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Many things come to my mailbox, desk and computer every day concerning “religion,” a word I don’t really like very much. Because I have written in this realm for many years, I suppose my name is on a lot of mailing lists, and some still rely on the U.S. Postal Services to deliver their goodies to my door. Some are interesting while others are dumb. Much of it goes to File No. 13 after I have scanned through each piece, but some of it garners a second read and goes to one of the incoming boxes on my desk.

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In gardening, you often hear terms thrown around like perennial, annual, biennial, hardy annual and tender perennial. Most seasoned gardeners have a pretty good understanding of all of the differences, but it might be fun to review and give new gardeners some helpful info at the same time.

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Like many Beaumont residents, we at The Examiner hailed the appointment of Dr. Timothy Chargois — and the unanimous BISD board vote that approved it – as a hopeful sign that perhaps a new day was on the horizon for the troubled district.

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I’ve been struck lately by how quickly each presidential campaign attacks the other for the slightest misstatement. A most recent attack on President Obama grew out of his remark that none of us got to be successful on our own.

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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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