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There is a lot I don’t understand about politics. I am sure there are lots of people who would be happy to mansplain it all to me, but I suspect those explanations would be just as partisan as … more
As the three of you who read this column already know, I took off last week to celebrate Thanksgiving. While enjoying my time off from the column, I was thinking of some things I could do with my … more
Isaiah 7:14 (ESV) “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” The Christmas season can be one of … more
Music is everywhere this time of the year. Sacred and secular sounds of the season permeate our homes, cars, markets, stores and places of worship. How can we not sing along? Christmas carols, … more
If you read my last column (“Follow your dreams, and believe”; Dec. 6), you may remember the references to my mother being my inspiration to be a writer. She must still be inspiring me from above … more
Were you among the crowds rushing to stores for bargains on Black Friday, or did you wait for Small Business Saturday? Perhaps you joined those spending a record $9.4 billion on Cyber Monday. As … more
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I haven’t, but I’m getting close. This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but I’m giving some cooking-related gifts to both of my … more
If you have not read or seen this yet, it appears our typically not-so-friendly distant neighbors to the north have been packing up their homeless problem and randomly sending people across the … more
These are bad times for newspapers. That’s bad news for us. It’s easy to gripe about newspapers — and especially big newspaper chains. Newspapers make mistakes every day. And the big chains … more
In August, the DOT announced they were over budget and that plans for the improvements to Phase C of US 401 were delayed, citing disaster relief funding needs as one of the main causes. The budget … more
The other day a good friend of mine told me how much her granddaughter loved “The Town of Alpaca.” She was even more excited when my friend told her she knew the author. Children are so easy … more
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially now that Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday are over. It’s hard to believe that it’s less than a month before … more
The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes all those things that drive women crazy while the men in the family watch football, basketball, hockey and old Westerns — or just plain watch us … more
We cooked a delicious glazed ham for Thanksgiving, and although my family ate quite a bit, we still had plenty of leftovers. I thought we’d eat ham sandwiches with a side of deviled eggs or … more
Thankful. Why do we only use that word when it’s November? Have we locked thanksgiving into a holiday? I am guilty of it. Every Thanksgiving as my family sits around the dinner table … more
This time of the year, money can be tight with all of the added expenses, like gifts, food, travel and parties. I am constantly trying to come up with gift ideas that are meaningful but … more
Wow! What a wonderful 72nd annual Wake Forest Community Dinner on Monday night at The Forks Cafeteria in Wake Forest. The dinner is always a high point for Wake Forest-area folks. Much of the fun … more
Our recycling bin is filling up fast, and it’s heavier than usual because of all the thick, shiny ad inserts in the newspapers. The Thanksgiving Day paper, filled with Black Friday opportunities, … more
Acts 2:37-38; 41-42 (ESV) “When they heard this, they came under deep conviction and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: ‘Brothers, what must we do?’ ‘Repent,’ Peter said to … more
Oh, boy, did I screw up my first attempt at covering a town council meeting. It was 1986, and I was spending the summer interning at a weekly newspaper in Nash County called the Spring Hope … more
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