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Thursday, January 8th, 2015 09:43:21

The Do-Something Congress

As members of the 114th Congress were sworn into office on Tuesday, their party affiliations described what happened last November: 246 of the 435 representatives and 54 of the 100 senators are Republican. That might be enough for some fellow....

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015 09:42:49

New Year Joy

New Year's is the almost-perfect holiday (Christmas takes the blue ribbon). It's a combination of reflecting, celebrating or possibly just being glad of getting rid of the old year -- while at the same time looking forward to the potential....

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014 09:42:13

The Christmas Story

Almost four decades ago, when I was in Mrs. Carmichael's Sunday School class, I memorized Luke Chapter 2, (the King James version of course). It took hours of practice and study, but the words still come when prompted by the....

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014 09:41:38

Holidays and a Mother’s Love

This is my second Christmas season without my mother, and so far it's been harder than the first. I had known that the first year would be hard, and all I really cared about was surviving it. Activity was my....

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014 09:40:58

Did Somebody Say ‘Clear the Field’? Watch Out!

We all know people who believe that they know more than we do, who look down on us and believe that they are better than we are. They believe they are smarter than the rest of us, and if they....

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014 09:40:20

The Power of a Pause

December, a time for choral concerts, band performances, orchestra recitals, cocktail parties, holiday markets, family gatherings and final exams. Almost everyone is overbooked and overworked, exhausted and running on empty. Busy schedules lead to being away from home one night....

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014 09:38:31

Thanks and Giving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A chance to be grateful instead of focusing on gift-giving and gift-receiving. Family, friends, bountiful feasts and football are at the forefront of our minds rather than cocktail parties and gifts. Think of....

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014 09:37:57

The Audacity of Arrogance

In the week following the shellacking of his party in the midterm elections, one might think that President Barack Obama would be conciliatory and humble. Instead, he has continued to be audacious -- but with arrogance rather than hope.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014 09:37:14

Now, It’s About Governing, Not Politics

Part of the allure and fascination of politics is that you don't know what's going to happen until election night is over and all the votes have been counted. It is real-life, high-stakes drama. In the 1970s, it was volunteers....

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014 09:36:41

Getting Stuff Done

Prognosticators are predicting a Republican takeover of the United States Senate, and a pickup of a few seats in the House of Representatives. Driven in large part by the unpopularity of President Barack Obama (latest Gallup poll 42 percent approve,....

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