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Ronda Rich's picture

A few years back, someone I knew ever so slightly died. Though I didn’t know him well, I knew him to be mean, egoistical, and quite a bully.

Stories abounded of his greed including how once he cheated a man out of a piece of land then sold it at quite a profit. He financed it so when the buyer ran into money woes, he quickly reclaimed it and sold it again. The couple of times I crossed his path, it was not pleasant so I preferred to steer clear and in that, I was not alone. Read More»

Big Stone Gap

David Epps's picture

Some months ago, I came across an article about an upcoming movie, “Big Stone Gap.” The movie is to feature Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg in key roles. Based on a novel of the same name, the author is Adriana Trigiani, who grew up in the real life town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The book centers around the life of the main character, Ava Maria Mulligan. I was intrigued because Big Stone Gap is only about 35 miles across the state line from Kingsport, Tenn., where I grew up. Read More»

Gated district

We’ve finally made it. The Wife and me, we now live in a gated community with not one, but two guards. Positioned on either side, they issue orders to either open or close the gates. All who wish to enter or leave must, of course, obey their commands.

Once inside, if you dare to leave without permission or proper notification, then not one, but two different alarms will sound. And trust me, those alarms are extremely loud and impossible to ignore. Read More»

Our civic duty

Greg Moffatt's picture

I began writing this column in 1994, so this year is my 20th as a columnist and I’ve always had a personal rule that I would address issues only as they pertain to families and children.

I catalog copies of my various columns by topic. Political discourses have shown up several times over the years, but it is my goal when I address politics to be objective, nonpartisan, and to make the application to families.  Read More»

Help for Middle East Christians

Cal Thomas's picture

American Christians have been slow to the point of near silence when it comes to speaking out about the atrocities committed against their fellow believers by the Islamic State in Iraq (ISIS). The Jewish people are much better models in solidarity when Jews are persecuted.

Members of ISIS have targeted Christian churches, destroyed symbols of Christian faith and killed Christians because of their beliefs, but from American Christians we hear very little. Even President Obama, a self-described Christian, rarely speaks about the persecuted. Read More»

Scattered recipes

Ronda Rich's picture

My husband was out of town, working on location, when he called one night and discovered that I was still working though the hour had grown late.

“What on earth are you doing?” he asked.

“You won’t believe it,” I replied. “Because I don’t believe it. I am going through all the recipes I have torn out of magazines over the years I have lived in this house and am filing them in books.”

Do you do this? Do you flip through magazines or newspapers and find a recipe, tear it out, then stuff it in a drawer somewhere? And, worse than that, never give it a try? Read More»

War by algebra defies the true nature of war

Dr. Earl Tilford's picture

[Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Breitbart.com.]

Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where violence rose to address the belligerents’ objectives. These were “total” wars between nation-states driven by incompatible political ideologies supported by the mobilization of industrial-age economies. For the United States and its allies the objective was unconditional surrender. Read More»

My greatest fear

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Well it’s finally happened. My greatest fear has finally come true.

Nope, The Wife hasn’t left me. At least, not yet. Guess after 15 years, she’s gotten used to having this grumpy guy around.

And no, Down the Street Bully Brad hasn’t found out where I currently live, or at least I don’t think he has.

So what great fear has finally become reality for yours truly? Little One was injured while under my care. Read More»

Kremlin tactics in Houston

David Epps's picture

Politicians in Houston, Texas, have apparently adopted Kremlin tactics in dealing with dissent. The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

This all began when the City Council passed an ordinance allowing, among other things, men to use women’s rest rooms and vice versa. The action was part of the city’s “non-discrimination ordinance.” Read More»

Stupidity, cowardice, politics on parade

Terry Garlock's picture

With a firm grip on his dual mantra of making everything about political impact and never letting a crisis go to waste, President Obama has appointed a Democrat heavy-duty political operative named Ron Klain to be “Ebola Czar.”

Never mind that Klain has no medical or disease expertise. Now we get to watch news reports of a few thousand of our troops diverted from their military duties, plus trainloads of American dollars, pour into West Africa to build medical infrastructure while the Ebola Czar labors to make Obama look good. Read More»

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