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What Are You Passionate About?
Everyone is passionate about something.  You are passionate about something very near and dear to you.  What is that thing, for you?  What gets you up in the morning and drives you through the day?
Friday, February 15, 2019

Tax Scams & Schemes
Year after year, criminals try to scam certain taxpayers. Year after year, certain taxpayers resort to schemes in an effort to put one over on the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.).
Monday, February 11, 2019

Family is a powerful word... Family means many things to many people… Family is another word for foundation... Your foundation often is your family... Even a child knows who is family...
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Who Are You? & What Do You Want?
If you feel like you’re stuck in something or in a phase of your life, ask yourself those two questions.  If you want to know what to do next, ask yourself those two questions.  Or, if you want to know where your focused energy should be directed, ask yourself those two questions.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Why Do They Really Own A Dog
Why do people really own a dog... Dogs bring great joy to many... Dogs bring love and devotion to many... But let’s be honest... How many people do you know... Know that just take love from their dogs only when it is convenient...
Sunday, February 3, 2019

Leading With Love
Leading with love is an age-old concept that still works, today.  Love uses trust, forgiveness, and forbearance to successfully operate.  When you hear the word “love”, all sorts of ideas and images come to mind.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Is Generation X Preparing Adequately For Retirement?
If you were born during 1965-80, you belong to “Generation X.” Ten or twenty years ago, you may have thought of retirement as an event in the lives of your parents or grandparents; within the next 10-15 years, you will probably be thinking about how your own retirement will unfold.
Monday, January 28, 2019

Opioid Epidemic: A Mental Health Problem
Sitting through a meeting of the Lincoln County Substance Use Coalition Friday afternoon (Jan. 25th), I listened to a variety of comments related to the group's efforts to do something about the Opioid Epidemic that is plaguing Lincoln County, North Carolina, and the entire USA.
Sunday, January 27, 2019

Decisions ---- Decisions
Did you ever compare living life to a game... Think about cards... Think about solitaire... You have many decisions in this game... Do you use the 4 card on pile 3... Or the 4 card on pile 6...
Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hope Will See You Through
When things look really bad, hope will see you through.  When everything seems against you, hope will see you through.  If you want to give up on yourself, or you feel like quitting – it’s normal to feel like that sometimes.  Just don’t give up completely.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Keeping Promises To Voters
When Lincoln County voters approved the quarter-cent local option sales tax last May, they did so with the understanding that the money would be used for education--and for certain purposes.  We believe those in charge of the money should spend it just as voters were told it would be spent.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Lone Ranger
She was born in 1942... Families sat around a radio... Television was not even a word...
Sunday, January 20, 2019

Powerful & Life-Changing
¬For you, faith may be connected with believing in an idea, in God, in other people, in a system, or in yourself.  And actually, faith is important in each of those, to varying degrees.  At its most basic level, faith is believing in that which is not seen.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

MLK Day Is Monday
Tuesday (Jan. 15th) is the actual day on which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in 1929.  He will be remembered on MLK Day, which will be celebrated next Monday (Jan. 21st).
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Your 2019 Financial To-Do List
Things you can do for your future as the year unfolds.
Monday, January 14, 2019

New Year---New Hopes
Well folks here we go again... No new year’s resolutions in her house... Don't make... Can't break... Made that resolution years ago... That one was easy to keep...
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Encouraging The Positive
A friend reminded me recently, “Behavior that you acknowledge is behavior that is magnified.”  So, whether you run a company, are an employee, or are studying to become a teacher, encouraging and reinforcing positive actions and attitudes will yield many rewards.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Veteran's Corner: 22 Times A Day
Not 22 times a year, a month or even a week, but 22 times per day. 22 times every day, 154 times every week, 669 times every month, and 8,030 times per year, every year. 22 times per day a Military Veteran somewhere in our country decides he or she has had enough.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

They Saved My Life
Many acquaintances have asked me over the last week "how was your Christmas?"  My reply is most often, "I survived it."
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2019 Has Arrived
Took a year to arrive... Did not sneak up on us... It will spend 365 days... It too will then be gone...
Sunday, January 6, 2019

Keeping Your Dreams Alive
You have a dream.  If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this right now.  Also, if you didn’t, you would have given up on yourself a long time ago.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Help Wanted
Volunteer help is needed this Sunday (Jan. 6th, 2:30 PM) to help disassemble and store the Nativity Scene that has been on display on the courthouse lawn since early December.
Friday, January 4, 2019

End-Of-The-Year Money Moves
Did you start a new job or leave a job behind? Did you retire? Did you start a family? If notable changes occurred in your personal or professional life, then you will want to review your finances before this year ends and 2019 begins.
Monday, December 31, 2018

A New Year Is Here Again
The New Year begins next week. I pray it will be a good year for everyone. Try to include our elderly population in some conversation when you can. You might learn something from them as they recall their past years, and you also may be giving someone an outlet to talk.
Sunday, December 30, 2018

Foxy Brown - Part 2
My alarm sounded at 5:30 a.m. Pre-coffee, I dressed and trudged to the barn to check on our goat patient Foxy Brown.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Appreciating Your Friends
Expressing your appreciation to other people is powerful! So, how do you do it? Call them just to chat, instead of to ask for something. Tell them happy birthday. Ask how they’re doing…then be quiet and listen. Send a “Thinking of you” card from Hallmark, an ecard from Blue Mountain, a simple email, or a text message.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Foxy Brown - Part 1
Most husbands walk through the door after work expecting to be greeted by the sounds of a spouse, dog(s), or kids. My husband, on occasion has been greeted by the sound of a goat kid, screaming in discomfort.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas Sparkle 2018
Well folks Christmas day is almost here... But the older folks get... Seems more things get in the way... In the way of Merry Merry... Her cousin was fighting an infection... His wife was fighting Alzheimer...
Monday, December 24, 2018

The Meaning Of Christmas
A poem by Bill Ward about not forgetting the meaning of Christmas.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Season
Christmas is different each year... If you are over 10 years old... And you are honest... By 10 you have had good and bad... Good and bad Christmas seasons...
Sunday, December 23, 2018

Leadership - Conscientiously Using Your Subconscious
Your subconscious mind records everything that goes on around you, all the time. Even while you’re sleeping, your subconscious is constantly receiving, giving, learning, and adapting.
Friday, December 21, 2018

2018 Mind Set
The television was on... Two people were fussing... Fussing about Rudolph... Rudolph the red nosed reindeer... Why you should talk to your children...
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Commissioners Chose Wisely--Now Make It Stick
At their budget workshop session Friday (Dec. 14th), Lincoln County Commissioners chose to build a new courthouse on Gamble Drive near the Lincoln County Health Department.  It was the right decision--now they need to stick to it.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Leadership - Using Strong Desires Positively
A strong desire is an authentic, real, underlying desire that guides your attitude and daily actions.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Friends In The Night
The house is quiet... The street seems closed... Neighbors are asleep... The street light welcomes... Welcomes the cats and bugs... Bats are eating quietly...
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Leadership - Propensity to Succeed
Every person has a propensity to succeed.  You do, and I do.  There is a natural drive within each of us to win…to succeed…to overcome…and to thrive!  It’s there, because we were born with it.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Nativity Scene Returns
A Sunday afternoon work party led by Alan Hoyle, who has placed it there for many years, put the Nativity Scene back on the Courtsquare in Lincolnton Sunday, adjacent to the Christmas tree.
Sunday, December 2, 2018

Christmas Trees
She always took the Christmas tree serious... Little girl put up Aunt Es's tree yearly... Little girl always helped put up Grandma' tree... Little girl always helped with family tree...
Sunday, December 2, 2018

Matching People To Jobs
Sooner or later, every leader faces a similar question: “Are all of your employees or volunteers in the best jobs that match their personalities?”  If so, fantastic!
Friday, November 30, 2018

PNNMB Spotlights Former Outstanding NLHS Graduate
Gavin Fulker is a sophomore at UNC Charlotte, majoring in music education. This is Gavin’s second year in the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band (PNNMB). He grew up in Denver, N.C. and graduated from North Lincoln in 2017.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

No Manger Scene?
Will there be no Nativity Scene on the Courtsquare this year?  Alan Hoyle, who has been responsible for placing it there for several years, told the Lincoln Herald Monday that he's tired of having to do it alone with no help.
Monday, November 26, 2018

5 Retirement Concerns Too Often Overlooked
Retirement is undeniably a major life and financial transition. Even so, baby boomers can run the risk of growing nonchalant about some of the financial challenges that retirement poses, for not all are immediately obvious.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Why And Why Not
She sat and looked out the window... She drank her coffee... She watched her birds... Some on the feeders... Some on the ground... Some just waiting their turn...
Sunday, November 25, 2018

Vella Thanks Lincoln Herald For Coverage
Son Tre Vella among world's best at Filipino stick-fighting.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Leadership - Turning Your Mind Back On
Happy Thanksgiving! Do you ever feel like your mind is in a fog? That your brain somehow turned off? Once in a while, a series of events can occur that causes your mind to get so focused on a particular thing that it gets lost in the details.
Thursday, November 22, 2018

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