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Lights Out - Brain On
What turns on when the lights turn off...
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Lights Out - Brain On
What turns on when the lights turn off... Storm is building outside... Wind is building quickly... TV is going... Cell phone sends a warning... Storm coming...
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Doing What Could Not Be Done
Do you have dreams, aspirations, plans, and goals that you want to accomplish?  If so, then hopefully, you are actively pursuing those dreams and goals on a daily basis.
Friday, July 10, 2020

A Stock Market Lesson To Remember
Undeniably, spring 2020 has tried the patience of investors. An 11-year bull market ended. Key economic indicators went haywire. Household confidence was shaken. 
Monday, July 6, 2020

Once Upon A Time
Once Upon A Time was... Was the way stories used to start... Some were scary... Some were funny... Most made kids and adults... People in general think... Usually think about good lessons... BUT in 2020...
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Character - Building A Solid One
Character takes time to build, but is sometimes easy to destroy, if the choices you make later in life tear down the positive things you’ve built in yourself, during the previous years.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Research Study Concludes Exodus Homes Reduces Prison Recidivism 65%
Exodus Homes, a faith based United Way agency that provides 73 beds of supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison has just completed a six-year prison recidivism study that demonstrates the effectiveness of their program.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Faith Is Needed In 2020
She was sitting on my screened porch... The sun was shining... The birds were eating... Eating seeds and singing in the trees...
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Unlocking Creativity
If you are looking for ways to unlock your own creativity for something, then read on!
Friday, June 26, 2020

Details On The Tax Deadline Extension
The Internal Revenue Service knows that many taxpayers have had a stressful spring. So, it has reset the federal tax deadline. You now have until July 15 to file your 1040 form. July 15 is also the deadline to pay any federal taxes owed for 2019.
Monday, June 22, 2020

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, June 19, 2020

What Is Juneteenth?
Not just those of us who got our education in segregated white schools, but sadly, many who went to black schools, never heard about Juneteenth until we were adults.  The day is more important symbolically than historically.  For anyone not familiar, here's a short history lesson.
Friday, June 19, 2020

Mr. Mockingbird
Well the movers were unpacking... The trucks were backed up... Up the driveway... She was so excited... The day had arrived... She and the movers were there...
Sunday, June 14, 2020

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, June 12, 2020

The Pecking Order
I am a firm believer that every child should experience the beauty in raising something and watching it grow. To learn to care for something, love it unconditionally, and feel a sense of pride once it is grown. Those are life lessons that I learned at a young age that I carry with me today and always will.
Monday, June 8, 2020

Bad Does Not Mean Permanent
Lately the world seems to have forgotten... Forgotten that love is a powerful tool... Love and kindness can change us all... But we have to give it a change...
Sunday, June 7, 2020

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, June 5, 2020

We Are In The Midst Of Unprecedented Times
The last few months have been very difficult and frustrating, not just for our communities but for our nation.  Due to the pandemic, we were thrust into a situation that has left many wondering how to pick up the pieces and move forward in what will now be our “new normal.” 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Protests Turn Violent
Protests related to the death of George Floyd, who died while being pinned down by the knee of a policeman on his neck, spread across America Friday.
Saturday, May 30, 2020

Schools Should Be #1 Priority
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly created problems for the economy.  Businesses and individuals have taken a hit; so have governmental units.  It's certainly a time for being careful about spending; but we believe cutting funding for education is not a good idea--even when money is tight.
Friday, May 29, 2020

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, May 22, 2020

EMS Week
This is EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Saving Early & Letting Time Work For You
The earlier you start pursuing financial goals, the better your outcome may be.
Monday, May 18, 2020

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, May 15, 2020

William Keever, A Multitalented Man
Today’s column is in memory of my friend, Bill Keever. Bill died a few days ago and I can still remember the day we sat in his living room for this interview.
Sunday, May 10, 2020

Chloe's Pocketful Of Happiness
Chloe worked in retail, and it had apparently been very challenging.  When I asked her what the problem was, she said, “Some people are just so rude, Dad!”
Friday, May 8, 2020

Blood Drive Numbers Low
We are a city of 10,000 people, and while a significant number of people aren’t eligible to donate for a variety of reasons, I struggle to believe we can’t get more than five people to donate, especially with these drives being so infrequent right now.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Pullbacks, Corrections, And Bear Markets
The COVID-19 outbreak has put tremendous pressure on stock prices, prompting some investors to blindly and indiscriminately sell positions at a time when the entire market is trending lower.
Monday, May 4, 2020

Our Honeymoon In Hawaii
Read as Paulette tells about this trip to Hawaii where they visited the USS Arizona Memorial and how one veteran told the story of the attack through his eyes.
Sunday, May 3, 2020

Did You Ever Wonder "Why?"
Well now that is a good question... She was a keeper... Keeper of stuff... People laughed at her... But she laughed back... Back every time someone was in need... In need of something she had...
Sunday, May 3, 2020

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, May 1, 2020

Oil Prices Forecast Hard Times Ahead
I have, as the old saying goes, some good news and some bad news.  Unfortunately, the bad news is most significant.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

This Too Shall Pass
When the COVID-19 pandemic ends, will we have to live forever with a 'new normal'--or will life return to much as it was only a few months ago?
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Thank You!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many in our community have shown great kindness toward others by their actions.  Some have contributed to the food programs; others have done other things to help their neighbors.  This letter to the editor is an expression of thanks for one act of kindness.
Saturday, April 25, 2020

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, April 24, 2020

Key Provisions Of The CARES Act
Recently, the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” (“CARES”) Act was signed into law. The CARES Act is designed to help those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing key provisions that may benefit retirees.
Monday, April 20, 2020

Thank You!
A thank you letter to all of the community's 'essential workers' during the difficult times like this pandemic from the Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

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, April 17, 2020

COVID-19: Opinion & A History Lesson
Is it politics or healthcare?  Some are calling for an end to the restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic; others fear that the relaxation could produce another wave of infections.
Thursday, April 16, 2020














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