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To recognize October as Family History Month, the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library will join the Genealogy Network of Texas for a series of webinars starting at noon Oct. 18 in the library’s first floor meeting room.

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My life has been anything but normal for quite some time now. I have discovered that walking with God is anything but boring and normal.

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Toni Anne Dashiell will be the guest speaker for the Republican Women of Kerr County luncheon set for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in the Bluebonnet Room at the Inn of the Hills, 1001 Junction Highway.

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Recognized as a Grammy Award-nominated string quartet for 17 seasons, Camerata San Antonio will perform as a trio for its next concert, PRISM, in Kerrville at 3 p.m. Saturday and  in Boerne on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Hill Country fans of the music of the Electric Light Orchestra will have the opportunity to see and hear one of its few tribute bands when A New World Record performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

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A celebratory opening night gala is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday in the a of the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, followed by a performance of the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s fall drama, “12 Angry Men.” 

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They refer to themselves as “Mooney Drivers” and since the 1950s, their enthusiasm for piloting Mooney Aircraft has brought visitors, business and new residents to the Kerrville area. 

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Growing up in the country in the Permian Basin of the High Plains of Texas, I have many fond memories of finding horny toads and box turtles and of listening to quail calls and the sounds of pump jacks. But after leaving Texas to finish my graduate education, I did not spend much time in the…

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It was Sunday, July 4, 1976 and we were out of ice.  Old Hickory Lake, about 30 miles northeast of Nashville, was white capping that morning from the gusty winds. Our modest houseboat was tied securely to some trees in a protective cove. Leaving Mom behind, Dad, my older brother and I hopped…

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“Turn that frown upside down,” my mother said to me during my childhood if I was pouting and unhappy about things not going my way.  Before my first day of high school she told me, “Smile and say ‘hi’ to people when you pass them in the halls.”  

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In the practical little New Testament book, the Letter of James, he admonishes his readers in chapter 3 about the dangers of a loose tongue:

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The Symphony of the Hills still has seats at all levels available for its season-opening concert, Swan Songs, starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Cailloux Theater in Kerrville.

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It’s all there: the famous water lilies, the wisteria-draped Japanese bridge and the glorious explosion of natural color and texture that is Giverny, the home and gardens of Claude Monet, French painter, a founder of French Impressionist painting. In the 43 years he lived and painted in Give…

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It was a hot summer day in 2009, and Joe, my late husband, and I were sitting in our living room. He was battling a rare cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma, and was recovering from a surgery that removed a 19-centimeter tumor from his shoulder. He had lost function of his arm.

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“Eleanor Rigby,” recorded by The Beatles, with vocals by Paul McCartney, marked a new musical direction for the baby boomer generation’s most prolific rock band. The song is often described as a lament for lonely people. Eleanor Rigby’s lyrics conclude with the chorus: 

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Pastor Peter Marty, publisher and editor of Christian Century Magazine, tells in a recent editorial of what the German psychologist Hermann Egginhaus published in 1885 about his work on what has been called “the forgetting curve,” the phenomenon that many researchers still study about.

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Trees are an important part of the Hill Country landscape. With our environmental factors including heat, drought and soil conditions, trees in the Hill Country are fighting continuous challenges. 

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Regular readers will be familiar with the fact that while the vast majority of my columns deal with nature in the Hill Country, I do sometimes write about topics having a wider scope. Last week, I wrote about being a good citizen of the Earth. It got me to thinking about a National Geographi…

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Texas is a large, diverse state, and plants that work for one region may not always be the best choice in a different region. The Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) created the N.I.C.E. Native Plant Partners program (formerly called Operation NICE!) to help nurseries offer natives that ar…

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On May 7, at around 7:45 in the morning, my mother passed from this life into eternity, from this Earth into heaven, from a hospital bed, catheter and pain patches into the pain-free presence of God. The Lord allowed me to be by her side when she breathed her last. Her face re-

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Country artist Mark Wills hit the charts at the tender age of 23 with “Jacob’s Ladder,” from his self-titled debut album. He’s been back on the charts 16 times, joined The Grand Ole Opry this year and will be in Kerrville this weekend.

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At the risk of being obvious, my topic today is avoiding the obvious.