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“Online communities like 4chan and 8chan have become hotbeds of white nationalist activity,” the editors of the New York Times wrote recently in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. … more
I am thinking I need an office. I don’t need a big one, really. I just need someplace where I can write the column in peace. As those of you who follow the column regularly know, I write the … more
Tis the season! No, not Christmas — soccer season, and a cause for much rejoicing. Of course, considering the popularity of the sport worldwide, there is almost always somebody playing soccer, … more
Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with … more
Over the next several weeks I will dig into small microhabits of health that you can implement to create long-term sustainable health in your life. Optimal well-being is so much more than what you … more
OK, ardent readers, I told you last week that this column will be my last one about backpacking and I’m sticking to it. I ended last week’s column by writing about a surprise meeting of two … more
We have all sustained open wounds, which are breaks in the integrity of the skin, but wounds can be closed as well. Closed wounds are caused by blunt force trauma, such as being punched or hit by a … more
What is it about birthdays that make you reflect on what has been and think about what’s to come? The birthday I recently observed wasn’t one of those milestone events, but after you pass your … more
This column is next to the final one about backpacking with our new friend, Leon Stenzel, who took me and my two oldest sons, Bobby and Greg, on two backpacking trips many years ago. After several … more
As I sit and look at the blank page on my computer screen, there are many random fragments of thoughts running through my head as I wonder how to fill the page. The past week’s Democratic … more
Psalm 17:15 (ESV) “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” We live in a world where people get bored very easily. Our … more
“In God We Trust,” our official motto, had an anniversary this week. Tuesday marked the anniversary date in 1956 when a joint resolution by the 84th Congress was approved and signed by President … more
Gov. Roy Cooper said the budget passed by both chambers of the General Assembly was an “astonishing failure of common sense and common decency.” I beg to differ. When I look at this budget, I … more
This column is about special friends and how they played an important part in my family and life. This week I am happy to tell you about another special friend, Leon Stenzel, who lived with his … more
The August issue of Our State magazine sent me on a walk down nostalgia lane. The editor grabbed me immediately when she wrote, “These days, I’m cold all the time — at work, in movie theaters, … more
Proverbs 28:5 (ESV) “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.” What makes Christianity different from all other religions is that we don’t have to … more
I would like to state, before this column starts, that I love writing the column. It’s been a pleasure for the last few years to bring to you a little insight, a little opinion and a lot of words. … more
Humans are a funny lot. We say we’re open-minded, but most of us are only open to ideas that we agree with. Being open to ideas we disagree with is hard work. Cognitive dissonance is uncomfortable, … more
I find it very disturbing when people elected to take care of our country spend their time hurling insults at each other. I also find it disturbing to hear my neighbors, and possibly even my … more
Psalm 8:4 (ESV) “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him?” Most of us have felt underappreciated at some point in our lives. Whether it’s at work, … more
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