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Ah, the dog days of summer are here. Last-minute vacations, sweating while shopping in the brutal Texas heat, and purging your house to get rid of the old, making room for the new and reorganizing everything to get ready for the school year.

  • Joseph Burns | Special to the Herald
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I often hear the following refrain from many well-meaning folks who are under the impression that once students graduate, the school year ends for educators: “I bet you are glad school is out and your summer vacation has begun.”

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June means summertime is here. I remember being a child and each summer was an opportunity for adventures. I knew time was limited yet the lazy days of sleeping in made me somehow feel summer would last forever.

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Early quilters didn’t have time-saving gadgets to help them make their quilts. They cut individual pieces out of scraps with scissors and used a needle and thread to sew them together. They would piece their quilts by candle or oil lamp light. When it came time for quilting, they again used …

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Spring is my favorite time of year because of the cool morning breezes, the stunningly beautiful days, and dusk that whispers the promise of a bright, starry night. However, dusk during spring always takes me back to a memory I will not soon forget.

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I am the chief of all procrastinators. If I ever get half a chance to put something off, I’ll do it without thinking twice. If there was a contest to find who was the best procrastinator, I’m sure I’d win but then I’d wait too long and not ever get registered.

  • Joe Burns | Special to the Herald
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Our students have undertaken the STAAR test this past week designed to evaluate the knowledge they have gained over this school year. And, we are confident as in past years, that our students have done very well because they were well-prepared.

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During one of my Bee meetings in January, a member suggested that the Bee girls write down all of our UFOs (UnFinished Objects).

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Not many of us get the chance to make our living sitting in front of an audio control board, speaking into a microphone and playing music over the radio to thousands of people.

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The store shelves are lined with chocolates and stuffed animals. There’s a wide array of cards to choose from in the card aisle. Year after year, we tend to purchase the same things.

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You’re going to think this is a quirky column, and I honestly agree, but I thought it would be interesting to share with you some of the famous people I’ve been privileged to meet, shaken hands with and interviewed while I was a radio station news director — or came in fairly close contact w…

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I was both surprised and disappointed to learn the Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine would no longer be published. I learned this when I received my October/November issue in the mail. The announcement was printed in the “From the Editor” column at the front of the magazine. I was also feeling a…

  • By Rick Kirkpatrick
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When I was in school, it all seemed normal. Sure, my friends and I were picked on in junior high, but we did our fair share of making fun of others as well. It was considered part of growing up.

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It’s personally refreshing to be surrounded by co-workers, friends and acquaintances who work hard, dedicate themselves to quality, making sure the customer is satisfied and take seriously the importance of being kind and assisting those who need help.