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Guess what, y’all? It’s April. How can that be? We have blasted through January, February and March. We’ve passed up New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring break and April Fools’ Day, all in, seemingly, under a minute. Perhaps it’s been a smidge more than that, but it sure seems like we just blinked and made it from Christmas to Easter. Before we know it, we’ll be staring at the Fourth of July or Halloween. more
My friend John, whose profession requires his being on airliners much of the time, is pretty much a “follow the rules” kind of guy. He adheres to flight attendants’ directives to the letter. If you guess he keeps his seat belt securely fastened at all times--just like the pilots do up front --you are correct. He acknowledges that many fellow flyers are way off course on travel etiquette, however, and just when he thinks he has seen all possible gross conduct, up pops another vignette that begs for inclusion on the list. The other day--flying at 35,000 feet with his tray table in the upright and locked position--he glanced across the aisle. more
“I have to write to make myself feel sane sometimes,” Cynthia Matlock said. “And then you reveal that and let everybody know your laundry! Oh well. My writing is a release for me.” “Hold That Face: How To Stay Calm When Life Gets Tough” is the title of a recently released article in Autism Parenting Magazine written by Cynthia. She is not a medical expert on the subject but she is certainly schooled in the day-to-day life of a loved one with autism. more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
This past weekend our church celebrated our pastor’s thirtieth year of service to the church. On the same day, our family replaced a refrigerator that was nearly twenty years old. The day before, a neighbor friend of ours commented about how my husband and I were meant for each other. After nearly twenty-five years more
The new owner of the thicket’s general store has “hit the ground running” on her promise to introduce changes, one of ‘em featuring “bait and grab.” (When dealing with clientele like my 104-year-old Uncle Mort, grabbing is easier than switching.) more
While her friends may be at home watching a movie or playing a video game, Tristin Hardy is in the barn with Elsie, her Brown Swiss dairy heifer. It takes time and lots of it, to put your best foot, hoof, forward in the show ring. more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
Every weekend when I sit down to write my article for this column, I write about something that has been going on in my life or something that’s been on my mind that week. If I’m drawing a blank or just need to be entertained, I ask my family what they think I ought to write about. Sometimes their suggestions jog a memory or spur a thought that morphs into a great article, but other times more
I face Old Glory, hand over heart, extending respect to educators wherever they serve, and at whatever “frazzle” level they are. Hopefully, their heads are above water in the “tides of March,” or victims of “ides” attributed to the same month. Some are smiling at the prospect of spring break coming soon. And there are sniffles from the noses of others who have just finished this respite. Reality sets in as countdowns begin toward the school year’s end. more
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