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Frohe Ostern!
Frohe Ostern!

Frohe Ostern!

Spring brings many gifts, especially here in the south. The temps begin to warm. Everything gets a dose of Mother Nature’s balayage, rapidly morphing from brown to emerald green. The world is suddenly full of babies. From ducklings to kittens to calves, the spring birthing process is truly a miracle to behold. And, for those of us deeply steeped in this mom life (or, in my case, this grandma life) it’s time to get busy. Sure, we’ll be mowing and pulling weeds and planting everything from tomatoes to periwinkles, but we also need to focus on the task at hand. There are so many eggs to dye, so much change to scotch tape into little plastic orbs, so many baskets to fill. After all, what would spring be without millions of pieces of green plastic grass to haunt us for the next 364 days? It’s Easter prep time! And, like all the other religious based holidays, this one being my favorite because the reason for this season takes us from the depths of despair to divine elation, Easter is truly a people soup of cultures and beliefs. Take the German influence, for instance. What is it about Germany and little furry creatures? First, they gave us the groundhogs, via the absence of hedgehogs in Pennsylvania. Now, you’re telling me they gave us the Easter bunny? That I am. But, before we talk all things das kaninchen, we must address the age-old quandary. When is Easter and why is it freezing cold on some years and steaming hot on others?

Dallas Arboretum Offers Adventurous Children’s Summer Camps and DIY Garden Explorers Learning Kits

Summer camps are returning to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, with registration opening on March 1st. New this year, the Dallas Arboretum offers a blended format featuring on-site, at-home and virtual engagement opportunities for children to learn about science. In addition to summer camps, the garden has created DIY Explorers, a spring learning kit designed to help children engage with the garden from home.

Texas Tops all U.S. States in Exports for 19th Consecutive Year Natural resources, agricultural production among state’s economic generators

Crude oil, and light and miscellaneous petroleum products are the state’s top exports. (Stock photo)

Texas Tops all U.S. States in Exports for 19th Consecutive Year Natural resources, agricultural production among state’s economic generators

Trucks waiting in line at the Texas-Mexico border. (Courtesy photo)

Texas Tops all U.S. States in Exports for 19th Consecutive Year Natural resources, agricultural production among state’s economic generators

Texas has had steady growth as both a manufacturer and exporter of high-tech products and equipment. (Stock photo)

Texas Tops all U.S. States in Exports for 19th Consecutive Year

For nearly two decades, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, BEA, has ranked Texas as the No. 1 exporter among U.S. states.

Finding Faith During Easter Celebrations

Finding Faith During Easter Celebrations

For many Christians, modern Easter celebrations would not be complete without bonnets, bunnies and colored eggs. As fun as those components can be, Christianity is at the heart of Easter, which is the most important date on the Christian religious calendar. Easter Sunday marks the culmination of events that shaped the beliefs and teachings of an entire faith.

How Much Risk Should You Take Before Retirement?

How Much Risk Should You Take Before Retirement?

If you’re planning to retire in just a few years, you may be getting excited about this next phase of your life. However, your ability to enjoy retirement fully will depend, at least partially, on the resources you can draw from your investment portfolio. So, while you still have time to act, ask yourself if you’re comfortable with your portfolio’s risk level.

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