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2015 docent Peggy Jones entertains guests Ralph and Cindy Myers with a story about the early history of San Marcos. In 2016, a fleet of small vans and limos will ferry guests throughout the historic district, making stops right at the front door of each home. (photos courtesy of The Heritage Association of San Marcos)

2015 docent Amy Meeks explains the story of a newly redecorated historic dining room, with idyllic Belvin Street visible in background.

Homeowners decking the halls

Heritage Home Tour 2016 is two weeks away, and all around the Historic District and beyond, homeowners are scrubbing, planting, and polishing.  
Hundreds of guests are expected on the tour, which is the 41st annual such event and a favorite San Marcos spring tradition.
2016 dates are April 30 and May 1 from 12 noon to 5 pm. The tour this year is being held in conjunction with Main Street’s Wine and Art Walk, as well as with MR Fest, a music festival on the square. Six sites are included on this year’s tour.

Dear Abby 4/19/16

Strangers’ parenting advice may deserve consideration

DEAR ABBY: What do I say to people who give me unsolicited parenting advice or scold my daughter in public? I would never interfere with another parent or direct a child who isn’t in my care. What gives these people the right to barge into someone else’s life in such a way?

There are a variety of books on hot air balloons at the San Marcos Public Library. (photo by

Answers to go with Susan Smith: Hot air balloon adventures

Each week hundreds of people call or visit the San Marcos Public Library to find information.  "Answers To Go" highlights recently received questions.  Please visit the library at 625 E. Hopkins St., call 512-393-8200 for information over the phone, or email us through our webpage at

With its vibrant plumage, the golden pheasant is considered one of the most beautiful birds to inhabit the world. (photo by

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: The 10 most stunning birds in the world

What are the 10 most beautiful birds in the world?  
Well, that’s up for argument. Some folks swoon for a lovely black swan, while others much prefer a majestic bald eagle.  
I happen to think the Andean cock-of-the-rock is awfully good looking. But some experts list the most beautiful birds as follows: 10. Green wing macaw
parrot; 9. Stork-billed kingfisher; 8. Peafowl or peacock; 7. Painted bunting; 6. Keel-billed toucan; 5. Rainbow lorikeet; 4. Northern oriole; 3. Flamingo; 2. Hyacinth macaw; 1.  Golden pheasant.

The journey continues with Brother Jim - April 17

I was raised in a remote West Texas ranch house 12 miles from town, and I attended a four-room school house. At the rear of our classroom was a shelf of books.  That was our library.
My deliverance came while accompanying my mother on her weekly shopping trips to the nearby county seat where I had access to a library.  
The “Library Lady” loved me and made an exception to policy; I was allowed to check out a brown grocery bag full of periodicals in addition to a paper bag filled with books.  



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