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I don’t know about you, but the next time I hear someone refer to the “new normal,” I think I might scream into my middle daughter’s unacceptable new bikini bottoms that I plan to confiscate and turn into a coronavirus face mask. If adjusting my daily activities according to COVID-19 protocol is now the norm, I’m ready to declare myself an official freakazoid, which is how most people (especially my family members) see me, anyway.

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As we adjust our daily schedules to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are suffering from acute boredom. Students are suspending their homeschool teachers without pay for excessive grouchiness, children are traumatizing their pets by repeatedly dressing them in Superman and ballerina outfits, and adults are resorting to binge-watching Tiger King on Netflix–again. One necessary diversion from this “new normal” is a trip to the supermarket, which has transformed from a mundane activity into a full-contact version of Guy’s Grocery Games.

In this, the oddest spring in my experience, my second grandson will graduate high school.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★★ You are in fine form until specific financial situations come to your attention today. Time and patience are essential. Diligence on your part, rather than seeking a quick windfall, will pave the way to success. Appreciate all you have. It’s a lot. Tonight: Gr…

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Expression of your creativity can be a catalyst for spiritual awakening. With family, a lively discussion ensues revolving around spiritual growth. You are one of the most independent signs, but belief makes you feel comforted today.

As we adjust our daily schedules to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are suffering from acute boredom. Students are suspending their homeschool teachers without pay for excessive grouchiness, children are traumatizing their pets by repeatedly dressing them in Superman and ballerina outfits, and adults are resorting to binge-watching Tiger King on Netflix–again. One necessary diversion from this “new normal” is a trip to the supermarket, which has transformed from a mundane activity into a full-contact version of Guy’s Grocery Games.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Your attitude determines everything today. Spread good news and take time to listen to others. Ease up on routines and remain flexible. Your charm and wit are appreciated. In romance you are an ardent and loyal lover. Tonight: Do something completely new and d…

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★ ★ ★ ★ Today heralds what you welcome most of all — an opportunity for growth and change. You reach an explosive acceptance of what is going on after a long period of stalemate. Prepare for an exciting day. Avoid those who indulge in negative thinking. Tonight: Pam…

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ You take the lead and get a fresh start in a new direction. Do not be afraid. Trust your hunches. You make connections that others overlook — which prove invaluable. You are determined and courageous today. All you were born to be. Tonight: Celebrate yourself.

As we adjust our daily schedules to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are suffering from acute boredom. Students are suspending their homeschool teachers without pay for excessive grouchiness, children are traumatizing their pets by repeatedly dressing them in Superman and ballerina outfits, and adults are resorting to binge-watching Tiger King on Netflix–again. One necessary diversion from this “new normal” is a trip to the supermarket, which has transformed from a mundane activity into a full-contact version of Guy’s Grocery Games.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★ Declutter your work space and try to retreat to a private place for meditation. Emotional issues arise related to your domestic scene. You could be feeling possessive of loved ones. Find a new way to beautify your home scene. Tonight: Take a healing bath.

I'm here this morning at the breakfast table, admiring through the window our redbud tree as it transitions from a lovely candelabra of delicate, wispish pink blossoms to a soft, here-is-spring green.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★★ It’s a power-play day, and your position is elevated. You see your prestige is on the rise. Suddenly you are at the head of a project. On a personal level, a relationship is hot and heavy. Tonight: Decide to make a fresh start.

As we adjust our daily schedules to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are suffering from acute boredom. Students are suspending their homeschool teachers without pay for excessive grouchiness, children are traumatizing their pets by repeatedly dressing them in Superman and ballerina outfits, and adults are resorting to binge-watching Tiger King on Netflix–again. One necessary diversion from this “new normal” is a trip to the supermarket, which has transformed from a mundane activity into a full-contact version of Guy’s Grocery Games.

In this, the oddest spring in my experience, my second grandson will graduate high school.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★★ You are in fine form until specific financial situations come to your attention today. Time and patience are essential. Diligence on your part, rather than seeking a quick windfall, will pave the way to success. Appreciate all you have. It’s a lot. Tonight: Gr…

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Expression of your creativity can be a catalyst for spiritual awakening. With family, a lively discussion ensues revolving around spiritual growth. You are one of the most independent signs, but belief makes you feel comforted today.

As we adjust our daily schedules to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are suffering from acute boredom. Students are suspending their homeschool teachers without pay for excessive grouchiness, children are traumatizing their pets by repeatedly dressing them in Superman and ballerina outfits, and adults are resorting to binge-watching Tiger King on Netflix–again. One necessary diversion from this “new normal” is a trip to the supermarket, which has transformed from a mundane activity into a full-contact version of Guy’s Grocery Games.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Your attitude determines everything today. Spread good news and take time to listen to others. Ease up on routines and remain flexible. Your charm and wit are appreciated. In romance you are an ardent and loyal lover. Tonight: Do something completely new and d…

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★ ★ ★ ★ Today heralds what you welcome most of all — an opportunity for growth and change. You reach an explosive acceptance of what is going on after a long period of stalemate. Prepare for an exciting day. Avoid those who indulge in negative thinking. Tonight: Pam…

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ You take the lead and get a fresh start in a new direction. Do not be afraid. Trust your hunches. You make connections that others overlook — which prove invaluable. You are determined and courageous today. All you were born to be. Tonight: Celebrate yourself.

As we adjust our daily schedules to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are suffering from acute boredom. Students are suspending their homeschool teachers without pay for excessive grouchiness, children are traumatizing their pets by repeatedly dressing them in Superman and ballerina outfits, and adults are resorting to binge-watching Tiger King on Netflix–again. One necessary diversion from this “new normal” is a trip to the supermarket, which has transformed from a mundane activity into a full-contact version of Guy’s Grocery Games.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★ Declutter your work space and try to retreat to a private place for meditation. Emotional issues arise related to your domestic scene. You could be feeling possessive of loved ones. Find a new way to beautify your home scene. Tonight: Take a healing bath.

I'm here this morning at the breakfast table, admiring through the window our redbud tree as it transitions from a lovely candelabra of delicate, wispish pink blossoms to a soft, here-is-spring green.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★★ It’s a power-play day, and your position is elevated. You see your prestige is on the rise. Suddenly you are at the head of a project. On a personal level, a relationship is hot and heavy. Tonight: Decide to make a fresh start.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★ ★ ★ An authority figure challenges you on a topic close to your heart. The discussion is cleared by the end of the day and your mood lightens. Check your budget before planning your evening. Tonight: Have some well-deserved fun.

In the fall of 1959 Kilgore’s 3-member city commission decided – doubtless after lots of conversation (today we’d call it consensus building) at barber shops, coffee shops and cafes – it might be time for a new city charter.

Retirement and assisted living communities in Kilgore celebrated Fat Tuesday at the beginning of Mardi Gras season this week with a variety of foods and activities.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You significantly evaluate an investment. Your intuition might be putting up a warning sign that could cause an internal conflict. Slowing down and not immediately committing to a certain path of action would be reasonable. Tonight: Make it your treat.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★ You might be quite assertive, but your mind keeps taking you to distant lands and topics not in sync with the events around you. You might need to address an issue in order to clear your mind. Tonight: As you wish.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Getting you to slow down might not be easily accomplished. You alone can decide when enough is enough. Friends and loved ones surround you, and clearly a loved one wants extra time with you. Make it so. Tonight: A secret is suddenly revealed.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You tend to approach situations in a traditional manner. You could decide to be more avant-garde in your ideas, and that too will work. You seem destined for success if you do not deceive yourself about certain facts. Tonight: Where your friends are.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Do whatever you need to in order to get to the bottom of a problem. Still, you might find it difficult to get to the ultimate cause of the hassle. Stop pushing if unsuccessful. Give others time and space. Tonight: Let go and relax to a good movie.

It turns out there are over 2000 species of lightning bugs, beetles that produce yellow, green or pale red light. As I remember it, those in central Kansas flashed yellow.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Defer to others even though you feel as if you have matters under control. You will learn what motivates others, especially in reference to you. As a result, you can clear away some superstitions or false beliefs. Tonight: Decide who and where.

Marshall, TX- The Celtics Angels are returning to Marshall for a special St. Patrick’s Day concert!! If you missed the sold-out Christmas show, here’s your chance to see them again. This special engagement is Friday March 20 at 7:30pm at Memorial City Hall, 110 East Houston St. on the square…

Like many Americans allergic to adulting, I often zone out on Facebook when I should be doing something more useful — like scooping the litter box or lecturing my children about the dangers of social media. Inevitably, I come across one of those surveys posted by Facebook users who are probably planning to hack into my account and steal my pet selfies.

City officials cut the ribbon at East Texas Oil Museum’s Boomtown Theater Saturday, Feb. 1, officially reopening the venue after its first major renovations in the museum’s 40-year history.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★ Dynamic ideas seem to pop up out of nowhere, but they could impact your work and how you approach a boss or higher-up. You might be stunned by others’ reactions. People finally seem to break out of the mold. Tonight: Count your change.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You seem to have a natural glow, as if you have been on vacation. Emphasis is on friends and a creative adventure. You might want to make plans that involve others. Celebration is in order. Tonight: Don’t make a big deal out of anything.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You know what you want and fully expect to receive just that. You might not handle a small backfire very well. Think about how far you are willing to go to deal with a personal matter. Tonight: Make it your treat.

Today I’m reading ‘This Tender Land,’ a deliberative story of four orphans — three teenaged boys and a five-year-old girl — who escaped (barely) from an Indian School in South Dakota. It’s a touching story, poignant, sometimes harrowing. It’s about faith in God, faith in friends and faith in…

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★ Your intuition works overtime, leading you down a seemingly strange path. Explore an idea before committing to it. Make sure the end results will excel. A partner might not be realistic. Tonight: Getting what you want.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You might feel unusually mellow. Be careful about being overly reactive toward a Pisces or someone who has a very gentle side. Friends surround you and help you create more of what you desire. Tonight: Be spontaneous.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★ Your public commitments might be your focus at present. Most discussions and agreements made today start in a very hopeful vein but will hit a glitch. Nevertheless, you will emerge on top of your game. Tonight: You could go into the wee hours.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You might be more in touch with what troubles you and others than most people. Focus on your image and long-term desires. Others surround you and are part of your support. Take the lead in making plans today. Tonight: A force to be dealt with.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You become energized midday. As a result, you feel as if you can’t be stopped. Others keep appearing at your door or on your cell. If you want to accomplish certain tasks, you might need to screen calls and visits. Tonight: Listen carefully to a loved one’s sug…

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You have a fiery determination to create a more fun Saturday than you have for a while. You give up the concept of cabin fever and decide to get into winter sports and happenings. Tonight: Acting as if there is no tomorrow.

Every now and then, my wife encourages me — REALLY encourages me — to put on pants, get out of the house and go hang out with friends for some “boy” time. After all, I serve as the sole representative of semi-masculinity in a family that includes my wife, three teen daughters, and various female pets who still haven’t forgiven me for having them fixed — the pets, I mean.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You are full of energy and zip. Your sense of humor emerges and has a sparkling, dry tone to it. Some people misread you and think you are being sarcastic. Patch up a problem before it becomes an issue. Tonight: You have a winning way that others are drawn to.