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With fall right around the corner, we have been trained to think of it as pumpkin spice season. Although that is delightful, let’s not forget about the many possibilities of apples, which are also thought of during the harvest season.

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Today is the first day of fall. With heat indices hovering in the 105-degree to 109-degree range, it does not feel much like fall. It must be fall though, the calendar tells us so, and there are football games and talk of MLB playoffs with the World Series to follow. It is definitely fall, a…

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I struggled for years not knowing what to write; then, a seminar instructor set me free with the words, “Just do you.” After teaching Bible study for a long time, fiction seemed trite and unimportant. But when I need to relax, reading for pleasure has been my go-to since childhood.

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Football season is an exciting time of the year, so for this month’s “Photos from the Archive” series, we thought we would showcase images from past football features and action by past Advocate photographers in our coverage area.

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When I agreed to write for the Saturday Sermon column a few months ago, one of the parameters was that the message would be relevant to the wider community and not just Methodists. I knew right away that I didn’t want to use the column to “promote” First United Methodist Church or in any way…

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Sometimes in life, it can feel like God is not present. The death of a child, the ending of a marriage, and those things that just “don’t make sense” from our perspective can lead us to doubt, confusion, and worst of all, despair. How do we find purpose in these situations? Or make sense of …

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During our Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza Sept. 18 and 25 at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory in Lake Jackson, I will be banding hundreds of hummingbirds while educating the public about them. These are some of my best “fun facts” about hummingbirds.

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The latest plant-sucking pests to show up on many local gardeners’ plants are mealybugs. These warm climate-loving pests are small in size but are often found in large groups sucking sap out of a plant’s foliage.

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Grasses are featured in many gardens in our area. Gulf muhly, Mexican feather grass, fountain grass and zebra grass are common names. A newly named Texas Superstar can now be added to that list — if you are looking for something big and bold.

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The following is the menu for the Meals on Wheels Victoria and for the Community Action Committee for Sept 20-24. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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During the days, months and years following Sept. 11, 2001, the lives of many Muslims living throughout America were negatively impacted by the attacks perpetrated by a relatively small Muslim group whose beliefs do not align with those of the mainstream group. However, members of the Victor…

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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. This column is in loving memory of Jo Lange, Wheat’s sister, who passed away Sept. 6, 2021.

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I have fond memories of family vacations through the years. There’s one we still love to laugh about. We planned a day at the arcade for our four little ones. We gave them tokens and 90 minutes to play — they were excited.

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A few years ago, I wrote a short, little book called “364 Days of Thanksgiving.” If I’m honest, it was more of a journal than a book. The point of the book was to encourage the reader to write down one thing each day for which they were thankful to God. The only catch was that they could nev…

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Ruby-throated hummingbird migration is well underway, and we’ve been seeing them regularly at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. It’s time to get those feeders out. These birds are not only beautiful to look at, they also have some of the most unique physical and behavioral features in the bir…

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These days you don’t usually find many gardeners outdoors working in their gardens. September is always a very hot and humid time to be doing anything outdoors. But, if you enjoy tomatoes, now is a good fall tomato-planting time that could provide you with a successful fall crop of juicy tomatoes.

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If you have read my previous Gardeners’ Dirt columns, you know I usually reference growing up in southwestern Pennsylvania. When September rolls around, my thoughts begin to turn to autumn leaves, pumpkins and mums. A combination of yellow and red, orange symbolizes endurance and strength.

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Everyone has a food weakness — a food that you love so much and crave so completely that your desire for your perfect weight is sabotaged. Some have a weakness for sweets. Some have a weakness for breads. Others’ downfalls might be salty snacks or fast foods. My weakness is pasta. I have nev…

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Dietitians have a wide scope of practice. Some of us are clinical like those in hospitals and dialysis clinics; some of us work in food service in schools, universities and institutions like prisons, hospitals and group homes; some are community-based such as educators or those working mainl…

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The following is the menu for the Meals on Wheels Victoria and for the Community Action Committee for Sept 13-17. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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For our latest reader photo contest, we wanted to see your first-day-of-school photos of your children. We loved seeing all the excitement as everyone headed back to school this year.

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My daughter is an enormous fan of letting her three daughters play outside. So they get the vitamins they need from sunshine. So they don’t get overly concerned about hot temps. So they aren’t constantly underfoot in the house, and she has a modicum of peace. One of the draws about their fir…

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The Sacred Heart Catholic Church parish and school have been part of the Hallettsville community for 139 years. Since the beginning, the church has hosted one picnic each year, and a second annual picnic was added in the 1950s.

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I remember watching the Jesus movie with my kids when they were little. It didn’t quite capture their heart like it did mine in the late 70’s. I remember watching them laugh and wondering why. And they convinced me that they intended no disrespect. They simply couldn’t relate to a Jesus who …

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