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Comparing Yourself To Others Is Dangerous
Life is full of comparisons.  Some of them are good, while some of them are not nearly as good as others.  Our minds and hearts are constantly comparing ourselves to other people: past, present, and future.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Reading Faster And Learning More
When I was in the ninth grade, our English teacher had us time ourselves while reading a novel and calculate the number of words per minute we had just read.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Who I Am
Just three months ago I would have never expressed myself as a writer. Maybe someone to share my opinion verbally (and vastly) but not someone who would have a notebook full of article topics, sports scores, and grammar rules. 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Airplane Noise In Lincoln County
I live in Denver, N.C. and was recently selected to represent Lincoln County on the Charlotte Airport Community Roundtable (ACR) after I submitted a proposal to reduce airplane noise in my Denver neighborhood. My column encourages residents to submit airplane noise complaints. 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Where Do You Want To Be In 3, 6, Or 12 Months?
Have you ever thought, “I’ll work toward my dreams tomorrow”, and then everything in the world seems to break loose from its hinges at home or at work?
Friday, September 27, 2019

CD Players Going The Way Of The Stereo Console
For those of you who haven’t traded for a new vehicle lately, I have news for you: There are no CD players. Zero. Zip. Nada.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Still Inside You
This week West Lincoln native Marty Reep writes that there are songs inside you that still need to be sung, words that still need to be said, and stories that yet need to be told.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Abortion Rates Declining
The number of abortions in the United States continues to decline--but it may not be for the reason some believe.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lincolnton, NC Is Blessed
She moved to the Lincolnton area... She was retired... She needed to connect with new friends... That is not so easy after retirement... Where to go??? How to fill the hole left from the old friends... What did Lincolnton have to offer... Offer to older citizens... Someone said, “Try the Senior Center”...
Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Burial Tradition In Hawaii
Brenda Beard is one of the happiest ladies I have ever met. She is a breast cancer survivor, having had her surgery several years ago, and then undergoing radiation therapy. To her every day is a good day. 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Charter School Or No Charter School?
Lincoln County Commissioners may decide the fate of a proposed new charter school at their meeting Monday evening (Sep.16th).
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Reader Thanks Herald For Commission Coverage
Thank you for publishing the article covering Monday’s Lincoln County Commissioners’ meeting.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Keeping Your Integrity
Keeping your integrity is one of the greatest things you can do in this life.  A good reputation of honesty and straightforwardness is an awesome thing to be able to give to your family now and years from now.
Friday, September 13, 2019

We Will Not Forget--Nor Will We Surrender
It has been 18 years since the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001.  They succeeded in killing many people, creating havoc, destroying symbolic buildings--but if the terrorists brought America to its knees, it wasn't in surrender to them--but in prayer for justice and a determination to survive and thrive.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

In The Days Of Old, When Mail Was Gold
Every few years I find myself hunched over a keyboard, transcribing handwritten script for posterity. Call me a sucker for history or a glutton for punishment. Over the years I’ve transcribed a friend’s Civil War letters, and done the same for 34 years of my mother’s diaries.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Taking Charge Of Your Financial Life
When you are putting together a household, it isn’t unusual to delegate responsibilities. One spouse or partner may take on the laundry, while another takes on the shopping. You might also decide which one of you vacuums and which one of you dusts. This is a perfectly fine way to divvy up household tasks and chores.
Monday, September 9, 2019

NC School Report Cards Should Be Taken With A Grain Of Salt
By now, you've probably seen a couple of the news releases from area school systems about the NC Dept. of Public Instruction's annual School Report Cards.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Parents & Adult Fans: The Biggest Challenge Facing High School Sports Today
This column from the Commissioner of the NCHSAA and the Executive Director of the NFHS addresses a topic that is becoming more urgent in our communities with every passing day. And it is timely right now, near the beginning of a new school year.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Sometimes, You Have To Walk Away
Sometimes, you just have to walk away for a while.  Whether it’s a project, conversation, or goal, sometimes the timing is off, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Even As
To the things that happen that don't seem that they should happen – ha! You and I will succeed, anyway. Sometimes, those things are a testing of your strength, endurance, or mettle. Sometimes, they are just plain annoying.
Friday, August 30, 2019

About 'Legal' Advertising
We get calls every week from attorneys who want to publish legal ads.  We have to tell them that they'll have to put them in the local newspaper instead.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Our 700-Mile Trek 'Back Home'
Many of you know that Tym and I aren’t from around here. We grew up in Shelby County, Illinois, a farming community halfway up the trunk of Illinois. Leaving family behind in your home state means the burden of visiting has always been on us—the leavers, not the leavees.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Financial Moves in Your 20s, 30s, 40s & 50s
Have you ever mapped out your financial timeline? If you’re like many Americans, it may have been more difficult than anticipated. One of the most helpful ways to pursue your financial goals is to break it down by your age.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Wouldn't It Be Nice?
"Wouldn't It Be Nice?" isn't just one of my favorite songs by the Beach Boys from my younger years--it's also the thought that ran through my mind at the Sunday Memorial Service honoring the memory of John Howell.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Ask Yourself Why
Ever wonder why people love plants... Do you love plants... Think about the excitement of plants...
Sunday, August 25, 2019

About Guns, The Internet, & Our Society
This post may be offensive to some.  The language in one of the linked items includes some strong language.  I think it's worth sharing.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Not WHAT You Know, But HOW You Think
Much of your success in this life will be based not on what you know, but HOW you think and respond.  And, you are already living proof.  Honestly. 
Friday, August 23, 2019

This is the third of several articles about life in nursing homes.  The title for the series was chosen because all too often, nursing homes are the place where the elderly go to live out their final days and quite often those days are not at all pleasant. The author invites comments and input from readers.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lincoln Charter PTO Fundraiser
As a part of our series EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY, the Lincoln Herald asked for comments about our articles and other input from readers on education.  One of our readers shared the following letter with us.  It was recently mailed to businesses in the area.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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

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

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