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       I guess I overdid it. I get a lot of satisfaction from taking on a little more than I should, and I was very pleased with myself when I got home from a 1,270 mile marathon “magazine delivery” trip around north and east Texas around 2:10 a.m. on Tuesday. I felt so good that I stayed up to post an album on Facebook and to listen to the voice mail messages I had not been able to retrieve when I last checked my phone in Carthage. That’s when I realized I had only five hours to sleep before I tackled a very full day. And that’s when my mind seemed to go on strike. I felt pretty good when I got up, but I began making one mistake after another.
John Hallowell, Editor       The one I regret the most is the loss of a picture I took at the Marble Falls police station. The VFW delegation was there to present a check for $2,000 from their bingo fund for the department’s mobile video/body camera project. Police Chief Mark Whitacre was there with other department personnel, and the whole group gathered in front of the building for a picture. I was the only photographer there, so they asked me to email a copy of the picture; I told them I would.
       As I hurried through my other errands, I took several more pictures. When I stopped at home, I copied my pictures to the computer and kept on going. Realizing a while later that my pictures from the trip were still on the nearly-full card (and confident that all my pictures were safely uploaded to the home computer), I deleted all the pictures on the camera.
Photo of the Week       I didn’t think about pictures again until late that night, but when I looked for the police department picture I couldn’t find it anywhere! This has happened to me three or four times since I started working with this new computer, but this was the first time in a while that I hadn’t taken extra care to make sure I had saved all my pictures. I looked through every folder and did searches, but I think it’s gone forever.


       I really think I need to pace myself a little better, but I tell this story here to make sure the VFW gets credit for its generous donation, to explain why there’s no picture in this paper, and to illustrate how one careless mistake can cancel out several days’ worth of really good feelings. I had a great weekend, got Kingsland magazines all around the state (with a very positive response everywhere I stopped!) and even got to stop in at my daughter’s beautiful new home in Kingwood after my last stop in Orange. I just tried to do a little too much.
       I have one more short trip to make this weekend to complete my hill country deliveries. By then, I’ll have delivered about 5,000 magazines to more than 40 Chambers of Commerce and tourist centers around the state, and with a little rest before Aqua Boom, I might survive another busy, busy spring. If I do, I’m sure I’ll look back on this with some real satisfaction (but I think this has to be the last magazine I’ll do).
       I don’t usually cover Goldthwaite or Mills County (north of San Saba), but it has a special place in my heart. Partly because I lived there for four years when I first came to Texas, and partly (right now) because the Mills County Artisan Guild has been advertising in my paper for their Summerfest event, which will be going on this weekend. They’ll have all kinds of arts, crafts, plants, food and activities on the courthouse square from 9 to 3 on Saturday (June 17). If you do attend, please tell them you saw it in my paper!
       The Chapel of the Hills in Buchanan Dam will open the Aqua Boom festivities with its annual Veterans Dinner on Friday, June 30. The dinner and program are free to veterans and spouses, but reservations need to be made by Monday June 19 (see ad on page 9). Everyone there would be delighted to see a good turnout of our local heroes (and I think veterans would appreciate the welcome they’ll receive), so I hope all of you will consider attending.
       The Highland Arts Guild (on Main Street in Marble Falls) is offering a FREE Children’s Art Camp again this year. The camp will be held the week of June 19-23 for children 9 – 13 years of age. Hours are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Class size is limited, but there are a few openings still available. Register in person at Highland Arts Guild & Gallery at 318 Main Street, Marble Falls or call 830-693-7324.
       The Hill Country Community Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season. Featuring five productions, the season includes the new musical comedy “Senior Moments,” a holiday musical “A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol,” the thriller/comedy “39 Steps,” the comedy “The Red Velvet Cake War,” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “State Fair.” This marks HCCT’s 32nd year.
       HCCT’s executive director, Mike Rademaekers, says “The plays chosen are ones that we know our audiences will enjoy. With three musicals and two comedies, we are keeping it light this season.”
       The season opens in September with the hilarious musical comedy “Senior Moments”, book by Linda Kaufman with Mark A. Lit, music and lyrics by Linda Kaufman. Growing older is filled with new realities and challenges that can be humorous at times, but difficult at others. Fun, touching, and ‘spot on’, “Senior Moments” explores the many facets of these new realities and challenges in a series of musical vignettes.
       In the meantime. The theatre’s Youth Summer Theatre Program will present four showings of the musical “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.,” running June 22 – 25.

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