when I was in first grade and several times later. The first time was when I was “beaten up” when I was on my way home. I wasn’t permanently damaged physically, but it hurt emotionally. When I told my parents about it I was […]

… it RAINED!!!

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… it RAINED!!! I’m not sure if I missed it, but weren’t we supposed to have a 60 percent chance of rain on Monday? I’m not going to complain too much, since it did rain on Tuesday.  I do understand that the percentage that is mentioned in weather forecasts is based on the actual viewing/listening area. Plus, I found out […]

Summertime salad for Dad

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Summertime salad for Dad I thought for the next few summer months that I would share a recipe every now and then. And since Father’s Day is this Sunday, this may appeal to your dear old dad. My dad loved cantaloupe and cucumbers, but we never made a salad with both ingredients together. His favorite salad was cukes, onion, tomatoes […]

Governor offers safety plan designed to prevent shootings at schools

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Governor offers safety plan designed to prevent shootings at schools AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 30 joined state and local leaders in Dallas and San Marcos to unveil his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan.  The governor’s plan came 12 days after the Santa Fe High School shooting in which 10 people were killed and 10 people were […]

Homeward bound, but how?

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Homeward bound, but how? Anyone who knows me fairly well knows I like trains and train travel. I have since my early childhood. And I have made some memorable trips by rail. But one stands out because of the very unusual nature of the train—a mail train operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. And there were other memorable […]

Parks and Rec 2.0

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Parks and Rec 2.0 Nope, this isn’t a redux of the popular TV series, but it will be just as highly anticipated. The Pleasanton River Park will be undergoing a major face lift and you can be there to see the ground breaking this Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m.  I urge you to attend this event and support the […]

America’s veterans—remember them

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America’s veterans—remember them May is important for those of us who have served in the Armed Forces. On Memorial Day, Monday of this week, we remembered those who have given their lives, but there was also Armed Forces Day, which was observed on the third Saturday, which this year was May 19th. On this day we appreciate what the military […]

Too close for comfort

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Too close for comfort Don’t you look forward to staying in a hotel when traveling? Don’t get me wrong, I can spend nights in a tent with the best of them, but I really enjoy a nice getaway in a nice hotel. Except. Yep, there is one exception – well, in a way. The ladies (and maybe there are men […]

Another chapter closed

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Another chapter closed As they say, time flies when you are having fun…And so, after having children in school since the early 2000s, I “suddenly” find myself with another graduation.  My baby boy has finished school and will walk across the stage to receive his diploma in a few short days. How did we get here? Time sure has flown.  […]


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