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Before I get started this week, I need to make a correction regarding last week’s column about the new push for a “healthy” Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle group at Rockport-Fulton High School.

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Being a preacher’s kid, I was a regular attendee at church and Sunday school, as well as a forced attendee to some church activities other children were not subjected to. I’m not saying that was bad, it’s just how it was.

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Like most of you, watching the Super Bowl with friends (for the first half at least) highlighted my weekend. I made my way home to watch the second half from the comfort of my recliner.

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All day Sunday I was glued to the tube watching the news reports about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, along with seven other people, in a fiery helicopter crash in California.

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Nearly 40 years in the newspaper business, 36-plus of which has been spent in Aransas County, there’s not much that catches me off guard.

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Last week my wife took me to Hawaii to celebrate our 35th anniversary. The only disappointment was I demanded we fly, and not ride her Wave Runner. She loves that sucker and only relented after I convinced her refueling would be a problem during a 2,500-mile trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean.

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Ever since I turned 60 articles about aging, retirement, etc. seem to catch my eye a little faster then when I was, say, 59. I guess that’s only natural, but I don’t think my being 60 is much different than any other age I’ve attained in recent years.

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There was an article in the Sunday edition of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times by Metro Creative Connection about food allergies. It addressed the question, “Why are food allergies on the rise?”

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Last Wednesday I celebrated a milestone birthday eating dinner with my wife. This past weekend I celebrated the big 6-0 with the entire wolf pack at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine.

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What about them Astros? I bet ol’ Jerry Jones wishes he owned the Houston MLB team so he could have a non-aged ring on his finger earned by a winning team! But, then again, if Jones owned the Astros, they probably wouldn’t have won it all two years ago, with the possibility of doing it again…

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This week I’m addressing a little bit of everything – from taking our oldest grandson to his first Aggie football game, and the deaths of a longtime former employee and a friend who offered up some social media tips in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, to tiny houses on wheels.

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I read an article recently authored by Adrienne McIlvaine. In it she wrote, “The Greatest Generation bravely fought the horrors of World War II in order to bring about lasting peace throughout the world. The baby boomers grew up in the post-war period and shaped the world as we know it. But …

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As I write this (Monday night) I have now idea what damage Hurricane Dorian is going to do to the mainland USA. The few pictures I’ve seen out of the Bahamas is heart wrenching.

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What a weekend commemorating the second anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. I’m not going to dwell on it much in this space because the storm has been thoroughly covered in your hometown newspaper, and coverage of this past weekend’s events is well documented in this edition.

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Through the years I’ve been very blessed having some long-term employees. However, whenever they leave, regardless of reason, there is a certain void left in me.

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