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I know we are almost a year into this pandemic, so the “wear a mask” conversation is old. Stale. Tired.

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The events that took place Jan. 6 at our nation’s Capitol are reprehensible. As followers of Jesus, we can describe what took place in no other way than “Anti-Christ.”

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There is a scripture found in Mark 10:21: “Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’”  

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Although it has been a very busy year so far, it hardly seems possible for it to be close to the end of January already. It has been a month of unpleasant surprises and I sincerely hope they are finished for the rest of the year.

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Here’s something you don’t want to hear when you answer your cellphone at work, “Mom, I woke up, and the house is full of smoke and smells like gas or something. I got my siblings out, and we’re in the yard. What should I do?”

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The weather in the new year is proving to be just as fickle as it was in the old one. Cold rainy days can be depressing and since we’re staying in all the time, it’s even worse. If you’re a reader, this is the time to be reading those new books you got for Christmas or pick up a gardening (o…

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I had to be photographed recently for the newspaper. I literally went from laughing and joking to looking frightened and bug eyed within seconds. For whatever reason, as soon as I see a camera, I nervously contort my face into the most unflattering look possible. I’ve had many laughs with fr…

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I’ve spent months and months peeking into the world of remote learning. 

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I’m not doing it this year. I refuse to set myself up for failure again like I’ve done in years past. Promises of eating less, cutting out anything that’s sweet and staying away from sodas have been broken time and time again and usually within the first 2 weeks of the new year.

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My sisters-in-law and I still get a good chuckle remembering when all our oldest daughters were very young, and my mother-in-law gave just 2 out of the 3 of us a book entitled, “Raising Your Strong-Willed, Spirited Child.”

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As I was sitting at Monday night’s school board meeting, listening to them talk about bonds and money and the Attorney General and interest rates, I was reminded of a painful truth.

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Viruses and bacteria aren’t the only microbial pathogens that plague us. Fungal diseases abound, too, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people are unaware of them, even though they result in more than $7 billion in health costs annually.

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One November night on a cross-country drive, I fell in love with the tradition of setting candles in windows.

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It's 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and I'm sitting in a motel in Jessop, Md., writing because sleep for some reason is eluding me. I am here just outside of Baltimore because I am with a team of individuals from a few different churches, including Augusta, Kirby, Maysville and Cumberland, M…

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When I was in college, I was the editor-in-chief of the Roanoke College newspaper, called the Brackety-Ack. Why was it named that? Truly, your guess is as good as mine.

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“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19, NRSV).

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We are continuing on with the crazy weather, the spreading virus and staying safe. The weather hasn’t been conducive to much outdoor activity, but we all know that can change overnight.

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For the record, I am in no way the cook in our family. I’m more likely to set off the smoke detector or end up saying things like, “Just scrape off the black parts. It’s edible.”

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The days of the old cook stove and hand-drawn pumps for water are over, and you will never get another S&H Green Stamp for buying your groceries at a local food mart. Any vehicle that is simple enough to fix on one’s own is now a collector’s item, news travels faster on Facebook than it …

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It is the week before Thanksgiving and I will admit that I am having a difficult time getting into the thanksgiving spirit.

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Again the weather has turned a corner on us. We were experiencing so many warm days with an occasional cool night, and all of a sudden we were having frost warnings.

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When I was at Roanoke College, one of the absolute pillars of my experience was Saturday and Sunday brunches.

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Although many of us are still staying home and working around the children’s school schedules, there is, unfortunately, a problem I need to comment on right off.

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