Commentary

In all these long years of writing, I have tried to be honest with those that follow my columns and news coverage in various media. I have taken the advice of a faithful teacher who first pointed me to this adventure of putting my words on paper. “Write what you know best,” said Erma Nowell in the classrooms of the old Clarkston High School in DeKalb County, Georgia.

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Want a great garden next spring? Now is the time to start improving your soil if you want those super healthy colorful blooms next year. Just remember that when Jack threw the bean out of the window that grew the beanstalk, that the soil it grew in was probably super fertile.

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Based on the Dennis Lehane short story, “Rescue Animal,” this might as well be a companion piece to other Lehane adaptations such as “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone.” Lehane’s world isn’t pretty, and neither are his characters.

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Hamilton

By Lee Hamilton

Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: Land of Decay and Dysfunction.”

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Sometimes it seems the national media thrive on promoting conflict. I am getting a little tired of redundant comments on transparency, loss of faith in local government and the right to protest.

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For nearly 20 years, the Lexus LX models have offered an optimal balance of luxury mixed with everyday usability. For 2014, the LX 570 continues this tradition. With a starting MSRP of $82,630, room for eight, and a 5.7 L V8 with 383 horsepower, the LX 570 boasts a long list of amenities fitting for a Lexus flagship model.

Interior

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Another disappointing weekend at the movies only added modest gains to a summer season that has been one of the most dismal in many years. “The November Man,” a James Bond wannabe with Pierce Brosnan, was a yawner, as was the supernatural thriller “As Above, So Below” set in the catacombs of Paris.

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By Brandi Haskett and Lauren Dodd 

Let the good times roll … into Floyd’s Seafood and Steakhouse. Located off I-10 just past Washington Boulevard, Floyd’s offers up casual Cajun fare for spice loving Southeast Texans.

Casual with a capital “C”

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