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So just how much effort should a parent, or parents, put forth in order to get their children to church? From the time I was 2 years of age, my parents took me to church. It wasn’t a matter of asking whether or not I wanted to go to church, it was a given fact that unless I was sick, I was g…

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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Many folks in our country are having a difficult time feeding their families and Hampshire County is no exception.

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Early on the morning of July 4th, before I could even pour my first cup of coffee, our 2 youngest Savages treated me to a rousing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Most family members and unpaid caregivers looking after older adults say they feel listened to when talking with the adults’ health care providers. But a new survey highlights two areas where they say they could use more help.

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Yes, that title is a play on Great Expectations: a book I never read because a) no English class I ever took required it and b) my older brother Nate describes it as, and I quote, “garbanzo beans,” which, in my family, basically means it was drivel. I digress.

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As I mentioned last week, Weber’s is having their half-off sale through July 5 and it’s time to fill in any bare spots. We seldom go out these days and don’t even have the hanging baskets on the deck that we normally have, but we will mask up, keep our safe distancing and get some plants. We…

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When we had our house built 15 years ago, one thing I really wanted was a great big wrap-around front porch. I envisioned it like my very own Cracker Barrel, a place where I’d sit and rock while waiting to be called in for supper.

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Before my senior year at Roanoke College began, I won this essay contest that allowed me to speak in front of the entire freshmen class at their convocation event. You know, so I could bestow upon them some of my eternal wisdom.

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So what happens if cities, counties and states decide to defund police departments? And what do these new ideas have to say about the future of America?

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This week’s column recalls a concert I once attended in college (eons ago), which does come around to something important, I promise.Harry Chapin was, and remains, one of my favorite singers and storytellers. He and his band played at my college after the release of “Taxi,” but a year before…

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The Genesis passage found in Chapter 22 is a hard passage to read. It is the passage in which Abraham is told by God to take his son, his only son, to an area God would direct him. Isaac was to be the sacrifice Abraham would offer to God.

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If you haven’t heard, billionaire Elon Musk is a brand-new dad to a bouncing baby boy he named, “X Æ A-12.” Unfortunately, for the SpaceX founder, California law prohibits the use of numerals or symbols on birth certificates, so the newborn’s name was officially changed to, “X AE A-Xii.”

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We have just passed the longest day of the year, our gardens are growing and we are seeing the results of our labors. Whether it’s flowers or veggies, things are looking good in the garden.

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Most people who should be getting annual lung cancer screenings, specifically current and former smokers, aren’t, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials recommend annual screenings for current smokers or those who quit in the past 15 years and who have a his…

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God brings people into our lives, some for a reason, some for a season. But it's obvious that some new acquaintances are not just “by chance” meetings. Instead, there is no mistaking that God has orchestrated such encounters. Such was the case earlier this week when I had the distinct privil…

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My car didn't start last Friday morning. That was a bit of a problemo for me, seeing as I had a plan to drive back to Fredericksburg this weekend to visit my family. Can’t get too far with a car that won’t start.

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Last week as I was scrolling through the news, this headline caught my eye, “The TikTok Trend of Parents Pouring Water on Their Kids is Pure Joy.”

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One of the most depressing parts about adulthood that I’ve found so far is that I constantly have to spend money on stuff that isn’t fun.

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There are many words that start questions, like, “who, what, when, where, and how.” Yet, as a parent, I’ve found that the hardest to answer questions almost always start with the word, “why.”

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This is a hard column for me this week, because so much is happening as you know.

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“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full [John 10:10].

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I always get a big smile when my husband begins offering insight to our teenagers with the line, “When I was in high school, we.” Before they can mutter “OK, Boomer,” under their breaths, I try to lovingly remind him that he graduated from high school in 1984. He’ll usually acknowledge, “I g…

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I had a recent visit to a nearby medical facility and walking through the front door I made sure to put my mask on.

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I’ve been writing this column for months now, and I feel like I’ve pretty much avoided what has always seemed to me like the elephant in the room: my height.

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This year is unlike any we’ve experienced before. Not only is the weather wacky, but staying home has become a challenge.

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Last week our oldest daughter took an online Advanced Placement (AP) test for her English class.

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Although the driverless vehicle research has been nearly halted, based on an article from MSN News, the idea of creating a trustworthy vehicle to ferry folks around, as well as make deliveries, is still very much in the making.

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Jesus spent much of his life with religious people, a great deal of it with non-religious people — and all of it with non-Christians. 

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We are quite familiar with the story of Pentecost and the mighty rushing wind associated with this event.

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Before I even start on this week’s column, I would like to offer this disclaimer: I am in no way attempting to predict the future of our nation.

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I used to hate the concept of bedtime. I always thought that my mother was being unreasonable when she gave me a solid bedtime. There was always lots of drama circling around bedtime in the Grosskopf household.

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You know how your head fogs up when you stand up too fast, and then you’re sort of stumbling around your apartment, bonking your head on stuff and waiting for the fog to lift? No? Just me?