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I firmly believe that there will be a day, maybe millions of years into the future, when mankind’s time on this planet will come to an end. 

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One of America’s finest writers of both fiction and nonfiction died on Aug. 6 of this year, at the age of 88: Toni Morrison. 

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Being the volunteer chairman of an economic development corporation or a private non-profit entity involved in recruiting new jobs and investment is rewarding, but not in the monetary sense. It is more like a psychological paycheck! 

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The late Charles “Charlie” Rousculp was a veteran educator and the Ohio Teacher of the year in 1968. He was also author of the popular and award-winning book, “Chalk Dust on My Shoulder.” And fortunately for me, he served as one of my mentors when I was beginning my teaching career in Worthi…

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It didn’t happen that fast.  The universe had been just fine for 1,400 years, since Ptolemy published his grand design.  So, why should anyone believe a guy from Poland who claims it’s wrong?  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, eh?

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Q. Our zoysia grass is showing brown spots. Is it a fungus or just the heat? We sprinkle it regularly and have applied a lawn fungus. One issue is that there is only 2 inches of soil under the sod.

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A letter writer made two key points in a recent letter titled “We need more diversity in viewpoints.” 

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Q. Our neighborhood is loaded with deer, so I have planted lots of primrose jasmine and thyrallis. I like them both, but it has surprised me lately that they are wilting from the heat. They have been in place for three years; do I need to worry about them dying if the heat and dry weather co…

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On Jan. 1, our New Horizons space craft flew past Ultima Thule, the most distant object a space probe has visited.  It really is far out, about a billion miles beyond Pluto.

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In case you haven’t been watching or even listening, it really is that time of year once again — it’s back to school. Since I spent the best part of my adult life laboring in public schools across the country, I thought — just for fun — I’d ask some adults and kids alike what it is they’re m…

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I vividly remember being scared of the dark when I was a kid. I suppose that being without one sensory perception (eyesight) allows whatever demons a 3-year-old can imagine to come rushing into his brain. And I remember one night, after the chair in my room came to life and tried to kill me,…

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“It is never wrong to do what is right.”

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Q. Why don’t we make more use of four o’clock for a landscape plant? They are not eaten by the deer, have nice blooms with fragrance, and are very drought tolerant.

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NASA, through numerous contractors, built big rockets. Really big rockets. All the engineering, construction, manufacturing, computing, blood, sweat, tears, loss of life…all to pretend we sent humans to the Moon? Was it only a political Moon? 

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Back in 2012, when I came to New Braunfels to be the publisher of the Herald-Zeitung the first time, I started writing a monthly column called “It Matters to Me.” 

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Could it really be possible there are only three days left in the month of July? I suppose it’s true what they say, “time flies”… well, you know the rest.

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Q. We made the mistake of planting a wisteria vine on the arbor attached to our house. How come no one warns us that the plant will grow into joints and lift pieces of the house right up from other sections? We had to work hard and even enlist the help of a carpenter to repair the damage. Th…

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Funny thing about people, including me. Once we overcome or witness someone overcome technical obstacles in the pursuit of something, we tend to view any others doing the same as…been there, done that. What’s next. It didn’t happen right away with the Apollo program but after Apollo 13 the m…

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