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When July 4 rolled around this year, it felt hard for me to celebrate. While I acknowledge I live in the best country in the world and I’m so thankful for my various freedoms — including freedom of religion and freedom of speech/press — the red, white and blue just wasn’t doing it for me thi…

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I remember a February evening in 2020 where the community gathered together at the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library to listen to a presentation about a Historical Preservation Ordinance (HPO) for the city of Brenham, specifically for the downtown district. It was standing room only and I…

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Often times writing my column on Monday mornings is a great way for me to start off my work week and is a ritual I look forward to. There are many times when an idea will come to me over the weekend an I just can’t wait to write down my thoughts and feelings.

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Five years ago I was heading back to Brenham after a week of being in Lincoln, Nebraska for the International Thespian Festival. It was a week of being surrounded by fellow theater nerds who would burst out into show tunes, wore colorful outfits and just enjoyed the simplest and grandest thi…

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There is one thing one of my best friends, Shannon, from college told me that has stuck with me for years. Her best friend from high school, who was also her roommate in college, often would go to Shannon for advice. There were times where Shannon was going through tough stuff herself or had…

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To be honest with you, I’m not the most person qualified to write this column. I don’t know much about my heritage. I grew up white and American and I didn’t realize there was ever more to my story than that. I know I have some Czech in my blood on my mom's side of the family. I don’t know m…

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Do you remember as a kid when you would go to your grandma’s house and see a China cabinet full of shiny, glimmering glass and plates and you just wanted to open it and see what was inside? You would reach for the handle and your mom or grandma would tell you to stop because as a young child…

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I was approached at a ribbon cutting last week by a very nice couple. The husband told me he enjoyed reading my column, which always makes my day.

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After reading a New York Times article about the collective feeling of languishing, I got to thinking of how much of a hive mind we citizens of the earth can be at times.

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Just like you, I also enjoy reading The Brenham Banner-Press, even though it’s kind of my job to know what’s going on. I read Derek Hall’s column on recognizing teenage depression and thought it would be apt to talk about how depression can look in adults.

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I wore an orange floral dress to church this past Sunday. It was an overcast Sunday with a bit of a chill and lightly drizzling. I stepped into church and grabbed a palm leaf and made way to a pew and sat next to a couple I didn’t know.

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As I sit patiently waiting for my turn to get the vaccine, I am still reporting and living my life to the fullest I can, while still taking necessary precautions to avoid a second exposure to the coronavirus.

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I recently subscribed to something called The Good Newspaper which is a monthly publication featuring happy news. I fell in love with the company’s idea to search for good news and report good news because, let’s face it, we live in a sad and angry world most days.

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March 8 is International Women’s Day and I would be remiss if I let it pass by without acknowledging some of the women in my life who have shaped me and supported me throughout my life.

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I hope our readers managed to stay warm over the past week after a crazy arctic blast hit Brenham and the rest of Texas. I was lucky enough to only lose power on Sunday due to ice accumulating on power lines, and was not subject to rolling blackouts Monday or Tuesday.

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If you’re lucky, you haven’t had to date in a long time. This Sunday is Valentine’s Day and it has me reflecting on dating during a pandemic.

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It’s really weird to open up Facebook and see one of my acquaintances posting a photo of himself with a needle in his arm receiving the vaccine. Never in my lifetime would I have imagined someone being so happy to receive a shot that they would post it on social media. But that’s 2021 for you.

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I’m a rather emotional person. I always have been. My parents often described me as “sensitive” growing up, and still do. My friends have come to know my signature dramatic slurry of emotions and vocabulary. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, but people have told me that it is.

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I don’t like politics, but I love people. It’s no secret people are hurting right now. This is magnified by protests from both sides of the political spectrum, the war of wearing face masks and so many other topics that would not all fit in this column. Each side likes to point fingers and b…

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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.