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Thu
11
Jul
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The Postscript

“Singing Lessons”

I’m having fun singing.

I started singing lessons a few weeks ago. My teacher lives out of town, but every other week she teaches in her parents’house—the house she grew up in—just a few minutes away. So, I drive to a little house in the suburbs, meet her parents’ two friendly little dogs, (“More people! So exciting!”) and take an hour-long voice lesson in my teacher’s childhood bedroom.

 

 

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Thu
11
Jul
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Fugitives From San Saba County Part II

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So just who were these wanted and desperate men sought by Sheriff Sewell B. Howard in 1888? What is the connection between San Saba County and Foard County? First some backdrop.

From 1880 to 1890, Texas experienced a growth surge. During those years the population went from 1,590,000 to 2, 230,000. Under popular Governor Lawrence C. “Sul” Ross, the new capitol in Austin had been completed, the Indian threat had been removed, buffalo had been replaced by cattle and the railroads were expanding into the vast portions of the state. Despite these “Progressive Years” there were problems. Crime was rampant.

 

 

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Thu
04
Jul
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Happy Herman's Hideaway

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Howdy there, my dear San Saba friends! How in the world are you? I am feeling great, fit as a fiddle as they say. Speaking of such things what exactly does that mean? A violin can be played with feeling, but does it have feelings? I do believe it is made out wood. Of course, they say Pinocchio had feelings and he was made out of wood…his nose did grow longer when he lied but come on guys…that was a fairy story!

Thu
04
Jul
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The Richland Springs Report

Here I am in gorgeous Seeley's Bay, Ontario. Ontario has been having strange weather this year just as we have had in Richland Springs. For all you swimmers, the water temperature was and is hovering around 77. Being the warm blooded creature that I am, I have managed to put my feet in the water. The surface was not too bad, but after a few minutes of exposure the cold set in to my bones. My nieces went for a swim, but chicken great-aunt Sue was content to watch from the dock.

Two of my cousins from my dad's side, Sandy and her husband Brian, came down from their lakeside cottage to visit us here in God's country. My cousin, Barb, came without her husband, Tony, and stayed several days with us. My nephew, Jay, came with his two children, Rielynd and Sloane.

 

 

Thu
04
Jul
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Hill Country Naturalist

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Given the tremendous number of species of living things on Earth (about 2 million have been identified and scientists believe there are many more millions not yet discovered), it may seem surprising that all life can be grouped into only five categories, called Kingdoms. These five Kingdoms are Monera, Protista, Plantae, Fungi and Animalia.

Before I proceed, I should warn the readers that I am certainly not a professional biologist and the discussion here is decidedly the simplified, amateur version of the organization of life. And the five-Kingdom system described here is not the only organization system that has been and is used by some experts.

 

 

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Thu
27
Jun
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The Bend News

The rain came again Sunday leaving different amounts around the Bend and today (Monday) it came a nice shower across the river, but nothing on the San Saba side. It was reported that Lampasas had lots of lightening and thunder along with quite a bit of rain Monday morning.

Guess everyoneis getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, which is next week. It has been noted that there is a number of Firework stands already set up and open. There should be no danger of fires, because of all the rain and the grass and weeds are green, but caution should be taken while setting off fireworks. Make plans to attend the fireworks that many of the towns around will be having and have a safe Fourth. Just think of all the money you will save by enjoying the area fireworks! Be safe and enjoy the Fourth.

 

 

Thu
20
Jun
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The Bend News

The weather people have missed their mark several times this week. The storm passed us by and went on toward Lampasas, Kempner, Cove and Killeen. Lots of damage was done as it went east of us. No reports of anyone being injured or killed, which was a blessing. Many homes were severely damaged!

Jane Clark reported on all the events that took place over this past weekend. Her home was a beehive of activity. Sunday, a big celebration for numerous occasions was held. Birthday celebration and Father’s Day for William, an anniversary celebration for Frank and Marsha Norris, and a graduation party was held for Eli Clark.

 

 

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Wed
12
Jun
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The Idle American

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A retired school superintendent--weary of the sameness of approaching his job in the traditional manner--dreamed of serving in an unlikely place.

The school was in a swamp long since drained, and locals said alligators hadn’t been seen there in years.

During his professional years, the dreamer said he took on challenges daily, hoping to prevail most of the time. He claimed never worrying about being swallowed by a whale. It crossed his mind, however, that odds were 50-50 that he might be nibbled to death by a thousand minnows…

Then there’s Dr. Susan K. Bohn, an energetic leader with training and experience to give both tradition and innovation their due. She recently completed her first year as Aledo, TX ISD Superintendent. Dr. Bohn seems fearless, and upon “signing on” last year, she recognized the dynamism and potential of a community. She believed her mantra of “getting better” would be embraced in Aledo.

Wed
12
Jun
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Hill Country Naturalist

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I have written before about the more common Hill Country trees and shrubs. Here are some that are not rare, but certainly not very common either.

• Carolina Basswoood, or Linden tree (Tilia caroliniana) can be a rather large tree of rich, deep moist soils. It is fairly common throughout the whole eastern half of the U.S., into east Texas. Surprisingly, it also occurs as an uncommon tree in the Hill Country. It has large round to heart-shaped leaves with an asymmetrical base, a pointed tip and toothed margins, and is sometimes confused with mulberries. Its blooms, however, are quite unique clusters hanging down from leaf-like bracts underneath small branches and maturing into 1/4 inch fruits in the fall.

Wed
05
Jun
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The Bend News

It seems we are going straight into summer fairly quickly with some reports of the high 80’s and into the 90’s. Still have some chances of rain around the middle of this week. The wind has just about dried up all the standing water, so another rain will be welcome.

Speaking of rain, the rodeo ground was one of the muddiest places around last Friday night. Lot of the people that had signed up for some of the events were a no show, but the clown did put on a good show and the kids riding the sheep was a fun event. The only thing that was not very nice was the women’s bathroom---no light bulb and no toilet tissue. You would think the people who were responsible for the event would have checked on that little detail! There is always next year.

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