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This year was turbulent to say the least. We all know what happened in 2020. We all experienced a lot of pain and turmoil as the stress of so many unknowns made its way into our lives this year. But what about the good?

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There are a lot of Christmas traditions in my family. I’m sure your family has them, too. Even though some of these traditions won’t be done this year because, well, it’s 2020, I wanted to share a little piece of my family with you today.

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Holidays tend to be hit or miss for most people. We get excited to see family, open presents, eat good food and be merry with each other. But that might be hard for your family in 2020.

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This Thanksgiving was like no other in the Faykus family. I’m sure some of your gatherings looked a little bit different, too. No aunts, uncles or cousins were seen this year for me. In fact, I really only got to see my family through the windows of my grandma’s house this year because a wee…

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My tree is up, I strung lights around my apartment, I keep a pine tree candle lit, it’s Christmas time for me.

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I don’t often get disgruntled, but I’ve been a tad grumpy lately if I’m being honest with you. Last week was a doozy in the newsroom. The COVID news just kept coming. It’s astounding that Washington County jumped to nearly 80 new active cases of COIVD-19 in a matter of two weeks. What’s more…

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Brenham was alive this weekend; more alive than I’ve seen in months. Our little town was teeming with visitors who came to see the painting of two new murals for the Texas Arts and Music Festival, shop at the Art Market and our quaint downtown shops, and hear some live music for Hot Nights, …

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As the holiday season approaches, I can’t help but get excited for the best food of the year. Thanksgiving turkey and dressing? Delicious. Christmas morning brunch? I can’t wait! As the cold weather settles in, I am excited to make soups and other warm, savory dishes. But I would be remiss t…

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As I look at my calendar for the month of October, I am beginning to feel a little overwhelmed. If you take a glance at our daily brief sections, you’ll understand what I mean. It feels like every organization under the Washington County sun has decided to hold events in October.

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Fall is in the air finally. Well, at least in the mornings for now. I’ve bought a plethora of pumpkins to decorate my entrance to my apartment and occasionally light a pumpkin candle in my living room to get those fall vibes flowing. It’s my favorite part of the year.

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I have always been a girl who loves her hobbies. Hobby Lobby is my happy place and any day spent crafting is a good one in my book.

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Some days, it’s hard to escape the news. Being a reporter in a small town has its perks for sure. I am glad I’m not a reporter in a bigger city where controversy runs rampant and breaking news is a steady stream of crime and death. But that doesn’t make me exempt from feeling burned out when…

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Waking up Wednesday morning and going to work brought a feeling of melancholy as I saw gray clouds swirling above Brenham. The rain outside the office made me a little uneasy. I then recalled feelings I have to deal with every hurricane season.

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Lately, I have found great joy in cooking. When the pandemic hit in early March, I grabbed about two weeks worth of groceries from H-E-B in the hopes of not returning any time soon.

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I think it would be a fair assumption to say most anyone who reads this column is facing more stress than usual right now. Lately, stress has been consuming me. Little problems have snowballed into big ones that I have created from worry and doubt.

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A lot can happen in a year. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as every month feels like a new year. Some days my head is still stuck in March, other days I’m surprised it’s not Christmas yet.

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Whether it’s chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven or the savory smells of onions and garlic sauteed in a pan with butter, food has a way of bringing back happy memories and gathering us all together.

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While I was in high school, my church youth group often discussed the idea of going to church and being wrong about the existence of God versus not going, ignoring God's teachings and ultimately discovering God does exist.

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I’ve never been a big fan of change. It took me six years to try a new hairstyle.

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Hard times can often make people bad friends. I know I’ve fallen victim to mood swings poorly affecting my judgment when it come to what I say to my friends lately.

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I watch a lot of TV; it's probably my favorite pass time. I mostly watch it for the intricate story lines that come to life so easily through acting and sets of made up worlds.

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I’ve always liked to do things alone. I tend to be introverted in most situations.

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When I first started at The Banner-Press five months ago, I really hoped I would get to write a weekly column. Well, wishes do come true and you now have the pleasure of reading the ramblings on my life once a week. How exciting!

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Today — March 8 — Texans will set their clocks ahead by one hour as they spring forward from dismal Central Standard Time to the illuminating daylight savings time for six months, until it comes time to fall back by an hour on Nov. 1 and return to gloomy standard time.

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When I moved back to Brenham, I couldn’t quite figure out why God put me here.

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In the past seven days alone I have written and/or filed at least 10 Texas Public Information Act requests to the city and the county.

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On March 3, 2020, both the Republican and Democratic Primary Elections will be held. Early voting at the Washington County courthouse annex will begin on Feb. 18 and runs through Feb. 28.

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“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”