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At our Bible study a week ago, we looked at Nehemiah 8: 1-12. The format for the study is the same: 1st, a time of stretching our mind with a series of opening questions about us.

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As has been proven, Covid can be fatal. As well, we have seen it wrap its near fatal fangs around many, causing long-lasting, severe suffering that can leave its victim in a comatose state for weeks.

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A few months ago, I snapped a photo of our 3 Savages gathered around our breakfast table.

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Last year I wrote an article in Healthy Hampshire about the importance of blood donation. Today, the issue of blood supply is literally of critical importance.

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As we came in on “final approach” to the end of 2021, for many the flight plan has been a great disappointment.

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I love watching westerns. I enjoy mainly the older westerns because there aren’t many good western movies or shows produced anymore. There was, of course, the dud of a movie will Johnny Depp playing a wacko version of Tonto in the movie, “The Lone Ranger.” I’d rather watch the old classic ha…

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While it’s true that there were no voting machines in Biblical times, the Israelites of old voted on whether they would embrace the principles God presented at Mount Sinai as a blueprint for living a holy life.

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Many of our youngest daughter’s teachers begin their classes by asking their students to share the daily good things in their lives.

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The snow has come and gone at least once and it’s anyone’s guess about what is yet to come, but on we go.

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 Before discussing the main subject of this article, there is a very important announcement. Nationwide, the supply of blood for transfusions is at a critical low point.

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A new year brings with it the possibility of new beginnings and a desire to see these new possibilities take hold in our lives.

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I was once acquainted with a man who we’ll call Jim.

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The days are getting colder and winter could finally be here, but who knows?

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Now that we’ve had some cold, snowy days, I’m reminded of a question that’s perplexed me for many years. “When did it become uncool to wear a coat?”  

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Continual exposure to air pollution, even at levels permitted by U.S. regulations, may be associated with thousands of early deaths, according to a new study published in the Lancet Planetary Health journal.

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Last month, I wrote about pausing before the headlong rush into Christmas to celebrate Advent, the period of penitence and preparation pointing to Christmas being more than memorial to the long-ago birth of Jesus.

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Today (Jan. 5) is the last day of Christmas (as in the 12 days thereof) and there is one gift that all of us have been given.

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I said something to someone once that I felt like my life was in a rut. In other words, I felt as if I were going nowhere, just spinning my wheels and making no progress.

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The weather appears to be continuing on its quest to thoroughly confuse our garden. Mid-60-degree days are wreaking havoc with our plants.

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Last week, we heard a radio segment about the teen slang trends of 2021. Much to our Savages’ dismay, my husband and I have begun adding these new words to our vocabulary.

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Last week, with New Year’s Eve coming up fast, I’m not going to lie to you: I was having a personal crisis.

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Not so long ago, one of the most popular ideas for boosting COVID-19 vaccination rates was running million-dollar vaccine lotteries. Get vaccinated, and you had a chance to become very rich!

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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.” — I Peter 3:15

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Christmas is officially over, but there is always time to look at an old story in a new light. I concur that Jesus is the reason for the season and I would never do anything to take away from that whatsoever.

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The year is winding down quickly. I remember thinking September was taking her time, but all of a sudden it’s the end of December.

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In Clint Black’s famous Christmas carol, he sings about Santa, “Now I know what he likes for a late-night snack. For years now, it’s been bringing him back, milk and cookies.”

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A couple friends of mine gifted me a book this year for Christmas, and it got me thinking about the idea of reading.

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When jobs began disappearing during the Covid-19 pandemic, it was presumed health insurance coverage would soon follow. But a new analysis indicates the percentage of uninsured working-age adults remained the same from March 2019 to April 2021 at approximately 11%.

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Going to New York City at Christmastime has been on my bucket list for literal years.

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It was a song sung by the angels as they announced the birth of the Christ-child. Immanuel - God with us. It was a night when heaven literally touched the earth in the form of a little baby, born in a stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.

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This is the time for finishing up that last-minute Christmas shopping.

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My dear friend gave me a small throw pillow for Christmas many years ago. It’s red with the words “All is Calm in the Savage Household” written in white lettering.

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When my boss Sallie suggested that I be in the Christmas parade on the 11th, I raised my eyebrows.

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I know, it’s the Christmas season and that means it’s a time to be joyful and happy, so why put a damper on the season by writing about the demise of the middle class?

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Christmas is the story of inclusion. Consider the powerful meaning as the shepherds were invited to participate in the Christmas story.

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This summer, I had some STRONG words about people who view themselves as the “main character” in their lives (i.e. people who romanticize their lives to the point of seeing it as a film, and themselves the protagonist).

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With the temperatures growing colder and the towns within the county lighting Christmas lights, it’s easy to see that Christmas is just around the corner.

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So just what difference does Jesus really make in a person’s life? It’s a question people have been asking for centuries.

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Last week as we decorated our home for Christmas, I began to fill our kids’ Advent calendar.

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During the cold days this week, let’s focus on getting that Christmas gift list together. Even though I keep an eye out for gifts year round, deciding what to give is the hardest part.

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