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Here we are, in the year 2020. Twenty-twenty is a number that rolls trippingly off the tongue, and it is a year that has gotten a lot of attention even before it arrived. Of course, we have no way to … more
Christmas time is so wonderful when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and exchange gifts with those we love. In addition, Christmas offers each of us better dispositions as we greet others and wish … more
I can still remember that special excitement as a child waiting for Christmas morning. When I was about six or seven years old, I got a much-wanted Erector Set. The thoughts of constructing a … more
It always comes as a bit of a surprise to me when an old year ends, and we get ready to start a new one. When I was a child, it seemed that the time from one Christmas to the next was interminable; … more
2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” As we get ready to enter the new year of 2020, we … more
Did you have turkey for Christmas? If you have leftovers, be sure to ready this column from 2010 and give this chili a try. My sister was visiting at Thanksgiving and told me about this wonderful … more
Most, if not all, have experienced a point when we were in what we believed was a desperate need. I went to the dictionary to study the word desperate. There were several definitions ranging from … more
North Carolina’s unemployment rate has dropped from the 10.9 percent 2010 high we experienced following the Great Recession to 4 percent in October. But that’s not uniform across the state. The … more
Many years ago, I started writing an annual Christmas poem for my family and I would like to share this year’s poem with you: Clocks don’t tick anymore but time passes quick and still … more
I thought you local readers would like to see for yourself some of the background from our favorite two TV quiz show people on “Wheel of Fortune.” After undergoing emergency surgery this past … more
When I picked up my granddaughter from school Friday afternoon, it was dreary and raining. I asked her if she wanted to finish up some Christmas shopping or go home and make some cookies. I was … more
Matthew 2:11 (ESV) “And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold, … more
It seems like we got cheated this holiday season. Thanksgiving fell as late as is possible, and therefore, the normal marker of when “the holidays” begin was as late as possible. Am I the only … more
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
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