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A tribute to teachers

By Jase Graves The Bulletin

I’d like to say a few words about teachers, without whom none of us would know what in the heck to do with the word “whom.” I come from a long-ish line of teachers myself. My mother taught elementary and middle school for over 30 years, and my grandmother also had a brief stint practicing the pedagogical arts.I guess you could say teaching is in my blood - like a serious infection. In fact, “pedagogy” kind of sounds like the name of a disease. “I’m sorry, sir, you have an acute case of pedagogy, and I’m afraid we don’t have an ointment for that.” Some folks may labor under the delusion that teaching is a relatively easy career - with short workdays, summers off, loads of holidays, and late nights praying fervently for catastrophic levels of precipitation when (Continued on Page 7)

Fall happenings around Brazoria County By Sharon Toth The Bulletin

October is chock full of fall and Halloween fun, so here is our list of family friendly activities in our area that can be enjoyed by all with little to no expense. The Air Force Academy Wild Blue Country Band from Colorado will be performing at The Clarion, 500 College Drive, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., and the concert is FREE! Make it a date night, or take the children or grandchildren, to enjoy some quality country music, and you can’t beat the price! Tickets are required for admission, so to order free tickets, visit clarion.brazosport.edu or call (979) 230-3156. Earlier in the day on Oct. 19, Earth Quest - Birds of Prey is a nature-themed program at Quintanta Beach County Park that offers educational fun for about an hour starting at noon. All ages are welcome to learn about some special birds that will be featured

October is a great time of the year for community events and festivals, many of which are free. live, including the Peregrine Falcon, the fastest bird on Earth, and the Andean Condor, the biggest. This program is free. Seating is limited, so park officials recommend bringing lawn chairs. For information, call the county park at (979) 233-1461. Or would the children or grandchildren like to learn how to fish? Bass Pro Shops’s Kidfish will give them a chance to learn between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 in a stocked “pond.” Fishing poles and bait will be provided while supplies last, Texas Parks & Wildlife staff will provide the education part of this free event. Register at (979) 864-7152 or email

mikem@brazoria-county.net. Angleton’s Fall Festival returns this year after an absence last year to Freedom Park, 3105 N. Downing, on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free and will offer inflatables, a rock wall, petting zoo, and a pumpkin patch, where photos can be taken. Vendors will be on hand selling their wares, and pumpkins can be purchased for $5 each. Two area cities will host their free fall festivals on Thursday, Oct. 24. Freeport’s Fall Fest is 5 to 7 p.m. at River Place in Freeport Municipal Park. There will be games, a trunk or treat and a costume contest for all ages. Businesses or groups that would like to participate in the trunk or treat should call Freeport Parks & Recreation Department at (979) 233-6061. Clute’s Harvest Fun Fest will follow at 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Clute Municipal Park, 101

Next chapter: Volunteering to rehabilitate dolphins fulfilling experience A book club By Janice R. Edwards

By Ernie Williamson The Bulletin

Pssst! I have a secret for you. But don’t tell anyone, particularly my male friends.

The View from My Seat

I recently joined a book club at the Pearland Westside Library. It’s all women. Only my wife knows. Rumors persist there are other male members, but none has checked in. It’s just me for the moment. Furthermore, I confess that one of the book club selections – “American Marriage” – appears on Oprah’s must-read list. I hope I don’t lose my manhood card for reading it. If you had told me seven years (Continued on Page 5)

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Roy called me to the deck to see something special – a pod of dolphins cruising upriver. My heart thrilled at the sight. I grew up watching Flipper, and the kid in me always wanted a pet dolphin. I know now that dolphins used in the TV show became neurotic from their experiences, and it’s illegal to feed, harass or come within 150 feet of a wild dolphin.

It doesn’t matter - just seeing dolphins in the river delights me in ways I can’t explain. Maybe that’s because Roy and I experienced dolphin enchantment up close and intimate.

Memories are made of this It started 1n 1994 when I responded to a Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) plea on AM 740 radio for help sitting with a sick dolphin. That

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dolphin was named Rocket because he was found stranded June 22, 1994 – the day of the NBA Rockets Championship parade in Houston. I listened to that plea several times before it sunk in that they were desperate for people to help monitor a sick dolphin who had stranded. They listed a telephone number for more information. Never having marine mammal experience, I really wondered if they

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Pets are ours to keep for as long as they live

By John Toth

Editor and Publisher

I took the kittens for their booster shots and got to the appointment a few minutes early. So, I spent the time talking to other people in the lobby. The kittens were in a carrier that they are about to outgrow, and they quietly absorbed all the happenings as animals and people came and went.

Ramblings “That’s a beautiful dog,” I commented to the young man sitting on the other bench. The dog was all excited, wanting to make friends. The owner, though, held him back, and the pup complained as if saying, “I just want to visit.” Then an older man came in holding a cat wrapped up in a towel. I had to tell him the story behind the kittens, how I found them, bottle-fed them and was planning to give them away before realizing that I could not. “It looks like he hurt his eye,” I commented about the cat. His cat is 19 years old, he said. That’s older than how long my oldest cat lived. It looked just like a regular cat to me. I could never have (Continued on Page 4)

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(979) 849-5407 www.mybulletinnewspaper.com mainland were no longer usable. WEATHER BITES Galveston was in the path of leave when Alicia made landfall. Hurricane Alicia was the first the dirty side of the storm, while . Throughout the day, however, named storm and first hurricane of Brazoria County escaped with much as increasing winds began to cause the 1983 Atlantic hurricane season. less damage. damage in Galveston, people grew Alicia was the season’s strongest Twenty-three tornadoes were more worried. The mayor finally and deadliest storm. It killed a total reported that were either related or ordered a widespread evacuation of 21 people and caused $2.6 billion caused by Alicia; 14 of those were of the island after midnight on Aug. (1983 dollars) in damage. located in the Galveston and Hobby 18, but by then the bridges to the Hurricane Alicia formed from Airport area. Tropical Depression Three on Aug. 15 in the Gulf of Mexico and slowly moved west towards Texas, where it made landfall on Aug.18 at its strongest point with 115 mph (185 km/h) winds. Alicia quickly weakened into a tropical depression before dissipating over land on August 21. Thirty percent of Galveston’s population evacuated the island when Hurricane Allen threatened the eastern Texas coastline in 1980; only 10 percent of the population living behind the seawall chose to


Strange but True By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, Ph.D. THEM CARDS IS MARKED Q. Fifteen of the world’s top poker players, each of whom has won more than $1 million professionally, engaged in six-player, no limit Texas Hold ‘Em against a single adversary. Who was the adversary and what was the outcome? A. In 20,000 hands of online poker, an artificial intelligence (AI) named Pluribus beat them all, both in 10,000 games against five pros and in another 10,000 games pitting five AI copies against one pro, says Donna Lu in “New Scientist” magazine. As Tristan Cazenave at Paris Dauphine University explains, “Part of what makes poker so hard for AI to master is the huge number of possible moves…, more moves than there are atoms in the universe.” Additionally, poker involves hidden information, since players know only the cards they see, so an AI must learn how to act with different cards lest its behavior gives away a good hand. To master the game, Pluribus started as a novice, playing against five copies of itself and learning the rules over trillions of hands, improving its strategy as it constantly reviewed its decisions. As tourna-

ment player Jason Les sums it up, “You really want to push the AI, try everything you can to find a weakness …. Obviously, we weren’t able to.” GIANT SLOTHS EXISTED Q. Did you know that sloths once roamed the Americas, some treedwellers the size of cats but others weighing perhaps up to six tons? How is paleoproteomics shedding new light on sloth evolution? A. This pioneering approach, using proteins in fossils to discern evolutionary relationships, has been applied for the first time to mark the entire lineage of sloths, says Louise Lerner in “The University of Chicago” magazine. As geophysical scientist Graham Slater explains, “getting ancient DNA is a bit of a lottery.” But proteins could provide more and older data, since their molecules are sturdier and hold much the same information as DNA. Based on their study, Slater and his co-authors discovered that three-toed sloths (those with black lines around their eyes) are related to gigantic elephant-size sloths that died off about 15,000 years ago. “Meanwhile, two-toed sloths are the last survivors of another branch of ground sloths thought to be extinct.” A second independent

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study using DNA analysis confirms these results. Says Slater: “The very oldest DNA you can get is 800,000 years old, but in theory we should be able to get protein data from specimens that are millions of years old … It opens doors that we were only dreaming of.” OUT OF THIS WORD Q. With memories of the moon landing and talk of a mission to Mars, space travel is on our collective minds. Do you know the meanings of these terms from the world of space exploration: “moon shot,” “lift-off,” “rocket science,” “space cadet” and “light-years”? A. In addition to being “a mission to the moon,” a “moon shot” is “a highly ambitious, unlikely project with great potential impact,” says Anu Garg on his “wordsmith.org” website. “Lift-off,” first used in 1907, is not only the action of being airborne, as in an aircraft or rocket, but also “the launch of a project, an initiative, etc.” And “rocket science,” the science of rocket design, construction and flight, can also connote “something requiring advanced knowledge and intelligence.” For “space cadet,” credit Robert Heinlein’s 1948 novel of the same name, referring to a trainee astronaut. Over time, the meaning shifted to signify “one who is spaced out or has her or his mind in space, probably as a result of drug use.” Finally, a “light-year” is “a unit of length equal to the distance traveled by light in one year in vacuum, about 5.88 trillion miles or 9.46 trillion kilometers. Consider, Garg says, for a light-year’s worth of frequent-flier miles, “you’d need to travel between New York and Moscow only a little over a billion times.” (Send STRANGE questions to brothers Bill and Rich at sbtcolumn@gmail.com)

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Kind man makes sure old cat has a comfortable home (Continued from Page 1)

guessed that it was that old. The man explained the situation, how the cat needed a cyst drained rather than undergoing surgery at that age. Then, as the small talk continued, he said that the cat belonged to his son, who moved away and was just going to leave it at the old house. “That’s not allowed,” I said. He nodded his head and knew what I meant. “I couldn’t let him do that, so I went and got it,” he said. Bless you. Abandoning a pet is like sentenc-

ing it to a very harsh life, and most likely, death. Pets fully depend on us, and in return, they offer warmth, companionship and their full, unconditional devotion. Even taking them into a shelter because you’re moving, or they just got old and are having some medical problems, is a traumatic experience for them. You can tell in their faces that they are sad. Many of them refuse to eat or even accept treats. They fall into depression. Pets are ours for life. We make a commitment that we are there for them no matter what, and when they

O.K., WE’RE CALLING FOR AN ANOTHER GETAWAY CAR: A man and a woman were burglarizing a house in Jordan Township, Pa., when the mother of the homeowner arrived and saw them loading her son’s goods into their getaway car in the driveway. They tried to drive off, but the car wouldn’t start, so they had to call a friend to pick them up. The cops have their car and know who they are. OH, WAS THAT STARTING RIGHT NOW? A few minutes after a convicted drunk driver appeared in an Orangeville, Ontario, courtroom, and was ordered not to drive for a year, he got into his car and drove off. Officers immediately sprang into action, and then impounded his car. I’M HERE TO PAY MY BILL!!!: After officials in Taneytown, Md., shut off a man’s water service because he hadn’t paid his bill, a “disgruntled resident” intentionally and repeatedly rammed his car into City Hall. The mayor said, ““This was his response to that.” JUST FORGET I CALLED: After police confiscated 4 grams of his marijuana, a Sharonville, Ohio, man called the police and demanded they give it back. He thought that recreational marijuana is legal in the state. It is not. He, screamed, “I know the law, I know my f…,..g rights!” When he realized his mistake, he told the cops his wife’s name is Marilyn Manson and hung up. I FEEL BETTER NOW, OFFICER, HONEST … WHY ARE YOU ARRESTING ME? A man in Fort Kent., Maine, who was behind in his rent, pretended to be unconscious when his landlord showed up to collect. It didn’t work. When officers arrived, they found that he was suddenly alert and responsive. They also found that he had a warrant out for his arrest for criminal threatening. DIDGERI-DON’T: A security guard at a convenience store in Tulsa, Okla., shot a man in the groin during an altercation there after the guy swung a large Australian club, called a “didgeridoo,” at him. I’M NOT PREVENTING LOSS ANY MORE: A former loss-prevention employee of the Macy’s in King of Prussia, Pa., used the keys that he had failed to turn in to enter the building at night three times to steal more than $12,000 from the cash registers. On his third foray, the cops found him hiding in the ceiling at 4:30 a.m. JUST GO TO THE JUDGE AND SAY, “KIDDING!” Five years ago, a woman and her “best friend” got married in Las Vegas “as a joke.” But the man is now planning to marry someone else “for real.” So she wrote to an advice columnist to ask how they can get out of the joke marriage without it costing them.

get ready to cross over, we make it as comfortable as possible. They give us their devotion, and we give them the security and comfort of a long, happy life. It’s an even exchange. To abandon them is a betrayal – heartlessness. If you are not ready to make a commitment to the pet for its entire lifetime, do not get one. The man holding the cat in the waiting room didn’t have to hear all this. He was already practicing everything I mentioned here. His kind-heartedness was displayed by his actions – he was holding a 19year-old cat wrapped in a towel in his arms, making sure that the animal got proper care and love until it is ready to go. I didn’t have to say anything to him. It would have been like preaching to the choir. The previous owner of the cat, though, is a different story. The kittens got their shots, and I made an appointment to return in a

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month for their last boosters. I hope that in 19 years or so I’ll still be able to take them for their annuals, but for now I am just glad that I found them and that we decided to keep them. If everybody thought like this, our

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There is a book club out there for everyone’s mood, taste (Continued from Page 1)

ago I would spend even a second of retirement in a book club, I would tell you to sober up. No way. Regular readers of my column, if there are any, know my story. I came down with a rare spinal disorder that left me paralyzed and in a wheelchair. No more tennis tournaments, biking, jogging or running around with the grandkids. Doctors at TIRR Memorial Hermann stressed that it would be important to stay active and that I would need to find new activities. Since I don’t think sitting in my recliner watching Astros games counts as a new activity, I joined the book club. I am glad I did. A Pew Research Center study quoted in the New York Times found that 11 percent of Americans were active in “literary discussion or study groups such as books clubs” and that women were more than twice as likely to take part in such gatherings as men. An Internet search found all kinds of women’s book clubs in the Houston area. There’s the Houston Women’s

Book Club with 2,457 members, the Sassy Women’s Book Club with 430 members and the Black Girls Social Club – Brunch, Booze and Books with 165 members. There are male book clubs. The Times noted that some all-male book clubs seem to have an outsized need to proclaim their masculinity. A book club in Marin County, Calif. calls itself the Man Book Club, for instance. The group, according to the Times, expresses its notion of manliness through the works it chooses to read. “We do not read so-called chick lit,” one member said. “The main character cannot be a woman.” This is emphasized on the club’s website: “No books by women about women (our cardinal rule). In the Houston area, there is the Drunk History Book Club with 43 members. The group selects a history book once a month and a local watering hole for a discussion. The title sounds gender-neutral, but I bet it has more than a few male members. The book club I joined out of

convenience is not designed to be exclusively for women, but the book selections do have a slightly female bent since the group has input in the selections. I can say unequivocally that I wouldn’t have decided on my own to read any of the four books I have read so far. But that is a major reason I am glad I joined. I needed to change my literary diet. A guy can read only so many novels by John Grisham, James Patterson or Tom Clancy. One big advantage of the book club is that the monthly meeting to review that month’s book serves as

a deadline. Reading two pages then falling asleep with the book on your chest just won’t cut it in this group. My first monthly meeting was surprisingly lively. That month’s book, “The Hate U Give,” explored race and police. Several members shared their experiences. The most recent book club selection was “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.” This non-fiction book describes how a group of librarians raced to save precious centuries-old

texts from destruction by Al Qaeda and other terrorists. It’s not exactly a page-turner, but I can’t wait for the next time someone mentions Timbuktu in conversation. Boy, the things I know about the history of that fabled African city. I have enjoyed the book club and will stay with it for a while. I may, however, need to skip next month’s book. Nelson DeMille has a new rippedfrom-the-headlines thriller coming out. (williamsonernie@gmail.com)

1634 On a ship headed for the Massachusetts Bay Colony, religious renegade Anne Hutchinson organizes a female discussion group to examine sermons given at weekly services. Eventually condemned by the Bay Colony’s general assembly, the gatherings inaugurated a tradition of women’s analytical discussion of serious texts.


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We fed dolphins, interacted with them and were rewarded (Continued from Page 1)

Jan R. Edwards recalls the time when she and husband Roy volunteered to take care of injured dolphins.

meant anyone not in that field. But when Roy got home, I discussed it with him, and we called anyway. Turns out any volunteer who was dependable and showed up for their shift was wanted. We both volunteered – I mean, who gets to work with dolphins? TMMSN told us what to do in our 4-hour shifts - monitor the dolphin’s activity, and once an hour count respiration. Volunteers were so desperately needed for this 24/7process as the Marine Biology students who normally did this chore were off on summer break. Roy and I lived off the Gulf Freeway about a 30-minute drive from the NOAA facilities where they treated the dolphins. Our first experience was with Rocket, a bottle-nosed dolphin. By my third shift with him, thanks to ‘round-the-clock care and antibiotics, he was well enough to return to the wild, and I was asked if I would like to slip into the pool and feed him. I entered the pool and extended his dinner from my right hand. He swam close and rolled on his side. Our eyes met. We connected without words. He took the fish and swam around my legs, rubbing them like an 8’6” cat. I can’t explain what ideas exchanged between us; I only know I was changed forever. Rocket was just the first in a series of dolphins we sat with. We didn’t get to go on his release, but we did get to go on Charlie’s. Charlie was a pantropical spotted dolphin, and he bonded with Roy like Rocket did with me. When he was well enough, we watched him be transported to the Freeport Coast Guard station and loaded on a boat to take him out to sea. We boarded the Coast Guard support boat, following him out to his release point. What a thrill watching him released back in the wild. We sat with Nemo, a large bottlenosed dolphin and helped teach baby Cole, a dolphin separated from his mother in a storm, how to eat. These events were happening simultaneously. While this was going on, Bridgett Fonda came down and shot part of a documentary, “The Trouble with Dolphins.” Roy and I got to go out on the support boat to release Nemo during this time and got to interact with Cole.

Because of his young age, Cole could not be returned to the wild. It was great fun being in the pool with him. All he wanted to do was play. Not so much fun force-feeding him fish – the little devil was strong. Did you know that if you get a fish in just the right spot in a dolphin’s throat, he has to swallow it? We also got to know Hope, another pantropical spotted dolphin who came in with a collapsed lung, among other problems. This time, we had to take shifts sitting on the bottom of the tank, keeping her wet and holding her blow hole out of the water. Every four hours we put her body in a sling and walked her around the tank to keep her muscles from atrophying. She developed pneumonia and had to be euthanized. There were a lot of tears at our house that night.

The last dolphin we had anything to do with was Nick. He came in covered with cookie-cutter shark bites, and before our shift with him, he died. Then my friend, Kristin, and I went to Galveston to help with the necropsy. By the time we got there, though, we only had to watch for a while before we cleaned the pool. A little while later, the leadership of this organization changed, and laymen dolphin watchers were no longer in demand. But I have memories of playing ball with a baby dolphin, hand-feeding an adult dolphin, watching returns to the wild and communicating without words by looking into the eyes of wild creatures. (Jan wants to hear from you. Write her in care of The Bulletin. Email: john.bulletin@gmail.com. Snail mail: The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton TX, 77516.)


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If you think teaching is easy, volunteer in the cafeteria (Continued from Page 1)

snow is in the forecast. (O.K., maybe that’s just me.) Sure, teachers may get a little more time off than some professionals, but they need these precious moments of psychological rehab to keep from setting their hair on fire and running through the streets. And I would know. My own olfactory nerves were permanently damaged during my short tenure teaching junior high. In fact, back when I was in seventh grade, amid diagramming sentences, my friends and I used to see how often we could prompt our English teacher to pull out the Lysol within a 60-minute class period. By the time the bell rang, the room could’ve been mistaken for an overcrowded feed lot - with a hint of linen freshness. Besides actually managing students within the fragrant confines of the classroom, teachers are also subjected to various other “duties as assigned,” including hall duty, bus duty, lunch duty, recess duty, carpool duty, and many other great big piles of duty. Have you ever spent some quality time monitoring a junior high school cafeteria? It’s a great way to lose weight (and your hearing). I call it the Food-Fight, Boisterous-Belch, Milk-Spew, Jell-o-Slurp, GiggleSnort, School Cafeteria Diet. Once

you’ve seen an eighth-grader hork down a cafeteria-style French dip – a sandwich made out of a roll and everything else on his sectioned tray (dunked in chocolate milk), you may never bring yourself to eat again. Now don’t get me wrong. Teaching does have its rewards. There is nothing quite like the joy of watching a child learn. Teachers have the privilege of introducing their beloved students to such important concepts as dangling participles (not to be confused with other offensive dangling things - like prepositions), the Shakespearean origin of the word “puking,” and algebra. Teachers really are the unsung heroes in America. Sure, we all pay

lip service to honoring teachers by force-feeding them enough desserts to send them into a carbohydrate freak-out on Teacher Appreciation Days, and we bring them tacky Christmas gifts like mugs, candles, and apple-shaped bath bombs that make them smell like they underwent a prolonged hot-cider baptism. (I’ll bet if my mom had lit all of her teachergift candles at once, they could’ve easily be seen from the Death Star.) But couldn’t a society that wastes $9.8 billion a year on gastrointestinal discomfort at Taco Bell do more to show our thanks? While I don’t want to get into the debate about teacher pay, I can promise you this: Teachers aren’t

paid too much, their insurance isn’t overly generous, and their retirement plans aren’t excessively lucrative. And if you need to see for yourself that teachers earn every cent of their salaries - and beyond - volunteer at

your child’s school sometime. I’ll bet they could use you in the cafeteria. Copyright 2019 Graves is an award-winning humor columnist from East Texas. Contact Graves at susanjase@sbcglobal.net.


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Brazosport College Foundation Scholarship Soirée raises more than $200,000 for student scholarships The Brazosport College Foundation recently hosted its biennial Scholarship Soirée, with attendees enjoying a 1920s-themed celebration filled with fun and good times. More importantly, however, was the amount of money the event raised for student scholarships. The “Sip Sip Soirée: A Speakeasy Affair” event at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College brought

in more than $200,000 that will be used toward scholarships through the Brazosport College Foundation. The Soirée raised a bulk of its money through gifts from community members, local businesses and a live auction. More than 350 people attended the event The Soirée was underwritten by Dow. Other sponsors included BASF Corporation; Olin Corporation;

Brazosport College Peer Recruiters and students, from left, Derek Bock, Tatyana Diaz, Sabrina Rocha, Haley Helms and Kyrell Peterson, pose for a photo before attending the BC Foundation’s Scholarship Soiree.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP; Freeport LNG; Kennemer, Masters & Lunsford, LLC; K-Bin, Inc.; Phillips 66; Birdsong Real Estate; Brazosport Tire; Cordoba Law Firm, PLLC; Family Fitness, Inc./Marquis Construction Services; Gary & Ruth Hockstra; Charles Johnson Law Firm; The Kageler & Warny Families; A Taste for Nature Steering Team — Marty & Carole Cornell, Sam & Mickey Dufilho, Heardy & Lisa Myers, Ken & Linda Sluis and Ravi & Pam Singhania; Bill & Diane Tasto, George & Trish Franklin, George & Anita Rau, Robert & Karen Perryman and Gerald & Serena Andrews; USA DeBusk; Texas Gulf Bank; Vencorex US, Inc.; CHI St. Luke’s Health Brazosport; MEGlobal, CenterPoint Energy, Gateway Mortgage Group; and Terracon. The event was chaired by Matthew and Natalie Broaddus, while Rich and Trudy Wells were the honorary chairs. This was the Brazosport College Foundation’s fifth biennial Scholarship Soirée. Since the event’s inception in 2011, more than $1.5 million

has been raised for BC student scholarships. One of the many students attending BC on a scholarship, Tyler Krebs, spoke about how her college education has been assisted by a scholarship through the BC Foundation. Guests at the Scholarship Soirée also enjoyed a multitude of other activities, including live music produced by the Grand Ol’ Production Co., featuring Will Hearn, Blue

Water Highway, the Dirty River Dixie Band and other local talents; fine dining; libations and plenty of dancing. The Soirée also featured a raffle, sponsored by Paul and Becky Kageler, with one lucky guest winning a getaway for two at a choice of one of Hotel ZaZa’s four boutique hotels in Texas To learn more about Brazosport College or the Brazosport College Foundation, call (979) 230-3163.


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Brazoswood Dr. There will be games, candy, and a costume contest. Register at the park pavilion before 6: 15 p.m. to enter the costume contest, which is for three age groups, 3 and under, 4 to 7, and 8 to 12. For information, go to www.clutetexas.gov or call Clue Parks & Recreation at (979) 265-8392. Richwood will hold its free Trunk or Treat on Friday, Oct. 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 600 Audubon Woods Dr. Sponsored by Keep Richwood Beautiful, it will include a showing of the movie, “Hocus Pocus,” at 7 p.m. with 50-cent popcorn and beverages. Lake Jackson’s Family Fright Night Camp-out offers families a chance to bring their tents and camp out at MacLean Park, 93 Lake Road, on Friday, Oct. 25, starting with a 4 p.m. check-in and activities beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy the company of other families while decorating your tent, watching a movie, making s’mores, and eating a light meal provided by the Lake Jackson Parks & Recreation Department. The cost is only $5 per camper or participant (camping optional) for ages 3 and up. Register by Oct. 20 to participate by calling (979) 297-4533. Or, wake up early, whether you’re a camper or not, and join BASF Kids Run or the 5-K Monster Dash on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Kids Run

takes off at 7:40 a.m. and is free and includes a T-shirt and medal. The 5-K follows at 8 a.m. and winds through MacLean Park along the Dow Centennial Trail. There will be awards for the best-costumed runners. Finishers will receive a custom Monster Dash medal. The fee is $25 in advance or $30 onsite. Register now through race day. Register online at thedriven.net/ monsterdash5k. For information, call (979)297-4533. True to Life Ministries is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the Concert of Hope featuring seven-time Grammy nominee Natalie Grant and Blue Water Highway Band. The concert will be held Friday, Oct. 25, at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $60 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at www.ttlm.org/ concertof hope. Parking is free, and sponsorship opportunities are available. For sponsorships, contact (979) 529-9702 or email chris.ballew@ttlm.org. There are limited VIP experiences available also. Lake Jackson Historical Museum will host a Pumpkin Patio Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at

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Invites You To:

October 18, 2019

A Fun Evening Tasting Outstanding Wines

from “Down Under” paired with Gourmet Hors d’oeurves.

SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS $100 per person*

6:30pm at The Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College *To purchase tickets, donate or learn about sponsorships, go to www.refugefriends.org Proceeds from A Taste for Nature 2019 will enhance wildlife habitat and develop public-use facilities at the Cannan Bend Recreation Unit of the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. This recreation area will provide the only freshwater fishing lake on the Texas Midcoast Refuges and unparalleled viewing of wildlife in aquatic, old-growth forest, and pristine-prairie habitat—a stone’s throw from Brazosport. A Taste for Nature is a project of the FOBWR, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization supporting the Texas Mid-coast National Wildlife Complex. Tax ID 76-0440298.


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Kickin’ up a storm at Carriage Inn Barn Dance

Residents and visitors kicked up their heels at the Community Barn Dance the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Carriage Inn Lake Jackson, a senior living facility. Live country music was provided by the Daniel Holmes Band, and dancers whirled past a big red barn decoration, assembled by Kara Brothers, director of sales and marketing, as they circled around the dance floor. Carriage Inn Director Justin Graves was on hand, as were other staff members, such as Adrian Reyes, who created the beautiful boot ice carving that served as the centerpiece of a buffet of appetizers. Blue and pink lights cast a purple tint on the giant boot, making it look almost electrified. All of the tables in the “barnyard” were filled, and residents and

guests spilled out into a couple of other rooms to enjoy the music and the food while watching the dancers.

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A lot has changed at SS in 84 years

By Nicole Tiggemann / Tribune News Service (TNS) Social Security turns 84 this year. With more than eight decades of service, we’ve provided benefits to one of the most diverse populations in history. Regardless of background, we cover retirees, wounded warriors, chronically ill children, and people who have lost loved ones. Knowing that we cover so many different people, we’ve created People Like Me webpages that speak to specific audiences. Sharing these pages could make a positive impact on someone’s life. Here are a few that might speak to you. Do you know someone who needs to start saving for retirement? It’s never too late to start planning. We offer two pages, one for people early in their career at www.socialsecurity.gov/people/earlycareer and one for people who have been working for a while, www.socialsecurity.gov/people/ midcareer. Nearly 55 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women. Women face greater economic challenges in retirement. First, women tend to live longer than men do, so they are more likely to exhaust their retirement savings. A woman who is 65 years old today can expect to live, on average, until about 87, while a 65-year-old man can expect to live, on average, until about 84. Second, women often have lower lifetime earnings than men, which usually means they receive lower benefits. And, third, women may reach retirement with smaller pensions and other assets than men. Share this page with someone who needs this information and may need help planning. www.socialsecurity.gov/people/women. We proudly serve wounded warriors and veterans. They endure sacrifices to preserve the freedoms Americans treasure. Many of them do not know they might be entitled to benefits. Share our resources with them to make sure they are getting the benefits they deserve. www.socialsecurity.gov/people/veterans. Nicole Tiggemann, Social Security spokesperson.

Health anxiety tends to rise after 50, but it’s manageable By Stacey Burling

The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

After she broke her neck in a car accident at age 28, Renée Tucker’s doctors told her that her newly repaired spine would never be as strong as it was before. Another accident could paralyze her. Now that she’s 51, though, she’s worrying more about her health. She often feels some dizziness and pain when she stands up, symptoms her doctors have not been able to explain. Any ache in her neck makes her anxious. She’s much more afraid of falling than she used to be. She’s seen that some people her age, even those who’ve taken good care of themselves, have had major health problems. While plenty of people ignore their health all their lives, Tucker’s worries about her increasing vulnerability are common in later life. Doctors and mental health experts said the 50s, 60s and up can be when symptoms provoke more anxiety than they once did. This is when many first experience serious illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Even if they don’t have a chronic illness, people are more aware of their mortality. Chest discomfort we could attribute in our youth to sore muscles

can seem much more ominous. Stomach distress might be cancer. A headache could be a stroke. Every forgotten name might mean Alzheimer’s disease. It’s hard to avoid the message that the risk of almost everything bad, including death, goes up with age. That’s why age mostly determines screening for breast, prostate and colon cancer. It’s why doctors start paying closer attention to your heart. For most of us, health worries are allayed by test results. We might lose some sleep temporarily, but we gain renewed appreciation for health we can no longer take for granted. For some, though, the distress is extreme enough that life starts to revolve around health fears. There are hours spent on the Internet that can fuel cyberchondria and constant doctor visits. Health experts say that worries about health exist on a continuum. A little worry is normal and may be good, because it prompts people to see their doctors. A lot can be crippling. Tim Scarella, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, said health anxiety is a problem when people become hypersensitive to changes in their bodies, and when they are not reassured when the doctor

tells them they don’t have anything serious. The key question is, “How much does that worry make you miserable or keep you from engaging in your life?” In their 20s, people may be anxious about school, first jobs, or dating. Health becomes a bigger issue later in life, when symptoms increase and peers get sick. Not much is known about the broader category of health anxiety, which includes more normal worry. Welll over 50% of older patients experience some level of health anxiety. Thomas Fergus, a psychologist at Baylor University, has found that worries about health are more likely to lead to increased use of medications, doctor visits, and lab tests, and thus higher costs in older patients than in young ones. Doctors may be feeding health anxiety without realizing it, experts said, by sending patients for tests. Waiting for results can be hard on people of all ages. Doctors can calm patients by saying they’re trying to rule out something that’s extremely unlikely. If they think the threat is bigger, they can promise to give the patients results as soon as possible and take care of them if something is wrong.


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National memory screening program comes to county Brazoria County Alzheimer’s Awareness Project to hold free, confidential memory screenings in the week of November 12-16

As part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) National Memory Screening Program, the Brazoria County Alzheimer’s Awareness Project will offer FREE, confidential memory screenings at nine Brazoria County Libraries during the week of November 12-16. The individual library schedules are as follows: ALVIN (105 S Gordon, Alvin): Nov. 12-16; 10:30 am to 5:30 pm each day; ANGLETON (401 E Cedar, Angleton): Nov. 12-16; 10:30 am to 5:30 pm each day; BRAZORIA (620 S Brooks, Brazoria): Nov. 12-16; 10:30 am to 5:30 pm each day; CLUTE (215 N Shanks, Clute): Nov. 12 & 14 in ENGLISH; Nov. 13 & 15 in SPANISH; 10:30 am to 5:30 pm each day; DANBURY (1702 N. Main, Danbury): Nov. 13 & 15; 10:30 am to 5: 30 pm each day. LAKE JACKSON (250 Circle Way, Lake Jackson): Nov. 12-16; 10:30 am to 5:30 pm each day; PEARLAND (3522 Liberty Drive, Pearland): Nov. 12-16; 10:30 am to 5:30 pm each day; SWEENY (205 W. Ashley

Wilson, Sweeny): Nov. 12-16; 10:30 am to 5:30 pm each day; WEST COLUMBIA (518 E Brazos, West Columbia): Nov. 12, 13, & 14; 10:30 am to 5:30 pm each day. Qualified healthcare professionals and/or trained volunteers will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and last approximately 10 minutes. “This will be our eighth year to partner with the Brazoria County Library System to offer free memory screenings,” said Dale Libby, Chairman/CEO of the Gathering Place and Coordinator for the Brazoria County Alzheimer’s Awareness Project. “For the past seven years, we have had the largest communitybased memory screening project in the United States. We expect to make it eight years in a row!” Memory screenings are an important part of successful aging and are gaining in popularity. Last year alone, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) screened more than 250,000 people through

its National Memory Screening Program (NMSP). Further, a recent study suggests that screenings may detect cognitive impairment up to 18 years prior to clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons. Warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion and personality changes. Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score below the normal threshold, as well as those who still have concerns, to see a neurologist for a thorough evaluation. Currently, there are more than 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to nearly triple by mid-century. Advanced age is

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the greatest known risk factor for the disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. For more information about the National Memory Screening Program, call (toll free) 866-232-8484 or visit www.nationalmemoryscree ning.org. The Brazoria County Alzheimer’s Awareness Project is sponsored by the Brazoria County Health Department and Gathering Place Interfaith Ministries, a free respite provider in Brazoria County. The goals of our organization are to create aware-

ness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and to promote early detection. BCAAP sponsors county-wide memory screenings in partnership with the Brazoria County Library System, and partners with area healthcare organizations, businesses, social service and government agencies and interested individuals to create events that heighten awareness in our communities. For more information, call (979) 308-4525, visit www.gath eringplacebrazoria.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ BrazoriaCountyAlzheimersAwarenessProject

The Brazoria County Alzheimer’s Awareness Project is sponsored by the Brazoria County Health Department and Gathering Place Interfaith Ministries, a free respite provider in Brazoria County. The goals of our organization are to create awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and to promote early detection.


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SENIOR FUN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Angleton’s Silver Hearts Travelers Club has a historical trip planned for Tuesday, Oct. 29, to Presidio La Bahia and the Mission Espiritu Santo in Goliad. Those traveling to this early Spanish fort and Christian mission can tour the chapel and learn about the mission’s ranching background. La Bahia is a National Historic Landmark and considered the world’s finest example of a frontier fort. There will be lots of walking, sometimes on uneven ground or gravel. Cost is $18, not including meal. On Tues. Nov. 5, the Travelers will tour the remodeled Holocaust Museum in Houston in the morning. The museum has a new butterfly garden, a high-tech theater, new galleries and more exhibition space. Then there will be a late lunch after the tour, which is $15. Lunch is extra. The group leaves at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. There will be an overnight trip to San Marcos and Gruene on Friday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 16.

In San Marcos, the group will watch a demonstration at Wimberley Glassworks on Friday, and then on Saturday, go shopping and eat out at Gruene Market Days. The cost is $66 per person for a shared room, or add $49 extra for a single in a room. Meals will be extra. On Friday, Nov. 22, the group will head to Katy to the Home for the Holidays Gift Market. Admission will be $6 per person, and meals are extra. There will be lots of walking and shopping among the 200-plus vendors’ booths. At the Alvin Senior Center, there’s an Oktoberfest meal, a fall dance, a Halloween get-together and a couple of trips to area restaurants and a movie. On Thursday, Oct. 17, seniors can enjoy a traditional German meal with friends for only $5 on the west side of the senior center at 309 W. Sealy St. Then on Tuesday, Oct. 22, seniors will head to Webster Cinemark 18 to go to a movie (movie not determined yet,) and go to Luby’s

for lunch. Transportation cost is $3, and the meal and movie is extra. On Thursday, Oct. 24, seniors will check out the Tex-Mex food for lunch at Killen’s TMX, where the average meal is $13.99. Fuel cost is $4 per person. Alvin’s fall dance will be on Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the senior center. Admission is free, and there will be light refreshments. On Thursday, Oct. 31, the senior citizen center is hosting the Spooktacular Potluck Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Those attending should bring a generous sized pot luck lunch dish or casserole. There will be a prize for the best costume and the most Halloweenspirited dish. There are limits for the number of passengers for trips, so please contact the senior program coordinators in both cities about availability and reservations. In Angleton, call Pat Aschenbeck at (979) 849-4364, ext. 5. In Alvin, call Marla Grigsby at (281) 3884298.

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Roll up your sleeve, it’s time for your flu shot before the flu Mayo Clinic News Network (TNS)

When is the best time to get your flu shot? Ideally, it’s before flu season becomes active in your community. Flu activity across the U.S. is low, making it the perfect time to roll up your sleeve for your annual flu shot. “The general advice is get the vaccine as soon as you can,” says Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. “People often wait to see if it’s a bad flu year. The problem is you don’t get to predict when you’re going to be exposed. And in today’s world, you’re around hundreds to thousands of people every day. Our recommendation is as soon as the vaccine is available, get immunized.” It takes about two weeks for your body to build immunity after receiving

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the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone be immunized against flu by the end of October. “The recommendation in the U.S. is that everybody age 6 months and older every year get a flu vaccine,” says Dr. Poland. While the flu vaccine is not 100% effective, it saves thousands of lives and prevents illness and hospitalizations each year. The CDC estimates

that from Oct. 1, 2018, through May 4, there were 37.4 million to 42.9 million reported cases of flu-related illnesses and 36,400 to 61,200 deaths attributed to the flu. “Would you get in your car without putting a seat belt on or having air bags, even though those (safety devices) aren’t 100%? They are the best we have,” says Dr. Poland. “It’s the best way we know to protect ourselves.”

• The flu vaccine is considered safe. You can’t catch the flu from the vaccine, because the virus in the vaccine has been killed or weakened. The live vaccine isn’t recommended for people with a weaker-than-normal immune system. • According to Fortune, the out-of-pocket cost of a flu shot really fluctuates depending on the type of vaccine you get, from $20 at Costco to upwards of $40. Health insurance policies cover flu shots at no cost to you. • Flu season runs from October to May, with most cases happening from late December to early March. But the flu vaccine is usually offered from September until mid-November. Getting vaccinated before the flu season is in full force gives the body a chance to build up immunity to (protection from) the virus.

Why should you get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.


Bulletin Crossword Puzzle of the Week

Solutions on the right side of this page In memory of Greg Wilkinson

DOWN 1 Gaudy trinket 2 Opposed 3 Enlargement advantage 4 Scot’s swimming spot 5 German “I” 6 Welcoming wreath 7 Highway through the Yukon 8 Newswoman Roberts 9 “Erin Burnett OutFront” channel 10 Pick up with effort 11 Geographically based trio 12 Makes trite, in a way 13 Hoff who wrote the “Henrietta” children’s books 19 Red “Sesame Street” puppet 21 Light beer? 25 Biceps exercise 26 Not at all handy 27 “Trainwreck” director Judd 29 Pay-__-view 31 Kings, e.g. 33 Lumbered 35 “MASH” setting: Abbr. 36 Lopsided 38 Sci-fi fleet vessel 39 Leave no doubt 40 GI addresses 41 __-mo 44 What a freelancer may work on 46 Hearts, but not minds 47 Ballpark snack 48 Lipton rival 51 Lindsay of “Mean Girls” 52 Foolish 55 Anti-counterfeiting agts. 57 Slim swimmers 58 Euro divs. 59 West Coast hrs. 60 Houston-to-Dallas dir. 61 Belly (c) 2019 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit www.sudoku.org.uk.

Solutions

EMU DUCK HAWK DOVE CROW ROOK EAGLE STORK GOOSE

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Why turning the Rangers back into contenders is not as simple as signing one or two big-ticket free agents By Evan Grant

The Dallas Morning News (TNS)

ARLINGTON, Texas — It was a pretty simple question. But once Jon Daniels got going at Tuesday morning’s season summary press conference, he couldn’t really stop himself. And that’s a little alarming considering the topic. Which was: What are the Rangers’ off-season priorities? Daniels noted the Rangers haven’t done a lot in the way of strategy meetings yet. That isn’t all that unusual. September is about setting budgets, evaluating staff and finishing up scouting assignments. October, for those not involved in playoffs, is when an offseason plan really gets molded. Fortunately — or, perhaps, unfortunately, the Rangers have the full month to focus on that since Tuesday was merely the first of month. Before we get any further, let’s just set the stage. The bar for this club is going to be raised in 2020. It is moving into a new stadium, which means more revenue for owners

and probably higher costs for fans. It is coming off its third straight losing season, which Daniels hasn’t endured since his first three years as general manager more than a decade ago. It is looking at a significant gap between itself and the two teams at the top of the AL West, both of whom are readying for playoff baseball. This season was about introduc-

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ing manager Chris Woodward and a new way of doing things. In 2020, the demand for results must be higher. “Ultimately, we weren’t good enough this year,” Daniels said. “When we talked about this club, we weren’t going to put any limits on 2019, but we talked about how in 2020 we would have a new stadium and some additional resources and that we could take some extra steps. I use the term ‘taking steps’ because I think it’s really challenging to sit here and identify a year. We want to get better. I hope to be

sitting here talking about postseason baseball next year. I’m not going to sit here and guarantee anything. We’ve got a lot of work to do before then.” To that point, he started addressing areas where there is significant work to be done. He started with third base and starting pitching, obvious areas the Rangers must address. And then he just kept going. First base. Catcher. Center field. Bullpen. He stopped for a moment to catch his breath. It was a lot. Which gave me a chance to ask this: “Um, you didn’t mention the middle infield.” Yeah, that too. “For us to win a championship, we need significantly better performance out of those spots,” he said. “I think we’ve been very, very clear in conversations with Elvis (Andrus) and with Rougned (Odor) and other guys competing for spots. They understand what needs to happen. I know what they’re capable of, and

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Food brought God’s judgment, but also promise of salvation Q: It seems our society is more corrupt than ever. Does anyone ever ask the question, “If you were God, wouldn’t you be tempted to wipe out the human race and blot them from memory?” - A.G. A: We cannot put ourselves in God’s place, of course. He is far greater than we are. Apart from Almighty God, the human race is depraved and corrupt. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, for instance, He punished them by sending death on the human race. But He showed His love for them by making a way for salvation. Jesus spoke of the corruption of mankind and said, “As it was in

the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married ... until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them” (Luke 17:26-27). “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8). With God there is always hope for salvation because He is a God of love. But He is also a God of judgment, and He gives us warnings for our good. “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (Psalm 119:160). The great flood brought God’s judgment, but it also brought His

promise of salvation. He saved Noah and his family because of Noah’s obedience to the Lord. This is God’s way for mankind, and the proof is Jesus Christ. Jesus, indeed, is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Those who will obey and follow Him will know life eternal because of the sacrifice Jesus made for mankind. How wonderful it is to serve a risen Savior! Tribune Media Services

(Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: www.billygraham.org.)

we know what they’re capable of. I think there was more buy in to how we prepare, how we play as the season wore on. Going into next year, a lot of things will be dictated by the work they put in this winter and what the domino effect might be from other guys we add. I think some level of pressure, accountability, competition is healthy.” Where? Almost everywhere. Daniels singled out the work of starters Lance Lynn and Mike Minor, who both gave the Rangers 200 innings and 200 strikeouts, and corner outfielders Joey Gallo and Willie Calhoun. Other than that, the Rangers need to create competition for playing time and players must understand what’s at stake. That’s less than 20% of the roster. It might have been a little easier to just name the spots where the Rangers are set. This is the substantial challenge that’s likely to take more than one winter to solve. There are good — albeit expensive — potential free

agent fits for third base and in the rotation. Just as a note, Washington offered third baseman Anthony Rendon, the top free agent position player, seven years and more than $200 million this past month. A lot of that is deferred, but that’s the kind of investment you are talking about to plug one hole at a championship level from the outside. The Rangers may be able to plug some of those holes internally, but they are going to have to prioritize needs and accept they won’t fill all of them. If Andrus and Odor bounce back, it may allow the Rangers to play Danny Santana regularly; the Rangers would like to find a regular position for Santana. Ronald Guzman is quite good around first base, but can he hit enough to be part of the solution? This season seemed to provide more questions than it did answers. The point: There is still a lot to do to get this team back to contender status. It’s not as simple as identifying a big-time free agent or two.


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peoples’ issues. Go with the flow. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your ability to keep records and be discreet could be tested during the next several days. Don’t begin a new project until the middle of the week when you have double-checked your calculations and are better prepared. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A little organization goes a long way. Write down all your daily, weekly and monthly goals to avoid being sidetracked by fantasies and wishful thinking. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You may be challenged to demonstrate responsibility to your partners as the week starts out. By the end of the week you won’t feel quite as pressured to bow to the rules and can make better decisions and choices. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You may be filled with romantic notions in the week ahead, but your busy schedule or frequent interruptions might not allow you the chance to snuggle up with a loving partner.

Give it time. This too shall pass. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Someone’s advice can be extremely helpful. You are wise enough to wait for fully developed opportunities. Spend conservatively in the week ahead in order to fulfill a dream or reach a goal. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may envision a dream so inspiring that you feel the need to act on it immediately. Bide your time, exercise patience and don’t initiate anything until later in the week for better results. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may have a pocketful of practical ideas about how to best use your money in the week ahead; a partner might have other ideas. Work to find a good compromise. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): What you plan may not exactly resemble what actually happens. The week ahead may be peaceful and serene, but you might notice that other people are not as pleasant as expected.

OCTOBER 15 1860 - Grace Bedell, 11 years old, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. The letter stated that Lincoln would look better if he would grow a beard. 1883 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It allowed for individuals and corporations to discriminate based on race. OCTOBER 16 1793 - During the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded after being convicted of treason. 1829 - In Boston, MA, the first modern hotel in America opened. The Tremont Hotel had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day and included four meals. 1869 - A hotel in Boston became the first in the U.S. to install indoor plumbing. OCTOBER 17 1777 - American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, NY. It was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War. 1931 - Al Capone was convicted

on income tax evasion and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939. 1933 - “News-Week” appeared for the first time at newsstands. The name was later changed to “Newsweek.” OCTOBER 18 1767 - The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania. 1943 - The first broadcast of “Perry Mason” was presented on CBS Radio. The show went to TV in 1957. 1950 - Connie Mack announced that he was going to retire after 50 seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics. OCTOBER 19 1933 - Basketball was introduced to the 1936 Olympic Games by the Berlin Organization Committee. 1951 - U.S. President Truman signed an act officially ending the state of war with Germany. 1960 - The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities

except medical supplies and certain food products. OCTOBER 20 1873 - A Hippodrome was opened in New York City by showman Phineus T. (P.T.) Barnum. 1892 - The city of Chicago dedicated the World’s Columbian Exposition. 1910 - A baseball with a cork center was used in a World Series game for the first time. OCTOBER 21 1879 - Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out. 1918 - Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter. 1925 - The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations. 1950 - Chinese forces invaded Tibet. 1998 - The New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined.

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Jumbles: MINCE QUACK ROOKIE BUREAU Answer: The baby delivered at 30,000 feet was -- AIRBORNE

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the week to come, you should guard against misunderstandings with someone in close connection. You may grow closer to a loved one and have opportunities for romantic togetherness but may differ over certain understandings. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the week ahead, group outings to shop or accomplish other things may cause you to get sidetracked and frustrated. If you want or need to get things done, go it alone. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You are an independent thinker who can develop ideas that are way outside the box. Your judgement is better than usual in the beginning of the week, when your bright ideas and tolerant attitude put others at ease. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You naturally want to please everyone, but you should remember that just isn’t possible. Other peoples’ agendas may not be immediately obvious and might try your patience. You can choose not to take on other


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