Commentary

Beaumont has a new cozy, modern hot spot to cool your palette and express your individuality. It’s The Yogurt Spot on the corner of Phelan at Dowlen in front of Exygon and next door to Subway.

Whether you Cake “Batter Up!” for a Chocolate Craving or Tiki Torro until you turn Totally Tart, you’re going to have fun tasting these tantalizing flavors at this self-serve, pay-by-the ounce healthy dessert bar.

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A regular reader of this column suggested that I write about a free service that can automatically install and update the most popular freeware programs available. She recommended Ninite, but I was also familiar with a competitive service from AllMyApps. While both have comprehensive listings of free software, AllMyApps also includes links to some commercial software applications, so I would have to give the edge to Ninite when it comes to the mass installation of free software.

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For years I’ve been attracted to biographies and stories of famous women in the Bible, and to my surprise, there are quite a few. Some of them did great and mighty things and changed the course of human history.

For two weeks now, I have been studying the life of Hannah, mother of Samuel. Her story is found in 1 Samuel, and it is an interesting one.

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During the course of the Mother’s Day weekend here on the Bolivar Peninsula, we met many new friends at our 26th annual Crab Festival. We also connected with many people we had met during other events, meetings following Hurricane Ike’s assault on our area, and in the course of doing business week after week. It was pleasant just to be having fun and not involved in working on one project or another.

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This has been a very busy week for me, and not just with the final exams I am typing and the papers that I am grading for the end of the semester. I have been inundated with requests for help in removing what is known generically as “rogue anti-virus.” These recent frantic requests for assistance have been from a prominent an attorney, a politician, a small business owner, fellow faculty members, students, neighbors, and a panoply of other people, all of whom had inadvertently downloaded one (or two!) of the hundreds of variations of the same malware under a variety of names.

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This week we celebrate one of my favorite days of the year — Mother’s Day.

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In last week’s column, we began a discussion about unjust criticism and how it affects those on the receiving end of the matter. We listed six good points out of the dozen originally written on the subject. Today, we are going to cover the last half a dozen, trusting that they will help many who are facing this type of situation on a daily basis either in a relationship within the home, at school, at work, or in relationships with friends.

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The vibrant celebration of Easter is a highlight of the church year, and for Christians the world over, this day is special on so many levels. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus after being crucified on a wooden cross for the sins of believers is significant and the key tenant to which their faith is tied. Almost every church celebrates in some fashion, and folks the world over gather to share this victorious day together.

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We are going to deal with a subject today that I firmly believe God has put on my heart. I have several reasons for choosing this subject, and one of them is that some folks never get it right in an entire lifetime. There is good and helpful criticism, which leads to improvements, good jobs being done and healthy attitudes among all ages. And there is bad or poor criticism, which usually leads to anger, uncertainty, bitterness and often failure.

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Recently, while watching television, I noticed a Geico insurance ad in which the speaker asked, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound?” He reasoned that it did. This got me to thinking about the ever-present pledge of conservative members of the Texas Legislature about no new taxes. This question comes to my mind: If it’s not called a tax, is it a tax, even though it takes money out of taxpayers’ pockets?

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