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Gautam Gambhir, the famous Indian cricket player turned politician, said, “Sometimes, it’s important to get out of that comfort zone and, I think, try new things, and sometimes, you can express yourself better.”

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for Oct. 21-25. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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Do you see them? They are staring right at you. It is our new friends Leaf Man and Leaf Woman. They have become dear friends of ours. However, as with all friendships, we have had some highs and lows. There have been times when I want to rip off Leaf Man’s eyes, but bite my tongue. You see, …

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We’ve been in one of my favorite seasons for a few weeks now. I love it for the same reasons most of you do – family, football and a little break from the Texas heat. But fall is good for other things, too. In my life, when fall comes around, I take a minute to stop and ask, “Do I like what’…

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The story is told of a wealthy business magnate from the United States who lived during the turn of the last century. His wife went traveling in Europe and sent him a telegram which read: “Have found wonderful bracelet. Price is $75,000. May I buy it?”

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Until just a few years ago, I had never heard of or seen a Persian shield plant, known scientifically as Strobilanthes dyerianus. When I did, I became quite enamored with it. Derivation of name – not from Persia

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For the first time in weeks, I haven’t looked at the day’s weather forecast and seen a heat advisory warning of heat indices in excess of 107 degrees. Although fall officially began Sept. 23 this year, until this morning, it felt like we were in the midst of an endless summer. It wasn’t exac…

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With convenience food and fast food easily available, many people aren’t getting the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Fruits and vegetables provide nutrients that are vital to your health. It is recommended to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Many pe…

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for Oct. 14-18. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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Sheila Bauer, 41, who attended the Life Chain in Victoria on Sunday, said, “We’re making my kids aware that this is an awesome thing to be able to do.” This sentence was incomplete on Page A5 on Monday.

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It was a cloudless blue day in early fall. The kind of blue that made the heart ache with possibility. The kind of day made for adventures.

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One of the funniest verses in the Bible to me is Job 14:1 which literally says, “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.” That’s encouraging, huh? Basically, what it is saying is that everyone has bad days. Everyone experiences trouble.

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One of the things I enjoy most in this world is to get my back scratched. I think most guys can relate. It’s in our DNA. When we ask our wives to scratch our backs, however, what do we often hear?

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Editor’s note: On Dec. 28, 2018, Elaine crossed over to that Eternal Shore and her family, friends and readers are missing her. The Advocate is reprinting Elaine’s articles for a year.

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Here we are in October – what many gardeners call our second spring time. I realize it doesn’t actually feel like fall yet, but we are slowly getting there. Mornings and evenings are starting to feel cooler, and some of us have had some rain, albeit small amounts, but any amount is better th…

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Orchids are strikingly beautiful and make wonderful gifts, yet, all too many people enjoy them until they quit blooming and then throw them away.

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A sweet “zee-doo-zee-dee-ZEET” rings through the thick juniper forests as dawn breaks over the Hill Country of Texas. The golden-cheeked warbler is an endangered warbler species that migrates from eastern Mexico to Texas to breed. Their breeding range is located solely in Texas, roughly in t…

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A couple of weeks ago, my sweet cousins could tell I had been a little overwhelmed and invited me on a girls’ trip to San Jose, Calif. As you know, if you have read many of my columns, I love to travel, but I have to admit that for a bit, I was a little lukewarm on this trip and it showed. I…

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for Oct. 7-11. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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You can’t watch today’s TV without seeing ads for dental implants. The TV marketing certainly brings exposure to dental implants, but it also creates confusion. Frequently, our office gets calls from people we have never seen before wanting implants as an answer to all of their dental needs.

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1015 or 10/15? What does this mean to you? To many gardeners, or non-gardeners for that matter, these numbers mean onions. Not just any onions but the famous Texas Sweet 1015s. This onion variety was developed by a Texas A&M horticulture professor. After 10 years of researching and devel…

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There was a new study that came out recently that said young children who are greatly interested in or obsessed with dinosaurs have much higher IQ’s later on in life. Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to announce that neither of my kids are one of them. In fact, the only things they know ab…

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We’re all keeping two mental lists throughout our lives: One filled with rewarding experiences we’ve had, and one filled with regrets we wish we could forget. This presents a question: Why do we fail in certain seasons and flourish in others? Thankfully, Psalm 1:1-3 gives us the answer.

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By the time late August rolls around, I am so ready for that first cool front. I can almost smell the leaves on the ground. We used to create piles that we would jump into. I was nostalgic for my bedroom in Pennsylvania perched on a hill where I could view the splash of autumnal color in the…

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