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Watching a friend or family member experience changes in memory loss, thinking or behavior can be troubling. It’s normal to not voice your concerns because then they seem “real,” but if you are having significant concerns about their health, it’s important to be proactive and take action to find out what is going on.

The newest neighborhood community that started the rush to Huntsville is Texas Grand Ranch. They have sold out on lots in their first section. They are selling lots in their second section and the community is on track to open their third section. Although this community does not have a swimming pool, playground or lakes, they do have a community mindset. 

Summertime is upon us, Sam Houston University students are at home, we’ve been blessed with an abundance of rain for our flowers and yards and “Home Sweet Huntsville” continues to grow and prosper. Aren’t you glad you live here? I feel that I sometimes don’t appreciate enough what we have in our community, so I must stop, look around, think and thank God for where I am. I hope you feel the same.  We all have a lot to be thankful for.

Proverbs 26:1-11 contains a detailed though not complete list of characteristics of a fool. Those verses also explain how to respond to a fool. Verse one tells us that we should not bestow honor on a fool. Verse three reminds us that sometimes a whip is needed for a horse, a bridle is needed for a donkey, therefore a fool needs a rod applied to his back to discipline and guide him or her. I testify that I needed a rod to my back many times. Verse four tells us not to respond to folly with folly or else we will become fools ourselves. Verse five tells us to make sure that we find a way to warn the fool of his folly. It does not help the fool to allow him to believe that all is well. Telling the fool of his folly has great potential to help him avoid folly, maybe now and certainly later. Verse six warns us that depending on a fool will certainly bring harm, likely violent harm, to our own selves. Verse seven reminds us not to put much hope in our giving wise sayings to a fool. That wisdom will very likely be useless to the fool. Verse eight points out the stupidity of tying a stone in a sling. The stone must be loose in order to be cast from the sling. A tied stone in a sling is likely to remain in the sling and come back upon the head of the thrower. This stupidity is likened to giving honor to a fool. Giving honor to a fool will certainly damage the reputation of the one who bestows the honor. Verse nine warns us that if a drunkard holds a thornbush in his hand, someone is going to get hurt. Thus, if a proverb comes from the mouth of a fool, it is likely misapplied. Verse ten tells us that a man who hires a fool will bring harm to all who are nearby. Verse eleven lets us know that we should be ready for the fool to repeat his folly over and over and over again.

Farm Aid, the top-notch group of researchers and advocates who've tracked family farm issues for nearly 34 years, reports that just two giants now control 60% of all raw milk processed nationwide — a concentration that works to suppress the farm price of milk. But the processor monopoly is more severe than that number suggests. Because of rigged marketing rules and the perishable nature of milk, farmers sell regionally, and these markets are even more locked down by the Big Two. The largest — Dean Foods, an $8 billion behemoth — controls 90% of dairy markets in Wisconsin and Michigan, 70% in New England and 70-90% in several other states.

Over the years, technology has given scammers increasing opportunities to reach consumers. Phones have been used for decades, but in more recent years, email, text and social media have given fraud a faster way to reach targets. Now, scammers are discovering WhatsApp, a free communication platform popular for keeping in touch with friends and family in other countries.

Have you noticed all of the real estate activity around town? Homes are coming up on the market one day and a few days later, they are already under contract.

Editor's Note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances.

With nearly two and a half million miles spent commuting from my home in Texas to Congress, most airline flights are pretty routine for me. 

This morning, I woke up and had a few thoughts. Never mind how few. When three or more brain cells congregate, there is movement; if not action. These will be shared with perhaps some delivered controversy or unpleasantness. The inference, as always, is you should read and possibly disagree. That would indicate you are thinking.

The Fourth of July is the height of summer festivities; picnics and barbecues, family vacations, swimming and fireworks. Consumers and businesses alike are planning for what’s often seen as the crown jewel of summer. With so much excitement in the air, being safe and smart isn’t always at the front of our minds. That’s why your local Better Business Bureau is here with helpful tips and reminders for everything you need to know to prepare for the holiday.

Hello again, it is great to be back and sharing the world of gardening with everyone. Our “neighborhood” of Walker County is growing and we welcome the new gardeners that are coming in ... newbies and long term gardeners ... young and old. It is always a pleasure to meet new residents from around the world. We share “how it was to garden back home” and what to expect in their new home.

Editor's Note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstance.

Do you need a little spark in your life? If so, take a trip down memory lane and return to your humble roots of origin. Return to the place or home where you grew up when life was simple, free and serene. Return to the place where your doors were left unlocked, windows opened and all of your dreams and aspirations ignited and took flight any day of the week.

We recently visited the business office of our new mayor, Randy Gorham. There, on a small table with other decorations, sat a Woodstock typewriter. It certainly piqued our interest as it was a Woodstock typewriter that was at the center of one of the most spectacular spy trials ever held in the United States. Could this be the same one?

Editor's Note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances.

Many problems within a real estate transaction can be solved if one or both parties are willing to be flexible. A common problem that occurs is when a buyer receives a real estate inspection report and there are quite a few minor issues on the report. Some buyers and their agents overreact and ask for every small item to be repaired. This can be overwhelming to a seller and cause a transaction to fall through. The best approach for a buyer is to ask for the 3 most important repairs and be willing to have the minor items fixed or replaced after closing. As a homeowner, maintenance is a regular requirement. 

Summer officially begins on June 21, and temperatures will be hitting triple digits before you know it. A warmer than normal summer is expected for much of the country. BBB reminds consumers that now it is time to prepare your home for hot temperatures. Utility bills can skyrocket during the summer months, but there are some things you can do to stay cool without breaking the bank. One of the most important, is getting that pre-summer tune-up from a trustworthy HVAC company.

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Jack Phillips passed away after a brief illness. His memorial service will be at 11 am, Saturday, July 20, at Greenwood Baptist Church, Weatherford, TX 76088. In lieu of flowers please donate to www.samaritanspurse.com in Jack's memory.