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Tax Deductions Gone In 2018
Are the days of itemizing over? Not quite, but now that H.R. 1 (popularly called the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act) is the law, all kinds of itemized federal tax deductions have vanished.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Single On Paper
She looked out the window... She sat and watched the snow... Slowly it fell... The snow was slower than her thoughts... Her brain raced... Flashback is often speedy...
Sunday, February 18, 2018

It Is Time To Talk
As funerals are being held for those who died in this week's school shooting in Florida, some have said "let the families grieve, now is not the time to talk about gun control."  We think now is the time to talk about gun control--and more.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

If You Could Know...?
Occasionally, throughout history, people have stated that they suddenly had a sense that they needed to get their affairs in order.  They couldn’t explain how they knew, or why they knew – but they knew.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Seasons Come & Seasons Go
Well folks this is not news... We have heard it many times... Once again I offer this thought... If you are unhappy... If you are happy... This too will pass... It has its season...
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Unlocking Creativity
In his book, Imagine, author Jonah Lehrer describes a number of stories and situations where people unlocked their creativity, in order to get back on track.
Friday, February 09, 2018

Life In The Material World
Recently my friend I’ll call “Mrs. T” and I went on another of our infamous shopping forays out of town. I’m usually the buyer, she is usually the partner in crime, the bad influence when it comes to gratuitous buying.
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

What Do You Have In Reserve For 2018?
How much does the average American household have in the bank? Estimates vary, but the short answer to this question is “not enough.”
Monday, February 05, 2018

Family Vacation Turns Tragic
A friend gave Paulette this account of the Topsail Sound Pier collapse on July 4, 1987 where she, at age five, and her family were gathered to see the fireworks. 
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Let Voters Decide
The voters of Gaston County will have the opportunity on May 8th to vote on a $250 million school bond referendum--and on possibly adding a quarter-cent to the sales tax in that county.  We believe Lincoln County should vote on the local option sales tax, too.
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Unexpected Visitors
It was a normal day... It was nothing special... Just a day to look out the window... Look out and watch the birds...
Sunday, February 04, 2018

More About The Flu Shot
As the death toll from this year's flu outbreak continues to rise, here's more information about the flu shot you may find useful.
Saturday, February 03, 2018

Ideas That Pursue You
Ever had an idea that’s pursued you for a long time? An invention? A puzzle? A quest? If so, good! And, you’re not alone. True, everybody has ideas. But, not all ideas are ones that we come up with.
Friday, February 02, 2018

Arguments Against Flu Shot Exposed As "Fake News"
It's one thing to make a decision--however wrong--not to get a flu shot.  It's quite another to spread misinformation that could endanger the lives of others.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Don't Tell My Mama
A humorous poem about taking her grandson out and about for the day and…. Well let’s not tell Mama about the incident at the rest area!
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Get From Here To There
Have you ever wanted to get somewhere or do something, but didn’t know how?  Take some time to visualize the whole thing, so your mind can figure out how to reverse engineer and order the steps to make it happen.
Friday, January 26, 2018

The Curious Tale Of Isaac Wise
Recently my book club discussed A History of Catawba County by Charles Preslar. In 1954, Preslar, a local reporter, wrote the county’s story including the legend of a local patriot, Isaac Wise. The Wises are said to have lived at the head of the South Fork River. 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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."

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.

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

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