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I am composing this column using talk-to-text while driving on Highway 287 from Amarillo to Azle.

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Let’s visit a little about some of the things that we have been through during the past 12 months and how they have affected the quantity, quality and prices of agricultural products.

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More than three-fourths of Texas teachers say they have seriously considered quitting the profession largely because of a perceived lack of respect and support, according to a new survey by the Charles Butt Foundation.

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Dear Frankie,

I’m concerned that my mom is over-focused on my health. Once a month, she gives me pills to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks. I’m OK with that; no one wants heartworms or Lyme Disease

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“If you’ve been praying for rain, today would be a good day to gather with God’s people and thank Him.”

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There was no paper handy.

That's your excuse for writing a phone number on the meat of your thumb. No pun intended, but it was handy but now you can't quite totally remove the ink and you're feeling like an eighth grader again. Even so, you've got the number and, as in the new novel, "Stay Awake" by Megan Goldin, you won't likely forget it.

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Out on the lake all day fishing a tournament, in the heat at work or participating in other outdoor activities in this brutal Texas heat can cause overheating of your body. Too much heat stress can lead to a heat illness that is the body's way of saying it can't take the heat. Here is some i…

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The best music ever is late 1970s rock. It’s a scientific fact.

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Dear Frankie,

I read your column last month and saw how upset you and your readers were about the dogs in Ukraine. I thought you would be interested in knowing about Patron, a brave little Jack Russell terrier who serves in the Ukrainian military.

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You never know when an experience—a sound, a smell, an image—is going to remind you of something from long ago.

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I may or may not be suffering from jet lag as I attempt to compose this post. (Actually, there is no doubt whatsoever after a 10-hour transatlantic flight yesterday).

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 I want to thank everyone that helped make the Robert Landers Golf Classic a successful fundraiser to benefit the Azle High School golf program. Volunteers, players and sponsors are necessary to make the effort a success. Thank you.

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I have been so occupied with a variety of tasks that I failed to realize we are halfway through the month of May. Before we turn around school is going to be out, graduation is going to take place, and we will find ourselves smack in the middle of summer!

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Dear Frankie,

How would humans like it if hairdressers washed their hair with dog shampoo? They wouldn't. Neither do dogs like it when groomers wash them with human lavender shampoo and spray them with lavender perfume.

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I am a Chihuahua and a genuine service dog. I'm not one of those make-believe emotional support dogs. My mom has a hearing disability. She is not deaf like she can't hear anything, but she does have a hard time hearing voices and sounds.

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What’s the best warning you ever got? I’ll let you interpret “best.” You could go with most memorable, most helpful or most ridiculous. Most warnings begin with some form of “don’t.”

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Dear Frankie,

A couple of months ago, my mom's friend asked if her dog Rags could ride with us to the park. The first day my mom and I drove over to pick up Rags, she said I should be sure to introduce Rags to the other dogs.

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That's music to a performer: the best you can ask from a group of people expecting to be entertained is approval for your efforts. Laughter, for a comedy. Gasps for a drama.

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Even as someone who has spent my adult life in public and “up front,” it’s still a little unsettling for the compliments to be too effusive.

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I live in a condo on the 16th floor. My parents love where we live – they can see and hear the ocean and swim in our community pool. Unfortunately, I saw on the news that an apartment building in Florida that looks like ours collapsed.

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Mom is always after you to clean your room.

She always wants you to make your home a better place, starting right there. Sometimes, you wonder why and it's probably because a clean room makes everything better. In a way, you're safer when you live in clean surroundings, too, and that goes for the biggest home of all: the Earth.

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Spring winds can put a damper on the fishing, especially when you have lake wind advisories. Lately, it seems that we are having a windy April. Lake wind advisories are typically issued with forecast of winds over 20 mph

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Two weeks ago, I was standing in the foyer of the First Baptist Church of Waxahachie, Texas, waiting for my sweetie. It was almost time for our monthly concert with the Singing Men of North Central Texas.

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Sometimes you see the hand of God in the moment and sometimes you see it later. I started singing with the Singing Men of North Central Texas in March 2009. They had a mission trip planned in spring 2010. It would be their first trip to Ukraine.

That’s love!

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It was still dark on Sunday morning when they left their homes. The neighborhood was eerily quiet as they met on the street and walked, without conversation, to the cemetery on the edge of town.

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The Birthing Tomb