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Can any Southern garden truly be a Southern garden without greens planted in the fall garden? If you are from the South, your Mother and/or Grandmother probably cooked them up with a bit of smoked meat or bacon. My parents always had a fall vegetable garden when I was a young boy growing up …

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For some folks, watching “Miracle on 34th Street” is a holiday tradition that sets the mood with a heartwarming Christmas story. This year, a new tradition for holiday cheer gets under way when “Miracle in the Island” transforms Galveston bar Daiquiri Time Out into a month-long Christmas par…

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Enjoy this one for what it is, a well-made heist flick. “Widows” is the first film from Oscar-nominated director Steve McQueen since taking best picture for “12 Years a Slave” (2013). It is also the first McQueen film without muse Michael Fassbender. From the unforgettable opening moments (t…

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A round of real fall weather conditions has at last arrived. Evening and nighttime temperatures are dipping into the mid-thirties giving hope that fall will finally begin to feel like fall, even in the Texas Upper Gulf Coast region.

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Calling “Boy Erased” an emotional or powerful film doesn’t do it justice. Actor, writer, director and producer Joel Edgerton (“The Gift,” “Loving”) delivers the type of film that can permanently change lives. “Boy Erased” takes a devastating look at conversion therapy as a “cure” for homosex…

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While the calendar indicated that the fall season arrived several weeks ago, gardeners had to wait a while for some evidence. I experienced two preliminary forms of evidence last week: 1. I turned the heater on in my car last Thursday when driving home, and 2. I then turned the heating unit …

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The “Formal’s of Yester Year Multi-Year Reunion” committee, Amber Jinkins, Cecily Wilson Henderson, Tammy Myers Gutierrez, Nancy Carlson Cooley and Cathy Connard Van Ness, hosted their third bi-annual event on Saturday, Oct. 13 at The Pelican Club. The event was a disco theme and the charity…

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Herbs are vital to flavor many dishes. More and more local gardeners are learning that herbs are easy to grow and can add flowers, fragrance and texture to the landscape.

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Most areas of the county have received multiple rounds of showers and heavy rainfall over the past several days. That was the good news. The not-so-good news is that the rains provided attractive breeding sites for several species of mosquitoes and that mosquito populations typically start t…

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The dog days of August have arrived. July was rather warm with day time temperatures dancing around the century mark on too many days. August is typically our warmest month even though it’s only by 1-2 degrees on July’s average.

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Q: We moved into a new home this month and one of our new neighbors has several tropical-looking plants in their front yard that have been putting on an eye-catching flower display. The flowers appear in clusters and range in color from yellow to red. What is the name of this plant? Is it to…

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Meet Ikea, an affectionate and playful cat that was abandoned in an apartment and found herself in our care. With such an awesome personality, we couldn’t believe she would be considered “disposable.” Her piercing golden eyes against her white coat are absolutely stunning, and she’s “saddled…

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Sweet Nala (A013192) is a Domestic Short Hair with a brown tabby coat. She is a proper tabby girl with a Mackerel pattern and “M” on her forehead. Nala is a little over a year old and on the small side. She is friendly, outgoing and loves attention. Check out her big intense eyes and the ple…

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Martha is a female hound mix who is super sweet and friendly. She’d do great with an active family or individual. Martha would love to go for a walk or play ball with you! Look she’s ready to go! If you’re interested in adopting Martha, come on by Friendswood Animal Control at 3000 W. Parkwo…

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Q: I recently bought an older home and need help in identifying a large shrub that is producing abundant and large clusters of pea-shaped flowers that are bright red. There are small thorns on the stems. Can you identify this shrub?