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“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? — it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

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— Jerry Seinfeld

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It’s difficult to even believe these words, but I’m quickly approaching my 2-year anniversary here at The Banner-Press.

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Some years ago, Germania Insurance company distributed prints of a painting entitled “The Handshake.” An insurance salesman is depicted outside of his one-seat coupe in a field shaking hands with a farmer behind his mule-drawn plow.

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Had Don Whatley called me about his concern or even taken a moment to visit before or after church on any given Sunday, we could have had a conversation.

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This column originally ran June 13, 2013. I thought it was appropriate to run again in recognition of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, which is April 8-14.

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The Brenham Fire Department says one of its largest fundraiser isn't just about the money — it's a way to tell that Easter is on the way.

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Today there are over 15,000 abused and neglected children in the direct care of the state. With rising caseloads, the CPS system is struggling. Simply put, there are more foster kids in need than there are Texans willing to open their doors.

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My apologies. These words of wisdom were destined for last week. I had written the first few paragraphs to give you a heads-up not to miss the show of a lifetime. A sprained wrist, however, interrupted my typing and I had to let a deadline pass.

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Love can be a beautiful thing, so long as it’s healthy. True love can be found in healthy relationships.

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During Wednesday night's community forum on hiring a new athletic director/head football coach at Brenham High School, Superintendent Walter Jackson said something that really caught my attention.

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The Rev. William Franklin Graham Jr., better known as "Billy," died Feb. 21 at age 99. His funeral will be March 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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So, just to be clear here, the Brenham school board has for been lambasted by an ultra-conservative organization because the district is encouraging people to vote?

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Texans have been inundated in recent weeks with television ads and campaign mailers from Dan Patrick in his attempt to win re-election as lieutenant governor of Texas.

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As the elected sheriff of Washington County, I want to thank our citizens who have continued to support our men and women in uniform for the past five years.

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Most people know me for at least one of three things around Brenham: 1. I take photos for The Banner-Press, 2. I make fused glass, and/or 3. I can juggle, mostly from performing in the “Under the Big Top” Maifest in 2013, a vaudeville show at the Barnhill Center at the Historic Simon Theater…

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February is a month with many holy days and holidays. What man can forget Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) without being in peril? And today, what woman?

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The Industrial Revolution is blamed for, or credited with, the urbanization of much of the Earth. The wheel replaced the horse, but those old agrarian ways will always be remembered, as the strength of everything powering those modern wheels is measured in “horsepower.”

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The road in front of our house when I was growing up wasn't paved. The paved part of FM 696 abruptly ended about 100 yards away.

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Unfair or not fair is now the mantra of the Democrat party. Those are the words most frequently tumbling out 0f the mouths of that party’s primary spokespersons. Senate Minority Leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

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Like a lot a parents, I spend a great deal of time asking my teenagers to put down their phones and do something more productive with their time.

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They started groundwork this week on a huge new housing subdivision on the Highway 36 Loop at Dixie Road. And I noticed that the first thing that was done was to push down most of the trees and all of the brush.

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I’ve enjoyed flying all my life, but it’s been a long time since I’ve flown by myself somewhere - 16 years to be exact.

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“My Road to America & In America; Plus My Family History” by Mteczyslaw Joseph is currently the book of choice on my reading table.

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My dad taught me a very valuable lesson about perseverance one hot summer.

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In 1974 you, the federal taxpayers, paid for my matriculation in the 52nd session of the Management Program for Executives of the Graduate School of Business, the University of Pittsburgh. Among my classmates were executives of Westinghouse Electric, Otis Elevator, Gulf Oil, Boeing Aerosyste…