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SHOWER THOUGHTS WITH SHELLY You are enough. It is not up to anyone else to decide who you are, who your friends are, where you belong and don’t belong, or if you’re living up to your own expectations. You told a joke, you thought. In your head you’re reviewing: was it insulting? was it upsetting?…

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The Bible and the Headlines: News You Can Use – Feast of Dice

By David Bachelor, PhD This week is Holy Week among Christians. However, it is also a holy time for the other two Abrahamic religions on the planet. Muslims are celebrating Ramadan, the month-long fast commanded in the Quran, while Jewish people have just finished Purim, the commemoration of events from the book of Esther. It…

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Cactus blooms

Springtime in Texas can truly be awe inspiring. Wild flowers will blanket pastures and greenery will fill your field of vision. You’re in for a treat. (Ok and sometimes a sneeze, sorry friends.) Your friendly neighborhood squirrel has been adventuring through the beauty of springtime with the camera. Hiking and driving my way through and…

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Best Brownies

It is my personal opinion that a good brownie recipe should be in everyone’s baking arsenal. Take this one straight from one of the big names in chocolate, try it out, and let me know if you’ve got one better! From Hershey’s Chocolate Cookbook, by the Hershey Foods Corporation, 1989 Best Brownies 1/2 cup butter…

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When nature talks to us…listen

 SQUIRRELING You know who isn’t a friend to squirrels? Snakes! Just ahead of the rain, I found two VERY large rattlesnakes near my house. I’ve always known the legend to be that snakes are on the move just ahead of a rain, so I wasn’t extremely surprised. But is it true? The animal kingdom gets…

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The Bible and the Headlines: News You Can Use – Blood Issues

By David Bachelor, PhD March has been designated National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The department designates national awareness months to focus attention on particular maladies. Some recent headlines reflected how groups took part in this spring’s sanitation campaign. Firefighters in northern Illinois were the subject of…

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Coffee and cookie brownies

From 9×13 The Perfect-Fit Dish, a Meredith Corporation Print Production, 2010 Coffee and Cookie Brownies These quick-to-make java-spiked brownies are a perfect choice when you need sweet treats in a hurry. 1 16.5-ounce roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 19.5-ounce package milk chocolate brownie mix ½ cup vegetable oil ⅓ cup…

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The Bible and the Headlines: News You Can Use

Old Age Blues By David Bachelor, PhD Press coverage of recent primaries and the upcoming presidential elections have spilled a lot of ink on the subject of gerontology. Since both of these aged presidential candidates are in the upper income brackets, there is one aspect of aging that neither the Republican or the Democrat is…

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Deadline is April 8 to apply for Huajilla Chapter scholarship

Thirty-seven members and guests of the Huajilla Chapter of Texas Retired Teachers Association met on  February 26 and discussed the deadline of April 8 to apply for the chapter’s annual scholarship. The meeting, held at Sammy’s Restaurant in Castroville, was the first for the group since December. Earline Schlortt, co-president, welcomed everyone and recognized current…

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Pepper Steak

If it turns out the stuff is healthy… why not find a recipe? From Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine, by Ran Knishinsky, 2004 PEPPER STEAK 1/2 pound flank steak (use meat tenderizer, if desired) 1/2 cup chopped onions 1/4 cup beef broth, or use bouillon 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 clove garlic, minced 1/2 cup nopal…

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