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The Journey Continues

The Journey Continues: Remembering the Journey

The Journey Continues — written five years last month — was started through an encounter with Don Moore, former publisher of the San Marcos Daily Record. After my family arrived in 1989 in San Marcos, I became a faithful reader of the Record and of the column, “Life is Like That” every Sunday. Jerry Bullock, a fellow member at First Baptist Church, McCarty Lane, had written this column for 31 years before his ‘retirement.’ Pastor Gary Smith then continued with a Sunday column, which I also enjoyed reading until it stopped when he moved. Later, I seized the chance and asked Don Moore if I could write the Sunday ‘faith’ column. Moore fired back, “Okay, but it doesn't pay anything, need to be 400 words and I don’t edit or type.”

A Word About Recycling

A Word About Recycling

With Earth Day again coming up this week, let’s talk a little more about it. Going back to last year, it should be noted on that previous Earth Day, over 8.5 million people joined an Earth Day Live livestream and over 100 million people took action for the planet with volunteerism, civic action, teach-ins, and more. This year, in the broadcast site mentioned below, it is hoped they can reach millions more worldwide — and you can be part of it.

Exploring Nature
Exploring Nature

The Big Oak Tree in Boone County, Missouri in springtime being enjoyed by picnickers. Free Use Photo

Exploring Nature: Oak Worms

If you have mature oak trees around your abode, chances are you have seen numerous little gray and green worms hanging from the tree on silk-like threads. These little creatures also hump along on any surface they might land on. Some folks call them cankerworms.

Snickerdoodles

Gotta be gluten-free? These cookies will make you feel like you’re not missing anything. Photo from Metro Creative

Snickerdoodles

Gluten-free diets are a necessity for people who have Celiac’s Disease, a condition that causes an immune reaction in the small intestine from eating gluten. This reaction causes damage to the small intestines that can lead to pain and other symptoms. Going gluten-free also is a choice for people who experience other reactions to eating gluten products that are not related to Celiac’s, or have been instructed to do so on the advice of their nutritionists or doctors.

A Time for Renovations

A rendering of the completed main auditorium of the University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall.

A Time for Renovations

Theatre enthusiasts who have been yearning for in-person performances will have another reason to be excited as Texas Performing Arts (TPA) at The University of Austin prepares to open its newlyrenovated Bass Concert Hall this May.

A stormburst of verbena blossoms and butterflies awaits your pollinator garden
A stormburst of verbena blossoms and butterflies awaits your pollinator garden

The female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail sports blue on the bottom wings which seems to echo the colors of the Superbena Stormburst blossoms.

A stormburst of verbena blossoms and butterflies awaits your pollinator garden

Superbana Stormburst verbena tumbles over the rock wall at The Garden Guy’s house.

A stormburst of verbena blossoms and butterflies awaits your pollinator garden

This colorful Pipevine Swallowtail finds the Superbena Stormburst verbena to be just perfect. Photos by Norman Winter

A stormburst of verbena blossoms and butterflies awaits your pollinator garden

Spring has been incredible at The Garden Guy’s house, and I am absolutely thankful for the Superbena Stormburst verbena. You see swallowtails, and hummingbirds were really early, not only in Georgia but throughout the Southeast.

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