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About six weeks before winter officially begins, we had our first two days of freezing temperatures. Louise started to get sniffles, which developed into a full-blown cold. She was miserable.

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for Nov. 25-29. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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All kinds of celebrities, fictional and real, showed up in our Halloween Pet Costume Photo Contest this year.

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Upon immediately opening my eyes at 5 a.m. (because I sensed a creepy child-like presence breathing heavily right beside my head), I told my eldest child that no, he couldn’t play a game on my phone.

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Seafarers live an isolated, often lonely existence far away from their homes, loved ones and friends on ships that traverse the world. In the process of earning a living, they also help keep the world economy afloat.

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I had a funeral today. Presiding over funerals is one of the great privileges I enjoy as a pastor. After the funeral meal, everyone sat around telling stories.

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Have you ever had someone challenge your priority to worship? Maybe someone said something like, “Why do you go to church so much?” “Why do you give your money?” Or “Why do you spend so much time reading the Bible?”

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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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They’re big, they’re a bit smelly and they eat dead stuff. Vultures might not the prettiest of birds – some might even say ugly. But they are some of the most important animals around you. Vultures are what clean up after the rest of nature. They can make an animal carcass disappear in no time.

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You do not have to leave the local area to enjoy autumn color.

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for Nov. 18-22. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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It’s farm and pumpkin season again! I didn’t realize until last year, pumpkin patches and “Farmusement Parks” (yes, I totally made that term up) are actually popular Southern attractions in the fall months. This year, we were able to catch up with some local homeschooling families and go to …

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In years gone by, when poor young boys made money selling newspapers on street corners, a 10-year-old boy stood on a corner in New York City on an icy Sunday morning in early December trying to sell the Sunday edition.

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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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Amor Meus Spirituality Center will host “Contemplative Prayer 101: Come Spend the Day Listening to Your Beloved,” a one-day guided retreat, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Incarnate Word Convent, according to a news release.

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A white rectangular stone block engraved with Baptist Temple Church sits in a flower bed at the front of the church bordering Laurent Street. Anchored to a frame above the stone is a wooden sign hand-painted by Tom Gillespie, 74, the church’s building superintendent.

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I heard a story of a junior high math teacher who was married to an entrepreneur. She often told him how fascinated she was by his ability to take hold of challenging situations and overcome obstacles, ending in good outcomes.

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My affection for houseplants began the first time I lived alone. Plants were the only thing that changed while I was at work. Checking on them and observing their growth, needs and unique characteristics intrigued me.

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In American culture, owls are often seen as one of the wisest animals, and that might be due in part to their incredible hunting abilities. Owls are raptors, which means they spend a good deal of their days hunting. Raptors, also known as birds of prey, use talons and sharp, curved beaks to …

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So what exactly is collagen? Collagen is a protein in our bodies that binds our tissues together. It is found mostly in our skin and tendons but also bones and ligaments.

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for Nov. 11-15. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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It’s hard for me to believe, but we are hurtling toward a new year. Before we reach the new year, we pass through the holiday season.

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Well, hello there! Welcome to my food blog! I see you’re looking up a quick recipe to make for dinner tonight. You’ve definitely come to the right place. This truly is one of my favorites to make, and it’s so easy and simple, you’ll be shocked when it also tastes like it came from a fancy fi…

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