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Back in the day just about any high school required reading list would include a nifty tome titled “All of the President’s Men” by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. This book was not about the Watergate investigation per se. Watergate was the backdrop for the story of how two reporters invest…

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Time flies when you are having fun. Twelve months of representing a wonderful and award- winning organization, your Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. To represent a community that is and has been the second fastest growing in the U.S. three out of the last four years, and to call th…

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Take a look at the photo on page 3B; it’s of a beaked-lid wooden pyrography stein. Yeah… that’s a mouthful…but the photo doesn’t come close to capturing the awesomeness of this newly-acquired artifact at the Sophienburg Museum. Standing a cool 22 inches tall, there isn’t an inch on this magn…

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Sandy and Eric Thompson seemed to have it all. He was a successful business executive and Sandy volunteered her time at the local hospital. Still, after 11 years of marriage, they lacked one thing — a child of their own.

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Q. Are there any cool weather annuals that the deer won’t eat?

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Let’s get medieval.  Alchemy, a prescientific discipline originating in Greco-Roman Egypt was practiced with the intent of transmutation, turning base metal such as lead into gold.  Gold was the ultimate state of purity and longevity.  However, the concept depended on a substance called phil…

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Every family has their mysterious cures. A special chicken soup for the flu. Humidifiers filled with elixirs passed down from great-grandparents. A pat of cold water on your head when you’re going out in cold weather to keep you from getting a virus.

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The idea of term limits for Congress has been around for a while and — based on the number of bumper stickers I see promoting it — it seems to be popular. 

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Just about this time of year a little more than a decade ago, I received this well-considered message from my dear friend and colleague, the late Jim Kern:

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Q. I planted two 12-foot Mexican white oaks in July this year. Can I prune some of the lower branches off the trunk now?

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The enthusiastic reception of the City of a Prince mural was most gratifying and well-deserved by the Historic Outdoor Art Museum (HOAM) Board and their supporters. The Texas Senate honored muralist and historian Clinton Baermann of Llano also received applause of appreciation for his outsta…

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I don’t like it when my expectations greatly outstrip reality.  After a few disappointments I tend to become jaded and cynical, even boorish on the topic.  Enter meteor showers.

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Every Monday morning before work I see a segment on the news about the weekend box office performances for whatever films are out there in circulation.  This morning I was told that Todd Phillips’s “Joker” was the first R-rated film in history to break the billion-dollar mark in ticket sales…

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In 2019 the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 100 years. Over these past 100 years the official name has evolved, but the mission has remained the same and that is to promote a better economy and a better city. Each Sunday in the Herald-Zeitung we are featuring space dedicated…

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It is still prime time to plant adapted shade trees and shrubs in Central Texas. Consider Texas red oak, live oak, cedar elm, Mexican white oak, bur oak, chinkapin oak, or Mexican sycamore for shade trees.

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Talk about faint fuzzies! Elliptical galaxies are right up there with the fuzziest. Featureless and dim in small telescopes, they become featureless and brighter in big telescopes. About the only thing noticeable in larger scopes is a brightening toward their centers. What are they hiding?

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“Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing.”

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