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I’m standing in a small room of a 400-year-old building in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hand-pressed reddish bricks peek from behind peeling plaster. Inside air moves with the aid of a historically learned combination of opening and closing doors.

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This month, The Daily News turned 180 years old. Let that sink in for a moment. The Daily News is among the oldest continuously operating businesses in Texas — even predating the statehood. One hundred eighty years is one big monumental chunk of time by any industry standard.

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Thank you to all who helped The Daily News publish this week’s historical and commemorative issue chronicling our 180 years of history. I am incredibly proud of the many community voices telling our story and the Galveston County community’s story.

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We tend to refer to the collective paintings by an artist or writings by an author as a body of work. In doing so, we form opinions or project a value to their efforts. This exercise allows us to believe our conclusions are based on true substance.

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If you’ve read my columns before, you probably recall my mentioning my mother passed when I was a teenager. And while she was not around, I never felt alone, as if her shadow was always visible or her hand within reach. Life, although different, went on.

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The bull rider leans back in his seat, stretching his long legs as forward as possible. His feet point upward, knowing the success rests with his ability to relax, letting his body flow with whatever lies ahead.

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“Whenever the telephone would ring, it was never good news.” I’m riding in a cab listening as the driver tells me about why he immigrated to America. His words are energetic and rhythmic. His homeland may be on the other side of the globe, but the memories are always nearby.