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He stood there on the sidewalk outside Michelson's Café in Gonzales. The letter from the Army Draft Board said the bus would pick him up at 10 o’clock this morning. He glanced at … more
Dear Violet, My husband and I have one child, a boy, who just turned four years old. Our son loves to play with dolls, and play dress up, as well as toy cars and “good guys/bad … more
I’ve been a sports fan for many years, but the one thing that bothers the heck out of me when it comes to professional sports is “super teams.” The definition of a “super … more
I’ve been covering sports for more than five years now, and during that time, I’ve met people from different fan bases. From the high school level to the professional level, sports … more
Starting an article, or column, is usually somewhat difficult for most writers. However, this particular article has proven to be one of the hardest things I have had to write in my lifetime. … more
Dear Violet, I haven’t spoken to my father since I was 16, and am not sure if I ever want to, again. My issue is that he has been placed on hospice and given four months to live, and I want … more
Esophageal cancer is often unrepresented in the media, public discourse and general community discussions, leading to a lack of awareness of the existence, extent, causes and repercussions of this … more
Dear Violet, My ex-husband and I share multiple children together, and I have been the sole provider of said children their entire lives. Now that I am much older (late 60s), I am worried … more
According to the National Kidney Foundation, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) currently impacts over 30 million Americans, and this disease is a result of the gradual loss of kidney function, over time. … more
Dear Violet, My older sister has been the best sibling anyone could ask for. She helped raise me when our parents died, and took care of me through college, until I was started in my new career. … more
May is stroke awareness month, and this is a very serious and highly dangerous medical condition that requires immediate attention. So what is a stroke and what can be done to prevent or lessen the … more
Dear Violet, My uncle left me a large sum of money when he passed away last year. My husband is not aware of the inheritance, and my uncle made sure it was placed in a secure trust for me and me … more
First, what is COVID-19? Coronavirus disease 2019 is a disease caused by a virus (SARS-CoV-2), discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. This disease is very contagious and very quickly became … more
In the United States, Mother’s Day 2022 will occur on Sunday, May 8. In Texas, there are not many people that are more important than our mothers. We hold them up to almost an unreachable … more
Dear Violet, My wedding day is in five weeks. I am seriously considering calling the whole thing off. but don’t want to make a mistake. I love my husband to be, as much as I possibly … more
No doubt you have heard of alcoholism. It’s been represented in media, entertainment, and television, and many of us have dealt with this disease in our families and friend groups over the … more
For thousands of years, cannabis has been used for medicine and recreations purposes dating back to 500 BC. It is probably the first cultivated crop.   Interestingly, in 1990, Lisa Matsuda … more
Dear Violet, My mother and I have been on shaky terms for many years, since I was a pre-teen. My mother left my father when I was 11 and moved to another town near us, to live with my … more
Dear Violet, My husband and I have been arguing lately about my definition of cheating. My husband says my definition is wrong and unreasonable. He and his friends go out at least once per … more
Hypertension is a medical term, also referred to as high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force with which blood is exerted against the walls of the blood vessels. The systolic or “top … more
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