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When journalist Hunter S. Thompson said “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” …

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We had all gotten under each other’s skin, had many disagreements and lamented the fact that we couldn’t see our usual friends, play in our usual playgrounds or take our usual summer trips.

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As Jesse was walking down the street, completely lost in thought, she plopped down on the curb and dropped her head into her hands. Jesse sat there, feeling empty and lonely.

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We’ve all probably prayed prayers that looking back, we’re glad God didn’t answer. I know I have. As a young believer, I prayed a certain girl I liked, would like me. Well, it didn’t happen. And I can tell you now, I’m thankful because God knew more about what I needed than I did.

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Statues are quickly disappearing from America’s landscape – sometimes removed by government officials, other times by unruly mobs. But statues are not the only forms of art falling in response to the most recent racial tensions in our country. Historic paintings featuring racist or racially …

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The Bible plainly states that “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5.16b). In other words, God hears and answers the prayers of His children (Matthew 7.7-11). Even when the people who are asking are weak, weary and without hope, God still hears them. And not …

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Unprecedented times this spring like never experienced before by most of us has brought change in and around our communities, state and country. And while many could not go to work or socialize, and most had to change routines for meaningful gatherings or observances for loved ones or in wor…

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The Rev. Michael Rother, pastor of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in El Campo, has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-quarantine until he has made a full recovery, according to a news release from the Diocese of Victoria.

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The following is the menu for the Meals on Wheels Victoria and for the Community Action Committee for July 6-10. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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I began living on my own right after graduating from high school. It wasn’t because I had a dysfunctional family. My mom and dad loved me and I loved them, but I had an independent streak and wanted to “make it on my own.”

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Muscles of the arm are easy to understand. When the triceps in the back of the arm contract, the arm is extended. To bend the arm, the biceps kick in and the triceps relax. Both bicep and triceps work in harmony via an antagonistic relationship. One set of muscles closes or flexes the forear…

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I remember our first Christmas in Victoria 30 years ago. My wife’s parents had bought us a stereo cabinet as a gift, and I was in a hurry to put it together.

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“That on the first day of January, A.D. 1863, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

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Along the Texas coast, you might think of cattle egrets as “cow birds” but there is actually a group of birds known as cowbirds that aren’t herons at all.

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I doubt many of you know this week is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. It’s a week declared by the American Mosquito Control Association to educate us about the dangers of these pests and how to control them.

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It is that time of year, when people are out in the garden, but with COVID-19, many people who have never gardened before are starting a garden. Those who live in town or in apartments may not have room for a garden but can still grow plants. One such way is to use a growing bag.

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The following is the menu for the Meals on Wheels Victoria and for the Community Action Committee for June 29-July 3. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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If 2020 could be described in a word, most of us would probably choose “chaos.” This year has challenged and stretched us as individuals and as a society. For most of us accustomed to our routines and habits, social distancing and self-quarantine proved especially challenging. From stocking …

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American author William Lyon Phelps aptly observed: “If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow.”

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I missed another Zoom meeting the other day. It wasn’t because I was too busy or preoccupied. I simply forgot.

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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.

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Christians around the world recently celebrated the festival of Pentecost in observance of the birth of Christ’s Church. In the Book of Acts, we hear of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. It is that Holy Spirit that we receive in our Baptism. It is the gift of faith that we receive i…

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A group of very aerobatic, insect eating raptors call our area home. The kites are some of the most graceful raptors, with sleek bodies, long pointed wings and small rounded heads.

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“Let me tell you ‘bout the birds and the bees. And the flowers and the trees. The moon up above. And a thing called love.” If you are like me, you can’t help but remember and sing the tune along with these words.

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The following is the menu for the Meals on Wheels Victoria and for the Community Action Committee for June 22-26. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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