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After 25 years of morbid obesity (320 pounds), I have been healthy for over 10 years and paying it forward every chance I can get. I always tell my clients the first step is the same for every single … more
Summer has finally arrived for most high schoolers around Wake Forest. After a stressful year of looming deadlines and little sleep, the freedom of summer feels almost foreign. With finals done, … more
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse every 7 out of 10 teens are exposed to electronic cigarette advertisements. Just in the last year or so, the vaping (or juuling if you know the … more
Things have changed a lot since 1772 when Lord Betatort, serving as governor of Virginia, awarded a gold medal at the College of William and Mary to the student most skilled in Latin. That … more
Better living through chemistry is what I call taking necessary, helpful medications. It’s a fact of life that many of us depend on medication to maintain life or quality of life, from over the … more
At 11:16 a.m. on Saturday, the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh issued a flash flood warning for northeastern Wake County and central Franklin County. The warning was in effect until 1:45 … more
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
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