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Hello Atascosa County! I hope this column finds you all well and happy. Well, things have been busy for us lately. We have been planning the Battle of Medina Ceremony, which will be held at our campus in Leming this year. It’s a change from years past but we believe it will be a very welcomed transition. All of our […]

A-a-ay, I’m on vacation!

Rebecca Raves


Bet you thought I was joking. But really. I am on vacation through July 27 and I’m so excited! I’ve completely disconnected from social media (primarily Facebook) and work until July 28. Work emails have been removed from my phone and both of my work computers are out of site, out of mind. Vacation started for me last Friday. It […]

Creating a creative time block



If I had one secret for productivity, the Creative Time Block would be it. What is a creative time block? In the simplest terms? Total focus. Short break. Total focus. Short break. Where do you find the time? Get up an hour or two earlier than normal. This won’t work for me because I’m a night owl but if you […]

Get on down the river



I don’t know if this is how it really happened, but this is the way I’m gonna tell it … Last Sunday, a message popped up on my phone saying that my screen time went down 86% from the previous week. Eighty-six percent! What changed? Well, I had just completed my sixth trip in 11 years of an 83-mile stretch […]

Managing withdrawl symptoms



Helping patients navigate the health care system to safely manage acute symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol, opioids and prescription medication is a form of support. Social support has been proven to be vital during a person’s recovery journey. It allows a professional to guide patients in the right direction towards their recovery by being the point of contact from the […]

Thanks for the memories



Do you remember your first adult job ever? I do. It was the summer of 2013. I had just graduated from high school and was looking for a summer job before I headed to college in August. My aunt suggested I apply at the store she worked for in Jourdanton … it was literally called The Store. I submitted my […]

Where are our manners?

Historically Speaking


To all of our readers, I want to start by saying a big, Texas-sized “Thank You” for your input in last week’s column. Last week, I wrote a few words about Poteet’s Kicker Palace. The Pleasanton Express’ Facebook page shared it and the response was tremendous! I have always said that a column and a post is made by the […]

Through fresh eyes



Reaching your creative self takes work and trust. I’ve shared some simple breathing exercises and mantras. Another exercise is a visualization exercise. Visualization exercises require an ability to let go. They are usually best used before bedtime or upon first waking. Settle yourself comfortably and close your eyes. No, scratch that. If your eyes are closed, you can’t finish reading […]

I’ll be there for you

Rebecca Raves


Last week, I told you I was going to stop letting negative and selfish people interfere with my social media life, and I have. I’ve removed quite a few “friends” in the past week. Most had no business being on my newsfeed in the first place. (They were just being nosy.) Amid my social media cleansing, it was brought to […]

The Kicker Palace

Historically Speaking


Hello, Atascosa County! We are in the second half of the year and it is warming up out there in case y’all haven’t noticed. I promised my wife Leigh Ann back in February that I wouldn’t be complaining of the heat when it arrived, so I will leave it at that. Last week I had a meeting with Morris Cowley […]


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