• Some things shouldn’t become commonplace

    In a world tormented by hurt and fear, is the news of mass shootings, bombings, kidnappings becoming less shocking? Are we becoming less sensitive to the fact these things happen since it seems they happen more often? Are there more instances or is it just …

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  • What my mom taught me

    When we were kids my mother handed out her own kind of cruel and unusable punishment — lectures. I never recall her ever spanking me — not once. My mother was a lecturer and to us kids, it was worse than a spanking. With five …

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  • Moving Cleopatra’s Needles

    Cleopatra’s Needle is the popular name for each of three ancient Egyptian obelisks which were moved in the 1800s and re-erected in New York City, London and Paris. A fourth, a twin to the one in Paris, remains in its original site at Luxor and …

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  • Already bored with ‘news’ about Jason Collins

    Is anyone else tired of hearing about NBA player Jason Collins’ being gay? When the news broke that he is gay, I think the world kind of said, “OK,” then went about their normal day-to-day business. Or at least we tried. The national media keep …

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  • Daddy never stopped loving her

    When news broke more than a week ago of George Jones’ passing, my editor asked if I was going to write about it. I hadn’t planned to and then I went and tuned in to his memorial service last Thursday, left recalling my own memories …

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  • Ten years

    In some ways, it seems like only yesterday when we learned about a guy who planned to take some rundown property and make it habitable for men with drug and alcohol addictions. Some were skeptical, but 10 years later it’s obvious that it was the …

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  • Happy anniversary, John 3:16!

    Today marks the 10th anniversary for John 3:16 Ministries, a spiritual boot camp for men with addictions. Many in the area know about the ministry but may have never been there. Let me tell you — it’s a phenomenal place. Just driving onto the property …

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  • The Pregnant Stone

    The Pregnant Stone, or Stone of the Pregnant Woman, also known as Stone of the South is a monolith in ancient Heliopolis, Lebanon. Together with another ancient stone block nearby, it is certainly among the largest cut stones ever quarried. The two building blocks were …

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  • Goodbye, Possum

    They just don’t make ’em like the Possum any more. I’ve had a lot of good memories with those “old country” singers, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Don Williams, Johnny Cash and company. On Saturday mornings, my mom would pop an eight-track into the 1970s console …

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  • Oh, to wear earrings again

    Since I can’t wear high heels or too many rings without worrying they’re going to fall off, at least I had earrings. That was until about eight months ago when a big ol’ gaudy one prevented me from that, tearing/splitting my already stretched earlobe. Now, …

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  • Let me in — I have to go potty!

    After two months, my daughter’s puppy Sasha still hasn’t figured out his bathroom is outside. We are constantly taking him outside only for him to come back in and relieve himself in the house! I caught him sniffing around the other day and grabbed him …

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  • Jackie Robinson: An example of ‘Lies They Teach in School’

    Being neither a baseball fan nor a movie buff, it may surprise some for me to be writing about both. But my real subject is neither the movie nor baseball — it is the fact that history is so full of, well, as author Herb …

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