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Oh, how I miss the days of paint spills and paper cuts (covered in princess band-aids, of course)! As summer winds down, curing boredom in creative kids is the last item on our back to school checklist. My all-time-favorite project was glow-in-the-dark pillow cases. We graduated to other glow-in-the-dark creations, too, as the kids grew up. Oh, the joys of playing chase outside in glow-in-the-dark T-shirts after dark! more
Obituaries. When I took this position with the Tri County Leader, I never once gave a thought to the fact that I would be responsible for editing and placing obituaries into the newspaper. I just wanted to write stories and report local news. I was excited for the opportunity to do so. more
A few nights ago, I discovered an interesting new way to stay awake if you’re feeling drowsy. Who needs a 5 Hour Energy drink or a Red Bull if you have live animals in your bathroom late at night? You see, I got out of bed and went to my bathroom at about one o’clock in the morning and discovered a small frog on the toilet tank. Thank goodness I turned on the light before it bounced onto my shoulder while I was using the facilities! But on the other hand, turning on the light meant jump starting my heart when I saw it disappear behind the toilet tank! Yikes! more
She’s persuasive without being pushy, soliciting Bibles with resolve like the late Clara Peller. You’ll recall how Clara continually questioned, “Where’s the beef?” in Wendy’s long-ago hamburger commercials. The comparison to Peller ends with “resolve,” however. Dallas’ Jo Witte--staring 90 in the face--isn’t seeking fame or fortune. more
Fake News. We hear about it all the time. It makes you wonder if the press can be trusted. Does a free press still serve the purpose our forefathers intended? Certainly truth and freedom are deeply connected. Americans think speech should come naturally, freely. We take a lot for granted when it comes to communication. Probably because we’re spoiled rotten by the blessing of free speech. more
On July 4, we will celebrate our nation’s freedom. That day in 1776, after the Declaration of Independence was signed, marked the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. I hope you are able to celebrate with fireworks, friends and family as I know I will be. more
July 4th is a federal holiday. Many take the time to celebrate the birth of our nation during Independence Day and many simply enjoy a day off work. My husband and I recently attended a celebration at a local church. There was a large choir accompanied by an orchestra. Songs about freedom, our country and God were sung. There was prayer for our national and state leaders, the posting of colors and recognition of those who had served or were serving in the armed forces of our nation. more
When my oldest daughter started school, all of the ‘firsts’ were so emotional. There was the first day of school, the first field trip, the first class play, the first class party, the first class project. Everything was a highly tear-fueled experience for me. (Mommies tend to find reasons to cry on just about any occasion.) more
I don’t know how butchers and candlestick makers are faring, but bakers these days have their hands full of more than dough. Fast-food places want them to “work their buns on.” Dough isn’t being kneaded fast enough to meet their needs. This observation may come across as half-baked, but what else is new? more
You never quit being a mom. This is something I learned over Father’s Day weekend. Go figure. Our children were all under our roof on Father’s Day this year. My husband didn’t know everyone was coming in to visit, so it was an enjoyable surprise for him. We even had an “adopted” child with her two little ones, a 14-month-old boy and 2-month old girl. more
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