Friday, November 24, 2017

Darkness began to settle over Central Texas Marketplace late Thursday afternoon, as a handful of stores offered half-off sales and giveaways to the bored, the bargain hunters and shopaholics who could not wait for Thanksgiving to morph into Black Friday before launching their assault.

I like Thanksgiving, partly because it resists being hijacked by commercialism. I like the sounds of family and friends laughing around the table. I like the fall leaves scattered about the lawn, the crisp mornings and the smell of turkey baking in the oven. I like what goes with it: cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and pie (any kind of pie). And, most of all, I like dressing, the one thing that still divides the north from the south. Those from the north prepare bread dressing. Those with southern roots cook corn bread dressing. Turkeys come and turkeys go, but my wife’s corn bread dressing is to die for. She learned the recipe from her mother: corn bread, celery, onions, chopped boiled eggs, broth, butter and other ingredients I will never figure out. With giblet gravy, it is a meal in itself.

We are now transitioning into winter, with falling tree leaves of various colors, while migratory birds at our birdbath say it is just a start in a seasonal change in weather. In “Messages From The Wild,” I talk about how this month’s trees vacillate back and forth between seasons. Insects, as well as birds and lizards, like our harmless native green anoles, and resident birds drink from our 22-inch-wide “birdbath,” the cast of a fossil footprint from dinosaur times. Past and present nature is still welcoming.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — Suggesting he's a victim of revenge porn from a jilted lover, Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas says he plans to go silent about the release of a nude photo of him online because police are investigating the disclosure as a possible crime against him. Authorities have not confirmed an investigation.

Peace Lutheran Church, 9301 Panther Way in Hewitt, will present its annual Advent Jubilee at 4 p.m. Sunday. The program will feature the Baylor Singing Seniors, the Peace Choir, Bells of Peace, flautist Jamie Espen, pianists Cristine Wolfe, Van Chaney, Carol Emley, and organist Kacy Baitz. The program is free with a reception following.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black Friday may not carry the clout it did before many retailers started a new practice of opening on Thanksgiving Day, but it still kicks off the holiday shopping season amid predictions by the National Retail Federation that 164 million adults will hit the stores over the weekend.

The Mayborn Museum Complex will have special Christmas-themed events and activities including a visit from Santa and a special model train display from the Central Texas Area Model Railroaders from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Waco man was arrested late Sunday night after McLennan County Sheriff's Office deputies found a stolen firearm, almost 8.6 ounces of methamphetamine, almost 3.6 ounces of marijuana and more than 3.8 ounces of synthetic marijuana during a traffic stop near Interstate 35, an arrest affidavit states.

A special early edition of Thursday’s Waco Tribune-Herald will be available for sale Wednesday afternoon at select locations in the Waco area. The early edition will feature the same holiday advertising inserts found in the regular Thanksgiving edition.

It’s amazing how large retailers start gearing up for Christmas as early as September. Regardless, this weekend is still the traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season. For businesses who are behind on the budget, the holidays can be a big win. For consumers to win, there are several things to keep in mind.

Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017

As part of its participation in America Recycles Day, the city of Waco will no longer charge a $4 monthly fee for residents with a second blue recycling cart. The fee remains in place for a second gray trash cart and a second green yard waste cart.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Waco Solid Waste Offices and Cobbs Recycling Center will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. The landfill will be closed Thursday. On Friday, the landfill will be closed to the public but will accept franchise haulers until 4:30.