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Hello, everyone! And welcome to America’s newest show, “What’s Wrong With Me Now!?” The only quiz show game devoted solely to all the weird and awful medical maladies that start afflicting you once you hit the age of 35 and beyond.

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The other day, my wife and I were shopping when right in front of me, this store clerk asked for all of her information! Her number, email address, etc. I thought, “Man, if I was 25 years old, I’d hit you right now!” Soon, I noticed that my age was showing and the guy was just doing his job!

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This week is Father’s Day. On Sunday, my kids and wife will shower me with gifts and hugs. They will tell me they love me and how much they appreciate me. They will tell me what a great dad I am.

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A story was told of a rich man who was on his way to the bank one day when he ran across a beggar. He asked the beggar how he had wound up on the streets. The beggar explained that he had graduated college, but he had made some mistakes and ruined his life, and now he had nothing. The rich m…

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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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Judaism is ripe with holy holidays throughout the calendar year, some of them more known to the non-Jewish masses. One of the lesser-known Jewish observances is Shavuot, which began on Shabbat, June 8, and ended at sundown Monday.

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Have you ever wondered where the vegetables we eat came from? Well, I did – and decided to find out. To start with, I made a list of different vegetables. Then I started researching ones that were of interest to me.

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Social media is a common source for information to spread quickly. The recent buzz has been the topic of antinutrients, with most of the posts claiming they should be avoided. So let’s talk about antinutrients: What are they and what do they do?

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Back in November, I was sitting in the chair of my sweet friend and hairdresser, Kendall, lamenting my endless list of Christmas to-do’s. We got on the subject of gifts, and I told her I was stumped about what present to give my mother. She is so precious that I knew she would love whatever …

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for June 17-21. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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For me, it’s hard to purchase gifts for other people’s kids. I try to go by the rule that if I wouldn’t buy it for my children, then I wouldn’t buy it for someone else. Unfortunately, that means we end up at a birthday party or family dinner with the gift that no one knows what to make of.

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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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I see commercials for them every so often on TV. “The Hidden Codes of the Old Testament.” “The Secret Message of Revelation.” “Decoding the Bible.”

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The coral bean is a deciduous, lanky, small tree with beautiful dark red blooms making it a striking garden accent. You can find it growing in the xeriscape area at the Master Gardener Victoria Educational Gardens at Victoria Regional Airport. You might know the coral bean as cardinal spear,…

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For several years, the end of May through the first of June has brought different varieties of unwanted worms and caterpillars to our landscapes. Recently, I have had a few reports of spring cankerworms being a problem. I usually don’t hear much about spring cankerworm problems, but periodic…

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If the ever-increasing heat didn’t make it noticeable enough that spring was giving way to summer, the appearance of roadside stands selling Fredericksburg peaches should be all the validation you need. From late May through early August, these Texas treasures are available. Many people beli…

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School is out. What does this mean? “Mom, I’m hungry.” As if school lunches and after-school snacks aren’t difficult enough, summer meals and snacks are challenging, too. I get questions all the time about what to feed kids, and the biggest complaint is people don’t want to be in the kitchen…

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Oxygen is the No. 1 drug the body needs to live. It can be strongly assumed that people who snore and stop breathing at night have apnea and are slowly killing themselves in a fascinating sequence of events described in this column. While sleep science is still in its infancy, there are thin…

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for June 10-14. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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If my social media feed is any indication, every single child in the world had their last day of school last week.

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Strongholds are literally just that – things that have a strong hold over our lives. Things we wish we could get over, but many times we struggle to, and as a result enter into a state of feeling oppressed, feeling lost.

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Memorial Day is upon us. The beginning of summer is here. School is out. Life is good! This is the time of of the year that kids long for. The time of the year that families plan for. The time of the year when the pace and the pressure of our lives changes. Simply, put. It’s summertime. The …

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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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If you have paid any attention to your flower beds or vegetable gardens in the past few weeks, chances are you have noticed lots of small garden snails. You might have also noticed damage to some of your plants caused by these garden snails.

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The Wilson’s plover is a type of shorebird that breeds along the Texas coast. It is not federally protected, but it is definitely a species we should be more concerned about due to its population decline. It is considered threatened and endangered in some parts of the U.S., but because the m…

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AUSTIN – The Texas House and Senate have passed a medical cannabis bill that would include more medical conditions to qualify for medical cannabis prescriptions.

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When Nicholas Sparks wrote, “Every great love starts with a great story,” I am pretty sure he was not talking about me and my dog, SH, but his quote describes our love story perfectly.