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Why do we buy what we buy? | Column

Posted on January 19, 2019 5:05 pm by The Press and Standard

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Consumerism fascinates me. Why do we buy what we buy?

I like gel ink pens. A Bic ballpoint does the same job for less money, but I love my Pilots. A friend likes funky socks; she never has a pen … Read the rest



Being the baby | Column

Posted on January 12, 2019 5:05 pm by The Press and Standard

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Someone asked about my siblings yesterday. People are always surprised to learn I’m the youngest of four, maybe because I mostly write about one brother, T-Bob.

Just for a sec, let’s talk about being “the baby.” If I had a … Read the rest



Let the past be the past! | Faith

Posted on January 6, 2019 5:05 am by The Press and Standard

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Happy New Year! The year of 2018 is history, and 2019 is a mystery. Therefore, let the past be the past!
Sometimes we hinder our blessings by looking backward. You cannot move forward if your head is always facing the … Read the rest


All may, some should, none must | Column

Posted on January 5, 2019 5:05 pm by The Press and Standard

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Many of us are familiar with the phrase, “All may, some should, none must.” It pertains to confession in the Episcopal Church, but also applies when you’re blowing through life at warp speed and still don’t have your act together.… Read the rest


Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus

Posted on December 24, 2018 5:05 am by The Press and Standard

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Dear Editor—
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
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And God sent his only begotten son

Posted on December 24, 2018 5:05 am by The Press and Standard

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“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
“And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
“And all went to … Read the rest


Hear the knock on your heart’s door | Faith

Posted on December 23, 2018 5:05 am by The Press and Standard

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“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory…” John 1:14

How does this season of Christmas feel to you? Are you walking among the shadows cast in the valleys or are you traversing the … Read the rest


What does Christmas mean to you? | Faith

Posted on December 23, 2018 5:05 am by The Press and Standard

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Christmas, a Christian holiday commemorating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is celebrated every year on December 25. Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the … Read the rest


Remember what Christmas is really about

Posted on December 22, 2018 5:05 pm by The Press and Standard

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Merry Christmas, everyone! Also, (belated) happy Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Peace and enlightenment to my Hindu, Islamic, Jehovah’s Witness and Quaker brethren. To my atheist friends, may you have good cheer and a juicy turkey. (Or sushi. Whatever.)
In childhood, the … Read the rest



What change will you make in your life this Christmas? | Faith

Posted on December 16, 2018 5:05 am by The Press and Standard

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Christmas is almost here! Many of you are busily decorating, buying gifts, baking your favorite sweets, participating in Christmas programs, and so forth.
However, you must never lose sight of why we are celebrating. As the adage goes, “Jesus is … Read the rest


Another trip around the sun | Column

Posted on December 15, 2018 5:05 pm by The Press and Standard

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Friends, I’ve survived another trip around the sun. It’s bittersweet–at 58 I’ve lived six years longer than my dad–but also exhilarating. I made it another year! Take that, germs and banana peels.

No-one would call me a quick study, but … Read the rest


Never doubt His ability to get you through difficulties | Faith

Posted on December 9, 2018 5:05 am by The Press and Standard

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I have often heard prayers by religious leaders, my maternal grandmother, my mother and others, ever since I was a child, where they made references to Jesus as the following: “a lawyer and a judge in a courtroom, a heavy … Read the rest


Blessed Savior, knit Thine heart to mine | Faith

Posted on December 9, 2018 5:05 am by The Press and Standard

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And Jesus called His disciples, and said, “I feel compassion for the people…” Matthew 15:32

When we set our eyes on Jesus, we have set our sights upon the very beginning and the very end, the Son of Man and … Read the rest


Never too late to be thankful | Column

Posted on December 8, 2018 5:05 pm by The Press and Standard

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Some of you noticed that I skipped writing about Thanksgiving this year. Yep, I wrote about throwing out an old pair of boots instead. But it’s never too late to exercise the ol’ gratitude muscle, so here goes:
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We have so much more, but in some ways have less | Faith

Posted on December 2, 2018 5:05 am by The Press and Standard

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If we should take a few minutes and walk down memory lane, we will find almost in an instant that we are much better off in more ways than one than our ancestors were. There is so much that we … Read the rest



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