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Memories of past childhood Christmases are warm, precious memories. In those long past times, life was a great deal simpler. My preacher dad, my younger brother and I would head for the Ozark forests … more
American politicians can’t seem to make themselves wait until 2019 to start acting like it’s 2020. Former vice president Joe Biden wants us to know that he’s “the most qualified person in … more
Among my best childhood memories was the distinct smell given off by a live Christmas tree that permeated our house each year during the holiday season. We always had a live tree during those … more
It’s almost Christmastime and that means, among other things, a break from school, time off from work, giving and receiving gifts, eating lots of goodies and fellowship with friends and … more
With Thanksgiving already gone and Christmas still several weeks away, maybe this would be a good time for us to discuss, analyze and learn more about an item called a spork. Spork, is that really … more
A man who got lost on some back roads asked a local resident how to get to a particular location. “Well, you go a mile down this road,” the man responded, “take a right at the first paved … more
My Baptist preacher dad could make the story of the wayward tribe of the of fleeing Hebrews come vividly alive in his unique, fiery sermon delivery. Distraught that the Promised Land seemed to be a … more
It was dark — really dark. I could see my surroundings once I got under the neighborhood street lights, but getting “under” them was a challenge. I had neglected to take a decent flashlight on … more
Thanksgiving has crept up on us once again, meaning for most of us a glorious time of celebrating, giving thanks, food, fellowship, friends and family over the next couple of days. Maybe so, but … more
While teaching English as a second language several years ago in the Czech Republic, I heard stories from my students of the days of the rule of the fallen communist Soviet Empire. It was a time … more
Do you ever talk to yourself? Most people say that’s not too concerning. They say the alarming part comes with the realization that you aren’t just talking to yourself. You’re answering. I … more
If you are like me, you love a patriotic parade and concert. I continue to get a lump in my throat and sometimes a tear in my eye when I hear the Star-Spangled Banner and see the Stars and Stripes … more
Although 2018 is not yet over, the time has come for our annual listing of celebrity deaths from the past calendar year. Several sources listing more than 1,000 so-called celebrities were used to … more
It’s interesting how easily we forget. The disruption of our thought processes can be derailed by something as simple as walking from one room to another. By the time we reach the doorframe, … more
Often I hear someone say, “The world is getting worse and worse.” And I have heard others say, “Things sure are better now than they used to be.” Is either of these statements true? Could it … more
Seems like it was about 10 years ago or maybe more when I first heard the words gluten or gluten-free being used. I didn’t know then what gluten was all about and despite doing some research on … more
Given the horrific events of the past weeks, pipe bombs sent to many of the outspoken opponents of the current Trump administration, including two former presidents, and the violent mass murder of … more
At the time of this writing, we are experiencing the beginning of the end of the rain from Hurricane Florence here in the east. It’s still gray and windy, and even the slightest glimmer of sunshine … more
Mayonnaise is a condiment that has been in existence and I have known about it for as far back as I can recall. Although it has served a valuable purpose for me by being used on thousands of … more
A new North Carolina-based industrial hemp processor is slated to invest $17.3 million in renovating a facility adjacent to Alliance One International to produce the new Korent line of THC-free … more
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