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Just as others have experienced in different eras, my grammar school years during the late 1950s included numerous threats, warnings or words of advice from our elders all designed to keep us kids in … more
In my spiritual journey, I’m always looking for a good self-help book based in spirituality and have been reading a lot of books by authors such as Paulo Cuelho, Eckhart Tolle and Lao Tzu. … more
In my spiritual journey, I’m always looking for a good self-help book based in spirituality and have been reading a lot of books by authors such as Paulo Cuelho, Eckhart Tolle and Lao Tzu. … more
While I am not certain what the term “aging gracefully” means, I can nonetheless say I don’t think such a thing is truly possible. It never has been and never will be. Since humans first … more
A few years ago, while visiting a country with universal health care, I took note of a busload of elementary school children unloading and entering a dental clinic. Being the curious creature I … more
hodgepodge Some people have a preoccupation with death and the dead. Many jokes, with intended humor and/or fondness, are told about dying and death, and how heaven’s door is guarded by St. … more
Everyday Grace It was inevitable. I couldn’t stop it, even if I wanted to. For some reason, the other ones didn’t bother me so much, but I was definitely having trouble with the coming of this … more
February, the month that just ended, is a strange sort of month in that is has provided us with more questions, confusion and quirkiness than all the other months combined. To begin with, let’s … more
Etched into the wall of the Central Intelligence Agency’s main lobby is a Bible verse that characterizes the CIA’s mission in a free society. It reads: “And you shall know the truth and the … more
It was springtime two years ago and I was out to dig up what remained of a palm tree that had not survived the winter. After only five strikes with my ax, I was gasping for breath and on my knees. … more
Years ago when I was in seminary, they did some beautiful stonework around the campus, and it included making a new wall and new walkways. The stone mason was amazing in his craft and many of us … more
Forget those worries over such items as low testosterone levels in middle-aged men, fluctuating gasoline prices or the propensity of football officials making bad calls involving your team. We … more
I’m fascinated by the current impact of the evangelicals and the religious right on the political scene in our nation. Being one who believes history tells that story and how such came to be, I dug … more
When it was announced last Wednesday that Greg Fishel, chief meteorologist since 1989 at WRAL-TV Channel 5 in Raleigh had resigned, it reminded me of what it felt like right after President John F. … more
They didn’t have a choice. We read in I Samuel about how God allowed the Philistines to capture the Israelites’ most important possession — the Ark of the Covenant. However, after seven … more
Having a spouse who spent 31 years in the arena of public education and two grandchildren in public education, I approach this subject with great respect and care. The more in-depth research I … more
I don’t recall who said it, but last week during a local TV news segment, I heard a reporter use the term “good, brown fat” — an unusual combination of words for sure. I made note of it … more
Since 1970, the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce has been a strong economic force with a big-picture outlook for Smithfield, Selma and their neighboring communities. During 2018, … more
Several years ago, I ventured into a Latin American nation to teach U.S. history at a provincial university. I asked my third-year students why they were in my class and got the reply, “Because we … more
Unless you have been in a coma or living in a box with no electricity or phone over the past few days, you are well aware our nation experienced some mighty cold temperatures recently. While it … more
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