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One crisis will make you forget about another. This past week, the arctic tundra visited Texas, and thanks to poor leadership and bad weatherization, most of the state was (and some still are) without power, i.e., heat, and water.

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Once upon a time there was a land, far, far away, where peace and harmony prevailed. A benevolent God was the center of its existence. All was good in this kingdom until a stranger came into their land.  

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Last week’s Arctic apocalypse exposed weaknesses in the state power grid. Granted, it was a once in a generation event, but it also revealed a fundamental flaw in the deregulation of the Texas electricity markets.

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I became a Reading Specialist mainly because the ability to look at those little chicken scratching and make sense of them was such a mystery to me. 

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The story of Cedar Bayou bricks is well known to most people in Baytown who were born earlier than last week, but what do you know about Goose Creek brickyards? When Valentine T. Dalton was selling his plantation in 1857 he advertised the existence of a two-story brick dwelling. His property…

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With thankfulness galore, I do hereby announce that, like millions of other earthlings, Wife Margie and I have now received our two coronavirus shots. Many thanks to the Big Editor In The Sky.

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The ice age has come to South Texas.  I have just lived through 32-plus hours of no electricity, therefore, no heat, during an extended hard freeze. It finally came on, only to go back off after 30 minutes. As of now, who knows when we will get electricity. That was just a tease. 

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February is Black History Month, and this is the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa race riots.  PBS is running a short documentary on the event, available for free on their website or through the PBS television app.

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Years ago when I used to run vessels on Galveston Bay and along the coast, I gathered up some stories told by old boatmen on nights when we lay wind-bound. Later I put them into rhyme and I may have tried to ornament them with phrases of my own. Some of the “Rhymes” were published in the Gal…

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What is love? What is it really? The mythical cupid is as good an explanation as any. This little cherub with a bow and arrow, shoots it into someone’s heart and jump starts love in that person for another. Since love cannot be defined, I guess that will work as well as any other explanation. 

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Gov. Abbott and other Texas elected officials are throwing a tantrum over President Biden’s executive orders, which are designed to push the nation toward alternative energy.

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When Defee’s new townsite was platted on the east side of the Goose Creek to Cedar Bayou county road (today’s N. Main Street) in September 1916, the center of town was Main Street, two blocks north of where Texas Avenue would be built. Despite the name, it never became the main street of Goo…

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Scooter felt good about his pig’s chances. He considered his 260-pound pig an “absolute athlete” and had entered him in the Fat Stock Show. Scooter had crawled out of bed at 5:30 on his way to feed, water, wash, and weigh the 6-month-old prize-winning animal. 

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Is “life just a bowl of cherries” or should there be more to it than that? The lyrics of a song of that title from 1931 by Brown and Henderson, say not to take life too seriously; just live and laugh at it all. 

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Development on Texas Avenue grew from east to west. By the end of the 1920s the Goose Creek business district from Commerce to Gaillard Street was almost filled with brick buildings but there were only a few more brick buildings further down the street.

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Eugene Peterson is best known for his popular contemporary paraphrase of the Bible, “The Message,” that took 12 years to complete. It is a literary work which has as its goal, not the translation of the Bible. His rendering retells all or part of the Bible in a manner that accords with his u…

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After watching the sensational 1980 movie “Airplane” with Wife Margie recently, I knew I had missed my calling. There’s more out there for me, I thought.

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I did it!  I have been vaccinated!  It was quite an experience. My appointment was made through my doctor in Houston, so I had to make the trek in there to get it at one of the free-standing Methodist clinics near the Medical Center. Saturday morning was a great time to go. There was literal…

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I can still remember Texas Avenue from my youth when brick buildings lined both sides of the street from Commerce all the way to the big oak tree. On Saturdays, it was sometimes hard to find a parking place because of all the shoppers. Alas, the days of crowded sidewalks and circling the blo…

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(NON-EDITOR’S NOTE: The following well-done column is about football. Sort of. It’s not about first downs, safeties, or anything like that. I do think you’ll enjoy it, though, because it may bring back some sweet memories.)

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I returned to the gym in December. My journey, which began in June of 2019, was stopped short by COVID-19 last March. I still walked and did exercises at home, but it wasn’t the same. 

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I refuse to live in fear. I said this to a friend who kept fear-mongering about the situation our world is in right now and what it might become.  And I kept repeating this mantra until he finally stopped. Constant negativity is counterproductive, whether it is about what our new leaders may…

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Joseph R. Biden was sworn in Wednesday as the 46th President of the United States. Kamala Harris, too, took the oath as vice president, and makes history as the first woman — and the first Black and Asian American one — to do so.

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The University of Texas recently fired head football coach Tom Hermann. Since he was still under contract, UT is looking at a $15 million buyout, and that could rise to $25 million when his assistant coaches are compensated.

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In a season where the Goose Creek Memorial boys basketball team recorded its first ever playoff win, could it be that it may go hand-in-hand with its inaugural postseason run?

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In a matchup between the two top teams in District 22-5A boys soccer, the host Goose Creek Memorial Patriots fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 4-1 loss to first-place Friendswood.

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The baseball season is upon Goose Creek CISD high school fans as it saw its first pitch Monday as Robert E. Lee played host to Dayton.

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Lady Eagles bounced in area

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The first live ocelot I ever saw was in a cage outside a furniture store in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in the ‘60s. It was the most beautiful cat I had ever seen.

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Barbers Hill graduate and University of Texas women’s basketball standout Charli Collier teamed up with Roppolo’s Pizzeria owner Marc Roppolo to give back to the Austin community in the wake of the winter storm. 

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As anticipated, the boys and girls basketball playoff schedule was sent scurrying following the winter storm and its aftermath this week.

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The Baytown high school softball programs were all hoping to make notable progress last spring and it appeared that objective could be met.

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The Barbers Hill Lady Eagles basketball team will face No. 1 Richmond Foster 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Shadow Creek High School in a Class 5A area round playoff.

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Maybe l should stick my hat around the door on a stick to see if anybody is going to take a shot at it since I’ve been saying Texas has the best winters in America. The forecast is now calling for a low temp of one degree above zero, Fahrenheit! Broken limbs and sometime entire trees litter …

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Three area girls basketball teams will begin their playoff journey this week and it starts tonight in Port Arthur when the Sterling Lady Rangers – making their first playoff appearance in six years – tip off against undefeated Beaumont United.

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The Manvel Mavericks scored in the first minute of the match, added some insurance before halftime and used that start to gain pole position in a 3-0 victory against Robert E. Lee in Baytown Tuesday night.

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With a chance to potentially improve its District 22-5A standing, the Sterling Lady Rangers basketball team dropped a 55-45 home decision against La Porte Saturday.

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The Friendswood Mustangs used a 13-3 run to end the first quarter and  used that momentum to hold on for a 55-42 victory Saturday in Baytown.

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Every year about this time, some men and women go into something akin to mild depression. And please don’t think I’m belittling the post combat malady known as PTSD when I call it “After Hunting Season Downer”, or “AHSD”.

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The Goose Creek Memorial girls basketball team battled district heavyweights Manvel to a tight ballgame through the first half to see the Lady Mavericks pull away for a 54-40 win Thursday night.

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The Goose Creek Memorial boys basketball team inched into a playoff spot and wrapped up the season sweep of district and city rivals Sterling with an 82-48 home win Saturday.

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The Goose Creek Memorial Patriots used goals by Darwin Velasquez and Carlos Gonzalez to pull of the important, 2-1 road win against one of the challengers for the District 22-5A title.

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In a match Goose Creek Memorial girls soccer coach Roman Huizar called a “good game,” the Lady Patriots still fell short in a 2-0 home defeat Friday against the Manvel Lady Mavericks.

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The Sterling Rangers tennis team is off to a blazing start to the spring campaign after placing in nine of the 10 divisions at the Kim Enocksen Varsity Invitational in Humble on Friday.

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I’ve never met Brandon Butler – at least, not that I recall.  But we’ve travelled some of the same trails, including Missouri’s Current River. We’re brothers in a bond that comes from treasuring the outdoors and the precious memories of time spent there with family and friends. Or alone.

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It appears the Goose Creek Memorial boys basketball team is embracing the concept of becoming a playoff team.

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