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If then, hope is the foundation of passion and purpose, what is hope? The first element is the affirmation that the future is positive and good. For some, this is a difficult aspect of hope. Due to the loss of loved ones to death or estrangement, the future doesn’t look bright. For others, the irremediable consequences of choices or bad experiences make the future gloomy. Yet when we find someone else who needs us and when we recognize how precious life is, hope returns. If there are those who do not value us, there are those who do, or who will, or who can.

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Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I am married to a man with two children from a previous marriage. They are adults. My husband is 15 years my senior, and he married early the first time, so long story short, his children are only four and six years younger than I am. The problem is with his daughter.

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For 2018, Lexus RC brings a bold design and a choice of three powertrains. With a starting MSRP of $40,640, the Lexus RC features an attractive profile along with Lexus’ signature spindle grille. Other exterior details include 18-inch five-spoke wheels, metallic black grille finish and more. Additionally, the Lexus RC is available in several exterior colors.

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Purple Coneflower

Just look at this beauty!  I stumbled upon this bevy of blooming flowers on a recent walk through a landscaped area in the Woodlands.  The guy watering the area said that these flowers just keep on producing all summer long and don’t really require much care at all.  That sounds like my kind of plant.

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Annie's Mailbox logo

Dear Annie:

My granddaughter, “Melanie,” thinks that she has a half-sister 24 years younger.

Melanie believes that her father, long divorced from her mother, was asked by his former unattached girlfriend with whom he remained friendly, to “help” her have a child before it becomes biologically too late.

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Melton Murphy stands at attention in uniform

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.” It is this notion that embodied the second annual Veteran Fest held at the Downtown Event Centre on Sunday, Aug. 5. Veterans of Southeast Texas and beyond were celebrated at the veteran focused festival hosted by Young Americans Overseas (YAO) and sponsored by Humana and Marvic International LLC Construction. The event was free and also offered street tacos, drinks and live music with a petting zoo and face painting available for children at no charge.

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Happy Family Combo at Taste of China Xpress

Chinese cuisine first came into prominence in America in the late 20th century though Chinese restaurants have been in America since at least the mid-19th century. Taste of China Xpress in Beaumont is another addition in this rich and delicious history of Chinese cuisine in America. Located on College Street, this Chinese eatery goes above and beyond in terms of flavor, portions and choice.

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Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon in Susanna Fogel's The Spy Who Dumped Me

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon

Directed by: Susanna Fogel

Rated: R

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Generation X is known as being the generation of slackers, the cynical and the disaffected, but they’re also the MTV Generation, and they demand excellence in their music. As a new rock music culture emerges, one defined by fans and artists rather than labels and MTV, Loudwire presents the Gen-X Summer concert tour featuring performances from Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit and Alien Ant Farm inside the Golden Nugget’s on Friday, Aug. 10, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Albert Nolen

Sold-out concert … Local country singer star Tracy Byrd and band Book of Days were a huge draw for our fair city last Friday evening, July 20. The Julie Rogers Theatre was packed and guests seem to enjoy themselves thoroughly with both of the musical entertainers. In the audience were Marci and George Brown, Dona Johnson, Elizabeth Waddill, Mary Jane Benning, Doug Fair, Stephanie and Eric Flatten, Eric Meadows, and Becky and Jerry Conn in from Austin, to name a few.

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