Columns/Opinions

Thu
12
Nov

"Make memories in deer season" by: Rob Murray

   We have waited all year and deer season is finally underway. 
   What stories and memories will we experience this year? 
   Will it be your first hunt? Are you going to enjoy taking your son or daughter out for their first hunt? 
   Are you an experienced hunter who just wants to commute with nature and fill the freezer with venison? 
   For all of us, deer hunting brings us back to our ancient hunting roots, allows us to share time in the outdoors in private introspection or to enjoy the camaraderie with our close friends and family. 
   According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, abundant rainfall increased natural plant forage and we can expect an increased deer population with increased antler growth. 
   So, the deer are out their in abundance and we can’t wait to get out there and have some fun. 
   But wait! Don’t be that guy or gal who has to pay the $500 fine for not following the rules! Know before you go!! 

Thu
12
Nov

"Gun Dog Training: Picking a puppy, pedigree" by: Rob Murray

   This is the first part of a comprehensive series of articles on gun-dog training.  
   We will cover the full range of training from puppy to finished gun dog. Please follow us in learning important points of raising a successful hunting companion. 
   Puppies! Are you ready for a gun dog puppy?  
   Is a puppy your best option? Before we discuss how to raise a puppy, consider a few things… 
   If you are looking for a successful hunting dog, how can you stack the odds in your favor to achieve your goal? Look at the pedigree first! 
   Pedigree can be measured in the hunting titles of the dog’s ancestors as is shown with titles such as: Field Champion (FC) or Master Hunter (MH).  
   A pedigree can also be based on personal experience such as Mr. Jones, from down the road, has been raising the greatest hunting dogs for 15 years, his dogs are great. 
   Good hunting dogs usually come from good hunting dog stock and pedigree. 

Thu
05
Nov

"The secret pumpkin bread recipe" by: Jessica Shepard

   Normally, I spend weekends baking during the Fall months.
   October kicks off my frenzy and I usually end up with huge batches of my grandfather’s secret family recipe for pumpkin bread.
   My grandfather, Thomas Shepard, passed away in 2001 when I was 13.
   I did not actually get my hands on his recipe until a few years later while helping my grandmother downsize her cookbook collection.
   There’s fond, cherished and missed memories that come with that one.

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Thu
05
Nov

"October great for investors" by: John Sample

   October may have Halloween and scare people but it was great for investors. 
   The S&P 500-stock index rose 8 percent in October. 
   An interesting statistical note is that November rises after a gain in October over 75 percent of the time. 
   You can almost bet the ranch that it won’t happen this time around.
   In this era of counter intuitive moves, one has to look at the different paths that two old PC competitors have taken. 
   Michael Dell got tired of putting up with Wall Street and took his firm private. 
   In the interim he has decided to merge his private company with EMC. 
   Hewlett-Packard on the other hand has decided to split itself into two companies. 

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Thu
05
Nov

"Let God change same old story to new one" by: Betsy Monico

   It was brought to my attention last Monday night that we have a file with the propane company that has a special note attached to it. You might say we have a record. 
   You really might say that one of our dogs has a record because he bit one of the propane men on the backside. 
   I remember it like it was yesterday. I was too ashamed to even leave the back porch and walk across the yard to check on him. I just stood frozen and said sorry over and over again. 
   Sadly, our dog “Cottonwood” passed away years ago. He was a good one. 
   He is no longer around to stand guard for us, but he earned a reputation with the gas company.  I understand why. 
   If the propane man was looking for “the” dog when he came last Monday for a routine fill, he did not find him. 
   It was the same house, same address, but another story all together. 
   He did not meet Cottonwood. He met Bubs.

Thu
05
Nov

"God will strenghten you when discouraged" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   Previously I wrote how I was going to try to conquer my fears because fear keeps us from doing many things that we might want to do but won’t because we are afraid. 
   The two things I fear the most is driving in big cities or to places where I’ve never been before. 
   It doesn’t matter if I have a GPS or not, I like to have traveled to the location first before so I can have an idea of where I should be going. 
   The second and probably my biggest fear is snakes. 
   I don’t necessarily wish all the snakes in the world would die, I just wish I would never have to associate with them. 
   We can coexist as long as they coexist somewhere that is not close to me. 
   I took these fear to prayer one day and asked the Lord if He would help me overcome these fears as I feel like sooner or later they will become an obstacle in my ministry. 
   My spiritual director is in Sarita, which is about a two-hour drive from Victoria. 

Thu
05
Nov

"Seek Jesus’ help in time of worry" by: Caleb Gibson

“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” (Mathew 6:27). Isn’t it amazing how we will become distressed over things that may never happen. Worrying can add nothing to our life. It will only bring us down.  
   Many times it is the, “what if’s” that cause us to fear. We might think, “What if I get sick?”   
   “What if my car breaks down?” or, “What if I don’t pass that exam?” These are all real life situations, but they are not solved by stress and anxiety.
Now there is a difference between worry and concern. 
   Many times when we are driving we see a fire truck pass us by. It causes us to be concerned about the people in danger. Psalm 138:8 tells us, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” My friend, make this verse your thought when worry arrives. 
   Believe that God will protect you and, “perfect that which concerns” you. 

Thu
29
Oct

"The joys of Trick or Treating" by: Jessica Shepard

   Halloween is centuries old and seems to be getting bigger every year.
   Officially, it’s based on the old Celtic end-of-the-year feast known as Samhain and the Christian feast All Hallow’s Day.
   Some say it begins the three day observance of “Allhallowtide,” the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.
   Either way, age old traditions have held true and carried over to the present.
   Dressing up in costumes and going door-to-door for treats is rooted in my past, too.
   My earliest memory of Halloween was watching my father and his best friend dress up in scary masks and scare the little kids who rang the doorbell for candy.
   Sometimes, when I wasn’t expecting it, they scared me, too.
   I’ve been everything from a Disney princess and Minnie Mouse to the old witchy standby and a zombie.

Thu
29
Oct

"Trying to learn market direction" by: John Sample

   Well folks your next statement from your brokerage account should make you smile. 
   October proved to be a very good month. The various indexes are back above where they started the year. 
   We have made quite a comeback from the lows in August. 
   So, after the horrors of Halloween, you should have a day celebrating your new found wealth.
   I wish I could explain it. Not even the anniversary of Back to the Future 30 years ago provided any clue. 
   It does make one wonder though. We have been listening to all of the problems in the Middle East, the drop in natural resource prices and worries over the economy in China. 
   That is the short list. There has been little to boost confidence. 
   A simple explanation is that the “wall of worry” was just what the market needed.

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Thu
29
Oct

"Life better when Lord is big, you are little" by: Betsy Monico

   I recently got some new glasses. My old ones were really just for driving at night, or so I thought they were. My prescription was a few years old.  
   By the time I finally got to the line on my to-do list that said “eye doctor”, I was really in need of a new set of spectacles.   
   When I put them on to test them out, it was amazing. I could see. Everything was clear!  
   I like seeing clearly so much that I rewrote “eye doctor” on my to-do list. I am going by to get another pair of glasses, and I may even shop for some contacts.  
   Something else this week was crystal clear to me.   
   I loved, operated, and breathed in the favor of the Lord all week long. If Jesus has ever blessed me and took care of my, He did last week!    
   I decreased, He increased, and it was a great week!  

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