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I pray that every day is a day of thanksgiving for you. We all have so much to be thankful for. There is a wonderful story that really touched my heart the first time I read it, and I like to … more
Pardon me while I put my Scrooge hat on for a few paragraphs.   It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. No. Wait. It is beginning to look a lot like a perfect Christmas. … more
While looking through my archives at some older columns, I came across one that was written and printed in the Times-Gazette before Thanksgiving of 2012. I had forgotten about the events I told in … more
I hate the phrase “new normal” but that is what my mother and I are adjusting to after the death of my father last week.   A lot goes through your mind in the days after the … more
Inside the front cover of most of my Bibles I have written this phrase: God Speaks, I Need To Listen! Baptized as an infant…raised in church…raised in a Christian … more
They were two of my favorites in journalism for entirely different reasons. Both passed away in the past week. Both deaths were the result of lengthy illnesses.   Sports editor Joe … more
The eggs…I was wanting eggs, and I was ready to grab them out of the cooler at Walmart when I said hello to the lady standing next to me. The Cross…I was wearing a black t-shirt with … more
I had a trick played on me Monday night.   I bought two large bags of candy and a smaller one and prepared for an invasion of trick-or-treaters for Halloween.   I had on my Halloween … more
I would not describe myself as a climate activist. But I would describe myself as a conservationist. That is, I believe we should be good stewards of what we have here on earth. And I believe this … more
Thankfully, I was raised by a praying mother. Every night the last thing Mom did before closing her eyes for sleep was to read her Bible and her devotional book and pray for her family and … more
Drama can occur when you least expect it. Last week I was sitting in a veterinary office waiting for my cat to get her annual regimen of shots.   As I was waiting, the veterinarian walked … more
On November 8, voters will head to the polls. This year, you will have a key vote to cast on four constitutional amendments, including Amendment 1, which would enshrine right-to-work in our state … more
If you are an observant shopper (like I’ve become) I imagine that you’ve noticed how many of your clothing and other material purchases are made in countries other than the United … more
A couple of days ago five students from one of my college classes were huddled near a first-floor elevator several minutes after the class had ended.   “We’re still here … more
A true story appeared years ago in a publication named The Pathfinder. It was about a woman who had an enormous impact on her community. If you look at a map of Alaska you will see a thin, wavy … more
Fear. One of the scariest words I know.   With Halloween this month fear is on our minds more than usual. We’re fearful of the dark. We’re fearful of what may be in our attic. … more
Am I now considered ‘Elderly?’ People take one look at me and immediately I get ‘The Senior Discount.’ Younger folks hold the door open for me. Others stand ready to … more
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and we haven’t even sent out the trick-or-treaters.   Those of us who plan to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas this … more
A man goes out into the mountains one morning, and climbs up on one of the tallest peaks, and looks out into the valleys and into the beyond, and he says, “Okay, God, show me that you’re … more
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”   Howard Thurman, a philosopher, … more
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