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Cast of Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Starring: Kenneth Branaugh, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directed by: Kenneth Branaugh

Rated: PG-13

Unfair as it may be, there will be comparisons between this version of the Agatha Christie novel and the 1974 adaptation that was an immensely satisfying piece of entertainment. With a distance of over 30 years between the two films, I have no quibble with the idea of a redo. But the actual redo is a different story — literally.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

This has been a tough weekend for any true Texan, and especially for those who make it a regular part of their lives to attend church, synagogue, Mass or other form of planned worship. Who would ever anticipate a gunman dressed in tactical gear, fully armed, walking into a small Southern Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on a beautiful Sunday morning?

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Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I recently discovered that the man I called Dad all my life was not my biological father, after he passed away last year. “Jack” always treated me the same as his other children, with kindness and love. I will always think of him as my father and have no desire to know who my biological father is.

He loved my children, and they were extremely lucky to have him in their lives. I am not sure whether I should tell them the truth, because he was such a wonderful part of their lives.

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Deer photo by Robert Sloan

This past weekend was the opener of deer season across Texas and the duck season in the South Zone. It was the one weekend when hundreds of thousands of Texas hunters put on the camo, loaded their favorite gun and headed outdoors.

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Saturday, Nov. 4, marked my 74th birthday. One of my problems is that I still think of myself as being 17, which my wife often observes is older than my behavior. Many relatives have passed away including parents, all aunts and uncles and several of my first cousins. In that we are in the 53rd year of our marriage, Carolyn’s family is also mine. Except for my mother-in-law and one aunt by marriage, all of the family I inherited from Carolyn is also gone. As in all families, out of time and order, we have also lost nieces and nephews.

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The Astros celebrated on Saturday Night Live in New York

Sports has always been a getaway from frustration, boredom, fear, you name it. As humans, we turn to sports to get relief from the battles we are enduring, if only for a few hours at a time. But sports isn’t the same. There is more emphasis on player contract extensions or daily fantasy play than the actual enjoyment of watching a game. 

But the Houston Astros have changed all that.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

My boss for many years, Dr. John R. Rice, founder and editor of The Sword of the Lord, authored 368 books in his years on the earth. That is a greater number of books than the majority of people will ever read in a lifetime. He was prolific with pen and paper, but to me, his greatest strength was the fact that he could take a deep biblical truth and teach it in such a simple fashion so anyone in his audience could understand it.

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