Columns and Opinion

Hill Country Naturalist

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When I was a kid, I was active in 4-H, an organization for kids sponsored by what is now called the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. During my time in 4-H, I raised several 4-H animals, and at one time, I was on the 4-H grass judging team for our county. To call it “grass judging” was kind of a joke because it was really just grass identification contests. And I was really awful at it.

The Richland Springs Report

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I left my lovely, breezy spot on the front porch to come in and send off this column. Russ and I sat there enjoying our tea and the breeze that came with a brief shower. What a refreshing feeling. It wasn’t much of a shower, but every little bit of God’s moisture is better than the stuff that comes out of the hose. My yard looks so nice with its newly mowed appearance. I am about ready for Tuesday.

The Bend News

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This past week we have had some very good rains, and more may be on the way. A total of over seven inches was reported from all the rains up to Monday. It didn't just come down all at once, but it rained over all of last week. The Colorado River is on a rise from all the rain.

Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

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I have been sitting here this morning with my hands folded in my lap, trying to both wake my brain up and calm it into some sort of order so that I can think of what to write about. These days, a medication I am taking says that I have to wait a half hour after I get up to have my first cup of coffee, so I have been working on yet another sort of “new normal.” I was thinking about what a strange time it has been in so many ways. The virus and all that has gone along with it, in addition to this spring’s weather, have really distorted my sense of time, and this delayed caffeine thing has not helped a bit.

TxDOT to host virtual public meeting on proposed projects in Brownwood District

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be conducting a virtual public meeting for the proposed 2021-2024 Rural Transportation Improvement Program (Rural TIP) for the Brownwood TxDOT District. The virtual public meeting pre-recorded presentation will be available for viewing on Thursday, May 28, 2020, by 5 p.m. This virtual meeting format (no in-person meeting) includes a pre-recorded video presentation and comment opportunity. To view the pre-recorded video presentation and meeting materials, please visit www.txdot. gov and Search: Brownwood Rural TIP.

The Idle American

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A few days ago, my wife and I enjoyed a short road trip. Typically an hour’s drive to Stephenville, this day it was twice that. It took 40 minutes to make it through Granbury, where folks--weary of “sheltering”--seemed happy to be in their cars again, perhaps looking for “essential places.”

Just because I’m 90 doesn’t mean I’m ready to die – or disposable

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I’ve been a senior citizen for a quarter of a century, and I still sculpt, read and write essays. I speak five languages, and I use email and WhatsApp to communicate with family and friends in Finland, China, Norway, England, Israel, Russia, Thailand and throughout the U.S. I run a foundation I created that assists immobile seniors. I attend classes, and I’m organizing a philosophy club via Zoom that discusses ethics, forgiveness, anger, creativity and various other topics.

Hang Your Hat With Rotary

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We all have known that it was just a matter of time before San Saba joined the rest of the world in the current pandemic crisis. This weekend it was announced that we now have our first confirmed case. This brings us into a new phase of life. This is not a time to panic, nor is it a time to drop our guard and stick our head in the sand. COVID-19 is real. It is here with us. It is not going away soon. Please pay attention to the healthcare professionals. Wear your mask! Wash your hands! Keep your distance! Use good judgement in your life. We don’t want you to contract this disease, and no one else wants it either.