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That’s right! It is that time of the year when Southeast Texans clear calendars and make plans to be on hand for one of the most anticipated events in our area — A Tasting for Some Other Place. This year, the plans are bigger and better than ever, and mouths are already watering thinking of what will be available to share with friends and family. Be on hand on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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I’ve been to hundreds, wait, change that to probably thousands of concerts since my mother took me to my first one some 28 years ago (Nov. 9, 1984 to be exact) when Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five came to the Houston Astrodome for the Victory Tour. OK, you get the point  — lots of shows. But as many as I’ve been to, I’ve never had the opportunity to see Aerosmith, until now.

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My husband, Ted, and I attended the funeral of his sister in law, Aquila Freeman, in Houston on the same day as all newscasts were telling of the horrible murders in Aurora, Colo. Ted’s oldest daughter lives in Aurora and is a movie buff, so of course we called to see if she might have attended the Batman movie the night before. She did not, but she did tell us of chilling scenes taking place just a short distance from her home.

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Boating opens new world of water for kids with disabilities

“Sailing Angels.”


At first glance, it sounds almost like an oxymoron. The word “sailor” can conjure images of grizzled, profanity-spewing old men, whereas angels are a universal symbol of virtue and purity.


After hearing Dave McCabe talk about his first experience with special needs children, however, the phrase begins to make more sense.

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Looking for a perennial you can buy, plant and virtually forget? It might be that one of the sedums is just what you are looking for. Sedum is the name for a large genus of plants many call “stonecrops.” There are about 400 species to choose from. Some of the sedums like hot weather while some prefer cold. Some are yellowish in color while some are green or other colors. Some creep along the ground and quickly fill an area.

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