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Gardening Curse: One Gardeners' Arch Nemesis

Summers here, okay, well maybe not officially! It's easy to tell when summer arrived and not just by wiping away sweat while working outdoors as our daytime temperature rapidly... — Updated 6/6/2023

 By Carl Parker    Columnists 

Improving Education

There are many ways for our state Legislature to improve public education. Unfortunately, our statewide politicians are focusing on the wrong things. Several states, including Texas... — Updated 6/6/2023


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

EFFORT TO IMPEACH KEN PAXTON LED BY FELLOW REPUBLICANS The years of alleged misconduct by Paxton raise the question: Why now? House leaders have said the committee’s... — Updated 5/30/2023


Watering Techniques: The Right Way?

Gardeners, certainly many of you (me included) have devoted an enormous amount of time outdoors this spring preparing and planting flower beds, vegetable gardens, and manicuring... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By Carl Parker    Columnists


How and why has there has been such a shift in politics in Southeast Texas? When I was growing up and running for office, Southeast Texas was the bright spot. The capitol income in... — Updated 5/30/2023


Move Over Blueberries: Figs are Back!

The past couple of weeks we've discussed plant diseases and pests...enough with the 'darker side of gardening', let's redirect our focus to another area-fruit! Figs (which are a... — Updated 5/23/2023

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Mother's Day Adventure

There is not much excitement when you reach 88 years of age. But this Mother’s Day was a little different. Saturday morning I was awakened by my wife announcing that there... — Updated 5/23/2023


My five cents…

On May 18, 1912 the USS Texas, also known as Battleship Texas, launched and quickly became one of the most powerful weapons in the world. It is credited with the introduction and... — Updated 5/23/2023


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

TODAY MARKS ONE YEAR SINCE UVALDE On May 24, 2022, Salvador Ramos and his 66-year-old grandmother had an argument over his failure to graduate from high school at their home in... — Updated 5/23/2023


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

AMERICAN IDOL 10TH ANNIVERSARY SINCE KREE Ten years have gone by since local talent Kree Harrison was a finalist on American Idol When the just-announced top three American Idol... — Updated 5/16/2023


Beneficial Insects: Twice as Many "Good Guys"

Gardeners, another week has quickly passed, and we are well into gardening season! Last week we discussed 'pests' which prey upon gardeners beloved tomatoes! So, it is only fitting... — Updated 5/16/2023


My five cents…

The first few bills have made it to the Governor’s desk for his signature, which signals the end of session is fast approaching. Of the over 8,000 bills filed this session, just o... — Updated 5/16/2023


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

MOTHER’S DAY MAY 14 MOST SPECIAL OF ALL To me one of the most special days of the year is Mother’s Day. For most of us there is no more special person in our lives than the one... — Updated 5/9/2023


Managing Tomato Pests: Let the Combat Begin

For this gardener, the physical act of gardening, within moments relinquishes burden of daily life and its challenges; a hectic schedule, pursuing a career, managing a farm and... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Old Movie Lessons

Our governor and lieutenant governor and other elected leaders could learn valuable lessons by watching some of the old westerns on TV. At my age I have begun to enjoy old western... — Updated 5/9/2023


My five cents…

Last Friday we celebrated Cinco de Mayo! On May 5, 1862, Mexican general Ignacio Zaragoza defeated French expeditionary forces at Puebla, Mexico. Here are five things happening arou... — Updated 5/9/2023


Citrus Trees: Recognizing Greening and Canker Diseases

Gardeners, this week we are discussing Asian Citrus Greening and Citrus Canker and how we can recognize each of the two citrus diseases. There are numerous plant diseases that may... — Updated 5/2/2023


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

KING CHARLES CORONATION TO BE HELD King Charles III's  coronation ceremony on May 6 will be a historic event watched by millions of people around the world, but witnessed in... — Updated 5/2/2023


My five cents…

May is here which means we only have a month left in this Legislative session. Deadlines are looming for bills to reach certain benchmarks. It’s a race to the finish! Here are... — Updated 5/2/2023

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Have we forgotten?

Around our house while I was growing up unionization was considered almost at the level of religion. My dad, a 40-year refinery worker, saw unions as the route to a better life and... — Updated 5/2/2023


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

ENTERGY BREAKS GROUND AT BRIDGE CITY The ground breaking Monday of Entergy’s newest facility at Bridge City kicked off what is expected to be the biggest economic boom in Orange... — Updated 4/25/2023


Blueberries: How to Stop Singing the 'Blues'

Gardeners, unfortunately most of us are pressed for time and due to our time constraints, we tend to shop for everything hurriedly! Many of us shop for plants in the same manner,... — Updated 4/25/2023


My five cents…

April 21 was San Jacinto Day in Texas, which celebrates the final battle of the Texas Revolution in 1836 when Texas won its independence from Mexico. The battle was fought in... — Updated 4/24/2023


My five cents...

There are only 39 days left in the Legislative session and it certainly shows. The days at the Capitol are getting longer and bills are making their way through the process. Here... — Updated 4/18/2023


Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Defined

Gardeners, today's discussion is defining Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is a comprehensive approach to managing garden pests which include pathogens, insects, nematodes,... — Updated 4/18/2023


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