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Unforgettable Moment
Have you been so scared or shocked that your stomach seemed to sink, or your heart raced with the anxiety something bad was about to happen? Today Paulette shares Anne Michael’s recollections of that “Unforgettable Moment.” Enjoy!
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Do Everybody A Favor - Put Reason On A Shelf
She could see the changes... Changes that were small but there... Mama was developing Alzheimers... Slowly Mama was becoming someone... Someone new...
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Breaking Through A Mental Fog
If you’ve ever been stuck in a mental fog, then you know how hard it can be to break out of it.  But, you still have to, because your success, livelihood, coworkers, business, and family are counting on you…not to mention your own peace of mind! 
Friday, July 12, 2019

Why, Why, Why?
Please look for the pride in your country… There is much for you to be proud of… Take the time to look... Better look while you can... It may be gone one day... And you really won’t be able to find it...
Sunday, July 7, 2019

Creating A Habit Of Happiness
A good way to improve your life is to create a habit of happiness.  Part of the habit can come from friends, food, music, or lifestyle.  But, the biggest determining factor in your habit of happiness is your attitude.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Summertime is . . .
Ah summer! There’s something about this overheated time of year that makes us shift gears and relish the season and remember good stuff when we were kids.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Who Would You Thank
Each of us has people who touched our lives as Judge reminds us today in her column. Each of us has many people to thank. What would you say if you could?
Sunday, June 30, 2019

What's At Your Core?
What’s at your core?  When all the niceties and formalities of life were stripped away from you at various times in your life, what did you see in yourself?  Were you a nice person?  Kind?  Bitter?  Seething with resentment?  Or, gleeful and carefree?
Friday, June 28, 2019

Fish For The People
So I’ve been writing this article for a few weeks now. But really, I think this article has been writing itself for 26 years now. I want to address something that is not just important, but also personal to me - Addiction.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Swinging Steak Basket
Friday afternoon, I sat in the Cafe 33 and Steakhouse in Perkins, Oklahoma with my friend Susie. Looking over the menu, I asked, “What are calf fries?”
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Happy Place Strength
If you could relive one day... Any day you chose... There would be something bad in it... Some would be worse than others... But no day is perfect...
Sunday, June 23, 2019

You've Got To Dance With The One What Brung Ya
It’s funny how some of those old sayings give you a good glimpse into the inner workings of the human heart and mind. Some more words for thought from West Lincoln native Marty Reep.
Friday, June 21, 2019

You Know...Where The Such-And-Such Used To Be
Forty years ago my husband Tym and I moved to Catawba County. We had both grown up in in rural Illinois, a land platted in a grid. Directions were given by the compass. But in this booming place we learned that locals navigate by where things used to be.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Father's Day Somewhere
When she was a little girl... In the years gone past... Most homes had a Mother and a Father... Their kids knew who they were... Their kids and everyone else knew... It was called a family...
Sunday, June 16, 2019

Realizing What You Resonate With
Most people want peace, tranquility, excitement, security, and purpose in their lives.  Some don’t, and that’s okay, too.  But by and large, the comments I get from people, via email and in person, are that they want to live a great life…yet, somehow, they don’t always do it.
Friday, June 14, 2019

National Time Out Day
Wednesday June 12th was Time Out Day.  Not a punishment for children, it's a procedure that could help to prevent errors in hospital operating rooms.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Urgency For Volunteer Firefighters Reaches Critical State
In Lincoln County, North Carolina, the volunteer firefighter shortage has reached a critical emergency state. Every 4.1 days in North Carolina a life is lost to fire. That’s one person gone every week or less. Who is next? Who will we lose this week?
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Letter To The Editor
The writer reminds restaurant customers that a little etiquette goes a long way toward getting the best service.
Sunday, June 9, 2019

Your Thoughts, Beliefs & Words
Thoughts, beliefs, and words. All of these is important, and together, they are powerful. Thoughts lead to beliefs, and beliefs lead to words – the words that come out of your mouth. But even before they come out of your mouth, they bounce around inside your head for a while, grabbing onto other words and thoughts.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

War Casualties Represent More Than Numbers
On May 26, I joined a small crowd at the Memorial Day ceremony in Eastview Cemetery in Newton. I hadn’t been to such a ceremony in several years, and for me, it was a solid reminder of the phrase “freedom isn’t free.”
Thursday, June 6, 2019

They Are Loved
Today Judge shares a poem based on the joy of birdwatching. Are you one in the millions who love birds?
Sunday, June 2, 2019

Shaping Today
If you put your energy in lots of different directions, you’ll feel scattered and torn.  But, if you put your energy in a focused direction, today, you’ll see much more progress where you want to grow.  You’ll feel more centered, more together, and at the top of your game.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Thoughts On Memorial Day
Monday May 27th was Memorial Day--a day to remember those who died while in service to their country.
Monday, May 27, 2019

Calm Battle
This week Judge writes about a phlebotomist experience from years ago and then today taking a friend to receive chemo – somethings never change, they are all in this battle together.
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Being Okay With The Quiet
Are you okay with the times of quiet in your life?  Meaning, how do you feel about being in a room by yourself, with no noise, no radio, no TV, and no talking?  …Just you, the ambient sounds of the world around you, and your inner thoughts.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Commissioners To Increase Taxes By Over $7,000,000
Denver resident Nic Haag says he's very much opposed to the County Commissioners' decision to keep the current tax rate--resulting in bigger property tax bills for property owners.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Laurel & Hardy Moments Live On With Each Telling
There’s often something funny about the unexpected. One morning, I opened the refrigerator, as usual. Suddenly the entire door came off its hinges. Bottles of jam, salad dressings, drinks and condiments came crashing to the floor.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Here They Go
Well it started out a normal day... But you can guess the rest...
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Making Personal Progress
Making progress can mean lots of things to lots of people.  Making personal progress addresses the core of the matter that’s important to you.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Marijuana Isn't As Risk-Free As You Might Think
It’s no longer the “evil weed,” but higher potencies carry a risk for many; and marijuana is still illegal in North Carolina.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Going From A Pollywog To A Shellback
On one of my Saturday morning trips to Hardees I met Mike Manning and his wife. I asked him if he recalled anything he’d remember forever and without hesitation he told me it was when he was in the Navy.
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Cancer Is Your Enemy
There are things that can invade your life... Invade your mind... Overwhelm your very being... One of these things is your health...
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Hope Is There
Have you been struggling with challenges, recently?  If so, hope is there for you.  Even when troubles seem to knock on your door or stop you in the street, hope is still there for you.
Friday, May 10, 2019

UN Report: Extinction Is A Real Danger
A United Nations report on planetary health released this week has a dire warning: many species will become extinct in the next few decades if we don't act now to save them--and humanity may be in severe danger as a result.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

It's Spring; Here Come The Tree Butchers
It’s spring and the tree butchers are out. You know the crews that go door-to-door in search of trees to scalp. Recently I saw their handiwork south of Newton: beautifully shaped hardwoods reduced to the shape of surgical gloves.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Do Your "A" List Things, First
When I was in the eighth grade, I had Mrs. Harkey for science class.  She was a nice teacher, but she was firm in her expectations and in her grading.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Teachers March: "We Will Be Heard"
Teachers from across the state will march on Raleigh this Wednesday (May 1st), flexing their political muscle as they did with a similar march a year ago.  A march on Columbia is also planned in South Carolina.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

After-Thoughts On "Hops & Hymns"
"That's just it, Minnie!  There ain't no light."
Sunday, April 28, 2019

Feel Welcomed
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to fly into New Orleans and then drive over to Mississippi.  As I was planning my trip, I realized that I would be retracing some of the steps of one of my favorite storytellers, Jerry Clower.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Forgive And Forget
Last week Lacey mentioned in her column “Welcome to Adulthood” that she had written an entire article on forgiveness and her journey with it. Today we are sharing that original column from 2014.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Maiden Newton-It's On Another Map
I’m a sucker when it comes to history—especially family history.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Call The 800 Number
Try it my friend. What have you got to lose? You might learn to enjoy the experience.
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Head Over Heels
Some people are naturally happy!  Others of us have to work on it.  You know who I’m talking about: those people who always seem to be smiling at whatever happens, or who never seem to have a care in the world.
Friday, April 19, 2019


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