Commentary

One of the popular categories of PC software is the type that can perform comprehensive system analysis and repair, probably leading to improved system performance. There are quite a few of these utilities available, both as freeware and as paid commercial products. Many of these utilities have previously been reviewed in this column with comments from readers indicating a general high level of satisfaction with most of them.

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We gardeners might know some plants. Some gardeners know about lots of plants and can impress you with not only names but details about hundreds of species and gardening options. But all of us do come to rely on the plant tag at a garden center for information. Most of us check the tag before we buy. Sometimes we wonder how reliable this information is. We can probably believe most of it.

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The good old days probably mean many different things to different people. I find myself remarking more and more about them when I think of certain, places, people or events. My old pastor used to say he did not long for the good ole days, as some said they did. He said he did not miss hot houses, no air conditioning to sleep in at night, plowing a mule through a dusty field, having to grow everything his family ate, or traveling by horse and buggy, and to him, those were memories of the good old days.

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An old tradition on Thanksgiving morning in my extended family has been to gather around a fat newspaper loaded with Black Friday ads and plot and conspire about where and when to go to get the bargains. It is only relatively recent history that stores started Black Friday at a minute after midnight or at four in the morning; prior to these insane opening times, most major stores opened at seven or eight a.m., a more civilized time to commence the fray.

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“For the gifts and callings of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29).

 

The word “repentance” in this verse might not mean what we think. Among the best translators that I have trusted over the years, the majority say that the word means “with no change.” In other words, God doesn’t change His mind, and that’s a good thing. When He asks an individual to do a certain thing, go a particular place or act in such a way, He knows then the why and how of it all — even when we humans do not comprehend.

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There are several excellent “all in one” Windows system cleaners available. These system cleaners might be able to improve system performance by cleaning the hard drive, managing the startup, tweaking internal Windows settings, cleaning and optimizing the registry, improving Internet speeds, and performing a host of other system maintenance functions.

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Featuring the new bolder, signature Lexus spindle grille and upgraded interior, the 2013 RX 450h rolled into our driveway last week. A trendy choice for consumers wanting a luxury crossover that will spoil them as well as be conscientious when it comes to fuel economy, the 2013 RX hybrid is designed to impress.

Exterior Design

The 2013 RX hybrid is a looker. Its sleek profile is accentuated by broad “shoulders” for an athletic yet elegant presence.

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Facing what seemed like an un-mendable situation recently, I thought of something my old pastor had said to me one time many years ago: “Give God the opportunity to work in your life, and in this situation in particular.” What he was suggesting I do seemed impossible, difficult, time constraining, and very sad to me. I couldn’t see a good outcome.

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Cyber security is a concern and a necessity at all levels. Computers and networks operated by governments, businesses, academia and other associations and agencies have been prime targets of cyber attack, but the number and rate of attacks on privately owned personal computers and smart devices has become explosively endemic.

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If you can be in Houston on Saturday, Sept. 29, take time to learn much more about the law. During the past 25 years, more than 50,000 people have learned about their legal rights and liabilities at a session of “The People’s Law School.” The largest and oldest program of its kind in the country, the People’s Law School is deigned to give you valuable information about the law that you can use to help avoid and resolve disputes. Best of all, it is absolutely free.

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