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The late Charles “Charlie” Rousculp was a veteran educator and Ohio Teacher of the year in 1968. He was also author of the popular and award-winning book, “Chalk Dust on My Shoulder.” And fortunately for me, he served as one of my mentors when I was beginning my teaching career in Worthingto…

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Archer, our terrier, is one of the weirdest dogs you’ll meet. First of all, his ancestry is a mix that must include dogs with one ear that sticks up, a tail that curls into a half question mark, an undersized head, long legs and the ability to complete a 4-foot vertical jump.

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On the upcoming November General Election Ballot are 10 Propositions that few people know about or understand. I would like to take the next two or three weeks to explain what these amendments say, what they mean and what the supporters and opponents have to say. At the end of this series, I…

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Were it not for last minute action by a federal appeals court on Aug. 15 the state of Texas would likely have executed Dexter Johnson for the murders of Maria Aparece and Huy Ngo in Harris County in 2006.

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Q. Our neighborhood is loaded with deer, so I have planted lots of primrose jasmine and thyrallis. I like them both, but it has surprised me lately that they are wilting from the heat. They have been in place for 3 years; do I need to worry about them dying if the heat and dry weather contin…

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On Mireya’s 17th birthday we took a few of her friends ice skating. I love going to new places like ice rinks and climbing gyms and swing dancing because you get to come in as a stranger and glimpse a world that is completely different than the one you usually navigate. You notice things tha…

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In case you haven’t been watching or even listening, it really is that time of year once again — it’s back to school. Since I spent the best part of my adult life laboring in public schools across the country, I thought — just for fun — I’d ask some adults and kids alike what it is they’re m…

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In 1847, Seguin’s first courthouse was located in the center of town on the block north of the city park. When Guadalupe County was organized in March 1846, there was no facility available where representatives could hold government meetings and for some time county business was conducted un…

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At Bird’s Fort north of present-day Arlington, the Snively Expedition officially disbanded on Aug. 7, 1843 and the dispirited members went their separate ways.

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There are lots of problems in this country that our legislators fail to address. Last weekend, one event that is an example of how two of them are often intertwined occurred here in Texas. Yet another right wing, white supremacist used a gun to kill 22 people, at last count, in El Paso.

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After the current shootings here in Texas and Ohio, once again we see people jumping the gun (no pun intended) to restrict 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights and violations of the due process clause of the 5th and 14th Amendments.

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Last week, I discussed my fear and disgust of both the Millennials and Generation Z supporting the belief that our country would be better off as a government-controlled socialist regime than that of the strong free market capitalist system that helped our country grow in the past centuries.…

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Q. Why don’t we make more use of four o’clock for a landscape plant? They are not eaten by the deer, have nice blooms with fragrance, and are very drought tolerant.

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At the end of July, I tend to have a little more time available. There’s still plenty to do, but as summer swings into its downhill slide, I can do crazy things. Like laundry. And swing dancing.

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With the encouragement of his piano teacher at the Texas School for the Blind, Fred Lowery got up the nerve to audition for a radio program on July 31, 1929.

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George Lord was a man who was directly connected to Seguin but very few know of him. Like so many people, he played an important part, then faded into history. George Lord was a soldier, Texas Ranger and rancher. He joined the Texas Rangers from Seguin, Gonzales and Austin to stop General Vi…

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For many of the readers who have read my previous columns based around economics, they should be familiar with my support of free market capitalism. I have written several columns based around our system of free enterprise, and even though it does have its flaws, it’s helped us become one of…

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Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has testified before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees regarding his team’s investigation of Donald Trump and his associates, it is time to consider what impeachment means and how it works. For the purposes of this discussion, I have cite…

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Q. We made the mistake of planting a wisteria vine on the arbor attached to our house. How come no one warns us that the plant will grow into joints and lift pieces of the house right up from other sections?  We had to work hard and even enlist the help of a carpenter to repair the damage.  …

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I’ve been thinking of what it’ll mean to be an empty nester. Mireya, our youngest, is turning 17 and will be going to college in the fall. Sierra, our eldest, is turning 21 and is making her way in Austin. And while neither of them are gone completely, things are already very different. We h…

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Could it really be possible there are only three days left in the month of July? I suppose it’s true what they say, “time flies”… well, you know the rest.

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Our country today is divided now more than I can remember in my lifetime. The Left vs. Right division is played up constantly in the news media. The President is loved by some, hated by others, and there are few in between. This level of identity politics has served the career politicians we…

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Q. Bermuda grass is invading my vegetable garden. Can we use the same contact herbicides to control it as we use in the flower garden?

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My cousin David Stacey was undoubtedly as close to the brother I never had while growing up in England. The son of one of my mother’s younger brothers, he was less than a year younger than I was and his home no more than a mile or so from mine.

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While doing a little research I ran across several references to newspapers dated in the late 1800s and became curious as to how many newspapers Seguin has produced.

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Our 16-year-old, Mireya is almost never bored. She has a tendency to dive into hobbies with a level of intensity shared by Green Berets, Star Wars fans, and competitive ballroom dancers. She’ll research a hobby, read everything she can get her hands on, then tackle a huge project as if it wa…

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Instead of a discussion of Democrats’ unfounded accusation of Russian collusion by President Trump, their endless attempts to impeach the president for their imagined crimes, and having no interest in mentioning the so called “Crew of Four,” first-term, socialistic, minority Congress Women, …

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Growing up, I was always taught to respect police officers. I was taught that they were, as the motto on their cars stated, there “To Protect and to Serve.” Apparently, this is not the case. After the Parkland shooting in Florida last year, a federal judge ruled that the government agencies …

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While Donald Trump is no Adolf Hitler and no Benito Mussolini that doesn’t mean he’s not a fascist. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fascism as “a political philosophy, movement or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic go…

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Hey, I skipped last month’s column… Did anybody notice? I took a week off out of town, and well, just got lazy…. It is summer after all, and here are some random thoughts as we approach the dog days:

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Q. We visited a neighborhood on the Fourth of July for an Independence Day Party. It was quite an area with lots of shade trees including pecans, live oaks, red oaks, cedar elms and mesquites. It surprised me that the trees did so well because it appeared the soil was just caliche and lawns …

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Recently, I learned about the death of a former colleague I worked with while I was a school administrator in Ohio. While we were never particularly close, I was somewhat overtaken with a feeling of remorse because of something I had neglected to do.

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Recently, I purged a tiny section of my closet. It’s just a half dozen pairs of shoes, but already it feels like I’ve cracked open a whole new world. A world where I let go of things. As in really let go. Where I no longer imagine that the broken can be fixed, the stains removed, the soulles…

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A week ago yesterday we celebrated Independence Day, the American Revolution, led by wealthy, educated elites in order to wrest control of government away from a distant despot and take it into their own hands.

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A growing number of members of the two major parties are starting to realize that their representatives do not serve the voters, but instead a number of special interests. As politics becomes more of a way to get rich rather than serve the public, I would like to suggest that the Libertarian…

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Last week I talked about Tax Payer Funded Lobbying, TPFL for short. I tried to explain what TPFL is and how it affects the tax payer. Though lobbying as an individual is protected under the First Amendment free speech, the use of public money to influence legislative action is not in my opin…

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Q. We moved here two years ago. We have a white crape myrtle in our yard and there are crape myrtles with light pink flowers in the neighborhood. Is it like hydrangeas, the bloom color can be altered by acidifying the soil? Are all crape myrtles the same?

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Recently at the funeral of a good friend, the minister cited a litany of special things the departed man had left behind. Among them was his unwavering devotion to his family and his sincere and constant willingness to serve his community making it a better place for all of us.

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I was talking to a friend the other day about change. She was in a situation which had gotten fairly challenging and she had asked the universe for something to change. And since she clearly has a direct line to some pretty powerful folks, Change, with a capital C, arrived in a ginormous way.

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In San Antonio, the first motorized vehicle took part in the 1905 Battle of Flowers. In 1906, an interesting accident happened when the wife of a judge ran over and dragged a pedestrian the length of Alamo Plaza. Fortunately, someone jumped aboard the electric car and brought it to a halt. S…

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