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As you read this, I am probably sitting on the beach with my family, contemplating the reapplication of sunscreen (I won’t) and the possibility of grabbing another adult beverage out of the cooler (I will).

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Last month I began writing a series on the church. In that article, I wrote that the church is the assembled people of God.

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God isn’t always found in places where we deem would be the most obvious. For that reason, He is often missed by those who would search for Him.

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We are getting lots of warm summer weather with a cooler day and night thrown into the mix. The rain has been just often and heavy enough to sink in and not run off. Hopefully it will continue through August.

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As an adult, I’ve lived in two different area codes. Although I’m forever loyal to 304, there’s a part of me that still longs for 757. Last week, we returned to Virginia’s eastern shore for vacation. As I sit here now in the West Virginia hills recalling that trip, I’m sorely missing the sho…

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At Christmas in 2005 (lo, those many years ago) I received an interesting gift. 

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Medical societies recommend screening for cervical cancer and human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer, every three to five years. Many women, though, appear to be screening far more often, which comes with the consequence of increased psychological distress and increased health ca…

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They (whoever they are) say that if a person has at least 1 or 2 loyal, long-term friends, he or she should count his or her blessings.

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“Live as free men, but do not use your freedom to cover-up for evil; live as servants of God”  [2 Peter 2:16].

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At the risk of being accused by the younger Savages of sharing boomer humor, I recently saw a funny observation on social media that resonated with me. It went something like this:

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In an article printed 2 weeks ago, the Review covered the recent critical blood shortage, which is not just a local phenomenon, but a nationwide problem. The supply shortage remains, and it’s important to understand what a precious commodity blood is.

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In addition to the hazards of heat-related disease, another problem related to sun exposure requires careful attention. That problem is melanoma.

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I think what this week calls for is a behind-the-scenes look at my time at the bluegrass festival. Sure, you’re aware that there was, in fact, bluegrass music at this festival.

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When I was working around the outside of our church recently, I had the opportunity to observe and interact with a marvel of God’s creation, the killdeer. I found this unique bird in the middle of a gravel parking lot, acting hurt and distressed. I immediately felt bad for the bird — I don’t…

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One of the wisest things said, notwithstanding the truths of the Bible of course, has been “one thing that is always consistent is change.”

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As the season progresses, the weather is still adding surprises and not all are pleasant.

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 After viewing “Friends: The Reunion” last month, I thought of my time in graduate school when, every Thursday night, my friends and I would gather for Must See TV on NBC.

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When I moved here in Fall 2019, I can’t tell you how many people that I went to school with, old professors, family members, friends, etc. were so excited because my life would be “just like a Hallmark movie.”

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Our community suffered a great loss last week with the death of 18-year-old Taylor Michael. Services were conducted at Kirby Assembly of God Church and burial at Hott’s Chapel Cemetery. Condolences are with all the family and friends.

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“I ain’t never felt like this before

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Have you ever said something that after you said it realized you shouldn’t have — but it was then too late. I often think of an illustration that was once told to me:

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We had a cold spell not long ago and I am done covering and moving plants around. We are in the middle of June and it should be warm and sunny now.

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It’s been 10 years since I’ve been able to spend Father’s Day with my dad. If you asked me how we celebrated the 36 others before the last one, I couldn’t come up with an answer.

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A few months ago, my toilet was leaking.

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Do you remember last June, when my columns were all about how birds were in my closet and how wearing face masks was exacerbating my summer acne?

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If you don’t suffer from mental illness, there’s something you need to know about those of us who do, because it may be impossible for us to tell you — and we really want to tell you.

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This past week, our son has been intrigued by the monetary graduation gifts delivered to his oldest sister.

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I had a lot of thoughts during the graduation ceremony Saturday morning.

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I am a collector of stories. As a former pastor it is now a part of who I am.

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In many denominations this Sunday, churches will celebrate our Triune God: God the Creator, God the Son and God the Spirit.

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What is it that lies within the human nature of mankind that causes us to never be satisfied? We may say that we are, but if that be so for now, satisfaction doesn’t seem to last for long.

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The weather is slowly easing into warmer days.

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Kitty was busy this week preparing for her eldest child’s graduation, so here’s a reminder of her thoughts on the end of school 4 years ago.

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Remember when I was blathering on a couple weeks ago about heroes? I’ve been in a little bit of a different headspace recently, and now I’m thinking about villains.

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Being a frontline health care worker during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a continuing source of sleeplessness, which may increase the risk of contracting the disease. In a summer 2020 survey of 2,884 workers exposed to COVID-19 patients daily, 568 developed COVID-19. For each hour longer tha…

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I have thought a lot lately about how I used to enjoy going hunting, whether I went alone or with members of my family.

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My wife and I attended a children/youth church camp a few years ago where the speaker told the following story. It seems that one day he and his 5-year-old daughter were at home when he pulled a muscle in his back and literally collapsed onto the floor. He struggled to make it to the bedroom…

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As our oldest daughter continues to recuperate from Covid-19, we’ve gotten creative in ensuring she gets adequate deep breaths.

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We are in the midst of weather that changes from breakfast ‘til mid-afternoon.

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Regular readers of Healthy Hampshire will likely recall references I have made over the past few years to the story of the village of Eyam, England. The following is a more detailed account.

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