"Is your child care center preparing for disasters? " Denise Green-Grisham Matagorda County Extension Agent – 4H & Youth Development Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

   If you operate a child care center or family day home, are you prepared for an emergency or disaster? 
   An area of risk management that sometimes gets neglected or overlooked is disaster management. 
   Being prepared for natural and man-made disasters is an integral part of an overall disaster management plan. 
   Questions that come to mind regarding disaster preparedness include: 
   Do we have a plan, and is it up to date? 
   Does our plan cover preparedness, response, and recovery efforts? 
   Can we find our plan? 
   Has the staff been trained on how to use the plan? 
   Have we practiced it enough? 
   Have we adequately informed parents about the plan?
   Are we prepared to evaluate in case of a disaster?
   Do we have disaster supply kits?
   Are we prepared, if necessary, to shelter in place? 


"Fiber of cotton more than plant" Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   We have all heard the clichés related to cotton in various marketing efforts to justifiably bring a positive impression of how the versatile fiber affects our daily lives but how much do we really know? 
   Coffee shop arguments and historical accounts of how long cotton has been grown in Matagorda County will vary as much as the number of additions one can add to that cup of Joe. 
   Regardless of the specific date, cotton has been a staple of Matagorda County agriculture since the early 1800s and in the global scheme for some 8000 years! 
   Nationally, cotton is a major commodity in 17 states from Virginia to California accounting for significant impacts to the economy far beyond the field.
   The 2018 cotton crop in Matagorda County is comprised of some 80,000 acres in active production. 


"Saying goodbye to a friend who shared wisdom with me" by: Mike Reddell

   Haskell Simon, one of the best friends I’ll ever have, died last week.
   He really was one of the best friends Matagorda County will ever have for that matter.
   My first introduction was my time at the Tribune.
   No matter which medium you worked for, Haskell reached out to new reporters, editors and publishers.
   What he offered was truly priceless – sharing knowledge and understanding of what made Matagorda County tick.
   That knowledge of water issues and their history in the state and this county were unmatchable.
   For years, Haskell would travel to Austin to testify on those issues before legislators and regulators alike.
   His long-acquired and detail-driven learning of the Colorado River almost always rivaled that of LCRA chieftains over the years.


"Summer’s end cannot come fast enough for me" by: Jessica Shepard

   I know it doesn’t really matter about the weather because we live in a near-constant sauna-like state until late November – but, the first official day of fall is Sept. 22.
   Normally, that conjures up images of golden leaves, cooler temperatures, and less sunburn, right?
   I mean, according to movies and memes taken from locales that actually have four whole seasons and not just three and a half of summer-ish weather and one wintery mix.
   Next Monday is Labor Day for crying out loud – it’s the unofficial end of summer!
   I kind of wish that it would usher in a crisp little cold front and make venturing outside much more bearable.
   As it is, we’ve been under heat advisories off and on for the past two weeks with feel-like temperatures skimming close to or over 110 degrees!
   Don’t get me wrong, I pretty much think anything above 75 degrees is too hot and should be illegal, but I’m also not a fan of near-freezing temps either.


"The stock market keeps raging against the storm" by: John Sample

   We made it through the decade otherwise known as the month of August. 
   It was a good month for equity investors as the Dow had its largest gain in 30 years.
   The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock-index and NASCAQ index climbed to record levels. 
   The Fang stocks were the big drivers of the equity markets. Tesla climbed over 100% in the last year. Along with Apple, Tesla announced splits in the stock. 
   The theory is that small retail investors will buy now that the stock price is below $100 per share. 
   Tesla is so strong that they announced issuing new shares to raise another $5 billion to use in its battery factories around the world. 
   Apple hasn’t risen as sharply as Tesla, but they have nothing to apologize about.
   Another FANG member, Microsoft, is joining with Wal-Mart to make a bid for the assets of Tik Tok outside China. 


Labor Day: Make investments work as hard as you do

   It’s almost Labor Day – a good time to recognize the value of work and its importance in achieving your life’s goals.
   But if you’re going to retire comfortably and reach your other financial objectives, you also need to invest – and your investments need to work as hard as you do.
   One way to help ensure your investments are working efficiently is to match them to specific goals.
   And to keep your investments on the job, so to speak, you need to stick with investing, even when the market goes through a steep decline.
   If you’re on the investment sidelines, you might miss out on the next market rally.
   Also, you’ll need a reasonable percentage of investments that can provide growth potential, given your individual risk tolerance.
   Finally, to keep your investments working hard, check up on them periodically.
   If it seems like you’re getting off track, you may need to adjust your strategy or investment mix.


"More than ever, we need Jesus to run our race and run it well" by: Betsy Monico

   Tonight I had to pull from an old blog from 2014. It is even truer in 2020! 
   My new position at FIS, mastering Google, helping my two kids at FHS, getting the older two going in their different directions, and maintaining my life has costs me some time with writing. 
   Mind you – I did sleep late this weekend and took a few naps. I learned that rest is valuable. 
   My husband graciously cooked for us today. We did not ask, but his gifts will bless us this week and fill our lunch kits with good food. 
   Back to 2014: Last Sunday in church I heard a familiar verse; however, it spoke to me in a new way. 
   I adopted it as my verse for the 2014-2015 school year. It is Hebrews 12:1-2 and says, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” 
   I wrote it in my journal and it was like the Lord said this: 


"We should actively use our faith and take time to feed our souls" by: Caleb Gibson

   John Maxwell recently shared a great story. 
   A lady bought a parrot at the store. 
   She was lonely, so she wanted a parrot to take home and talk to her. 
   She got the parrot in the cage, sat down, it didn’t say anything. 
   She went back to the store and said, “Parrot don’t talk.” 
   The man at the store said, “Well, you know maybe you need a ladder because parrots like to climb and get exercise.
So she got the ladder in the cage. She watched the parrot. Parrot didn’t talk.
   She returned to the store and said, “Parrot don’t talk.” 
   The man at the store said, “Well you know maybe you need a swing. Parrots like to swing and it puts em in a good mood.” 
   She later returned to the store and said, “Got the swing. Got the ladder. Parrot still don’t talk.” The man at the store said, “Well you know maybe you need a mirror. Parrot likes to look at himself. He can see his reflection, swing, and climb.”  


"Reel Reviews: ‘The New Mutants’ long-awaited end to ‘X-Men’ cinematic arc" by: Jessica Shepard

   I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m glad that we’re finally getting new movies in theaters and can’t wait to write up reviews for readers like you.
   I managed to get in to see “The New Mutants” last week with a socially distanced audience and am excited to say that it’s definitely on my list to buy once it comes out on DVD.
   I do have to admit that I have some prior knowledge on these characters from comics and animated shows.
   Mutants is a horror film in the superhero genre, based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name and distributed by 20th Century Studios.
   It is the 13th and final installment in the X-Men film series.
   The film was directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay he wrote with Knate Lee.
   It stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Adam Beach, and Henry Zaga.


"Laura lives up to hurricanes’ maddening, frightful nature" by: Mike Reddell

   To show the last ordeal of hurricanes, I started last week’s column about Marco and Laura churning inexorably in our direction. 
   Tuesday afternoon, Marco has taken a stage right but Laura is taking aim at SE Texas and SW Louisiana. 
   The most anguishing thing about hurricanes is their slow tortuous and seeming unpredictable path toward their victims. 
   Take this morning. We awoke to the weather news that Laura had shifted west.  
   Wait, we were told we were out of it Monday night, and now we have to shift to the worry mode on Tuesday, and evacuate Galveston for good measure. 
   Oh wait again, Harris County Judge Hidalgo just ordered part of Harris County evacuated. 
   And, there’s still more to worry over. 
   In a lot different way, I remember when we evacuated during Rita and Katrina and those storms decided on an eastern jaunt. 


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