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Back to basics: Time-tested self-sufficiency practices still relevant

1930sFoodPreservationPic wUsing old-fashioned approaches can promote self-reliance during COVID-19 pandemic

Paul Schattenberg, TAMU

A shortage of some consumer items and shelter-in-place restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have shown the importance of traditional practices promoting self-reliance and self-sufficiency, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

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Keeping Fido Fit while Stuck at Home

dogWith social distancing and staying at home the new norm, we, and our dogs, are experiencing head-spinning lifestyle changes. Chances are we’re spending more time on the couch, crunching on more chips and moving less – all of which can be tough on our waistline and joints.

The silver lining is that we’re spending more time with our dogs, and can do more than ever to help get them into top shape during this downtime.

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Texans Helping Texans

Cornyn Headerby U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

During tough times like these, I’m always inspired by the generosity of my fellow Texans.

Just like we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, people are coming together to help their neighbors and friends weather this virus.

Right now, when extending a physical hand is one of the worst things you can do, there’s still plenty of good to appreciate in our great state.

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Seven ways to unleash your inner explorer

20200311 7 ways 02Whether you're a festival-seeker yearning for live music and new food to experience or a nature-lover craving lush scenery, spring break is an ideal time to plan an adventure in the great outdoors. Step outside into Quinta Mazatlán’s big backyard and unleash your inner explorer on a self-guided walk through the forest trails, or one of several special spring break holiday programs; culminating with Monarch Fest, Saturday, March 21.

Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, guests will have the opportunity to explore nature through games, nature walks and craft activities. Each day brings a new theme - from scavenger hunts, to art in nature; as well as morning and afternoon options to participate (11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.). The programming is open to all ages, and free with park admission.

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