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Eclipses

Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Eclipses

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Gaining perspective through Photography 101

Published Saturday, September 16, 2017

If I passed you Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 380 between the sheriff's office and Victory Church, I'm sorry. It was 5:15 and, for the first time since college, I was doing my homework at the last minute. This wasn't an algebra or writing assignment.

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How to avoid another Hurricane Harvey

Published Saturday, September 16, 2017

As Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and Louisiana last week, news sources as diverse as Breitbart, MSNBC and Fox News, described what we faced as "catastrophic" "unprecedented," and "potentially the worst flooding event in the state's history."

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Resilience 101

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I've been thinking a lot lately about what makes it possible for a person to get through and beyond major life catastrophes. We need look no farther than Houston for multiple examples of people who are clearing the debris and rebuilding after a disaster.

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Texas begins long march toward recovery from Hurricane Harvey

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017

As contaminated waters receded and mountains of debris from flooded homes and ruined belongings grew last week, a picture of post-hurricane Texas developed and the process of weighing impacts to lives, property and infrastructure began.

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Equihacked

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Equihacked

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A time to give

Published Saturday, September 9, 2017

We seem to be experiencing a season of disasters at the moment. Those disasters will require a significant response.

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Political candidate questionable choice for speaker

Published Saturday, September 9, 2017

United Way held its annual fundraising kickoff luncheon this week, and, as per usual, a few people got up to speak about the benefits of the organization. This year there was also a special speaker - Texas State Rep. Pat Fallon.

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Disaster Relief Budgets

Published Saturday, September 9, 2017

Disaster Relief Budgets

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Granger’s tunnel vision disservice to constituents

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017

While reading the Messenger story about Congresswoman Kay Granger's recent talk in Decatur, I was reminded of a warning someone told me as I was coming of age to vote in my first elections many, many moons ago: "Beware of single issue politicians."

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Flood-related suffering, relief efforts grow in Harvey’s wake

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and dozens of other stricken counties.

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Easy President

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Easy President

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Taste test: Fried chicken and pickles most unique

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017

David and I didn't have a lot of goals in mind when we entered the Decatur Conference Center for Taste of Wise. We had a vague idea that we might try to find the best dish and the most unique one, and we wanted to eat enough to satisfy our dinner cravings.

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Taste test: Chimichangas – love at first bite

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017

As a Messenger reporter and longtime Decaturite, I'm pretty familiar with Taste of Wise, but I'd never actually attended the event until Thursday.

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Turned off by cartoon

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017

Did the paper get bought out by the The Washington Post, The New York Times or Los Angeles Times or taken over by Antifa?

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Unified Flood Rescue

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017

Unified Flood Rescue

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Stick to the mission in the drop-off line

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The start of every school year brings with it a positive outlook, plans to be more organized and the teeth-grinding routine of the school drop-off line. After nine years dropping off my two darlings, I've observed a myriad of bad habits, and I've had enough. Let's get it together, people.

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Hurricane Harvey assaults coast, then batters inland counties

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey slammed the middle Texas coast Aug. 25, hammering the region from Rockport to Palacios before continuing inland as a tropical storm and causing widespread catastrophic flooding.

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Everything is Bigger in Texas

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Everything is Bigger in Texas

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Pondering peanut butter; Reporter shares his favorite recipes, tips

Published Saturday, August 26, 2017

If we've talked for any extended amount of time, you know there's not much I love more in this world than peanut butter. I wrote a column about a year ago sharing some of my favorite college recipes and food tips, which included peanut butter recipes, and I'd like to expand on that now with specific ideas and tips for that jar of brown goodness in your pantry.

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