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What's New in Town?
Posted Monday, June 29, at 1:10 PM
Hello, everyone. I hope your week has been as splendid as the weather. We have had some beautiful days, haven't we? Some of them got a little hot and muggy, but I'm not going to start complaining just yet. The crops are coming along nicely and a drive in the country is beginning to look like it should this time of year. Now I guess we will soon be moving into those dog days. I am pretty sure I will be whining and complaining before too long...

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Summertime, Summertime
Posted Monday, June 22, at 12:14 PM

Today is the first full day of summer and it is really summertime. Heat waves are shimmering and the rivers are high. The cotton not so much, but the shimmering heat will help it to mature. It hasn't rained here in three days, but there is enough moisture in the air to keep the plants alive. What I am trying to say is, "It is HOT." We waited long enough for summer. Now is the time to enjoy it and get outside and play...

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Now It's Summer Time!
Posted Monday, June 15, at 11:43 AM

Okay! It is summertime! We have it all now, heat, although not yet triple digits, humidity, bugs and pop up showers. Farmers are working from sun up until sun down. Sparrows have already raised one batch of baby birds in the bird house on my porch, but the swallows have not come back this year. ...

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June Celebrations!
Posted Monday, June 8, at 11:30 AM

If you read this column regularly, you know I usually start out with a word or two about the weather. It is called "Rector News from the Porch Swing" after all and what would be the first thing you talk about from the porch swing? The weather, right? If you read this column often and you don't live here you may think I am either traveling around the globe or just delusional. ...

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School's Out. Where is Summertime?
Posted Monday, June 1, at 12:39 PM

Brrrr. It is cold this morning. The blanket was back on the bed last night. Mother Nature is surely confused this year, or very, very angry. I have to admit I am not all that unhappy that we aren't suffering with heat and humidity yet, but I can also admit that I am in the minority. Having to wear sweaters after school is out just seems unnatural, you know. But to give thanks when it's due, at least we aren't flooded. So I am not complaining. Just reporting...

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Memorials and Memories
Posted Monday, May 25, at 1:10 PM

As the Memorial Day weekend comes to an end each of us can say again, "Thank you," to all the men and women who have put on the uniforms of our military and been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us. It is not something I do only once a year. ...

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Reflections
Posted Monday, May 11, at 1:03 PM

I loved starting off the morning with my coffee and a new book and the sound of rain falling on the leaves outside my window. Every breath was a reminder of the miracle of a rainy morning. Life giving moisture, healing, cleansing, nourishing the earth as it nourishes my soul. ...

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May Equals Flowers and Graduation
Posted Monday, May 4, at 12:26 PM

May has arrived and with it the sunshine and those promised May flowers. I even have a surprise flower blooming on my fence. Several years ago I tried and tried to get some of the beautiful big clematis to grown on my back fence. Every year they would get cut down or the dogs would break them or something so I finally just gave up. ...

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Ready For Those May Flowers
Posted Monday, April 27, at 1:23 PM

Well, if May flowers arrive with as much enthusiasm as the April showers did, it is going to be a floral wonderland around here. This has been the wettest April I remember since I moved here. But under the "Grateful" column, we haven't had any really bad weather. ...

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Renewal
Posted Monday, April 13, at 1:12 PM

Rector News from the Porch Swing By Christa Hedrick Spring is the fulfillment of the greatest of promises. From long dark and cold nights, we awake in the spring to increasing hours of daylight, milder temperatures and the reawakening of the colors of spring. ...

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Monday, Gloomy, Monday
Posted Monday, April 6, at 12:03 PM

Monday, Monday. Thankfully the gloom waited for today to return. Easter and Passover was a glorious day with a beautiful sunrise, and I am sure the egg industry profited well, as did everyone who created and delivered the cute and beautiful and downright awesome Easter clothes. ...

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Something New
Posted Monday, March 30, at 1:49 PM

It looks like we have survived the winter and now we are being duly rewarded with some much welcome sunshine. I know it comes and goes, but when it is shining on and around me I completely forget that yesterday was cloudy and the rain is not that far past or in the future. ...

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Beautiful Spring Sunshine
Posted Monday, March 23, at 12:13 PM

Oh what a beautiful morning! What a beautiful day this will be! I will be opening a window or two later on. Of course I will pay for that with my allergies, but I have to have some fresh air once in a while. The sneezing is worth it. Seeing the sunshine makes me want to sing and dance and get outside a little. ...

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Sunshine, Warm Air, and Spring Flowers
Posted Monday, March 16, at 11:45 AM

Did I not TELL you last week that spring would come? I did and here it is! Crocuses and daffodils are strutting their stuff all over town and that sky is so blue it makes me want to cry. Nothing like a couple of nice warm sunny days to bring out the best in us. ...

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The Last Snow???
Posted Monday, March 9, at 2:25 PM

Spring is coming! Spring is coming! I know it is, I just know it. We didn't even hit the freezing mark last night and the first official day of spring is less than two weeks away. Groundhog or no groundhog with dire predictions, spring always comes even if it is late. ...

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Where O' Where Is The First Sign Of Spring?
Posted Monday, March 2, at 11:53 AM

Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. The weather predictors are having such a hard time making up their minds about what is coming and when it is going to be here. Last Monday they said that Saturday would be 50 degrees and partly cloudy. 50 degrees. Throughout the week this predicted temperature was lowered and lowered again. ...

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Deep Winter Blues
Posted Wednesday, February 25, at 10:45 AM

Hello everyone! Back to school today? That groundhog was not kidding. It has been a cold and inconvenient week. A little sleet, a little freezing rain, some snow and then a brief warmup so we had some regular rain as well. Even saw the sun peak out a few times. ...

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First Snow
Posted Monday, February 16, at 1:04 PM

It is finally here! The first real snowfall of the year. And it is really snowing now. I am afraid with the sleet we had last night and the intermittent snow mixed with it, the streets are going to be treacherous for a while so take it easy today. Rather looks like that groundhog was right about the six more weeks. Brrrrr. Gonna be cold for a while...

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Chocolate and Murder
Posted Monday, February 9, at 1:45 PM

Good day everyone. I hope your weekend was marvelous and that you are surviving without football. I know those first couple of weeks after Super Bowl are hard to handle, but I know you can do it. The great weather this past weekend was a help. It made everyone want to get outside and play. We do seem to have boarded that weather roller coaster once again however. Next weekend we can gather around the fireplace and watch good movies...

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Ryan Rogers
Posted Monday, February 2, at 12:24 PM

Well, we have January behind us, so that is one more month of winter out of the way. Of course Puxsutawnay Phil has assured us that we still have some time left to shiver and shovel. Well, I was actually expecting it to last a while longer anyway. If you live in town you probably already know that we lost a member of our community and a member of the paper's family. ...

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Christa is proud to call herself a true Rector native. Although she was raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, she was born right here on Hickman St. As an adult she traveled and lived in several places before deciding it was time to come home in 1994. She has been active in the community and enjoys watching the world go by from her front porch.
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