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Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

TEXAS MONTHLY “BEST AND WORST LEGISLATORS” The new ratings are in this month’s issue. Our own senator Robert Nichols, is listed in the Best column. T.M. says “There are no... — Updated 6/27/2023

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Gun Laws

Next to California Texas leads the nation in gun ownership as well as deaths by guns. Obviously, we have a large number of gun ownership advocates. However, I have yet to meet a... — Updated 6/27/2023


Seed Saving: The Correct Way to Save Seeds: (Part 2)

Successful seed savers always ensure seeds are thoroughly ‘air’ dried before storing seeds. Removal of moisture will discourage mold and mildew formation during storage increasi... — Updated 6/27/2023


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

LUNCH BUNCH MARKS 32TH ANNIVERSARY Last week an anniversary gathering of Lunch Bunch members was held at Robert’s Restaurant after being delayed a week due to the passing and... — Updated 6/20/2023


Saving Plant Seeds: The Correct Way (Part 1 of 2)

Gardeners, so you want to save your own seeds this season but don't know where to start? Some readers have requested that I write about saving seeds, but more specifically how to ha... — Updated 6/20/2023


Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

SUNDAY WE HONOR OUR FATHERS Even though my own father has long departed, crossed over to a place that awaits us all, I still hold some fond memories made a longtime ago. That said,... — Updated 6/13/2023

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Tax Options

Oliver Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, once said the only tax that people like is a tax on someone else. It seems that for many years Texas politicians have been searching... — Updated 6/13/2023


Summertime, Summertime: Managing a Summer Garden

Gardeners, by the time you read this the official start of summer will be 3 days away, beginning June 21st . During the past week our daily high temperatures have been greater than... — Updated 6/13/2023


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

 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


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