Daily Archives: June 30, 2015

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From the Publisher

Dearest EXPLORE reader, Things tend to overwhelm me. I don’t mean that the situations of my life are always overwhelming to me, but I do mean that I am tempted to look at something that needs to be fixed or addressed, I scratch my head, and think “Sheesh – this looks way too complicated.”  I’ve…

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Troubadour

A LONG TRIP I’m going to tell you about a trip when our friend, Jack, drove the three of us through a long western night, determined to get us all home in one 35-hour go. The first hours were the easiest. No matter how tough or grueling a tour is, I always get a boost…

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The Art Of Helping

There’s a tangible difference between good customer service and pure, good-hearted business. Frank Ritchie, owner of Ritchie Automotive, is the local mascot for the latter. In eight years, his Christ-centered business has risen above the local competition by simply lending a helping hand where it is needed. As a mechanic at Boerne Collision, Frank began…

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Boerne In The Beginning

Boerne in the beginning : Part 5     Welcome to another installment in the continuing Saga of Boerne, Texas, in which we’re going back over the whole, entire history of our fair town.  You can go back to the beginning at www.hillcountryexplore.com, and under the archived issues tab see March, April, May and June…yes,…

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Secret Sauces

Secret Sauces   Grill rubs are a blend of spices and herbs used to flavor infuse different meat before you grill. BBQ rubs are usually dry, although they can be wet, or paste-like. Grill rubs can be used on chicken, steak, pork, fish, shrimp, or turkey. BBQ rubs can be an alternative for those who…

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An Insiders Guide To Boerne

An Insiders Guide To Boerne AND OTHER AREA DESTINATIONS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT LITTLE GRETEL Located just off Main Street, this authentic Czech and German restaurant is anchored by head chef Denise Mazal. And authentic Czech herself. Little Gretel and Chef Denise have been featured in a myriad of local and regional publications and TV…

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Charc Week

Charc Week Charc Week is a Texas-wide celebration of charcuterie (sausages, ham, bacon, garde manger, salumi and other smoked/cured meats) put on by Restaurant Gwendolyn downtown San Antonio.  What is Charcuterie you ask?  Charcuterie is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit,…

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Quit Quitting

Quit Quitting By Paul Wilson   Two very determined mountain climbers depart from a remote Himalayan trailhead to embark on the extreme challenge of reaching the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. It will take them weeks and every ounce of courage they possess to do it. Call it whatever you want; it…

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Spiritual

Great and Beyond Sometimes I think that God simply must have a great sense of humor. Because, we humans, are a pretty hysterical bunch to observe. A few years ago, some NASA guys sent a satellite to space. It flew through space with precision on its route to the moon. Once there, it orbited the…

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Old Timer

Things that shall never change There are a lot of things that I’d like to change about our area. From traffic to noise to housing developments to bone-headed decisions made by city government, my list is long. Oh yes, there are many things I’d like to see cleaned up around here. However, as the July…

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