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Thu
31
Jan
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What about Super Bowl 53?

This coming Sunday in Atlanta, the New England Patriots will battle it out with the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl

53. History will be made in that it will be winner take all! Two mighty, well equipped, well prepared teams will suit up for one last final battle.

Battle is not new for either team and both teams have been to the point of seemingly defeat but refusing to concede they came back.

 

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Thu
31
Jan
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Hill Country Naturalist

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I have written several columns over the years about the unpredictable nature of our rainfall. I guess it is because it is a topic everyone talks about, complains about, and worries about. And, last year was just an example of another weird rainfall year.

At our house last year, the first five months were about as "normal" a possible, with a total of about nine inches, which gave us reasonable spring flowers and a good start for most grasses. Then, just as all the vegetation was at its peak growing/water utilization rate and hottest temperatures, we had two of the driest months in June and July with no significant rainfall for almost 90 days.

Thu
24
Jan
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

Last night was the Super Blood Wolf Moon, but no one in my house stayed up late enough to see it fully eclipsed. I did go out to see it after it first rose, again about a half hour later when it was almost dark, and once more when it was partially eclipsed. The great thing about celestial events this time of the year is that not only can you see them through the bare branches of the trees, those same bare branches make very picturesque frames for full moons, sunrises, and sunsets. Yes, I am going to once more extol the glories of winter.

Thu
24
Jan
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Hill Country Naturalist

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The Legume family has many interesting properties and is represented by many species of Hill Country plants.

The scientific or Latin name for this family is Fabaceae, and is also known as the Pea family. In Texas, Legumes are the third largest plant family after the Aster or Sunflower family and the Grass family. Flowering plants are classified and placed in families by scientists according to the, sometimes minute, structures of the flowers so the general appearance of the plants as a whole may have little in common with other members of the family.

The most easily recognized characteristic of the Pea family is that its seeds are enclosed in a "pod" composed of two halves which split apart when dry. Think sweet peas, black-eyed peas, or green beans.

 

Thu
10
Jan
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The Bend News

Missed the deadline for the news last week, so will try to catch up on all the happenings around the Bend.

The weather has been up and down. First, there were really cold days of early part of last week and then nice warm days for the last few days.

Still, very cold at night, but when the sun comes out it is very nice. There was even some light rain last week and more rain is forecast this next week.

Lee Matthews was admitted to the hospital suffering pneumonia. He thought he had a case of bad allergies. Keep him on your prayer list.

It seems like everyone is having medical problems around the Bend.

 

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Thu
10
Jan
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The Idle American

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By Dr. Don Newbury

I don’t know much about the Mormon Church, but I’ve always viewed most adherents as being generous with both their gifts and their time.

They number some 15 million worldwide, and in Utah--where about two million of three million citizens are Mormons--there’s considerable “co-mingling” of issues at both the state house and the church house. (Since Utah attained statehood in 1896, all of its governors--save two--have been Mormons.)

Most “church news” is spawned during semi-annual meetings, but a surprising new law from the state house kicked in on January 1. Permissible blood alcohol content for drivers is now 0.05 percent, the lowest of any state. This law goes against the grain of many drivers, so it might be well-noted that Utahans in the legislature who pushed this bill may add “courageous” to their names….

 

Thu
03
Jan
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The Idle American

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By Dr. Don Newbury

My Uncle Mort’s Sad Scene…

He stood there, gazing at the Salvation Army kettle on the town square. It was Christmas Eve, and my Uncle Mort--106 and counting--solemnly offered a “mental salute” to the woman as she joyfully rang her bell. Frail of body and warmed only by a tattered coat given to the Army last year, she seemed resolved to help the less fortunate.

Perhaps minding the kettle for last-minute shoppers as they joined the fray for final purchases was the noblest thing she could do.

Mort choked up as he described the scene. The kettleminder’s ringing set him to thinking about moments in 2018 when he blew his stack, usually because he didn’t have all the facts. And when he did, they were somewhat dyslexic--backwards at best in his “fire/aim/ready” life.…

 

Thu
27
Dec
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Happy Herman's Hideaway

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Merry Christmas my San Saba loves! As you are reading this the parentals and I will be driving home from our visit with family and hopefully my tummy will be as happy as my heart…full of Christmas cheer and I am hoping your heart is filled with love and happiness! Our excursion to the coast and a family Christmas was a first for me because normally our Shawn comes here to San Saba and we just enjoy a quiet little gathering at our house but after my sister Lani’s visit at Thanksgiving all that changed.

 

 

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Thu
27
Dec
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

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By the time you read this, it will be the day after Christmas. I hope it was a merry and magical Christmas for you and yours. Now we are headed to what most regard as the final holiday of the “holiday season,” which is New Year’s Day. For my family, the day after Christmas is one day before birthday season begins. My husband is first in line followed by my daughter and son-in-law in January then me and my son in February, then my mother in March. After Mom’s birthday, things calm down for a very long stretch.

I have settled into a pattern of beginning what is typically thought of as New Year type activities right after Thanksgiving. I start thinking about clearing out my mind and my house and planning out what needs to be done differently in the coming year. I have already been making regular trips to donate bags of things, throwing away what is not fit to donate, and organizing piles of things that I need to try to sell.

 

 

Thu
20
Dec
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Happy Herman's Hideaway

My Use Of Being Adorable

Well hello there dear San Saba friends, so very happy to see you! Now if you say to yourself, Herman, you are a bit loco in your dachshund head because you are writing to us and not able to see us at all…you would be wrong about that as I imagine you as I write. Yep, mom told me when I began writing, it is always important to imagine your audience and so I do. Oh, I see ranchers, shopkeepers, school teachers, students, caregivers, doctors, lawyers, housewives and everyone! You are so real to me that one time I got too close to a rancher’s spurs and could actually smell the cows! Ha ha ha! Now you know I am teasing but isn’t that just fun to imagine? Anywho, I do write as if I am right there with you.

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