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I knew fingers were important, but after dislocating my left thumb, I’m praising God even more for them. Consider the value of the “opposable thumb,” as scientists call it. It can move to … more
Yes, I am on my Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools soapbox again. Some would say I am beating a dead horse but I would disagree — until there is a change in leadership, I will continue to beat this … more
I took three of my granddaughters to see “Aladdin” last Tuesday ($5 Tuesday, right)? Well, it was a $5 Tuesday if you were a member (could sign up right then and there). You could get a bag not … more
I have a pet peeve, probably more than one, but the expressions of patriotism on display on Memorial Day and twice just this Monday just really brought out my favorite irritation. Most of the … more
So much talk is going around about the choice to end life at certain points of pregnancy. I am not going to go into a debate about my beliefs and try to make attempts to persuade you to think the way … more
The sun has been showcasing its marvelous power this week, and it’s been a welcome change from one of the coldest, darkest winters of my life. In some ways, summer came quickly. I only put away … more
Sometimes it takes a little positive peer pressure to get a teenager to make the right choices. Darius Edmundson arrived at Southern Nash High as a freshman in August 2015 with a reputation as an … more
Thursday is Ascension Day, the day 40 days after Easter. And next Sunday is Ascension Sunday. On these days we celebrate Jesus’ returning to heaven. The disciples were upset when they heard … more
Change has been inevitable since the beginning of time. People, as collectively as they can, always try to find better ways for something to be or at the very least improve on things around us to … more
The 11 talented teenagers who make up the Elite Vocal Ensemble filled the packed Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church sanctuary with soaring harmonies in their Spring Showcase on Saturday. It was … more
It is HOT outside. I know that isn’t breaking news for anyone, but this morning in a field near my home, I saw workers preparing to pull sweet potato sprouts to be transported to another field and … more
At least once a week, someone asks me, “what aircraft carrier is that,” referring to the one of the many U.S. Navy models that I have on display in my office. Each time I proudly tell them, … more
I’m one of those people who talks to folks around me in line at the grocery store; I have always been told that I never met a stranger. Saturday night as I waited in line, I was talking to the guy … more
It’s window-washing time at my house and since all my children are long since grown (they never helped anyway) that means yours truly is the main window washer. I did this Friday afternoon, … more
Every day we see and read news of this season’s graduation activities. We see pictures of students in their commencement regalia, and we read excerpts from addresses given by prominent citizens for … more
My friend Mary Parker of Rolling Bay, Washington, last weekend passed along some lighthearted wordplay she had received from a contest where some folks apparently had too much time on their … more
I recently watched the last episode of the long-lasting television show “The Big Bang Theory.” From the very first episode, Sheldon, the main character, was portrayed as a self-centered, arrogant … more
We’ve all experienced a myriad of sounds or noises during our lives, including some that stay with us and become either pleasant or not-so-pleasant memories. As you read about sounds I recall, … more
When people think of things that are decidedly American, I’m pretty certain flea markets are somewhere on the lists. In almost every part of this nation, on any given weekend, you can find a … more
I have a point every morning, right after mentally scrolling through my to-do list but before reading my devotional and praying, when I want to give up. But I’m still here. I used to have all … more
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