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The Journey Continues

The Journey Continues: Change in culture

My journey this week takes me to the subject of change in our culture. At my age, I have experienced many changes. One example from my childhood will illustrate: After his retirement, my paternal grandfather, Dr. Lanning, built a house in Arkansas with essentially four rooms. The kitchen was small, and not all the family could be seated together for meals. His custom was for the adults to eat first; afterward, the children ate the “leftovers”. This was very upsetting to my Houston-born mother and strange to me. However, it was normal for a man, even an educated man, who grew up in an agrarian southern culture where in rural farming communities, men ate first, followed by women, and then children. Older “Boomers” have memories of how different life is for them vs how it was for their grandparents. Change is a part of living,

How to keep your plants healthy during a Texas heat wave

Many plants will require a little extra help to withstand a heat wave. Photo from Metro Creative

How to keep your plants healthy during a Texas heat wave

Summer is a season to relax and enjoy the warm weather. Basking in the summer sun is a great way to relax, but only when the temperatures are safe. Summer heat waves can compromise the health of human beings as well as their pets. Gardening enthusiasts also may need to go the extra mile to keep their plants and gardens from wilting under harsh summer sun.

Supporting local businesses benefits your entire community

Campaigns to “shop local” are often rooted in encouraging locals to support the small businesses in their communities. Consumers no doubt recognize that such support is vital to the survival of small businesses, but they may not realize just how much thriving local businesses benefit their communities. According to the Small Business Economic Impact Study from American Express, an average of two-thirds of every dollar spent at small businesses in the United States stays in the local community. That support can be especially valuable as the world tries to work its way out of a global recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment rates rose significantly within a month of the World Health Organization declaring a pandemic as the COVID-19 virus rapidly spread across the globe. While large international corporations were in better position to avoid layoffs, small, locally owned businesses faced an uphill battle as they tried to remain in operation and retain their staffs. That’s another way shopping local can benefit local communities. The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies reports that, for every $10 million spent locally, 57 new jobs are created at local businesses. That’s an important factor to remember as the world tries to recover from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heritage Association hosts ice cream social

Shelley Henry scoops ice cream for Harry and Ellie Stewart in 2016. Photo courtesy of HASM

Heritage Association hosts ice cream social

When was the last time you built your own sundae? Drop whatever you’re doing on Saturday, July 24, and join the Heritage Association of San Marcos from 2-4 p.m. at the quaint, historic Charles S. Cock House to chill out with an ice cold favorite. The great thing about ice cream is that it makes people smile and connects us as we sit back to relax with others. The Cock House is home to the Cottage

'Good Golly Miss Molly; how beautiful you are!'
'Good Golly Miss Molly; how beautiful you are!'

Miss Molly is a butterfly bush that will not spread and is approved for sale in Oregon and Washington under the name summer lilac. PHOTOS BY NORMAN WINTER

'Good Golly Miss Molly; how beautiful you are!'
'Good Golly Miss Molly; how beautiful you are!'

Above left, The Silver-spotted Skipper with his orange stripes is a fluttering butterfly that will find Miss Molly to be a special treat. Above right, This American Lady butterfly also finds Miss Molly to be just perfect.

'Good Golly Miss Molly; how beautiful you are!'

This Pipevine Swallowtail has found dining pleasure on Miss Molly summer lilac or butterfly bush. PHOTO BY NORMAN WINTER

'Good Golly Miss Molly; how beautiful you are!'

‘Good Golly Miss Molly How Beautiful You Are’ is just the response one of my Facebook followers wrote upon seeing my post. This was a statement of awe about one of the best butterfly bushes in the market and not my incredible photo of a Pipevine Swallowtail feeding on it. But that is OK Pat I agree with you!

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