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Almost Four Million Texans Will Travel for Thanksgiving

Pack some soothing, stress-relieving eucalyptus lotion along with the green bean casserole this week.

There will be more people on the road than during any of the last nine Thanksgivings, according to AAA.

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Random Acts of Kindness Are Happening inTexas

Have you noticed anyone being over-the-top nice lately?  I'd love to hear that story. I'm a sucker for random acts of kindness.

There's no prize involved here, because that would defeat the purpose of the "being-nice-just-for-the-heck-of-it" stories.  So, just for the heck of it, I'll share a story about a random act of kindness that might excite some fast food employees in East Texas, and you can see if you notice anything similar.

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Texas Couples Celebrate 70 Years After Double Wedding

It takes a lot of grit and determination to make a marriage last 70 years!  And love too, we imagine.

Two couples tied the knot at a double wedding in Central Texas several decades ago, and they just celebrated that huge milestone this week.

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Texas Doesn’t Always Go For Thanksgiving Classics

It's not all about the turkey and stuffing in Texas.  It's usually on the table at Thanksgiving, but there are also some unique side dishes there that put us right up there with Washington's "Cottage Cheese Roast" for being a little weird.  

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Tyler Transit Bus Ride to Honor Rosa Parks

Dec. 1 marks the anniversary that signified a milestone in the Civil Rights movement. In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the colored section of the bus for a white passenger.

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These Stores Will Open on Thanksgiving Day

If you're planning to burn some Thanksgiving calories by shopping, these stores will open up to you on Thursday night.  Others will wait until Black Friday morning to start the big sales.

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There Are More Veterans in Your Family Tree Than You Think

If my dad gets a free hour, we can usually find him digging around on Ancestry.com. He loves it, and he's made some interesting discoveries along the way.

Pop is Navy Veteran that served in Vietnam, and he's learned that the other veterans in our family served in the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.  I bet you've got these veterans in your family too.

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Arby’s is Selling Out of Deer Meat Sandwiches

No other fast food restaurant has ever done it, but Arby's decided to take a risk and rock the fast food world by offering a venison burger. And apparently it's a big success so far.  In the places where they're testing it, they can't keep it in stock.

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Green Lights in East Texas Support Veterans

Maybe you've seen a few green lights around East Texas this week.  At work, on the front porch, and on college campuses, people are replacing white lights with green bulbs to show support for veterans.  And it's easy to become part of the movement.

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What Drives You To The Polls on Election Day?

Doesn't it feel good to vote?  I think it does. There are things that motivate us to get to the polls, besides the obvious opportunity to weigh in on the next four years.

The kids are talking about the election at school, and if Mama doesn't vote, they will be on my case!  What else encourages you to get to the polls?

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Learn to Brew Your Own Beer at This East Texas Event

The craft brew industry has exploded over the past few years, and Texas brewers are cranking out some pretty amazing stuff.  What about some home brew?  You can learn how to make beer in your garage, at an event this weekend in Marshall.

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Janie’s Cakes of Tyler Makes Oprah’s Favorite Things List

With the holiday season upon us, Oprah has just released her 2016 Favorite Things list, and Tyler staple is on it, Janie's Cakes!

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