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Thu
08
Aug
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

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Wow, once I get out of a groove, evidently I have a hard time getting back into it!! Part of the problem is that I have been enjoying our business’s slow season and not looking at calendar nor-to-do lists with any regularity. But I am working to clean up my act now that busy season looms again.

Last week, I realized that I had fallen into the habit of getting up in the morning and looking at my phone for an embarrassingly long stretch of time before I got busy with my day. What triggered this realization is a FaceBook post by a friend that said “Who else wakes up in the morning and reads FaceBook like the morning paper?” The next day she posted a picture of a bunch of her friends sitting around a restaurant table all looking at their phones along with the caption, “We all gather together to look at our phones” (This was not staged). You could say I felt convicted.

Thu
08
Aug
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Hill Country Naturalist

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Several years ago, I began a program of walking the same trail around 10-12 acres of woodland/ savanna around my house every month in order to observe and record the things in nature that I saw. Initially, I just walked the trail somewhat slowly looking for anything that caught my eye, spending about 30+ minutes doing it.

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Thu
01
Aug
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The Idle American

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Mort’s Foibles on the Fourth…

tions should he ever be on life support. “Should I ever be lodged between such a rock and a hard place, simply pull the plug,” he insisted. “Then, plug it back and see if that helps.”…

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He had observations about celebrants’ attire, always reminding guests to “dress down,” in case any of them want to compete in threelegged sack races, frog-gigging or crawfish-catching.

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Thu
01
Aug
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U.S. Supreme Court overturns FOIA precedent

The U.S. Supreme Court today (06/24/19) closed a window into the workings of the federal government when agencies withhold information about businesses it acquires as part of administering taxpayer-supported programs, the National Newspaper Association said.

Ruling on behalf of a business group representing food retailers, the Food Marketing Institute, the high court permitted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withhold information on the revenues received by businesses when they sell food under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP.) The ruling, by a 6-3 majority, went against the Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Argus-Leader, which has sought information under the federal Freedom of Information Act for more than a decade.

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Thu
25
Jul
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Book Review - The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing

At the low-water bridge below Tom Miller Dam, west of downtown Austin, during the summer of his 10th or 11th year, Ken Roberts had his first encounter with cedar choppers. On his way to the bridge for an afternoon of fishing, he found himself facing a group of boys who clearly came from a different place and culture than the middle-class, suburban community he was accustomed to. “They looked hard---tanned, skinny, dirty. These were not kids you would find in Austin.” When Roberts’ fishing companion curtly refused the strangers’ offer to sell them a stringer of bluegills, the three boys went away, only to reappear moments later, one of them carrying a club. Roberts and his friend made a hasty retreat.

 

 

Thu
25
Jul
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Keeping Children Hydrated during Summer

Summer is here, and as the weather continues to heat up, staying hydrated is vital, especially for little ones.

Dehydration can lead to loss of energy, lethargy, irritability, headaches, difficulty sleeping, constipation, fainting and, if severe, can lead to more dire consequences, said Jenny McGlothlin, speech-language pathologist and clinician at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

 

 

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Thu
18
Jul
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Local families needed to host high school exchange students

At present, we are needing a host family for Johnson, a 15-year-old student from Taiwan. We are looking for a family who would be willing to open their hearts and home to him, but also for any of our wonderful exchange students.

For Johnson, he enjoys playing basketball and is the captain of his team. Johnson is a music lover and plays saxophone and flute. To help out by hosting Johnson or another student, contact us today!

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Thu
18
Jul
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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Several of you have asked if Texas A&M University has plans for a tuition-free program for students from low-income families similar to what the University of Texas recently announced.

 

 

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Thu
11
Jul
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Happy Herman's Hideaway

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Hello my dear San Saba friends! I hope you are doing well and enjoying these hot summer days.

Dad was just saying how he is glad it isn’t humid and I ran to find tape to put across his mouth because as insane as Mother Nature has been, she will turn San Saba into a steam room! Wouldn’t we all look a mess as melted puddles of cowboy boots, hats and belt buckles? I would just be a melted cowboy hat because mom would have to buy two sets of boots and she really would have no idea where to put a belt on my long body.

 

 

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Thu
11
Jul
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The Bend News

An update on the rain---as of 2:44 p.m., it has started to rain, but the sun is out and it doesn’t look like too much moisture will be falling.

No rain this Monday morning, but lots of thunder and rumblings, but still dry. Could be possible for rain tonight. We can always hope! It has been hot, but still haven’t hit the 100 degree mark. But could happen before too long; it is summer you know!

The BMC heard their new pastor, Tim Brewer, this past Sunday. He has 42 years of preaching experience. He came from Victoria, a church with a membership of 1200, to pastor Lometa and Bend with a combination of a bit less membership. He will find that they are a very dedicated flock!

 

 

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