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When sitting in an East Texas deer stand before daylight, there is time to reminisce about all sorts of things. The first sign of the coming sunrise is the raspy sound of the thrashers. These little chatterers seem to always be around to usher in the new day.

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It’s big deer time in South Texas and Beaumont hunter Danny Byrom didn’t waste any time in tagging the best deer of his life while hunting on his brother’s ranch in Uvalde. Danny shot his first deer three years ago at the age of 60. That was a 10-pointer.

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I’ve been giving some thought to the beautiful photograph of the brave and fierce looking lion someone sent me on my Facebook page. I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps we can get a wrong message from the saying that has been attached: “Walk in like Goliath and fight like David.” We all remember cartoons and stories from our youth explaining clearly that the lion is the king of the jungle and when he roars, the other animals cower in fear and run to hide. He is known to be a killer when he is on the hunt for food or guarding his den.

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Yes, we can have trees with color in our yards. Folks might not make an annual pilgrimage here to see our leaves change color as they do where climates are colder, but if you make the right choices with trees, you can watch your own leaves become orange, purple, red and yellow.

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(Editor’s Note: The following narrative is about a real patient. I have requested and received permission to tell his story. His name will not be used but he is aware that it may be possible for some who know him to identify who he is. The story will be told from my perspective. He would tell it slightly differently, I suspect, but the facts are accurate and the implications of his story and our relationship are significant for the future of health care. Over the past three years, he and I have become good friends. I have learned to respect and care for him and he for me.

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