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When young men and women enter Marine Corps boot camp, they are not called “Marines.” They are simply called “recruits.” The title “Marine” can only be earned by going through the 13 weeks of basic training, culminating in a grueling 54-hour survival test called the “Crucible.”

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There is an old adage that says, “Just follow your heart; it’ll never lead you wrong.” While I certainly see the good in that phrase, if you truly stop to think about it, you’ll realize how dangerous it is.

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Award-winning country music legends and up-and-coming artists will take the stage Oct. 1 to benefit the Bluebonnet Youth Ranch in Yoakum. Each performer has a long list of No. 1 hits under their belt, and a couple of them were born with country music in their genes.

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Many of us in the gardening community often look to a plant’s common name for its origins. Sometimes, there is proof in it, while other times, there is not. I will address that topic; but first, a bit about this vegetable.

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Perhaps because they’re common and familiar, no one I know gets excited to see an egret. These white, wading birds are easy to find in ditches, fields, pond edges, marshes and wetlands, where they can’t help but stand out against all that green and brown.

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Most gardeners would agree that we love a good rain. But there can come a time when there is too much of a good thing. Most of us have recently experienced a lot of rain with very little sunshine. Most soils in our areas can only take so much water at a time. After days of rain, water starts…

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Tony Bennett has always been one of my favorite singers, and his song, “I left my heart in San Francisco,” has been running through my mind after my recent trip. In my case, after indulging in all the fresh seafood, luscious wine, rich chocolate and melt-in-your-mouth sourdough bread, I prob…

The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for Sept. 24-28. Milk and bread are served with each meal.