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When I was growing up, my brother, Christopher, and I would take turns spending a week visiting with each set of our grandparents. My mother’s parents lived in Silver Creek, Miss., and my father’s parents were in Pensacola, Fla. It was great being an “only child” for a week and being spoiled…

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for Aug. 26-30. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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Some people have traditions during vacations, like visit a brand new restaurant or a theme park. My personal traditions have changed throughout the years; when I was a child, we would go and take a family road trip to visit cousins and uncles who lived in the northern regions of New Mexico. …

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Have you ever met anyone in church or in any Christian circle, really, who claims to have the gift of speaking in tongues?

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Of the two Muslim holidays where an eid, or celebration, is observed in the Islamic calendar year, Eid al-Adha promotes both service and sacrifice.

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This has been a challenging year for me personally as I have lost a number of family members who have transitioned to glory – a brother, a nephew and three close cousins. I thank God for individuals who rendered words of encouragement. Encouragement is a need we all have. That is why we shou…

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One of the biggest wake-up calls of my life came at 15 years old. I was out playing whiffle ball with my cousins, when I learned devastating news: My dad had had a heart attack at only 47 years old.

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Mention the word spider and many people freak out. I don’t know what it is about these little creatures, but I do know that many people hate them. The majority of spiders are actually very beneficial, especially to gardeners because they eat many bad bugs we battle in our gardens. Spiders ar…

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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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Are you looking to get in shape, burn calories, strengthen your muscles, become more flexible, make your step quota, find your Zen state, get your head on straight and absorb some vitamin D? Of course, you are. But wait, there’s more.

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It may be difficult to believe with the heat we’ve been subjected to lately, but fall is coming. At the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory in Lake Jackson, that means a switch in the research we’re focused on and the birds we’re paying attention to. As summer releases its grasp and the seasons chan…

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The temperatures for the past couple of weeks have been oppressive. I have been tempted to see if it has been hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. I decided against it because I’d probably just make a mess, and it would be a waste of a good egg.

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for Aug. 19-23. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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When I was in high school, I read “Lord of the Flies.” Good book, I thought. But totally unrealistic.

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Steven Argubright was 30 years old in 1987 when he approached his church acquaintance, Brent Goyen, then 29, about a business opportunity.

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The Outreach Committee of the Formosa Plastics Religious Trust is seeking grant applications from qualified religious organizations to assist in funding religious projects and activities in Calhoun, Jackson and Victoria counties. Applications are due by Sept. 30.

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Growing up, I never knew their names. I would watch them every week on the Muppet Show, mocking Fozzie the Bear incessantly. But it wasn’t just Fozzie. They made fun of every act, every celebrity guest and every performance from their perch in the balcony.

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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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One morning on Memorial Day weekend, a little boy was walking with his dad to church for a Sunday service. The church had a cemetery as a part of its campus with a big monument specially decorated for the holiday right in the middle of it. The boy noticed and asked, “What is that, dad?”

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The yellow butterfly vine (Mascagnia macroptera) is the 2019 Texas Superstar selection. This designation is reserved for beautiful plants that have passed rigid statewide testing and are found to be relatively disease-free, easy to propagate and grow well all over Texas.

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The breeding season for most shorebirds such as the least tern and Wilson’s plover is slowing down for the season. The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is beginning to monitor for non-breeding season. Migrating shorebirds are arriving for the winter. The non-breeding season usually begins in Sept…

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When asked to define organic gardening, sometimes referred to as natural gardening, I usually say it’s all about the soil. A rich, healthy soil full of biological life is the main ingredient in an organic garden. Today’s gardeners can have a variety of soil types to deal with – from loose an…

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I have written about going to Texas Antiques Week in Round Top and Warrenton several times. In the past, I have only found myself in that “neck of the woods” during show times, but a few of weeks ago, lured by the promise of treasures at the Junk Gypsy barn sale, I loaded up with my gal pal …

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If you hate going to the dentist because you are terrified, this column is written specifically for you.

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for Aug. 12-16. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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Five children huddled around three different organs, mesmerized by the different sounds. The Victoria Crossroads Chapter of the American Guild of Organists hosted a camp for children in third-sixth grades Saturday. This camp allowed the children a hands-on experience watching and playing the organ.

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The Songfellows Quartet concert planned for the First Baptist Church in Bloomington on Aug. 8 has been canceled, said church pastor Chuck Stewart.

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My family and I are all about staying on budget, but having fun with the kids at the same time. At the beginning of this year, we decided to get a membership to the Thinkery Children’s Museum in the Mueller neighborhood of Austin. Since then, I’ve had several conversations between other moms…

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The Bible speaks frequently of the poor, imploring the righteous to honor God by serving the poor, never judging their circumstance or robbing them the opportunity for aid.

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I have a question for you. If you are a believer of Jesus, did you come to Him because you absolutely despised the life you were living before? I know some of us who may have because of how hard sin can be on us, but to be honest, most of us probably were happy sinners, if truth be told.

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