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Don’t throw out good food

Ronda Rich's picture

A friend, an only child, was talking about cleaning out her parents’ house after the death of her father.

“My parents,” she said, “were both children of the Depression so they saved everything. It is a big job.” She paused. “I finally found the key to the extra room that Daddy built on to the house. I opened it and it was filled with Mason jars.” Read More»

Two holiday dinners

Carolyn Cary's picture

In the summer of 1939 I had whooping cough so bad, my left lung collapsed.

It was decided to put me in the Edwin Shaw Sanitarium in my hometown of Akron, Ohio. No comments please, about it being called a sanitarium.

I was to have complete bed rest for six months and not get home until Christmas Day.

We all learned about the first Thanksgiving in school, so I shall not bore you.

Interestingly, the dates were shuffled around by various United States presidents until Abraham Lincoln set a date in stone in 1863. Read More»

Fine or F.I.N.E.?

David Epps's picture

A few years ago, a clergy friend gave me a phone call. I answered and said, “Hello?”

He said, “Hey, Father David, it’s Kurt. The Lord has had you on my mind all day and I’ve been praying for you. How are you doing?”

I responded, “Hey, Kurt. I’m fine, thanks!”

A long moment of silence followed before he replied, “Well, that’s just a $%&# lie. The Lord wouldn’t have had me praying for you all day if you were fine! Unless F.I.N.E. stands for Frustrated, Insecure, Neurotic, and Exhausted!” Read More»

Bunny slippers return

This story was going to be entitled “True Confessions of a Retired Firefighter,” but that title was too long for the paper. Unbelievable as it may be, I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that everything you’re about to read is indeed true. Happened just as written.

So sit back in your favorite easy chair, prop up your feet and get ready to smile. You’re really not gonna believe this one. Read More»

Will U.S. survive news media?

Terry Garlock's picture

Too bad shame died in America long ago, else Democrat leaders would be hiding their heads. Not only because of the election results, but the mainstream media, having delivered an exhaustive defense of Obama, is now trumpeting two false messages on behalf of Democrats.

Talking heads begin with, “What the voters were saying ...” and then they add their own agenda, which usually ascribes to the voters the desire to get rid of gridlock, compromise and get things done. But the voters were saying nothing of the sort. Read More»

Much fraud against elderly is preventable

Claude Paquin's picture

All of us, and I mean absolutely all of us, are the potential victims of criminal activity, including fraud. That does not mean we should be neurotic about it, but we certainly should be vigilant.

Many of us are more vulnerable than others, and thus more attractive targets. That would include the young and many of the old, especially those with diminished mental capacity, often labeled with the Latin term of dementia. Read More»

What happened last week

Thomas Sowell's picture

Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead?

The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States. Read More»

MLK, Jr. at the Berlin Wall

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The Washington Post.]

When we think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s great speeches, we don’t think of Berlin. And when we think of great American speeches in Berlin, we think of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; we don’t think of King. Yet, 50 years ago, the civil rights icon delivered historic remarks on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Read More»

Out of control

Ronda Rich's picture

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.

“Listen, I’ve got to tell you something,” she began. “And this is confidential. Do not tell anyone.” Meaning, particularly, “do not write this in the paper.” Which, of course, I would never do.

“Okay.” I stopped what I was doing in the kitchen so I could listen carefully. “What’s wrong?”

She took a deep breath. “I’m out of control. Seriously. I am out of control.”

I rolled my eyes. Read More»

All for one

Carolyn Cary's picture

There was a discussion at the Fayetteville City Hall recently as to whether the city fire department should remain a part of the city, or join with the county fire department.

Many people in authority spoke at that time and various charts were shown. The possible savings were expressed, but there was one side not available on charts.

The opinion of the firemen could only be expressed in person. And they did. Read More»

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