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Is The Proposed Tax Reform Unfair To Graduate Students?
In case you have not heard the proposed changes to the Tax code would start to tax the value of the free tuition some graduate students get for working at the college.
Monday, December 11, 2017

When I'm Gone
At least once a week I receive catalogs in the mail from either Harriet Carter, Miles Kimbrel or some other what I call “wish books.” Sometimes I will order something I can use in my kitchen, but otherwise I tend to throw them away.
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Did You Ever Move
The boxes have arrived... Six men and two trucks... Piece a cake... Well maybe not... You are in the bedroom directing... Directing furniture placement... Four other men are putting stuff out... Out somewhere... You know not where...
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pocketful Of Happiness
Chloe works in retail, and it has apparently been very challenging, recently.  When I asked her what the problem was, she said, “Some people are just so rude, Dad!”
Friday, December 08, 2017

Council Considers Noise Ordinance Amendment
The Lincolnton City Council meeting this Thursday night will no doubt have a packed house. One of the items on the agenda is a proposed amendment to the city's Noise Ordinance.
Thursday, December 07, 2017

Somewhere Along The Way
It’s been a while since Janet has updated us on her adventures due to life events. She’s still that crazy chicken/goat lady. Life on the farm still happens, and she is still amusing city-folk with normal things like having a goat-naming contest for the newest second-hand goats.
Thursday, December 07, 2017

A Box Of Cookies To Cure The Lonelies
The holidays can be a lonely time for soldiers and sailors away from home. Today we have an estimated 1.3 million serving in the armed services with more than 300,000 deployed to more than 150 countries around the world.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Are Too Many Baby Boomers Too Indebted?
Financial burdens could alter their retirement prospects. 
Monday, December 04, 2017

Thank You
She thought and thought about it... She loved her home... She loved her cousins... She loved her new friends... She had made a new start...
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Tis That Time Of The Year Again
Two years ago while I was in the hospital, my husband and daughter decided instead of buying Christmas presents for the family, they would buy bags of toys for the Children’s Levine Hospital.
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Cow Pies & Bottle Rockets
We had brought back a bunch of firecrackers from a recent trip to Myrtle Beach. We knew that the firecrackers had to last us until the next summer’s trip, but we were just dying to use them.
Friday, December 01, 2017

A Few Minutes Rest Can Add Years To Your Life
We've all heard the warnings about driving while impaired and about distracted driving.  Both are dangerous.  But there's another danger that can be just as deadly--driving while drowsy.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Handicapped Privilege Abused?
A Facebook post complaining about a truck parked far longer than the two-hour limit on the Courtsquare caused us to inquire about the law.  We got our answer.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Point Out The Good
Whatever you water, grows.  Whatever you feed, grows.  If you point out the good in other people, they will tend to do more good.  If you point out the bad in other people, they will tend to do more bad.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Time For The Thanksgiving Swap
Those who have read this column for a couple of years have heard this before. Every Thanksgiving, my husband Tym and I share the holiday meal with friends Charlie and Nancy Lisk. Thursday marks the 32nd time we’ve shared the turkey.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

End-Of-The-Year Money Moves
Here are some things you might want to do before saying goodbye to 2017.
Monday, November 20, 2017

A Bond Forged By Fire Is Never Broken
David Noble has been with the Denver Fire Department since 1980. He tells me, “I didn't know what I was getting myself into and I really had no idea of the things I would see.”
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Around The Curve
Another poem from Judge and her thoughts on life being a constant change and what's around the curve.
Sunday, November 19, 2017

What's Your Resiliency Frequency?
What makes you resilient?  What makes you keep getting back up when life knocks you down?  When do you most feel “in the zone”?
Friday, November 17, 2017

Red-And-Green Plaid In A Solid Gray World
If you have any doubts about what color is “in” these days, it’s gray. Light gray and dark gray—ash, platinum, silver, nickel, charcoal, slate with some beige, with some white and black thrown in.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Does The Federal Tax Code Favor Some States Over Others?
Recently I have heard arguments from both Republicans and Democrats that some of the proposed Federal tax code changes will punish the people in their states.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Which Is Correct
To be politically correct is a very powerful and popular topic today. However, some people believe it is more important to be politically correct than biblically correct. I am not one them. In fact, I believe the complete opposite. It is more important to be biblically correct.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Best Way To See England
In July 1989 my husband and I were invited to England by one of my best friends.  She had married a man from England and they lived in the village of Danby in North Yorkshire.  This became the very best vacation we ever experienced.
Sunday, November 12, 2017

That Little Voice Of Intuition
Have you ever had a feeling about something?  Known that you should go a certain way or not, without knowing exactly why?  Or maybe you knew without a doubt that doing something was wrong thing, but you “couldn’t put your finger on it” as to why?
Friday, November 10, 2017

Amos & The Gate
Amos and Nell had a system… For most anything… They had been married for many years… They liked their system… The system made life simpler… Most of the time… However not this day…
Sunday, November 05, 2017

A Moment A Parole Officer Won't Forget
I seem to meet a lot of people for my columns while I’m having my car serviced. Such was the case last week when I met Officer Barnes from Gastonia. I saw him come into the room and I noticed he was wearing a gun.
Sunday, November 05, 2017

Looking For America
My husband Tym and I spent most of October driving to California. We’re retired, so we have the time. We’ve done this before, but this time, we wanted to see a new route on our way to visit family near Reno.
Saturday, November 04, 2017

More Than
The life you’re living is supposed to be more than just striving to get the next job, promotion, house, car, movie, game, sale, etc., etc., etc.  You were made for more than that.
Friday, November 03, 2017

Thanks, Roby!
A historical project is nearly complete.  The old clock that once adorned the First National Bank building has been restored and placed on the lawn of the Lincoln County Courthouse facing Main Street.
Thursday, November 02, 2017

There Is Both Good And Bad News With Latest Tax Reform Proposal
Finally, the politicians are talking seriously about a long overdue tax reform. That is good news as the plan is to eliminate itemized deductions and increase the standard deductions.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tell Your Beneficiaries About Your Accounts & Policies
The beneficiary forms you filled out years ago for your IRA, your workplace retirement plan, and your life insurance policy may give you even more confidence about the eventual transfer of your wealth. 
Monday, October 30, 2017

21st Century Business--Sometimes Produces Eyesores
The old Rite-Aid (Eckerd) store at the corner of Main and Flint streets is a prime example of what can go wrong in the 21st Century method of expanding businesses.
Sunday, October 29, 2017

One Eye
Where are we going One Eye… I don’t know was his answer… But if you go I know I go…
Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Surprise After Moving Into Their House
When I ask people what is a moment in your life you will never forget, I never know what type of answer I will get. Some answers are funny, some are sad, some are professional, and some are paranormal. As you read the following story, ask yourself if you believe it.
Sunday, October 29, 2017

You Build Life
Day-to-day life is built in between the peaks of success in your life.  We’ve talked in the past about living from peak to peak experiences, about surviving and growing in the valleys, and about the ways to keep your big picture in perspective.
Friday, October 27, 2017

It's Halloween In Cleaverville
Most adults remember a time when Halloween was a kids’ holiday. There were school carnivals with cake walks, and several evenings of trick-or-treating. Back then, kids traveled after dark with older kids in charge.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Did You Earn The Right
Are you going to complain.... Did you earn the right.... Did you thank the other people.... Did you write the note to say “Good job”.... Did you make the phone call....
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Puppy Guards Newborn Kittens
Sophie was a cat sitting alone in a field when I first saw her. She was sitting on the ground and a large Doberman was right in her face growling at her
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Kindness In A Cup
Freda really was a class act.  She had taught long enough and had been a mom long enough to see right through the junk that kids would try to throw at us, as teachers.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Money Habits That May Help You Become Wealthier
Why do some households tread water financially while others make progress? Does it come down to habits?
Monday, October 16, 2017

Hurricanes Bring Fear & Sometimes Friends
In 1989 we had just moved into our new house in Charlotte. At 3 a.m. in the morning our phone rang and it was my brother-in-law telling us to go downstairs and find a safe place because the eye of the hurricane was over Charlotte. This was Hurricane Hugo.
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Live To Welcome Change
Sometime you just have to live long enough... Long enough for people to change... Long enough for conditions to change... Often you are unaware and then... Then it happens...
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tax Cuts Will Help North Carolinians
From Black Friday to the Christmas rush, the end of the year is harvest season for America’s small businesses. This year, however, is different. Congress has the golden opportunity to deliver a holiday gift that’s long overdue: Tax cuts.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Surviving Or Succeeding?
One of my teachers, Mrs. Mervine, taught me to think about life in the following ways.  They have helped me (and others) to move from surviving to succeeding.
Friday, October 13, 2017

Don't Count You Chickens Before Your Eggs Hatch
Is one really optimistic or pessimistic when seeing chickens in place of eggs? I believe the average person probably counts his/her paycheck by the hours they normally perform.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Why My Interest Isn't Pinterest
I can’t say when I became aware that I don’t need Pinterest. Maybe at the beginning, when a friend warned me not to sign up; Pinterest will take over your life, she said
Monday, October 09, 2017

In Response To City Considering Steps About Disturbances At Street Events
Reader expresses her feelings about the disturbances at street events in regards to the Lincoln Herald article on October 6 about the City's Steering Committee presented its recommendation for proposed changes to Code of Ordinances at the last City Council meeting.
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Look at the storms we're having..."100" year storms every other year!  We have to pull our head out of the sand and admit that humans are at Least a Part of the cause of global warming/climate change.
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Expanding Your Influence
Is what you do potentially helpful to more people than you are currently reaching?  Can the services you provide, or the products you sell, benefit people in more ways than you are currently using?
Friday, October 06, 2017

Thanks For Article
Much appreciation for the Lincoln Herald's coverage of local novelist Gabby Johnson. 
Thursday, October 05, 2017

It Must Be In The Name
Have you ever heard a name and suddenly get a random thought?
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Think About Your Lifestyle Before You Retire
How many words have been written about retirement? It’s a preoccupation for many, and we devote so much time, thought, and energy toward saving for the last day we go to work.
Monday, October 02, 2017

Trust Is The Key
You can not Google someone's soul... You can only enter someone's soul by invitation... You have to earn that invitation... Trust buys you that invitation... You have to earn that trust... Trust that you will not hurt them... They must understand that... That their well being is first to you...
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Value Of Doing Good
There is still value in doing good.  In spite of what some people may say, doing the right thing at the right time has a definite place in the world.  Every time you help someone in need, it establishes another layer of connectedness between you and the other person.
Friday, September 29, 2017

Some Dislike Losing More Than They Like Winning
Has there ever been a time you didn't really want something, you just didn't want someone else to have it? Have you ever passed up the last piece of bacon and then begrudge the person who ate it?
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Alternative Energy Sources
North Carolina citizens are being impacted more and more by climate change, with rising water levels on the coast and destructive hurricanes occurring more frequently and with greater intensity.  Climate change is REAL!
Monday, September 25, 2017

Vietnam Series Revisits National Heartache
“The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick” has kept many of us mesmerized since the first installment aired on Sept. 17. The PBS series, directed by two legendary documentarists, is well-researched, well edited and thought-provoking.
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Storms # 2
Not all storms come with rain... Snow, wind or ice... Not all storms are tracked on TV... Not all storms are prepared for...
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Rand Paul Proposes Two Interesting Ideas
I was pleased to read that Senator Rand Paul introduced a bill to curb the "use it or lose it" mentality that causes wasteful spending at the end of each budget year. His bill addresses the annual rush to use up each agency's remaining funds before the budget year ends.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sanctuary Of The Woods
Way down in the woods, we’d play every afternoon ‘til it started getting dark.  Then, we’d work our way back up through the trees and out into the clearing that formed the top part of the hill behind the hay barn and the metal calf barn that was painted white.
Friday, September 22, 2017

The Park, The Clock & More
The big day has finally arrived.  This Saturday (Sept. 23rd) from 10 until noon, the new First Federal Park will open on North Poplar Street between Sycamore and Pine streets.  The old clock on the Courtsquare is coming soon, too.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Even The Good Has Its Bad
Typically the good things we love are bad for us.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Good Retirement Savings Habits Before Age 40
You know you should start saving for retirement before you turn 40. What can you start doing today to make that effort more productive, to improve your chances of ending up with more retirement money, rather than less?
Monday, September 18, 2017

Senior Citizens
All people over 65 are senior citizens... All senior citizens have stories... Stories that have formed them into who they are today... Some stories are good... Some are bad... Some are hidden... Some are bragged about... Some are loud and some are quiet...
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Reform To The Tax Code Is Overdue
Americans, who are working hard every day, should be able to spend or save their earned wages in the way They want.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where Do You Want To Go?
Where do you want to go? Do you know? Creating goodness in the world, in your own life, and in the lives of others requires direction and an overall purpose. Leading others and doing worthwhile things is partially about going somewhere, deciding where, and determining why.
Friday, September 15, 2017

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