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Amazing that three different little reminders have come to me in the last two days calling my attention once again to the fact that it is the little things that often mean the most. Perhaps you can attribute my newfound opinion to my age, the loss of my husband and many friends, my children growing up and now my grandchildren reaching adulthood, but I know for certain that I value and treasure the little things I once took for granted.

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Biking back-country tails is popular at most Texas state parks.
Dogs become Texas  game wardens

One of the best family-based escapes you can find here in Southeast Texas is to visit one of our state parks like Village Creek in Lumberton and Martin Dies Jr. up around Jasper. They both offer an economic escape into adventure that includes camping, hiking, biking, hunting and fishing.

Just recently, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation highlighted data about the important role that parks play to local economies.

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David Brakin from Brakin Farms

You read about the trend toward farmer’s markets and people everywhere demanding the freshest of vegetables and fruits for their own dinner table. Well, we have our own long-standing and wonderful farmer’s market right here in town.

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In the not too distant past, we communicated with each other with the spoken and written word, telephone, telegraph, and by mail complete with a postage stamp. Fast forward a few decades, and now, in terms of personal communication, we use satellite dependent cellular phones, e-mail, texting, video conferencing, social networking, and other forms of digital media. While generally very efficient in terms of time and energy, these new digital communications technologies have also made us somewhat lazy.

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As our medical home grew, SETMA started a patient-centered council from which we could get feedback about how we can improve our services. As our idea of this project grew, we realized that more than “feedback” on what we had decided to do, we wanted our patients and community to give us guidance on what we should do and/or what they wanted us to do.

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