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As many of you follow my column, let me say thank you for all of the positive support for my recent Make A Wish Foundation hike. I was able to complete 21 of the 28 miles, something I never would … more
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” In Biblical times, orphans … more
I fell in love with popular ballads after starting work as a soda jerk in a local drug store in Pitman, New Jersey, when I was 15. It was quite a big change after working at three chicken farms for … more
A friend told me of her storm experience on Monday, May 13, saying, “I heard the tornado warning come across on my phone and looked outside and said, ‘What the heck? The sky is totally … more
Naming children is one of the most mind-boggling jobs of parenthood. There you are, confronted with a very small bundle of person that you know nothing about, and you are expected to label him or … more
“I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” — Psalm 16:8 (ESV) In old Biblical terms, being at someone’s right hand is a symbol of … more
There was a Celebration of Life of Betty Blanch Elizabeth Burris Pearsall at Wake Forest United Methodist Church on Saturday to a nearly-filled-to-capacity warm sanctuary. Pastor Donald Warren … more
This week we observed Memorial Day. In 1986, the uniform Monday Memorial Day Act was passed which declared Memorial Day occur on the final Monday in May. In 1971 it became an official federal … more
Although I’m sure it has never occurred to him, the majority of the American people don’t give a fig about what Donald Trump, personally, likes or doesn’t like, thinks or doesn’t think, says … more
“A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well.” — Proverbs 25:26 (ESV) The worst can happen to the best of us. That’s one of the weaknesses of … more
Sometimes you just can’t win for losing. I am writing about losing my favorite (and only) wristwatch (a wave receptor by Casio) about five years ago in Raleigh. It all started sometime when … more
I have shared my story several times with many of you. Many of you just know me as the “Certified Health Coach,” but not the life I left behind. I lived a life of morbid obesity for over 25 … more
Proverbs 24:10 (ESV) “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Sometimes when life hits us, we feel like crawling into our shell rather than take on the challenge. … more
With your military service complete, you’re eager to return home and get on with life in the private sector. Surely, in a booming economy, you’ll have your pick of jobs? Your training is … more
With Memorial Day Weekend approaching I couldn’t help but think of my son who sent me a picture last week standing in front of a government building in Chile where a massacre had occurred during a … more
Sometimes I wonder if other people’s habits are different from mine and if they differ, how do they differ. My thoughts this week are about comics or funnies found in daily newspapers. Using the … more
Thinking back, surely I wasn’t really gullible enough to believe that I could dig a hole all the way through the earth to China, but I was a little girl full of fantasies and lots of spare time in … more
“When He (Jesus) said above, ‘You (God) have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings’ (these are offered according to the law), then … more
North Carolina appropriates less taxpayer money to state colleges and universities in real terms than it did before the onset of the Great Recession. Tuition has risen markedly and now accounts for a … more
I’ve been watching the emerging election for North Carolina’s Senate seat and wonder if we are seeing symptoms of a larger trend. Our traditional tribalism – Republicans and Democrats — has … more
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