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Back in November, I was sitting in the chair of my sweet friend and hairdresser, Kendall, lamenting my endless list of Christmas to-do’s. We got on the subject of gifts, and I told her I was stumped about what present to give my mother. She is so precious that I knew she would love whatever …

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for June 17-21. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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If the ever-increasing heat didn’t make it noticeable enough that spring was giving way to summer, the appearance of roadside stands selling Fredericksburg peaches should be all the validation you need. From late May through early August, these Texas treasures are available. Many people beli…

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School is out. What does this mean? “Mom, I’m hungry.” As if school lunches and after-school snacks aren’t difficult enough, summer meals and snacks are challenging, too. I get questions all the time about what to feed kids, and the biggest complaint is people don’t want to be in the kitchen…

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Oxygen is the No. 1 drug the body needs to live. It can be strongly assumed that people who snore and stop breathing at night have apnea and are slowly killing themselves in a fascinating sequence of events described in this column. While sleep science is still in its infancy, there are thin…

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for June 10-14. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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When Nicholas Sparks wrote, “Every great love starts with a great story,” I am pretty sure he was not talking about me and my dog, SH, but his quote describes our love story perfectly.

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Parents and children alike have been counting down the days until summer break, and now that it’s finally here, it’s important to make the most of the time when kids are away from school.

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Kidney disease is a health issue that negatively affects the lives of many Texans. In the U.S., it is one of the leading causes of death among Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for June 3-7. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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Somewhere on the top of many people’s list of super vacations is a trip to Tuscany. Beautiful scenery, rich history, the birthplace of the Renaissance, fine art and quintessential food and wine. What is there not to love?

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The 2015-20 Dietary Guidelines for Americans does not endorse alcohol consumption, but it does recommend that if you choose to drink, to limit it to one serving for a woman and no more than two for a man per day.

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for May 27-31. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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There has been a bill proposed in Texas that would place restrictions on the types of foods that can be purchased with the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) cards within the state. If this bill does come to pass, it will take effect in September. The banned …

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If you or a loved one has sleep apnea and hates wearing a CPAP, this column could be a lifesaver. The purpose of this column is to explain options for those who have sleep apnea. Apnea is an extremely complicated condition but the overall concept is easy to understand.

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for May 20-24. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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April and May in our area have got to be at the top of the best months of the year when it comes to weather. The cool to cold and damp of the winter have given way to pleasant temperatures and bright skies. We haven’t yet moved into the stifling heat and humidity of summer in South Texas. Sp…

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It’s that time of the year where it’s warming up and people are heading outdoors to enjoy the weather. With increased time outside comes with increased sun exposure. We all know that too much sun can burn us and leave us red for days, but just enough sun can provide us with an important nutr…

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for May 13-17. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of being on the game show “The Price Is Right” and of hearing the words “Katherine Pope, come on down! You are the next contestant on ‘The Price is Right!’”

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for May 6-10. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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Fruit has recently been given a bad reputation by the creators of the latest fad diets because of the sugar content. Individuals who are trying to lose weight are often told to stay away from any sources of sugar, including all fruits. However, eliminating fruit from the daily diet cuts out …

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In the last column, we discussed a Meyer lemon pie. I love pies of all kinds. Just the mention of the word “pie” conjures visions of sweet fruity flakiness. In my world though, pies aren’t just for dessert. Some of my favorite pies aren’t sweet at all. They are filled with meat, cheese, pota…

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for April 29-May 3. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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In recent years, gluten has become a topic of interest in the nutrition world. With all sorts of confusing information surrounding the marketing of gluten-free diets, many people have adopted a gluten-free diet unnecessarily, causing some controversy for those who must follow gluten-free die…

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for April 22-26. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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Driving across town, you can’t help but see trees full of beautiful citrus fruit. We are fortunate to live in a place where lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits and kumquats thrive and bear fruit the likes of which our friends who live slightly north of us can only dream about or see on vacat…

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When I trained for my first half marathon in 2012, I never knew how much I’d love running. I always ran for exercise but never for speed or endurance. I’m still not the fastest, but each day, I get stronger. Since starting my journey, weight management has become easier. Many people start st…

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for April 15-19. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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I’ve traveled the globe and had countless amazing experiences along the way, but there has always been a little something missing. A little gap, a tiny hole that I have longed to fill. March 17, that little empty place was finally made whole when I got to see the King of Country Music, Georg…

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Despite the cold front that blew through this weekend, the weather lately has me in the spring-cleaning mode. Not only the regular spring cleaning but also the kitchen cleanout cleaning.

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The following is the menu for the Victoria Senior Activity Center and for the Community Action Committee for April 8-12. Milk and bread are served with each meal.

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Spring is here. The weather is glorious. And grilling has got to be at the top of everyone’s mind. It’s time to bust out the steaks, fajitas, tenderloins, pork chops, pork loin, ribs, chicken, salmon, swordfish and/or veggies. OK. You get my point. Everything tastes better once it’s grilled.…