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‘The Change-Up’Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan ReynoldsDirector: Dave DobkinRated: R

The appeal of an R-rated comedy is it tends to be geared more to an adult audience (even if a healthy streak of immaturity is needed to truly enjoy it). The downside is once you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all.

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Joseph Henry is an Army veteran who has worked with troubled youth through the church for the last thirteen years. He can tell you firsthand about many of the social issues that affect families and create a need for the type of outreach he does. Henry  thinks the issues can be corrected a little closer to home.

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It’s not often that you find somebody in business having to make a comeback at the tender age of 24, but Vyki Alleman is doing just that.

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How aptly named can a plant be? Just look at the “Topsy Turvy” for an answer to that question. This quick-growing succulent takes on a swirling, rosette shape with its leaves pointing inward toward the center of the plant. It looks like your favorite ride at the carnival.

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I am frequently asked about information and sources of free software, and my most frequent response has had something to do with Gizmo and his comprehensive Web site techsupportalert.com. Gizmo, also known as Gizmo Richards, is really Ian Richards, an Australian who has been active in the hardware and software industries for many years and has developed an enviable reputation as the senior editor of a major computer publication.

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I had what some might term a very uncomfortable experience last Thursday at our local Galveston Island Walmart. My husband, Ted, is quite the shopper, and he always stays in the stores longer than I want to be there, so I usually take a book along with me and read while I wait for him. There is usually at least two or three benches near the doorways of the bigger stores and I don’t mind at all sitting, reading or chatting with a new friend I’ve met that is waiting on someone, too.

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about an interesting spectacle I witnessed while fishing with my husband in our boat on Galveston Bay. I love watching all of God’s creatures do their thing, and I have learned so much while on the water. It is thrilling to get a bit of understanding as to how creation and creatures all work together for the common good. This education is so much more fun when one is seeing in reality what actually takes place on and in the water that literally surrounds us here on the Bolivar Peninsula.

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Q. Our neighbor installed a new fence between our properties and did not tell us he was going to do it. After the fence went up, he asked us to pay half the costs. Do we legally have to pay? Does it matter that they did not consult us about the fence?

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You may have not heard of Spotify, but millions of Europeans are intimately aware of the world class online music service. Now, Spotify is available in the U.S., in free, premium, and mobile versions.

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Have you ever planted roses? They are one of the most revered garden choices the world over. A short visit to our own Tyrrell Park Rose Garden will demonstrate just how well roses can grow here.

The charming old book “The Pleasures of Gardening” by Angela Stanford gives some fun history of the rose. Egyptian roses were shipped to Rome when the Italian roses were out of bloom. On Nero’s order, millions of rose petals were strewn in the streets during festivals.

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