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“It is what it is.” I have heard this idiomatic phrase many times in my life. Simply put, it means that the situation at hand is a fact and it must be dealt with as it presents; there is nothing we can do about it. Just accept it.

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Here are some brief takes on several local topics.

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You have to get away from something for a while to appreciate it. The quote, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” dates from a poem in the 1600’s, to a line in a song by T. Haynes Bayly in 1850. Through the years, it has become a threadbare cliché.

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Sept. 17 is Constitution Day. It doesn’t have the same ring as the 4th of July, but an important date nonetheless.    

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When our granddaughter was small and had questions about something, she would say, “I was a’wondering.” So, my husband and I use that phrase when we question this or that.

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Pasadena is renowned for its strawberries and they have a festival every year to celebrate the tasty treats. But for a couple of years in the late 20s they played second fiddle to Highlands Farms strawberries.

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As Discerning Readers know, I don’t like to write about myself personally. I haven’t done so since, well, my column last week, and the one before that, and …

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The current debate over law and order reveals the stupidity of the left and the hypocrisy of the right.  

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Sometimes I feel like an alien on this earth. I just don’t seem to fit in today’s world; its morals, way of living, ethics, technology, etcetera, etcetera.

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Jigsaw puzzles have become the go-to family activity in the Chandler household for many years. This past Christmas our son David brought a Ravensburger Escape jigsaw puzzle in which the assembled pieces didn’t exactly match the picture on the box. That made me think about Baytown history whe…

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The funeral industry has certainly upped their game of late. Not sure if it has to do with the COVID-19 virus or that I was a recent customer when my Mom passed in April.  

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Texas Democrats and the Texas GOP are waging quiet but potentially important fights over ballot eligibility and mail in balloting.

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We finally got up close and personal with some gators on my great-nephew’s 8th birthday, at the Crocodile Encounter in the wilds of Angleton, about an hour’s drive from Baytown.

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Our close call with Hurricane Laura last week got me thinking about other hurricanes which have visited us over the years. Before 1953 hurricanes were not given names. They were referred to by location such as the “Great Indianola Hurricane of 1875” which I wrote about last year, or maybe by…

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The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment is upon us, and you probably noticed that a lot of our female political leaders have donned white to honor the suffragettes. 

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How many times have each of us said things that we wish we could reel back in after they came out? Despite the child’s taunt, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” words can break someone’s heart and spirit. They can be forgiven, but never forgotten.  

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Baytown has had a long history with aviation. You probably know about Baytown Airport on Barkaloo Road and RWJ Airport in Beach City. If you’re old enough you may even remember the airport on N. Main, but it goes back even further than that.

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It took a recent trip to El Toro on Decker Drive to unclog my personal brainstem and remind me that it had been ages since I’ve done a pulsating column on my impressive frog collection. I know you’ve been aching for the latest details on my froggies.

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” How appropriate these days are the opening words from, “The Tale of Two Cities,” by Charles Dickens. We live in the best country in the world, yet right now the divisiveness and disease that are splitting it apart make it seem like the worst. 

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ExxonMobil posted a loss for a second consecutive quarter, an event as rare as a full solar eclipse. The company also cut back its annual capital spending by several billion dollars. 

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From the very beginning there has been boatbuilding going on in Galveston Bay. The first boats made by the Karankawas were dugout canoes, using a single tree trunk with the center hewed out. They made and used these canoes all over the Galveston Bay system for hundreds of years. If you fast …

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We did it. We broke down and finally bought the Robot Roomba and boy am I glad we did. I was skeptical for the first few years this Roomba came out but we finally broke down and gave in. 

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He could no longer feel his fingers and toes.  The cold was slowly creeping up his limbs. It was becoming unbearable. You might imagine that this man was a trekker on Mount Everest, or lost in the wilds of Alaska.  

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The waves of protests across America this summer are troubling, but we are hardly in the midst of anarchy and lawlessness. 

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As our family increased from man and wife to three boys and a girl in a 1200 square foot house, we needed to refigure the population. Bunkbeds were the solution. We searched for quality cherry wood, with doweled joints. Furniture worthy of being handed down to generations.

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The 1800s belonged to steamboats and sailing ships but by the time the 20th century rolled around, ship builders started making boats with new-fangled gasoline engines. This was significant for several reasons. After its destruction by the 1900 hurricane, Galveston’s importance as a shipping…

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The Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association (PVILCA) recently inducted Marshall Land lll into its Hall of Fame as a PVIL-UIL “Bridging the Gap” Football Athlete. 

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As football season kicks off tonight for GCCISD schools Goose Creek Memorial and Robert E. Lee, a reminder for fans on where to catch the games if unable to attend.

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The Sterling Lady Rangers may have lost to Manvel in three sets in a District 22-5A opener Wednesday night, but at least they know they went toe-to-toe in many key spots.

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Goose Creek CISD has announced volleyball games scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled and will be played Wednesday due to Tropical Storm Beta. Also, junior school football games scheduled for Tuesday are canceled and those who have purchased a ticket will be reimbursed.

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Pasadena came to town for a scrimmage at GCM and the host Patriots dominated most of the controlled aspects of the evening and won a 21-0 half of play to end the night.

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The Sterling Rangers moved to 5-2 overall with two thunderous performances this weekend in Baytown.

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I probably won’t score with a shotgun like the late Gene Hill did. Nor may I EVER even approach his ability to make you feel like you were there, following a dog, shooting birds on frosty mornings. But I wonder if he savored the sport any bit more at all than I do. When It comes to doves or …

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The Anahuac Panthers football team won its first non-district contest after six failed previous attempts under second-year head coach Greg Neece with a dramatic 28-21 overtime win Friday at Bridge City.

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David C. Holland, a former Ross S. Sterling High School track and field athlete was nominated in 2019 by The Baytown Carver High School Recognition & Preservation Society and is the first Ranger track athlete to be inducted by the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association (…

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Barbers Hill baseball players Raithen Malone and Simon Larranaga decided to seize their futures in a time where that can easily be thrown for a loop thanks to COVID-19.

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It’s time to see some pads popping as a number of area teams get a chance to see how things are shaping up on the gridiron for the upcoming season as scrimmages dot the landscape over the next few days.

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The girls cross country season has had plenty of challenges to get off and running, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping teams from their normal workout routines.

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The cross country season is set to launch today and many area athletes welcome the idea of getting back on the course after six months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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There is no challenge Robert E. Lee head tennis coach Brandon Funderburg shies from.

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Goose Creek CISD tennis programs from Sterling and Goose Creek Memorial have plenty of reasons for optimism this campaign.

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The Anahuac Lady Panthers volleyball team moved to 4-4 this campaign with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-18) sweep of hosts High Island Tuesday evening.

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The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will close the Champion Lake Day Use Area today to conduct repairs for the spillway also called ‘The Rocks.’ It will be closed throughout the day and will reopen Thursday.

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It’s said that the only ones who try to predict Texas weather are fools or Yankees. The closest I came to growing up in the North was spending my formative years in north Jefferson County, Texas. So, if I’m talking about the weather, that pretty well defines me.

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