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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 • Posted December 11, 2014
We’re entering the gift-giving season, and the Library has received several gifts of service recently. I want to thank the Garden Club for taking such good care of our front flower beds; they’ve worked hard to leave them neatly prepared for the winter. I also want to thank Christie and Kendal Keller for taking the old, rickety park bench and replacing the slats.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 • Posted December 11, 2014
Santa Clause is coming to town, to Mason, to Art. Better watch out. Thanks to everyone who made cookies for the Food Bank in this week. Shoe-boxes for Mexico and the Angel Tree Gifts are needed by Dec. 14th. A Finance Meeting to finalize the budget will be Dec, 10th at 6 PM. There is an Open-House at the Art Parsonage on Sat.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 • Posted December 11, 2014
I have tried to be clear in the past several columns to explain some of the variables and some of the policies that the City is working towards with the transition to the side arm trash collection. Most of the decisions will be approved at the City Commission meeting tonight, but I would like to remind you of what I expect the policies will finally be.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 • Posted December 11, 2014
Perhaps the most nagging question left unanswered after five wonderful days in San Diego is this: Where could San Diegans choose to vacation that would rival the wonderment available year-round in their own backyards? It is a magical place by any measure, whether one is seeking the grandeur of nature, man-made attractions or a culture where community pride assured the natural beauty of beaches long before zoning laws decreed so. On the subject of sand, it is a happy thought that visitors can ...
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 • Posted December 11, 2014
Beneficial. Insects. Two words. Some folks might not think those go together. The Reader’s Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary begs to differ. The dictionary, copyright 1969, lists them all. They even include drawings of all 33. Since the dictionary is 45 years old, maybe some are extinct by now. Nah. That’ll never happen when it comes to insects. Ask any entomologist. At least they’re beneficial. Tiger beetle. Fiery hunter. Praying mantis nymph. (Ooh la la.) Ground bee ...
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 4, 2014
Since last February or March, when I wrote about the black rhino hunt auctioned off by Dallas Safari Club, I’ve been inundated with angry complaints written on recycled paper in biodegradable ink. Well, maybe not inundated. But I have received lots of complaints. Well, maybe not a lot, but some.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 4, 2014
The prayer list continues to expand: E. Wayne Jordan is in the hospital in San Antonio with a severe bruise on his leg. They have operated and removed the infection. He is expected to recover nicely. Pray for Kathy and Sam also as they tend to the chores and travel; Faye Roberson, Joyce’s Aunt, just had her 89th birthday; Lois Koock; Charles; Lynn Cockrell; David Newman; travelers; our Nation; our Government; our Military; the City of Ferguson.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 4, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, November 25th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 25 members and 10 visitors in attendance. Lion Harold Hoerster was responsible for the program and introduced Charles Eckert, Chairman of the Fort Mason Committee who spoke about the work that has been done at the Fort. Charles said that Marco Berreles, alond with his dad, Hector, had finished stabilizing the foundation and repaired some cracks in the rock work.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 4, 2014
I didn’t stuff myself with turkey, but I had a field day with the go withers! Turkey is overrated, in my opinion. Coming from Beef Country, I’d much rather have steak or BBQ brisket. I watched the Cooking Network shows about cooking a Thanksgiving meal and it was all ingredients that you just don’t get in these parts.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 4, 2014
Trace minerals are a category of nutrients that are commonly overlooked but very important to our health. One of most important roles of trace elements is as an electrolyte. Our bodies are bioelectric. Each cell acts as a tiny battery with its own electrical force powered by electrolyte minerals. Trace minerals, along with macro minerals, assist in every aspect of life from the production of hormones and energy, digestion, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction to the regulation of pH, me ...
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 4, 2014
The Punchers are still winning, business is trying to get back to normal after the Thanksgiving weekend, and the weather does not seem to know what it is doing swinging from the upper 70’s yesterday to the upper 30’s for a high today! The lights all around the Square were lit this past weekend and the Historic District seems to put forth its best face during this time of year.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 4, 2014 • Photos
Time was, when urged to “follow the bouncing ball,” we did so willingly. Hopping from syllable to syllable, the ball was helpful as we sang along—or maybe just hummed—during cartoons at Saturday movie matinees. And didn’t we willingly “sing along with Mitch” (Miller) on his weekly TV show? Lately, though, the general population has opted to say “phooey” to bouncing balls—essentially the same response as for many other rules, laws or requests. Who among us has not ripped of ...
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 3, 2014
As the holidays close in on us, I thought this rather unusual recipe was appropriate. The bread really does taste a lot like the stuffing we make for the Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey, and when you look at the ingredients list, you’ll see why! Ingredients: 1 ¼ cups lukewarm water 1 egg, lightly beaten 3 tablespoons dried, minced onion 1 tablespoon butter, softened 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes 1 ½ teaspoons poultry seasoning 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon c ...
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 3, 2014
This is it. This is the beginning. Of the end of the year. And the Christmas season. And what a slippery slope it is. Like luging. Careening around the curves. Hurtling ahead. Feet first. Faster and faster. Eyes wide open. No time to think. Just try to maintain. And not flip over. Or crash. Luge is the French word for “sledge.” Luge. Rhymes with “rouge.” Luge is one of the oldest winter sports. The Swiss developed it back in the 16th century.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted November 27, 2014 • Photos
OK, folks, this is in no way, shape or form a “practical” baking project, but it really does have “curb appeal!” Or “table appeal.” When you set this loaf out on the table, folks are going to go wild, and the compliments will pour down upon and around you. And every single crumb of it will be eaten, I assure you. Ingredients: 6-61/2 cups of all-purpose flour ½ tablespoon salt 1 packet of active dry yeast (2 ½ teaspoons) 1 tablespoon warm water 1 ¾ to 2 cups buttermilk 1 ta ...