04 November 2020

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Untimely death changes my life

Untimely death changes my life


My friend Beth had a messy van. I noted this fact with relief as she gave me a ride to a meeting of a community board on which we both served. T...
01 April 2020

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Jesus was a merman and other things we learned at church

Jesus was a merman and other things we learned at church


Most of us are familiar with the expression “the family that prays together stays together.” I believe there’s a lot of truth to that. However, ...
04 March 2020

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School dance a rite of passage

School dance a rite of passage


My kids experienced their first school dance recently and, boy, did it bring back the memories for mom. Back in the day, St. Joseph Catholic School...
14 February 2020

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Lent: A time to make a fresh start

Lent: A time to make a fresh start


By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, senior staff writer If you’re like most of us, the shine and sparkle is starting to wear off those New Year’s resol...
12 February 2020

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Lent: A time to make a fresh start

Lent: A time to make a fresh start


A Piece of My Heart
If you’re like most of us, the shine and sparkle is starting to wear off those New Year’s resolutions. About two months in, mos...
05 February 2020

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Things have changed, somewhat, for women

Things have changed, somewhat, for women


A Piece of My Heart
The culture working women experience has changed dramatically since Melissa Swan’s generation, which entered the workforce in the...
22 January 2020

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The tree of life

The tree of life


The teaser for the article caught my eye: “Some trees can live for more than 1,000 years ...”...
08 January 2020

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Reading keeps me grounded

Reading keeps me grounded


One of the things that defines me most clearly is my love of reading. It’s been a passion as long as I can remember and one I’m trying my best to ...
18 December 2019

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Clark Griswold I am not

Clark Griswold I am not


By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected] I’ve always loved lights on houses at Christmastime, but I’ve never ...

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Clark Griswold I am not

Clark Griswold I am not


I’ve always loved lights on houses at Christmastime, but I’ve never really had them on my own dwelling. Our old house, a 110-year-old, three-st...