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Thursday, August 6th, 2015 10:07:52

Political Jam Session

The unofficial start to the Republican primary process is slated for this Thursday -- the first official "debate." Hosted by Fox News and Facebook, it is being held in Cleveland, Ohio. Moderators include Bret Baier ("Special Report"), Megyn Kelly ("The....

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Thursday, July 30th, 2015 10:07:08

Happy Birthday to Robert

This week, our youngest child, Robert, is turning 14. His sister, Maggie, is two years older. Gone are the days when my husband and I were parents of toddlers, preschoolers or elementary school children. Instead, we are about to enter....

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 10:06:36

Car Control

Over the past three weeks, my family and I spent more than 22 hours driving more than 1,400 miles for our vacation. The trip involved enduring construction traffic, heavy rainstorms and unbelievably frightening, dense and fast traffic along interstates merely....

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015 10:06:05

Dog Days of Summer

The ancient Romans coined the phrase "dog days" based on the period of time that the brightest star (Sirius, the Dog Star) rose and set in conjunction with the sun. The Romans believed that Sirius radiated heat to the Earth,....

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Thursday, July 9th, 2015 09:59:03

The Value of Work

"Hide not your talents, they for use were made, what's a sundial in the shade?" -- Benjamin Franklin Everyone has different talents and interests given to them by God. We live life to the fullest when we can put our....

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 09:58:22

Right and Duty

July 4th is one of my favorite celebrations. It's not just the parades, flag waving, barbecue and fireworks -- though these help -- it's the meaning behind the day. The understanding that we could be living in a different country,....

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Sunday, June 28th, 2015 09:55:09

The Value of Awe

Selfies, followers, likes and the fascination with celebrity anythings (chefs, decorators, stylists, authors, etc.) are just a few of the ways that today's society focuses attention on individuals. It's not enough to be a great chef -- it's better to....

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015 09:57:50

Prejudice Wrong Belief System, But Not Part of Country’s DNA

Long before last week's killings in Charleston, South Carolina, which appear to have been motivated by racial hatred, at least one expert in belief systems wrote that a person's prejudices can be changed. "Bringing groups together under the right conditions....

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015 09:57:13

Celebrity Politics

It's official. On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced that he is officially running for president of the United States. "And we are going to make our country great again," he added. While I agree with his goal -- making America great....

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015 09:56:23

Unlikable, Untrustworthy, Unappealing to the Center

This week in 1976, Jimmy Carter, then-governor of Georgia, locked up the democratic nomination for president when George Wallace, Henry Jackson and Richard Daley released their delegates and endorsed him. Carter was a fresh, smiling face. He had worked hard....

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