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Woods, Waters, & Wildlife: Quail Today – Any Tomorrow?

SOME AREAS OF TEXAS WILL BENEFIT from a large carryover of last year’s quail; Other areas, not so much. (Photo by John Jefferson)    By John Jefferson Just a couple of years ago, Texas was in a drought some thought would never end. Lakes were low; people asked if they’d ever come back. I hesitantly said they would. Always had. Quail were scarce. Bird dog breeders had few customers, if any. Hunting was on hold. But then it started raining. An article about quail in the TPWD regulations pamphlet was entitled “Just Add Water”. For the next two years,...

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Hope to Health – Staying Nutritious While Fighting Breast Cancer

by Tiffany Anderson In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to address what will help those who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. Many times, these techniques will cause a person to lose their appetite, get nauseated, and even lose weight.   When your loved one has no appetite, it can worry you because your wonder how are they getting their nutrients. At the end of the day, they may not have the energy necessary to eat and eating truly becomes a task.   A task that sometimes is too much to deal with and that leads them to starving. Juices and smoothies are a great addition to their diet.  In one juice, they are probably getting more nutrients from fruits and vegetables than they probably will eat in one day with a full appetite.   The ability to drink something takes less energy and soothes them more. You have a couple choices, if they need more fiber, adding the pulp in the juice is a great option.  Then you have the option of making a smoothie. With a smoothie, the capabilities are endless.  You can add powders that cater to anything they need.  You can add protein, echinacea to build immunity, super greens, fiber, bromelain, vitamins, and anything else that may be needed. So, please keep in mind that juices and smoothies may be the God-sent answer to keeping...

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Home Country

by Slim Randles   Ran into Herb Collins the other day down by the school. He volunteers there, from time to time, helping kids with their math homework, and trying to recruit future members of The Great World of Business. He loved business, back in the days when he lived in the city and ran the pawn shop. For years now, ever since he hung up his jeweler’s loupe, he’s told us that there was an excitement to making the right deal. “It has to be right for the customer and for me, or it isn’t right at all,” Herb always says. “You can do that and make several people happy and earn a living. There’s no need to take unfair advantage of someone just to earn a living.” Our little town is a bit tame after city life, but it’s Herb’s wife’s home town and she wanted to come back here to live after he retired. So Herb turned to helping kids understand how wonderful business can be. He’s advised kids on the most effective way of delivering newspapers on their bicycles, he’s suggested advertising gimmicks for kids with summer lemonade stands, and he’s helped several boys market their skills with a lawn mower. You can take the man out of the business, I guess, but it’s hard to take the business out of the man. So after...

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Pet Talk: Amputating a pet’s limb

by the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences   For many pet owners, the thought of their furry friend losing a limb can be scary or sad. However, pets with certain conditions, such as bone cancer, can benefit from amputating a limb. In fact, in some situations, amputation can actually improve a pet’s quality of life. Dr. Jacqueline Davidson, clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how animal amputees can still live normally. “Amputation can definitely improve a pet’s quality of life, particularly when the pet is in pain that cannot be controlled with medication,” Davidson said. “Most pets do so well with three legs that they can return to their previous level of function within several weeks after the surgery.” Some of the most common reasons for amputation include cancer in the leg and severe trauma that damages the limb so much that it is not possible to treat it. In other cases, the limb can be saved, but the cost of treatment is too expensive for clients. Other reasons for amputation may be nerve damage to a leg or a severe infection that is not treatable with antibiotics. No matter the reason, amputation is a major surgery that requires anesthesia and recovery time. How quickly the pet recovers after surgery depends on the reason for the...

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Movie Review: Happy Death Day

by Bob Garver   Tree (Jessica Rothe) is having an unhappy birthday. She wakes up in the bed of a stranger named Carter (Israel Broussard). Carter’s roommate says something disrespectful. She gets hassled by an environmentalist. She’s being stalked by an ex. She lives in a sorority house run by a judgmental bully. She’s annoyed by her own roommate (Ruby Modine) and throws the special cupcake she made into the trash. She’s late for class, but she’s off the hook because she’s having an affair with the married professor. She shares a birthday with her late mother, and her...

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