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Tommy Purser

I received two unsigned letters to the editor this week. Actually, one was a letter to the editor and the other was a comment on our web site about one of the stories that appeared there. Of course, I rejected them both. We don’t normally run unsigned letters. We are more than happy to provide…

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1984 And Today By John Reed

Dystopian fiction seems to be all the rage these days, running the gamut from “The Hunger Games” to “Mad Max.” Writing warning stories about how society can go wrong is nothing new. The middle of the last century saw seminal works by William Golding [“Lord of the Flies”], Ray Bradbury [“Fahrenheit 451”], Aldus Huxley [“Brave…

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The Nun Orchid — John Reed

The Nun Orchid (phaius tancarvilleae) is native to Southeast Asia and China.  Unlike most orchids, it grows in the ground like a lily; also like a lily, it blooms just once a year, in early spring.  Given enough time, the plant adds new bulbs that can be separated into new plants. For the last ten…

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Tommy Purser

Some 40 years ago, the late J.N. Boggs, president of Jeff Davis Bank, was my neighbor down the street on Libby Avenue. J.N. wanted a garden but was getting up in years and didn’t feel he could maintain it. Plus he had a bad knee that caused him to walk with a pronounced limp. So…

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