"Reel Reviews: ‘X-men: Dark Phoenix” a weak translation from comic, animated sources" by: Jessica Shepard

   Let me preface this by saying that I am an avid superhero-movie sort of person and still watch a lot of animated shows as well as comics-based live action ones, too.
   I’ve seen every Marvel X-Men movie made to date and had revisited most of the older shows from the 1990s and early 2000s.
   That being said, this is the second attempt at any movie studio company to use Jean Grey’s transformation into “Phoenix.”
   The first, 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” was pretty terrible and off the mark, this one just falls short.
   “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is based on the Marvel Comics X-Men characters, produced by 20th Century Fox and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 
   It is the 12th installment in the X-Men film series, a direct sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and the seventh and final installment in the main X-Men series. 


"Watching my grandson graduate and a SA traffic jam" by: Mike Reddell

   I went to Kerrville last week to watch my grandson’s graduation from Tivy High School.  
   For someone whose parents moved about when I was young, my grandson’s graduation from the same high school that his father and I graduated from was special to me.  
   Same Antler Stadium as well, although it has over 50 years and several million dollars spent on facilities between my time and my grandson’s.  
   A perception I had that I think is shared by most of my contemporaries who watch their grandchildren graduation is the encapsulation of three different generations unfold in your mind.  
   As I watched the traditional tossing of the mortar board, I thought back to my graduation night and then to remembering both of my sons throwing their caps in the air during their commencement ceremonies.  


"Getting used to fact that summer just isn’t what it used to be" by: Jessica Shepard

   Summer used to have a different meaning when I was a kid.
   It used to be synonymous with unrestrained freedom, possibilities and endless days spent seeking refuge from the heat.
   Okay, so that last one still holds true today, but the rest just sort of slipped away somewhere between the end of high school and my second year in college.
   It almost feels like adulthood got in the way of all the fun – or at least what I thought of as fun.
   Now, fun is a full night’s sleep with minor interruptions or none at all!
   I mean, occasionally I get out and do things with my friends when the stars and schedules seem to align – or my mom since she’s always around and we tend to have the same timelines.
   Unfortunately, work does get in the way a lot or some other sort of tragedy befalls us.
   Last Thursday, I severely sprained my ankle and let me tell you, I don’t cry for much pain but this brought me to tears straight away.


"Is it the summer heat that has me sweating, or is it stock indexes? " by: John Sample

   Another week and we are really on a roll as the Dow is now down for six weeks in a row.   
   There are analysts that are more concerned about the broader market worrying about the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock-index could move down to 2650 and were just weeks ago talking about 2722.   
   Moreover, the tech sector has been taken out to the cleaners recently with the FANG stocks really being hit.   
   It does not help that anti-trust concerns as it pertains to Google and Amazon.   
   Facebook can’t get beyond the public’s concern about privacy issues.   
   Apple has its own problems with the significant exposure to China. It makes Netflix look like a winner with little or concerns on hardly any of these issues.  


Do you have a business succession strategy?

   If you own a business, you’ve got plenty to think about. 
   But at some point, you’ll need to leave your business behind. 
   When that day arrives, you’ll want to be prepared with a business succession plan.
   You can leave your business to your children, but if you transfer it over time, you can gain some assurance they will be able to manage the business on their own.
   As an alternative, you could use a buy-sell arrangement to transfer the business. 
   With this arrangement, you can generally determine when, to whom, and at what price you sell.
   You have other options, too. 
   For example, you may be able to buy a private annuity, which allows you to transfer the business to family members, or someone else, who will make payments to you for the rest of your life.
   These and other techniques can be complex, so, before deciding on one, you may want to consult with your tax, legal and financial advisors. 


"Keep on seeking the Lord for your purpose in life" by: Betsy Monico

   Summer is here. I am trying to adjust. My mind still tells me to get up and get ready for work. Reality tells me to sleep later than usual….the “later” has really surprised me though. 
   For the first 44 years of my life, I was a morning person. 
   My high school friends swear I used to drive them crazy. I woke up talking.  
   When my kids were young, the early morning hours were my only chance to have a moment of peace and quiet. 
   When my friend and I shared counselor spots at church camp, I took the morning shift. I jumped up, dressed, and delivered her coffee. 
   She took command at night. When we got back in and turned lights off, I was out! She stayed up. She monitored the girls until their energy wore out. We were a perfect team. I never dreamed anything would change. I had been a morning person my whole life!  


"Always remember that your story is not over in God’s eyes" by: Caleb Gibson

   The book of Ruth begins with a lady named Naomi.   
   She lived a good life getting married and having two sons. Tragedy struck her family when a famine tore through their land and her husband died.   
   Ruth had married one of Naomi’s sons but he and his brother also died.   
   Ruth and Naomi stayed together during this time and traveled back to Bethlehem.   
   Naomi had not been there for a while. The Scriptures tell us, “…And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, “Is this Naomi?”  
   But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.  I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?” (Ruth 1:19-21).   
   The name Naomi means, “Pleasant” or “my delight.”   


"Reel REviews: ‘Rocketman’ more musical than expected of a biopic" by: Jessica Shepard

   Rocketman is a biographical musical film based on the life of musician Elton John. 
   It’s a bit like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which chronicled Freddie Mercury and Queen’s rise to fame, but with less concert footage and more fully fledged dance numbers.
   It’s also got more of a traditional musical feel instead of a regular biopic film – but don’t let that deter you!
   I’ve always been a fan of Elton John and thoroughly enjoyed this film from beginning to end; it shed a light on John’s struggles as a musician.
   Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, it stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Gemma Jones, Steven Mackintosh, and Bryce Dallas Howard. 
   The film follows John’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin (Bell). 


"Safety tips for a safe summer" by: By Simon DeSoto Special to the Bay City Sentinel

   MATAGORDA - As the official date for summer to begin, June 21, summer has already found a way into our lives in Matagorda County. 
   The heat and days filled with sun make for a combination of fun and outdoors in quite a few lives and with that comes trips to the beach or other activities on the water, such as boating and finding the nearest swimming pool or lake.
   With these activities, comes an inherent risk. Some great reminders to help save lives doing these water related activities should be first on your checklist of the to-do list. 
   First and foremost, should be life jackets for anyone who is on or near water - be it on the boat, required by law, or at the beach or pool. 
   An amazing, eye-opening statistic is that 90 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket. 


"Trying to shake memory of scenic tour with 2 tech-impaired parents" by; Jessica Shepard

   We took a mini road trip over the weekend to the Warrenton and Round Top area. 
   Which, honestly was a little weird for me since I just wanted to stay home and sleep off my post-graduation coverage fatigue. 
   And I don’t know if it had anything to do with my column last week or that my parents wanted to get away for a little bit. 
   But, whatever motivated them lead to me tagging along in the back seat and trying not to have a coronary while they plotted their route on the fly. 
   I have to say that it gave me the most anxiety I’ve had on a road trip in a very long time. 
   Before I go anywhere that I’ve never been before, I make a point to Google directions and print them out. 
   Did my mom do that this time?  
   Long story short – no. 
   Unfortunately, I had to trust my parents’ foggy recollection of Texas highways and hopes that they were going in the general direction of their goal. 


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