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REQUIEM II
This is the second of several articles about life in nursing homes.  The author invites comments and input from readers.
Monday, August 19, 2019

REQUIEM
This is the first of several articles about life in nursing homes.  Prompted by personal experience, the author invites comments and input from readers.
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Love Is Like A Tomato Plant
Love is live... Love needs care... Love is like a tomato plant...
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Leadership - The Long-Term Investment
A while back, my family and I were in Chicago to attend our oldest child’s graduation from college.  As we were walking around the city, my wife reminded me how leadership development is a long-term investment with a lifelong payoff.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Threats Of School Violence Serious Crime
It didn't take long.  Schools in Iredell County opened last Thursday--and on Monday of this week (Aug. 12th) a juvenile was charged with communicating a false report of mass violence on educational property, a Class H Felony.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

My Four Degrees Of Separation From The Orphan Train
My great-grandmother Sarah McGuirk was an orphan sent by rail from New York City to live with a farm family in Illinois in 1869. Wilson will talk about her on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Museum of History in downtown Newton. The program begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Coping With An Inheritance
A windfall from a loved one can be both rewarding and complicated.
Monday, August 12, 2019

2019 Is Not Easy
She sat with her coffee and thought... Thought about all the changes... Changes in her life... Changes in her world... Changes in the entire world...
Sunday, August 11, 2019

Words In Passing
The words in passing that we give each other in the midst of peace are good.  They build up and make each other stronger.  They establish from the depths and foundation of the world a solid path of living.
Friday, August 9, 2019

My Last Year Of High School Begins
I’m Madison Weaver, a rising senior at West Lincoln High School. Spend some moments with me as I write about different things during my last year of high school in this monthly blog exclusively for the Lincoln Herald.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Media, Air Conditioning, Bullies Factor Into Our Long Division
If there’s one thing writers like to do, it’s talk. All those hours of solitude leave us hungry for live dialog. That was evident at a recent writers’ conference in Virginia. I had breakfast with two strangers—a man writer from Philadelphia, a woman from Roanoke, Va. Of course, the topic came around to—what else—politics.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Transferring A Winning Mindset
Somebody asked me, “How do you transfer a winning mindset from one person to another?”  Short answer: it’s a process.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Seeing The Ocean For The First Time
How often have you been to the beach and enjoyed one of God’s most picturesque creations? A number of us spend our summer vacations at a beach. We tan in the sun, fish off the pier, walk along the shoreline and look for seashells.
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Stilled By Morning
In the morning peace before the daily churn, the still, grey water gently ripples across acres of open space.  Wind meets liquid and pushes it from center to shore, shore to center, and shore to shore.
Friday, July 26, 2019

They're Phishing!
I got a suspicious email this morning. It didn't appear suspicious, but one of my security programs saw that it was.  The likelihood is that it was a 'phishing' expedition.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Prayer Fills The Cracks
Cancer patients are so busy fighting the system... Fighting for their lives with the cancer...But it is the patient who fights the wars... War with cancer and war with the system... Prayer is always in the cracks... Prayer is the glue that fills the cracks... And hold the soul together...
Sunday, July 21, 2019

Helping Others Become Better
As a leader, you’re expected to help other people around you become better: better at who they are, better at what they do, and better at how they do it. 
Friday, July 19, 2019

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


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