German Shepherd mixed breed Sky was one of those dogs that people find annoying, because she never listened and would tear up furniture when the family was gone, owner John Portillo said. It turns out that Sky just needed something to do. Now, as Portillo is a veteran who suffers from anxiety and PTSD, Sky is his service dog first, and pet second.
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 15 years. Before we married, I purchased a house. He moved in a month after our wedding and made a lot of improvements to it. We are now in the process of doing more renovations.
After her second-grade class wrote and published a book together, eight-year-old Khloe Baker decided to write another. Khloe's second book, "Khloe and the Crazy Corona Virus," is available for purchase at blurb.com/b/10011739-khloe-and-the-corona-virus.
Ron Martin and Jeff Rae have owned Grapevine Gifts in Lake Jackson for 21 years. But running a gift shop is not just about running a gift shop or making money for them — it's about finding ways to give back to the community and to make differences in people's lives.
I wake up every morning thinking this must be a dream or all this nasty virus has gone away. As we all know, it has not, and we don’t have a clue as to when it will be a bad dream.
We at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory are conducting non-breeding shorebird surveys along the Texas Gulf Coast until the end of March. The beaches we monitor are Matagorda Beach, Bryan Beach, Quintana Beach and Follet’s Island. We are mainly focusing on threatened, endangered or species of high …
DEAR ABBY: My husband barely speaks to me. We both work full time and are facing the empty nest very soon. At home, I have to initiate even the smallest of small talk. He’ll never say “Good morning” or ask “How was your day?” Although I work hard to keep the house the way he likes it, he spe…
Holly Rae Garcia has always been a big reader, but one reason that she set out to write a book was to see if she could accomplish it. Garcia’s debut novel, “Come Join the Murder,” a story of a mother seeking revenge from her son's murder, which is told in alternating perspectives from the mother's and the killer's points of view, releases on March 27.
Everyone’s favorite party fact is that a group of crows is called a murder. Well, it is if you’re an animal nerd like me. A murder of crows, a bloom of jellyfish, a pride of lions — where did all these animal group names come from? Why can’t we just call it a group and be done with it?
Linda Sharlow sent me the cutest picture of their three four-legged babies. She has sent me pictures of them laying on the sofa in their clothes taking a nap, but this one was new as the three cuties were outside.
Four centenarians residents at the Angleton Country Village Care were honored last week by staff, family, friends, and local officials on reaching a historic milestone.
Regarding the coronavirus, and hand-shaking that is now taboo, here is what I heard the CDC is recommending you should replace the hand shake with. May or may not be true.
Even when artwork doesn’t depict emotion, it can still provoke an emotional response in the viewer. “Curves of Emotion,” created by pastel artist Carolyn Hancock, does both. The portrait exhibition comprises two parts: 28 paintings of women, and 10 paintings of men and boys. The exhibition is free to the public, and will be in the Gallery at the Center for the Arts and Sciences through March 22.
Peter sent me a picture of one of his daffodils all bloomed and looking beautiful. These would be the same daffodils we planted under my pansies like the directions said. Mine look like weeds that forgot to quit growing.
DEAR ABBY: My wife’s family drops by our home several times a week, usually unannounced. I don’t mind them dropping in, but what does bother me is they bring their kids and expect us to feed them during the visits. It has gotten to the point that I hide our snacks and beverages in the bedroo…
The first Willowfest music festival, featuring headliner Saliva and a lineup of various other bands, will take place all day on Saturday at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds. Tickets cost $15 at Eventbrite.com or $20 at the door.
For those who want to live to be 100 years old — don’t drink, don’t smoke, and don’t eat too much sugar. That’s what Agnes Manders taught her children, and this year, Manders is 105 years old.
Figuring out life after high school is a big source of stress for many teens about to graduate. The financial burden of college, a common option, can often add to the anxiety, but it won't be a stressor for Brockman Scholarship recipient Emily Kristenson.
I told you I was struck by an energy attack a week or so ago to clean out my closet. I got the closet to a certain stage (the messy one) and quit. But I got a lot of feedback from people wondering why I ever started to tackle this huge job in the first place.
Working in avian conservation gives me the opportunity to study, see and enjoy birds almost every day. Not a bad perk. I also enjoy history and learning about the past. Put the two together and you’ll be learning about ancient birds — or at least the tales of such birds. These birds are no l…
It’s like a big family reunion whenever local favorite band Blue Water Highway gives a performance in Brazoria County. Tonight’s concert, 7:30 p.m. at the Clarion at Brazosport College, will give concertgoers a taste of what’s old and familiar, as well as a preview of what the band has yet to offer.
DEAR ABBY: For the last 18 years, I have hosted the Passover Seder in my home. The same people come year after year. My three daughters come and always bring along their friends. It’s a lot of work, but I always considered it our special night and was happy to host everyone.
The Sweeny High School choir has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, and those connected to the group is thrilled for what could be a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.
As I sit in all my pain, I am being brave and getting you some delicious recipes you can make and enjoy. I am in pain because Peter brought the trees I bought down in his truck in Houston a couple of weeks ago. And we planted them.
Editor’s note: Former Facts reporter Mary Newport left earlier this month for a teaching assignment in South Korea, unaware it would be the next ground zero for the coronavirus. She wrote about her experience for us.
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory’s biggest event of the year, Brew on the Bayou, is coming up March 21. So, in honor of all of the delicious beer samples we will be serving, I wanted to delve into the science behind brewing.
Have you ever had a big burst of energy and finally started to tackle that big job you’ve been putting off for years? Yeah, I know you are going to relate to what I started and now can’t stop even though I want to — CLEANING OUT MY CLOSET.
Songs we enjoy in our youth can quickly transport us back in time to those places in our memory. Nursery rhymes and lullabies are usually simple and sweet, and evoke the wistful happiness of days gone by. The Brazosport College Chamber Choir and Civic Chorus will give just such an evocative performance on at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Clarion.
Kids have voices. They have thoughts, feelings, opinions and voices — and their voices deserve to be heard. For those that participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee’s annual Poster & Essay Contest, they received the opportunity to speak up, and to have somebody hear them.
There is a free-standing building in the Kroger center that includes a Pet Supermarket for every kind of pet food invented I guess. The other day I was a hurry and the store is closet to me, so I thought, OK, as bad as I hate to, I’ll get my baby food there.