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The Journey Continues: Thoughts on Veterans Day 2020

The Journey Continues: Thoughts on Veterans Day 2020

Deeply woven into my journey is being both a veteran and a Christian. Veterans share a camaraderie and the warmth of brotherhood when we meet. I always say, “I know your heart,” because of our shared military experiences. Looking forward to Veterans Day, we are reminded that service to the nation comes at a cost — putting service to the nation above self. I share with you now a recollection from a leadership class I attended on active duty. The invited speaker challenged us to not make our life values based on a selfish “me” which is expressed in the saying: self-preservation is the first law of nature. He said, rather, a better law of nature is based on dual/ life value, which means “you and me.” He gave the following story to illustrate his point:

WillThrive Foundation to host virtual forum to help anxiety, depression in teens

WillThrive Foundation to host virtual forum to help anxiety, depression in teens

The WillThrive Foundation will host its first community event on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. With the onset of the global pandemic, anxiety in teens is on the rise. Local healthcare professionals, district representatives, and parents present their perspectives in this informative 90-minute virtual discussion.

Exploring Nature: Varied Thrush
Exploring Nature: Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush (Male), Black Creek, Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Photo by Alan D. Wilson - naturespicsonline, CC BY-SA 3.0, commons.wikimedia.org/w/ index.php?curid=91768597

Exploring Nature: Varied Thrush

Jesse Huth, a noted Texas birder and tour leader, recently shared a video of a trip he took from his home in Wimberley to Surfside on the Texas coast. His quest was to see one special bird, a varied thrush.

Grant helps Meals on Wheels purchase new van to serve area seniors

Allenwood site staff stand with their new delivery van, donated by St. David’s Foundation. Pictured from left to right:Annlise Hernandez, office assisnant; Jerry the driver and office assistant; Liz Denson, site manager; and Karen Walpole, Combined Community Action communications director. Photo by Celeste Hollister

Grant helps Meals on Wheels purchase new van to serve area seniors

This October, Meals on Wheels Rural Capital Area (MOWRCA) received a brand new reason to be grateful. The program, which provides meals to local senior citizens and veterans, received a new delivery van through a grant from the St. David’s Foundation.

The Show Will Go On

Allison Bailey & Talia Suskauer in Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Show Will Go On

This year, theater enthusiasts have had the chance to adapt to viewing online performances of their favorite shows, and while that has been an interesting experience, many have longed for the return of in-person performances.

Conundrum on Coleus creates a pollinator pinching perplexity
Conundrum on Coleus creates a pollinator pinching perplexity

Here the ColorBlaze Wicked Hot coleus makes a perfect backdrop for a Monarch butterfly feeding on Luscious Royale Cosmo lantana. Photos by Norman Winter

Conundrum on Coleus creates a pollinator pinching perplexity

The blooms of the ColorBlaze Wicked Hot coleus, if left on the plant will attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Conundrum on Coleus creates a pollinator pinching perplexity

This Ruby-throated Hummingbird found the ColorBlaze Wicked Hot coleus to be just perfect. Photos by Norman Winter

Conundrum on Coleus creates a pollinator pinching perplexity

As if 2020 couldn’t get more challenging, I have now run head on into a conundrum on Coleus or to put it more succinctly, a perplexity on pinching. First a little jaunt into my history with coleus.

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Above, a Cafe on the Square hamburger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and cheese served on a soft, warm bun with fries. Middle, Cafe on the Square's Classic Breakfast, which comes with your choice of two eggs, potatoes, refried beans, your choice of sausage or bacon and flour tortillas. Bottom, Cafe on the Square's Chef's Salad. Daily Record photos by Nick Castillo and Lance Winter

Foodie Friday: Cafe on the Square

There’s something to be said about familiarity and the warm, cozy feelings it conjures, when you experience it time-and-again. Such is the case when you walk in the door at Café on the Square.

Día de los Muertos 5K to honor those lost to COVID-19

Trophies for the winners of the 2019 Dia de los Muertos 5K. Photo courtesy of Photography by Ric, Rick Martinez

Día de los Muertos 5K to honor those lost to COVID-19

Most countries around the world set aside a day for commemorating the lives of those who are no longer with us. One such holiday, Día de los Muertos, occurs every November to acknowledge the lives of loved ones who have passed away. Though it is called Day of the Dead, it does not celebrate death.

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