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Spanish thinker, Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), wrote in “The Revolt of the Masses” (1930) that modern science grows incrementally through the piecemeal contributions by specialized teams of researchers rather than by leaps of genius characteristic of Galileo or Newton. The concept is called t…

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In a Police One training video that I viewed recently, an instructor (Ron LePedis) discussed the creation of a “crisis box” to enhance communication and responses between the private sector, law enforcement and emergency responders. When I do a security assessment of a business and/or a priv…

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Rosenberg Library is pleased to announce its selection for the spring 2017 Museum Club series: “Caught in the Revolution,” by New York Times best-selling author Helen Rappaport. “Caught in the Revolution” tells the story of the Russian Revolution through the eyewitness accounts of foreign na…

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A study published in “Pediatrics,” by C.E. Gaw, T. Chounthirath and G. Smith, looked at emergency room visits over a 21-year period from January 1991 through December 2011. Research showed that nursery products-related injuries increased nearly 25 percent within the last eight years. In 80 p…

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Rebecca Peache, a slender and graceful ballet dancer, might be a superhero. Bending backward at her knees until most of her body is parallel with the floor, she can bear the weight of her muscular husband, Donovan Jones.

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On Feb. 6, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times by Hagley Tsukayama, Vizio has been using its smart TVs to watch people watching and has been collecting data from cable, broadband, DVDs and other streaming devices. Apparently, they have linked demographic data i.e., gender, age, …

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Although the old country sayings are fading from English and other languages as the world becomes more urbanized and people lose touch with their rural past, the wise insights of our ancestors still get our attention. I am so fond of these old sayings that years ago I started making a list a…

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‘Twas like swimming in Champagne at the Artillery Club’s 51st annual Fat Tuesday Ball. Guests were greeted by gold and silver trimmings as they entered the magical kingdom. The high point of the evening is, o’course, when the Royal Court is announced.

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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More and more kids are growing up dangerously overweight. This is especially important because overweight and obesity are linked to a very dangerous metabolic disorder called Insulin Resistance Syndrome that is associated with a cluster of medical problems, such as type-2 diabetes, coronary …

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Shane Donaldson and Carol Ivey hosted a Royal Party at the Kemah Aquarium with current Gambrinus King and Queen at the time of the party honoring the new King Jerry Preiss and Queen Sherry Wilson-Lidgett and the Royal Court. Toward the middle of the evening, King Shane asked his girlfriend, …

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I wrote earlier that our condition is what we are, while our situation tells where we are or how things are going. Being human is our enduring condition, but being hungry is a situation we can change by eating. I meet writers happy with their literary condition, but situationally unhappy bec…

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I watched the Walt Disney movie “Peter Pan” with the grandkids and had a ball seeing their reaction. As expected, after the movie we all started flying around the room having been sprinkled with Tinkerbells “pixie dust” aka Johnson’s Baby Powder and I was designated to be Captain Hook (chara…

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Drs. Laura A. Jana and Jennifer Shu have some helpful instructions on washing your infant’s clothing at www.healthychildren.org. They first point out that when shopping for baby clothes that washability is definitely something to consider. Be sure to look at the labels not only for size, fla…

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Dr. William M. Johnson grew up on his family farm and always had a love for horticulture for as long as he could remember.

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A European philosopher who admired many things about the United States once told me that Americans had a peculiarity that set them apart from Europeans and South Americans. I expected some momentous insight from this brilliant thinker, for he peppered his writings and conversations with them…

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How many times have you seen an advertisement boldly claiming that it is a final closeout and everything, yes everything, is on sale and must go. Or have you received a coupon for a super discount that applies to all clothing, fine jewelry or sporting equipment? I have clipped the coupon and…

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My name is Gabby and I am about 4 years old. I’m a Terrier mix with beautiful tan markings. I love attention and would prefer a home where I am the only pet, though I get along with many larger dogs. Some of my awesome characteristics are that I am crate-trained, potty-trained, love toys and…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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Even toddlers can enjoy books and learn from sharing books with their parents. Sharing books with your children can help them learn to talk better and get them ready to listen and learn in school. The website www.healthychildren.org has some suggestions for parents of young children:

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I tried explaining to Mickey how I thought scammers were keeping up with technology and their craft. I vaguely remembered Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and how man progresses through levels of understanding and cognition and what he turns his vision toward determines the difference between a …

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The Knights of Momus Coronation Ball held at the Grand 1894 Opera House and the Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort did not disappoint. Continuing its tradition of Mardi Gras court presentations, the Knights of Momus, Galveston’s oldest krewe, officially kicked off the …

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A post by Manuel Real Gracia about 19th century philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Soren Kierkegaard and a television tidbit of a man gliding perilously between wind-whipped mountain peaks reminded me how starkly people differ from animals in their behavior. Most humans thrill to death-def…

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Children are constantly exploring their environment and learning how to move about the world in a safe manner. Small children also put everything in their mouth, and as every parent knows, that means everything. A recent study in the journal Pediatrics by Dr. S. Tomasi looked at the exposure…

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Texas City Lodge No. 1118, founded by Brother Henry Marion Coats, who initially was a member of the Harmony Lodge No. 6 in Galveston, was given its charter from the Grand Lodge of Texas on Dec. 6, 1916, and was set to labor in February 1917.

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Rolling out 2017 Carnival good times on Galveston Island at Moody Mansion on Feb. 11 were Carrie and Jonathan Zendeh-Del and 18 of their closest gal and guy pals. The Zendeh-Dels were the highest bidder last October at Galveston College’s 50th Anniversary Gala auction for the elegant auction…

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We humans have a compulsion to create, but since we are not God and cannot create ex nihil — from nothingness — we must enter into a creative covenant with things. Generally they conform as if they understand our need. Indeed, at the subatomic, quantum level physicists are beginning to detec…

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Doug called me and asked my opinion on him co-signing a loan for his nephew. Apparently, the nephew’s credit was less than stellar and without a co-signer it would be “no deal.” My first question was why Doug and not the nephew’s parents? My second question was about his nephew’s credit stat…