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Wed
17
Jan
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Challenges of Childhood…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Childhood illnesses in the mid-20th Century were rarely treated by physicians who practiced medicine. Instead, mothers practiced home remedies with abandon.

Many among us can remember times when the treatment was worse than the illness, as well as accompanying psychological damage that won’t let go.

 

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Wed
17
Jan
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

Mother nature is going to really give us some bad weather this week.

They are already posting weather alerts on the TV Monday. It would be wise for everyone to stock up on groceries and what ever else you might need before the bad stuff hits. Make sure your pets have a warm place to stay.

 

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Wed
03
Jan
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The Effects of European Man on the Ecology of the Hill Country

A few weeks ago I discussed what the Hill Country Looked like before European man arrived in the early 1800s. Today I want to discuss what changes Europeans caused in the ecology of the Hill Country.

Prior to 1800, Texas was populated mainly by Native Americans with only a very few early settlers, mainly Spanish in South Texas. The Native Americans certainly had some effects on the Hill Country ecology. They started, intentionally or accidentally, grass fires, hunted many wild animals and cultivated a few small farms here and there. But their effects on the landscape were relatively minor, because of their relatively small numbers and their rather subsistence lifestyle.

Wed
03
Jan
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The Bend News

By Jo Price

Just a little note:

The boarding of flight 2018 has been announced. Your baggage should only contain the best souvenirs of 2017. The bad and sad moments should be left in the garbage. The duration of the flight will be 12 months. So tighten your seat belt. The next stop over will be Health, Love, Joy, Harmony, Well Being and Peace. The captain offers you the following menu which will be served during the flight. A cocktail of Friendship. A Supremeo of Health. A Grain of Prosperity. A bunch of excellent News. A Salad of Success. A cake of Happiness. And all accompanied by a burst of laughter…. Wishing you an enjoyable trip on board flight 2018.

Happy New Year! Now if I can just remember to print 2018, seems like it was just yesterday that I just got used to printing 2017.

Wed
27
Dec
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God Bless Us, Everyone…

By Dr. Don Newbury

To some, it could be a Cinderella story. Djimonii Jackson, a Howard Payne University senior, was featured in the parade and at the football game as the 2017 Homecoming Queen. Snappily dressed and flashing a disarming smile, she charmed effortlessly. She was escorted by her godfather, Michael Thomas, and also present was her mother, Marsena Alexander, all from Beaumont.

When we headed home early the next day, we saw Djimonii in her “grubbies,” dragging out huge bags of trash from Veda Hodge Dormitory. How could this be, my wife and I wondered.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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Highlights of Harkeyville

By D. Harkey

Looks like we made it by the Yule Tide Holiday happy, well fed, as well as respectful of the "Reason for the Season." We still have to get by the holiday for the advent of 2018, though it is mostly a joyous series of celebrations, most folks breathe a sigh of relief when it's finally passed. Seems like a lot of folks mention the fact of barely getting by Thanksgiving and "Boom!"

. . . Christmas is upon us. The Canadians might be a bit more smart as they celebrate Thanksgiving in October.

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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Hill Country Naturalist

Local Environmental Groups to Support in This “Season of Giving”

Well, according my mailbox and my e-mail account, many organizations consider this the “Giving Season” and are looking for our support. I assume that most, if not all, of the solicitations I have received are from legitimate, worthy organizations. But I have decided that, since I can’t support every group or organization, I will limit my giving to local organizations doing things to help protect our Hill Country environment and native habitat and to educate everyone about the need to do so.

If you feel likewise, here are my suggestions of organizations to support.

Wed
20
Dec
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

Today, the 20th, my youngest son is getting married.

This is a very happy event for Russ and I. As you read this, I am attending the wedding on the beaches of Costa Rica. Our daughter is keeping the home fires burning. Hopefully it is not too cold. We are enjoying the beach and jungle. Unfortunately, we have to leave the beach and return to some chilly weather. Life gets tough sometimes.

I had to let two of my field trip students, Adrianna and Savannah, know that I would be going without them this time.

 

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Wed
13
Dec
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Hill Country Naturalist

What Did the Hill Country Look Like Before Europeans

What Did the Hill Country Look Like Before Europeans Came Here?

A friend of mine and I were discussing that topic recently and it occurred to me that other folks might be interested in it as well.

The problem is, there are a lot of common myths about that subject that one still hears even today. One is that the Hill Country used to be a “Sea of grass.” Another is that “Cedar was not here originally and it was imported.” Anyone who has read enough of the writings of the many explorers and settlers who were among the first Europeans to see the Hill Country knows that neither of the above are true.

These myths are often perpetrated when a person hears someone describe the pre-European Hill Country by emphasizing a single aspect, but then that person repeats what they heard as though it applies to ALL of the Hill Country.

 

Wed
13
Dec
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The Richland Springs Report

By Sue Ransom

I’ve checked and the calendar assures me that it is not skipping days, but I think it is lying. That is the only way that these last weeks of the year can be vanishing so quickly. The kids will be out Friday for an extended Christmas vacation. Hold them close parents; time just goes too fast for you not to enjoy every minute that you have them. We were discussing today how fleeting our time on earth is, but consider that the time we have with our children is a very short blink of the eye. So many of our kids leave home for distant places and opportunities. Once they are gone, family time becomes so precious, and so hard to obtain. Enjoy while you can parents.

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