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Jackie D.

A Hero Always Arises
On January 21st  I received a frantic call from my wife around lunch time; I began to ask my wife what was wrong and she began to explain she was going down Highway 27 towards Lincolnton in Boger City at the corner of Huss Street and Highway 27.
Monday, January 22, 2018

Why We Chose Not To Report The Snapchat Incident
Sometimes you can learn more about a news outlet by what they don't report than what they do.
Sunday, January 21, 2018

When Our Hands Get Older
It’s a good thing that I have a husband to help me open jars, bottles and boxes. There was a time when I could do this without needing any help. However, in the past five years or so this seemingly simple task has gotten harder for me.
Sunday, January 21, 2018

You Are Important
Sometimes you may forget... Forget how important you are... Important to other people... When thinking about yourself... You think you are unimportant...
Sunday, January 21, 2018

What My Grandmother Told Me
When I was little, my grandmother told me, “God is so good.”  I asked her, “What do you mean?”  She answered, “Just keep your eyes open in this life, and you’ll see.”  I started watching that day, and I have amazed ever since.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Think About This
Your Grandchild needs a ride... A ride to their dentist office... Child has been going there for years... Child is in the 9th grade... This should be a piece a cake...
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Release Your Potential
Some of you have potential bottled up inside of you that needs to come out.  You have ideas, dreams, and purposes that are not yet fulfilled and have not yet become a reality.
Friday, January 12, 2018

Three Winters That Sent Us Packing
The recent cold snap reminds me of why we live in North Carolina. I know, six degrees sounds extreme, but it could be worse. We could be buried under snow that keeps coming and coming like it did 40 years ago.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Christmas I Owe You
Well it was almost Christmas... She was walking in WalMart... She spied the box... It was a pretty metal box... Box of Russell Stover chocolate... Mother loved Russell Stover...
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Beauty In Delay
Four hours on the road.  Close to home.  Five miles from our driveway, we had to stop for roadwork.  Waiting in line, I started to get annoyed that we were ALMOST there, but not yet.
Friday, January 05, 2018

Princess Buttercup
What’s in a Name? I wonder why Shakespeare never compared names to goats. Imagine it: Juliet standing on her balcony, Romeo hiding in the bushes, and Juliet sniffs the air.
Thursday, January 04, 2018

STOP Law: First Step In Battling Opioid Crisis
Maybe it's because one of my favorite TV shows when I was a kid was "Dragnet."  I have in common with the character played by Jack Webb on the series that I'm mostly interested in "just the facts."
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Monday, January 01, 2018

Refrain From Tapping Your Retirement Funds
Resist the temptation. Your future self will thank you.
Monday, January 01, 2018

Be Careful With The Words Deposited
Words spoken are words deposited.... Deposited in minds.... Deposited in hearts.... There are no withdrawals....So think...Be careful....
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Why We Had This Angel & That Cat On Our Tree
For the past 18 years, our Christmas trees have had two ornaments that have extra special meaning: a stuffed cat and the angel topper. They honor my parents.
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Riding Life's Roller Coaster
Riding life’s roller coaster can be fun, thrilling, exhausting, and interesting – all at the same time.  Birth and death are life-changing events, especially if we are close to those involved.
Friday, December 29, 2017

Country Christmas: A True Story By Elsie Hoffman Keever
Elsie Hoffman Keever gave me a copy of this story. It is her recollection of Country Christmas’ she and her family had. She wrote this 25 years ago, the first Christmas after her father died.
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Yes...Tis The Season...
Well, yes it is... But life is not a movie... Christmas is not a movie either... Christmas season is not a commercial...
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Chippy And Freddie
A funny story about some characters from childhood.
Friday, December 22, 2017

The Hallmarks Of Christmas Card Giving And Receiving
As I begin this column, I have just finished updating my Christmas card log. Yes, I’m old school. I still send paper Christmas cards and I track the sent and received business in an actual book. It’s small phone directory, actually, which is another disappearing part of our culture.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Gooseberry Saga
It's possible that some Lincoln Herald readers who have been reading our articles from our early days will remember my series called "Lookin' Out My Back Door." The last of the series was published in September 2014.  Until now, that is.  I'm giving it another try.
Monday, December 18, 2017

The Importance Of A Life Insurance Audit
Is it time to review your policy?
Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Love
Christmas is a multi-feelings time... There are bright lights...  Lights all colors and sizes... Some blink and some don't...
Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Balance
Every day, there is a balancing act you live out – a give and take.  You wake up, get ready for your day, and head off into the blue-skied surroundings either bleary-eyed or fully awake.
Friday, December 15, 2017

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.
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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


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