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North Carolina has 100 counties, and for me it is good mental exercise to try to name them. There are as many as six states with more than 100 countwies. Texas has the most, with 254, Georgia has … more
Anyone reading this column who is not aware of the ongoing political boondoggle issue of Trump’s demand for a border wall must have just come out of a long coma. Even prior to our president’s … more
Shortly after arriving at my workplace at the Johnstonian News in Kenly on Friday morning, I received a phone call from fellow photojournalist Drew C. Wilson of The Wilson Times. Although Drew and … more
It's kinda scary when you think about it. God is sovereign. Period.    What in the world does that mean?  Well, writer Jack Zavada defines it this way:  "Sovereignty means … more
Although most of us do not enjoy the grocery store shopping experience at what comedian Jerry Clower called "super-dyna-whopping" stores, these places are nonetheless a necessary evil in today's … more
My spouse, who taught elementary education in public schools for more than 30 years, can testify to what it's like to try to bring order in leading a group of her students on a field trip.  … more
It’s over for most of us. The strewn wrapping paper is trashed. The decorations are carefully packed away. The reds and greens of the season are exchanged for items of a different hue. Yet, … more
Several years ago I received a homemade seasonal card from a young girl in the church with the words, “I wish you a ‘Merry’ Christmas and a New Year.” I chuckled at the omission of … more
For the majority of you reading this column, America has always been called a Christian nation. Even someone as amoral as our current president feels the need to pay lip service to this … more
Now that the dust has settled on another Christmas season, let’s review some aspects of the gift-buying and gift-giving process strictly from an economic standpoint with the help of Wikipedia and a … more
As we look to the future of 2019 and what it will bring, it may be beneficial to review 2018 and the situation and events that unfolded into what has proven to be one of the most difficult farm years … more
A fresh start. An opportunity to improve one’s quality of life. The chance for a measure of redemption in your most cherished relationships. Such are the challenges and hopes of a new year, yet … more
If you were to examine a list of the most popular names given to children born in America over the past year, you might have a difficult time finding many, if any, little girls who have been named … more
Have yourself a Mary little Christmas. No, it’s not a typo. I wrote “Mary” intentionally. It’s a simple play on words, but the meaning it holds for you and me this Christmas season is … more
Our family sat down to dinner one day several years ago, and our 5-year-old said he wanted to bless the food. We bowed our heads, turning our attention toward Heaven, and he started: “For God so … more
The gospel of Luke tells its readers that a multitudinous choir of angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The hearers of those words were poor … more
Several years ago, I read a story of a journalist who was interviewing a group of children about their understanding of the Nativity scene. One child was asked what she thought about the true meaning … more
According to USA Today, more than 20 billion hot dogs are consumed in America each year, an average of 60 hot dogs per person, meaning the majority of us either enjoy hot dogs or at least know a … more
Memories of past childhood Christmases are warm, precious memories. In those long past times, life was a great deal simpler. My preacher dad, my younger brother and I would head for the Ozark forests … more
American politicians can’t seem to make themselves wait until 2019 to start acting like it’s 2020. Former vice president Joe Biden wants us to know that he’s “the most qualified person in … more
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