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Day two of the 25th Jubilee of the founding of New Braunfels turned out to be just as wonderful as the day before. As it neared 10 a.m. on Monday, May 16, 1870, citizens once again assembled at the school on Academy and Mill streets. The front of the building was gaily decorated with wreaths…

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When is the last time you had axis steak, venison sausage, cage-free turkey, homemade tamales, meatloaf, pot roast, fried fish, buzzard breath chili (made with wild hogs and venison, no buzzards), cornbread chili, cold slaw, green beans numerous deserts and food for the kids, water and tea a…

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Do you own property? Has it been surveyed? Has it been surveyed again? Did the surveys agree?

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Q. When should we prune off the dead wood from our old fig tree? It has not been very productive in the last three years. Is there anything else we could do to perk up the production?

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I found it! For the longest time I’ve been searching for something I collected years and years ago. Although only valuable to me, it was a list I compiled from a weekly church bulletin in Ohio called “Ten Second Sermons.” Hidden deeply away in a four-drawer file cabinet, my collection was bu…

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His name may not be as well-known as drummers like Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Buddy Rich and Matt Briggs, but when Neil Peart passed away on Jan. 7 at the age of 67, it sent shock waves through the music world. 

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In a previous column, I discussed some of the pros and cons of growing older.

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The other day I was talking to my cousin about her little girl. They recently moved to the area and her little girl, who is a little rambunctious, was having a hard time adjusting to her new elementary school. Fortunately, her teachers understood that she was going through a tough time and w…

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There’s a big difference between playing checkers and playing chess. 

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This column in the Herald-Zeitung has recently featured the grand mural gifts of the Historic Outdoor Art Museum addressing the history of this exceptional community and further enhancing the beauty of the Historic Downtown District.

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Q. We have an orange tree where its stems and even leaves are covered with powdery white material.  We also can see some round dark colored patterns on the foliage. Is it fungus and scale insects? How do we treat it?

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Why should I care about it? What difference does it make? It doesn’t make a difference for my cozy life in the comfort of mid-sized normalcy. I like it here but it’s fun to explore the extremes, no?

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“Inspiration comes in many forms. Often it’s most powerful when it catches you by surprise.” 

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The most recent debate between our Democratic hopefuls featured the Left Wing (Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren), the Centrist Wing (Joe Biden and Amy Kloubucher), the Irrelevant Wing (Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer)…and Pete Buttigieg. 

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In my Oct. 8, 2017 article I wrote about the suspected existence of a planet beyond the orbit of Neptune.  It was called planet nine in light of Pluto having been demoted to Dwarf Planet status.  There has been considerable interest in reinstating Pluto as a full-fledged planet so this myste…

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Q. We are new to the area and the damage caused by the freezes surprised us. Will the lantanas come back? How about crepe myrtles, Pride of Barbados, a desert rose and a knockout rose?

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The very first words out of my mouth this past New Year’s Day were to my wife: “Hey, honey, did you hear about the man who was caught shoplifting a calendar? He got 12 months!”

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New Braunfels, founded on March 21, 1845, traditionally celebrated the city’s anniversaries in May, because of agricultural and weather issues. The 25th anniversary was held Sunday and Monday, May 15-16, 1870. Jubilee committees worked from March through May to plan the event. At 7 p.m. on S…

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The new year is finally here and I know everyone has hopes that 2020 will be better than 2019. It’s just human nature for us to always want better things for our future. My family had many unfortunate challenges in 2019, so I know we are really hoping for a better year. Our city, state and n…

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