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“I grew up a dreamin’ of bein’ a cowboy … and lovin’ the cowboy ways …”

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Once upon a time, whenever one would ask a Louisiana saltwater fisherman if the fish were biting, the answer would be about redfish. Many of those really all-year-around fishermen were not really interested in speckled trout. In fact, there was little interest in flounder. Redfish were the prey, and not only in Louisiana but also in our great state.

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For the first time in many months, we’ve gotten enough rain to bring East Texas lakes back up to normal levels, and with that in mind there should be lots of people heading to places like Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. Couple that with great fishing on Sabine Lake and East Galveston Bay, and there will likely be more boaters on the coast and on inland lakes than in the past couple of years.

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In the quest to convert your yard from a water-hungry (albeit lovely) sprawl of green St. Augustine grass to one which is less demanding, you could consider growing edibles in a portion of that space. How about blackberries for a start? They are naturally occurring along fence lines along the walking path at the Chris Quinn Soccer Fields and in lots of rural fields around town. How delicious to pick and eat!

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I have long been a proponent of free software. Much of the free software available is often as good, if not superior to, its commercial competitors. Many of the free software products are written by altruistic individuals in order to solve a particular problem or to fill a specific niche, while many others are free versions of commercial software where the publisher hopes that the users will be so satisfied with the free version that they willfully upgrade to the paid version, which often offers additional features.

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