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When you think about it, Thanksgiving is a rather peculiar holiday. The celebration in this country seems to date back to the Pilgrims and Indians in 1621 when they gathered for a harvest … more
I grew up being bashful, and I hated it. I just didn’t know how to avoid being that way, but I guess many people are that way, but not finding a way to get out of it. I never did, until the … more
After sitting through large chunks of the proceedings after the Mueller report was released and the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings with my fists clenched, grinding my teeth and talking back to the … more
A recipe for lamb stew reads, “Meat is used. You prepare water. You add fine-grained salt, dried barley cakes, onion, Persian shallot, and milk. You crush and add leek and garlic.” And … more
Just in case I haven’t told you earlier, I have gained a share of the care-taking of two animals to keep me company for the last four months. There are pluses and minuses when it all comes down … more
Monday was a fairly nice day, sunny and with a mild temperature. If you didn’t have government business, it was easy to miss that Monday was also Veterans Day. The celebration was, let’s just … more
Psalm 23:4 (ESV) “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Fear has a scary way of … more
My family’s trip to Disney World last month was filled with fun rides and attractions, relaxing time by the pool, lots of walking and plenty of food. In the months leading up to our trip, we did … more
I am astounded to see what is happening to our young generation referred to as millennials. To see polls indicating that 70 percent support socialism, and are willing to vote for socialism in America … more
Until I was nearly 12 years old, I always hated when the clock struck 6 p.m. because that meant every single channel on television would be showing the exact same thing — the news. My sixth-grade … more
I feel like somebody gave a big party and I didn’t get invited. Even though I’m almost surrounded by the town of Wake Forest, I’m not inside the town limits and can’t vote in municipal … more
This column is about my late wife, Peggy, who passed away 14 years ago on Nov. 1, 2005. Instead of a memorial ad like we have been running each year in this newspaper, son Jimmy suggested I write … more
Psalm 22:26 (ESV) “The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let Your heart live forever!” Psalm 22 is an example of people talking about Jesus before He … more
They say a watched pot never boils. This year, the same thing seems to be true of fall foliage; it never turns. After our hot, hot summer that stayed with us into fall, I think we are all anxious … more
Following up from last week on my neighbors in Wenonah, New Jersey when I was 3 until 12 years of age before moving to Pitman, New Jersey in August 1941. Last week I wrote about one neighbor … more
By now you’re probably wondering, “Who is Grace Ministries USA and why does its devotionals keep showing up in the newspaper?” Simply put, Grace Ministries is here to serve you, the community … more
While I was pondering the topic for my next article, I came across three cases of bites from copperhead snakes, one fatal to a small dog who was protecting his kids, and thought some information … more
Genesis 3:8-9 (ESV) “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the … more
Psalm 21:13 (ESV) “Be exalted Lord in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power.” Most of the time, we lack the strength to get something done. Whether it’s physical, … more
Following up from last week’s column about my next door neighbor, Edwin Sayers in Wenonah, New Jersey. He was a middle-aged bachelor who had a “girlfriend” he often saw with a visit to her … more
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