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Bank Failures = Recession?
Let’s talk about what’s going on in markets and the economy after the recent bank failures.
Sunday, March 26, 2023

When It Comes To Stamps, Cheapness Is Relative
When the first Forever Stamps went on sale in April 2007, they said it was a sign of things to come… namely escalating prices.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Your Taxes Are Going Up
As we have noted in several previous articles, the Property Revaluation for tax purposes is NOT a tax increase; but the evidence is sufficient that we can tell you with little doubt--your taxes are going up.
Saturday, March 18, 2023

Live Your Dreams
I wanted to talk about life today. Specifically, making your dreams happen. It's easy to get caught up in worries about inflation, interest rates, recessions, and everything else.
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Go Steady, Go Slowly--Don't Panic
In the last week, America has seen the second and third largest bank failures in our history. While  increasing interest rates has had some effect, inflation is still a problem.  Some believe we're about to have a major recession; others fear more bank failures.  How much have we learned from history?
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Celebrate Girl Scout Week March 12-18
Who would have thought that Juliette Gordon Low’s first Girl Scout troop of 18 girls in 1912 would lead to a worldwide organization that helps girls and women become the leaders of tomorrow?
Friday, March 10, 2023

Need A Driver's License? Get In Line
Stop and check your driver’s license. If it expires within three months, get in line now. Seriously.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Legislative Report from Rep. Jason Saine
This is the legislative report from NC State Rep. Jason Saine.
Sunday, February 26, 2023

January 2023 was here on time... But people may have been better... Better off if they did not have a TV... Maybe not better off... But happier...
Sunday, February 26, 2023

Let's Set the Record Straight
This reporter has often said, make sure of your source.  It's sometimes amazing how false rumors can develop very quickly.  Two recent rumors, one of which was spread on Facebook and exacerbated by a Charlotte tv station and another which drew a crowd to Monday night's County Commissioners meeting emphasize my point.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

College's Marathon Prayer Service Heard Round The World
Spy balloons, toxic train derailments, earthquakes, UFOs. With all the bizarre news, it’s hard to be amazed until you consider what’s going on at a small Christian college in Kentucky.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

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

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