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I started writing a Father’s Day column, but somehow in my mind, and with my fingers on the keys, I ended up with thoughts of my grandfathers, the two men that loved me without reserve, judgment, or ill will. Carl Henry Cannon and Marshal Eli Cole both loved me with wild abandon and made me know I was special to them. Every child needs that, and I was blessed to have it from two men that were as opposite as any two could have ever been. Granddaddy Cannon was fun and filled with mischief, and he laughed a lot. In fact, he laughed so much that his face had creases just from the smiles.

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We gardeners are often looking for those plants that can give some structure and beauty and color to the yard but don’t grow as large as a tree. The wonderful Aggie Superstar group called “Woody Shrubs” might have just what you are looking for among its choices. These are plants chosen by horticulturists all over Texas for their drought-tolerance, lack of disease issues and beauty, among other things.

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Q. I bought something at a pawnshop for $350. It was just confiscated by the police because it was stolen. Is there any way to get my money back?

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about some Web sites that evaluate and rate free Android apps (tinyurl.com/d9mjm6j). Since that column was published in The Examiner, I have received numerous requests from readers asking for a similar column on iPhone apps. This is my response to those requests.

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As we reach mid-June, there is some super fishing going on, but it is also time to finalize your hunting spots. It has always been a blessing to live in an area such as Southeast Texas where outdoors folks have access to both hunting and fishing that is first class. There are, of course, other areas that offer certain outdoor offerings, but few of them can offer such a large variety of outdoor recreation.

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