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If you grew up in the 80's or 90's, you may remember quicksand being featured in almost action movie as an actual and terrifying threat. Whether walking through the jungle, the woods, or by a lake, it had the power to look like all the rest of the sand, while being secretly deadly to not onl…

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Just six days into the new year and I’m still holding true on most of my new year’s resolutions.

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I remember distinctly when I was in 6th grade, going to a church talent show at the multicultural festival. A girl got on stage and sang Miranda Lambert’s “Famous In A Small Town.”

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Over the past two years of this newspaper's printing, some of you may have stumbled on to the opinions page wondering how your local reporters felt on certain topics. I’ve gotten many angry letters and emails during my time here while writing my weekly column. While it can be disheartening t…

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Last week, I attended a Chamber Chat hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce that discussed mental health in the workplace. These Chamber Chats help guide programming for future Chamber events, and I’m really happy our local Chamber of Commerce has recognized mental health needs …

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If you have gone to any big box store, mall or have shopped online recently, you may have accidentally stumbled upon the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, Christmas is already upon us, mere seconds after the Halloween skeletons, pumpkins and candy left the shelves of the same stores. Who…

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When I first started dating my boyfriend, James, the first thing I noticed about him was his dedication to Formula 1 racing.

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Two years ago, I walked through the doors of 2430 Stringer Street, dressed in a purple floral button down, slacks and flats. I got to the office slightly early and nearly beat my new boss, Derek Hall, through the door — which was locked, so I wouldn’t have been able to get in. 

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When Susan Cantey called me a month or so ago inquiring about writing a column about things she wish she had known about getting older, I was thrilled. I knew a lot of our reader would enjoy the shared sentiment with a touch of humor about getting older. Her voice is a wonderful addition to …

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I remember the first time I saw a rainbow. I was eating dinner with my family when I lived in Lumberton, probably 5 years old. When you live close to the gulf, summers are filled with random thunderstorms. I was probably a little sad because I couldn’t go outside and play that evening. We ha…

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Every life is a life worth saving. Those around you may be in a great deal of pain without you ever realizing. There are so many of us who believe we are alone in our battles, but the truth is, none of us are ever alone.

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If sometime during the past two weeks you’ve had a chance to pick up the 2021 edition of our Fall Sports Preview, cracked it open, and gave it a read, I want to express gratitude.

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When I moved to Brenham nearly two years ago, I signed a lease for the first apartment I could get my hands on. There weren’t that many options and there weren’t many apartments available within my options.

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One morning in July 2018, barely one month after I began work as the sports editor for The Banner-Press, Burton High School athletic director and head football coach Jason Hodde gave me a brief tour of the school’s weight room.

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When I moved into my new apartment in May, I began imagining the kind of look I wanted for my new space. My old apartment was 518 square feet and had minimal storage. My craft supplies quickly spilled out from my closet into my living room and my tiny couch I bought for $200 for my first apa…

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As I was walking one night at Hohlt park I noticed a couple ahead of me walking slowly. They didn’t have athletic clothing on, rather a polo and khakis for the man and capri pants and a knit blouse for the woman. The woman stopped on the bridge to take a panoramic shot of the park and I thou…

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It’s heart breaking to see this world as it is. Some days it can be easier to ignore the bad news, the scary truths and the craziness our world has to offer. But ignorance isn't always bliss.

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For people in Generations Y and Z, dating looks a little different than it did when our parents and grandparents were looking to get hitched. I’m not just talking about online dating and the dating culture some choose, but where our hearts are in this day and time.

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This Friday I will turn 24. This may come as a shock to some of you who probably think I’m older, given my likes and interests and general wisdom beyond my years thanks to God’s grace. But I’m young and blessed to only have a few aches and pains in my aging body.

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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.