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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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Chula Vista has been a Tex-Mex destination in Beaumont for nearly 30 years — complete with a radio jingle that local folks may remember from back when the “hit” had constant radio play 10 years ago.

But aside from coining the term “hot sauce head,” Chula Vista does in fact do things a little differently — after all, they continue to please customers who have stuck around since 1980 while earning new ones every day.

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For us, the term “surf and turf” doesn’t quite do justice for the menu at Floyd’s Cajun Seafood and Texas Steakhouse, but we must admit that the crawfish, the stuffed flounder and the seafood fondue have kept us a little occupied so that we nearly overlooked the steaks at the Texas steakhouse.

But after tasting the steak at Floyd’s, we recommend you go on ahead and make your way on to their turf.

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At first, the union of Shakespearean actor and director Kenneth Branagh and a Marvel comic book hero seems like a mismatch of thunderous proportion. Just think back to Ang Lee and “Hulk” and what a colossal mistake that was. But the mythical gods were with us on this one, and Branagh brings just the right balance to what could have been just another beefcake-in-a-cape caper.

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West Coast rockers Lit are back and seem to be better than ever. The band that brought our ears the giant hits “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Miserable” are in the midst of releasing a new material for the first time in more than seven years.

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A force of nature … The American Red Cross will host its annual Hurricane Party with a slightly different twist this year — a luncheon instead of a dinner honoring the inimitableSallye Keith. Arriving at the Beaumont Country Club at 10:30 a.m., guests will mix and mingle with the honoree and enjoy the roving magician, who will perform feats of magic for the crowd. Tariff for this worthwhile fundraiser is $100, and the dress is business casual. The event is a great way to honor someone who has been super supportive of the American Red Cross.

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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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April and May are just about always windy months, but what we’ve been through lately is enough to make you want to give up fishing and go fly a kite.But the good news is sweet indeed. The fish are biting on Sabine Lake, and if you can catch a day that’s halfway calm, your chances of catching trout and reds — and lots of them — on Sabine Lake, the Sabine Jetties and East Galveston Bay are excellent.

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With the arrival of May, we traded wild turkey hunting for squirrel hunting. Squirrel season is open the entire month of May in East Texas. However, with the lack of rainfall, it can be tough. The few showers that have come through have been welcome, but the woods are still dry.

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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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