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Anybody Remember The U-2 Incident?
All the hoopla over the Chinese spy blimp, a.k.a. “weather balloon,” brought something to mind that I haven’t heard about in a long while. Anybody remember the U-2 incident? And no, I don’t mean the rock band.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

About the Balloon, Inflation, Mortgage Rates, Windmills & More
Here are random thoughts--supported by information from reliable sources--on a variety of subjects, including the Chinese balloon, inflation, egg prices, annexation, etc.
Sunday, February 5, 2023

Requies-CAT In Pace
Remembering Minnie, a beloved and purrr-fect pet.
Thursday, February 2, 2023

A Thank You from Samaritan's Purse
Perhaps your church was one of many who participated by collecting shoe boxes to be distributed by Samaritan's Purse during their Operation Christmas Child campaign just before Christmas.  
Saturday, January 28, 2023

High Egg Prices Won't Be Over Easy
Recently, I saw a dozen eggs priced at $8.30. Granted, they were organic eggs at Publix, but still. The national average is $4.25 per dozen, right now, roughly triple from last January.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Happy New Year!
After months of debate, Congress finally passed some major changes to retirement laws at the end of 2022.
Monday, January 16, 2023

Remembering MLK
Monday (Jan. 16th) is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; a day set aside to honor the memory of one of America's greatest--and almost certainly best known--civil rights leaders.
Friday, January 13, 2023

Join Our "Humorous" Conversation This Sunday
A funny thing happened at a writer’s club meeting last fall.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
On this first day back at school for many area students, law enforcement officers will be watching out for children.  It's just one of the many things they do for our community, and another reason to say 'thank you' on this National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Monday, January 9, 2023

What Are The Old To Do
She is 80... 81 in February... She has a computer... She has an I-Phone... Had them for years... She is not trained... She needs help... Help from time to time...
Sunday, January 8, 2023

Writing Humor Topic Of Author Talk Jan. 15
Tammy Wilson of Newton and Lisa Williams Kline of Davidson will discuss how they use humor in their essays during an author talk Jan. 15 in Hickory. The free public event will begin at 3 p.m. that Sunday at Waterbean Coffee, 1995 Startown Road, near Catawba Valley Community College.
Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Happy New Year!
Wouldn't you know that my interest in New Year's celebrations has more to do with food than other customs!  Whether you make New Year's resolutions or party to welcome the changing of the calendar, perhaps with a champagne toast at midnight, the new year of 2023 begins at midnight Saturday.
Friday, December 30, 2022

It's Not The Years In Your Life But The Life In Your Years
It’s been said that it’s not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts. It’s easy to lose sight of living a meaningful life.
Thursday, December 29, 2022

2023: It's Later Than You Think
Recently I received an alumni brochure from my college. This time, the most senior people pictured were my contemporaries in the 1970s. You know, about 25 years ago.
Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Christmas 2022
Christmas is a wonderful time... Well sometimes... It is many things to many people... Actually often many things at the same time... Often good and bad mixed... Mixed in one heart... Mixed in one brain...
Sunday, December 25, 2022

No More DABA Music & Fireworks?
At this point, we can say it's almost certain that what had become an annual Lincoln County event won't happen in 2023--or perhaps ever again.
Saturday, December 24, 2022

Do You Belong There?
Babies know... Know where they belong... But adults are not always sure... Where you belong can change...
Sunday, December 18, 2022

Christmas Displays: The Kitschier The Better
This year considered another pilgrimage to McAdenville or Tanglewood, but Saturday evening, we opted to avoid the lines and stay local. We drove slow past homes in Newton, Conover, Rock Barn, Mountain View and Startown. 
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Memories
December is a month... 31 days in December... One month out of 12... But it is so important...
Sunday, December 11, 2022

Chase And His Pop
I had the privilege of watching Chase and his grandpa this summer spend every single day together from early morning till late evening, only going in the house to eat a lunch his mam-maw fixed for them.
Sunday, December 4, 2022

Reflections On Advent
It’s a tradition not just unique to churches. As has been the case for long generations in countless homes, Advent wreaths are popular with many of our big families.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Be Someone's Blessing; Stock That Box
Chances are you’ve seen Blessing Boxes, those cabinets on legs in church parking lots. A Blessing Box is a “Little Free Pantry” that provides nonperishable food (like cereal, canned soup, Beenie Weenies) as well as hygiene items (like soap, deodorant and toothpaste) for people in need.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Should We Reconsider What "Retirement" Means?
The notion that we separate from work in our sixties may have to go.
Monday, November 28, 2022

Thankful For
Search your heart... Look for the joy in your life... Look for what you are thankful for... Seek what makes you smile... Hug a friend or a family member...
Sunday, November 27, 2022

Christian Ministry Says Thank You
Christian Ministry would like to thank all the volunteers, staffers and the many churches and businesses, civic groups and schools for a year of giving to this ministry and to those in need in Lincoln County.
Saturday, November 26, 2022

Thoughts on Thanksgiving
It's Thanksgiving Day, and regardless of your religious preferences, it's a day for gratitude.
Thursday, November 24, 2022

Building A Solid Foundation
Today in our print and electronic media, they are constantly focusing on our two major political parties (i.e. Democrats and Republicans) and the bickering in Congress (i.e. US House of Representative and US Senate).
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Power Outage Pauses Life Without White Noise
When the remnants of Hurricane Nicole swept through the area Friday, winds took out a tree on McKay Road. Those of us south of Newton heard the power go out at 11:47 a.m. I say “heard,” because electrical power outages have their own sound.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Managing Probate When Setting Up Your Estate
What can you do to help your heirs?
Monday, November 14, 2022

Heart Opener
One phone call can change your life... Her son is in the emergency room... His back is hurting... What is happening... He went there early from work... It is a Friday... Not a good day for an emergency...
Sunday, November 13, 2022

NC Association Nurse Anesthetists Honors Those Who Heroically Served
The bond between the U.S. Military and the nurse anesthesia profession dates back more than 150 years to the battlefields of the American Civil War. It was there that nurses first gave anesthesia to wounded soldiers on the frontlines.
Friday, November 11, 2022














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