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Hi! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska and my whole family still lives there with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I left because I like lots of people and taller buildings, and I don't like cold weather. On those rare days in Texas when it gets snowy and icy, you'll find me inside Googling beach vacations. I don't plan to leave Texas now that I've been here for most of my adult life because the barbecue and fajitas are just way too addictive. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and besides getting the hang out with cool people like you every day, I love sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Melissa McCarthy or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with home improvements or food in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, along with the challenges of being a single mom. I'm on several of the dating apps, because trying to meet someone in person these days is way too creepy.
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Girl Scout Cookies Are Here! Where to Get ‘Em in Tyler This Weekend

Raise your hand if you can polish off an entire sleeve of Thin Mints in one sitting.  Or if you tend to suck on the Tagalongs until the cookie part melts in your mouth and mixes perfectly with the chocolate and peanut butter.  And then you eat five more.  Some of us might do those things.

Girl Scouts will be at several grocery stores around Tyler and Longview this weekend, with tables set up selling boxes to help us get our fix.  Oh, and which cookie does Texas think is the best?

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Try This Hidden East Texas Gem in Tyler For Your Next Picnic

We'll have great weather at times this week, and you might be looking for things to do outside to make the most of it.  Like eat!  Food can be even more fun when it's sunny and 75 and there's a great view to go along with the sandwiches and chips.

See if you agree that this spot is Tyler's best picnic area.

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Now is the Time for All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes at IHOP in East Texas

Oh, we're always thinking food around here.

How many pancakes can you polish off in one sitting?  Now is the time to give it your most determined effort, with all-you-can eat pancakes at IHOP.  But it won't last forever.

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Longview is Getting a New Louisiana-Based Sports Bar Right on Time for the Big Game

Maybe you've already decided the couch is best on Sunday with an enormous bowl of chips and queso on the coffee table, but the bars will be packed too.  And there's a brand new one opening up in Longview, just in time for the Big Game. And they're serving free Gumbo!

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Forget the Groundhog, It’s Armadillo Day in Texas

Each year on February 2nd we have to sit around and wait on Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania to know whether we're going to have more winter, or if spring will come early.  Texas has apparently had enough of that nonsense, and that's why we're answering with Bee Cave Bob, the Armadillo.  

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Dumped? Dump Your Ex’s Stuff at a Goodwill in Tyler or Longview

If you don't get your stuff back before you break up, you might find some of it at the Goodwill locations across East Texas.  And have you seen how many locations we have?  Holy cow.  Your stuff might be spread out from Tyler to Canton to Marshall. That would take a while to track down.

Valentine's Day is a good time to purge memories of the ex, and one way to do that is to dump the stuff off at a Goodwill location. Lots of relationship leftovers will be donated, and Goodwill loves the idea.

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