Outdoors

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Floating Texas Rivers

Summer is coming and living in Boerne gives us many opportunities to partake in activities involving water. We live near several lakes and are a short three hour drive to the coast. But one of the most popular summer water activities is jumping in a tube and floating down a Texas river. To help you…

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Chronicles – Chairs

In these times, chairs seem to be invisible. They often sit alone and forgotten in a corner. People pass them by, and move them out of the way, like the inconvenient homeless person who sleeps on a bench – which is itself just a big chair. They pull them up and sit on them as…

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Outdoors – Blood

My grandmother was from “the old country.” She grew up on a farm in the foot-hills of the mountains of central Italy about an hour drive from Rome. She grew her own vegetables and baked her own bread, and made her own wine in the basement of her home that my father built for her,…

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SXSW

Creative mecca, South by Southwest (SXSW) kicks off every spring break for the crowd that would rather have their minds blown by the freshest technology, film, and music instead of altered by beer bongs and keg stands on a beach. The first half of the 10-day festival is a marketing frenzy for budding startups as…

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Zany Spring Break

March means more sunshine, birds laying eggs, crops being planted and SPRING BREAK! Whether you want to spend your mini vacay with the entire family, your significant other or alone, make the break count this year by trying something new and exciting. Save yourself from hearing, “I’m bored,” all week with one (or all) of…

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Llano

The morning sun rises over the Llano. It reaches down through the branches of the trees and warms my shoulders, scattering diamonds across the moving water. As the sun touches the river, the breeze begins to rise and so do my spirits. It flows through cedar and limestone hills, across grassy plains, over multicolored pebbles,…

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The Traveler

I have always been a traveler. This statement holds more meaning than simply being someone who goes from one place to another; it is more a state of being, that I carry within me. When I journey to a new place I always live it fully. The new land becomes another home…a place where dear…

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Outdoors – March 2013

Resilience By Steve Ramirez | sramirez@gvtc.com I guess he was about 22 years old, give or take a year; he was missing both his legs below the knee. We had been talking about how he tried to get into the Marine Corps but was not accepted, and how he fought through his disappointment and worked…

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Outdoors – December 2012

The rhythm of a heartbeat By Steve Ramirez I can see them running, just as if it were happening in the here and now. Our land rover rolled forward over the rutted track, and the children called out to us as they ran along side. “Sweets! Sweets!” they would call, hoping that the Americans had…

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Outdoors – November 2012

Warrior By Steve Ramirez “A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its laws made by cowards and its wars fought by fools.” – Thucydides It was brutal fight. He had broken my hand. I had to keep fighting using only my single undamaged fist and my feet….

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Outdoors – October 2012

The Traveler By Steve Ramirez “Ah the ball that we dared, that we hurled into infinite space, doesn’t it fill our hands differently with its return: heavier by the weight of where it has been.” -Rainer Maria Rilke I have always been a traveler. This statement holds more meaning than simply being someone who goes…

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Chronicles – August 2012

By Steve Ramirez My six-guns were strapped down as I squared off with Cactus Jack. Their shinny chrome triggers and pearly grips barely showed above the double holsters. As I stepped forward I could hear the cha-ching, cha-ching, of my spurs. Cactus Jack was the name I had given my little sister’s teddy bear. He…

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Chronicles – July 2012

Friends By Steve Ramirez “Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” Richard Bach Even as a boy I knew I was different from the rest. I was the natural leader of our little band of boys, and although they followed my presence…

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