Commentary

I have heard all of my days that in life, we will meet two main types of people — the givers and the takers. It is a fairly simple truth. Think about it and I would be willing to bet my best Texas boots that you can form a list of names in your mind, with some in each category. Now, we are not going to ask you to do that or to share those names with others. That would put us on the ugly side of life, and we don’t want that.

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The 2016 Toyota Tundra features bold elements of design, refinement and craftsmanship.

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I was mulling over this thought while cleaning up the kitchen after breakfast the other morning when someone knocked loudly on the back door: “We are here to work on the pier and did not want the noise of the machines to frighten you.” I had forgotten that a crew of big, strong men was to arrive that morning to rebuild and strengthen the 256-foot pier that goes out into Dickinson Bayou on Galveston Bay where my friend lives.

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If you have a loved one who is suffering from dementia, you should read this. My wife’s best friend has an aunt who has severe dementia and does not know her own name, but she can sit at the piano and play a classical composition flawlessly.

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More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their prescribed medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report.

More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That was almost a two-fold increase from 2005, when 8.4 percent of seniors did so.

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All hail the king … Tuesday afternoon, March 29, the 68th Neches River Festival king and his escorts traveled down the Neches River and docked at the Beaumont Country Club.

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After tossing the chalk into the air, I asked, “What made the chalk fall to the floor?” I answered my own question, saying, “You think it’s gravity, but it is the little green people. They live in the air and are cleaning their homes.” I then gave a 15-minute speech on the little green people. I had one in my pocket. Part of my speech was a brief dialogue with my invisible friend, one of the little green people.

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I read much of the time, and before Hurricane Ike destroyed a great deal of the Bolivar Peninsula, I had quite a personal collection of good books. Some might not seem like significant works to others, but to me, they were old and dear friends. I might not be able to tell you the exact page number of a certain quote or story, but I could come very close to opening many of my books and pointing to the left top or the bottom right of the page where the writing nested. I had used many of these books for quote sources or good illustrations in all of these years of writing.

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Once again, it is time for the “People’s Law School,” the oldest and most successful law program for the layperson in the country. This is your chance to learn more about your legal rights, and have fun at the same time.

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Since Toyota launched the world’s first mass-produced gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle, the Prius, it has sold more than 3.5 million worldwide. And for 2016, Toyota is introducing the all-new fourth-generation Prius. This new version features a pleasing design, higher fuel economy ratings and comfortable interior.

Making the Grade

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