Commentary

This spring and summer mark significant milestones for SETMA and for Carolyn Holly and myself. May 8, 2015, Carolyn and I celebrate the 50th anniversary of our graduation from college. Aug. 1, 2015, SETMA celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding. And Aug. 7, 2015, my wife and I celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

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The much-ballyhooed release of Windows 10 is nearing, as Microsoft polishes its features and adds devices to the list of compatible hardware that can run the new operating system.

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Amazing that three different little reminders have come to me in the last two days calling my attention once again to the fact that it is the little things that often mean the most. Perhaps you can attribute my newfound opinion to my age, the loss of my husband and many friends, my children growing up and now my grandchildren reaching adulthood, but I know for certain that I value and treasure the little things I once took for granted.

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In the not too distant past, we communicated with each other with the spoken and written word, telephone, telegraph, and by mail complete with a postage stamp. Fast forward a few decades, and now, in terms of personal communication, we use satellite dependent cellular phones, e-mail, texting, video conferencing, social networking, and other forms of digital media. While generally very efficient in terms of time and energy, these new digital communications technologies have also made us somewhat lazy.

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As our medical home grew, SETMA started a patient-centered council from which we could get feedback about how we can improve our services. As our idea of this project grew, we realized that more than “feedback” on what we had decided to do, we wanted our patients and community to give us guidance on what we should do and/or what they wanted us to do.

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Shortly after my husband, Ted, passed away in August, I said down and penned an article, but after reading it over, I decided against sending it to my editors. I felt that readers might misconstrue what I had written or, more importantly, what I was feeling deep in my heart. I asked the questions, “Why are you so silent? Don’t you know I need you more than ever? Where are you? Were you really never our friends? Don’t you care at all?” I was hurting and I did not know how to express myself or really what to expect from those I loved.

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The pages of The Examiner this week are full of stories that describe sordid acts of violence, horrendous crimes involving drugs, greed and a willful indifference to human suffering. These incidents constitute a basic assortment of the worst sort of depravity visited upon us by wretched creatures who have forfeited the right to be among decent people.

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There is a pitched battle still being waged in Austin over the future of Texas education, but it is not a partisan fight per se. It is among competing factions of Republicans in the Legislature, with Democrats relegated largely to the sidelines by GOP majorities in both houses. This is especially true in the Senate where many committee and floor votes are strictly party-line affairs. 

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The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid offers seating for five and is available in three stylish trims: Hybrid (MSRP starting at $29,305), Hybrid EX-L (MSRP $32,055) and Hybrid

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Weeks ago in this column, I reviewed several Android and iPhone apps that can be used to possibly locate lost or stolen phones and tablets. While several of the apps were free, most were limited in capabilities without a paid, usually nominal, subscription fee. Now Google, known for its innovation and services, has offered a pair of very simple and free ways to locate almost any lost or stolen Android device, totally for free. 

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