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A miracle awaits you
We are four days away from celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ. The birth of a Savior and King, born in a manger among donkeys and oxen, over 2000 years ago… Born to a virgin! Then three wise ...
Dec 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Choosing joy at Christmastime: Holidays can be especially stressful on many
It is a cyclical feeling that comes and goes. There are moments bursting with festive cheer interspersed with varying amounts of stress. What was just described may sound like many things to many p...
Dec 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at 2014 progress made on several Greenway objectives
In my first entry this year of this column on Jan. 2, I outlined eight “goals” for progress on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway in 2014. It was a wish list that was touted as what “will at lea...
Dec 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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A first time for everything, even pictures with Santa
“I think we have to believe in things we don't see. That's really important for all of us whether it's your religion or Santa Claus, or whatever. That's pretty much what it's about.” — James Caan A...
Dec 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stories of a world gone mad: Overcoming the gift-giving jinx never gets easier
I am not the world's best gift giver. I wasn't born that way; I brought it on myself. It happened in third grade when the kid who drew my name at Christmas got me a Slinky. There sat all the boys i...
Dec 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Just a few of our Christmas traditions in Cleveland
The kindergarten classes at Blythe-Bower Elementary School and I recently shared a modern classic story, “The Polar Express.” Reading the story about a boy's train ride to the North Pole has become...
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Graves' Yard: The ugly truth: A no-kill shelter won’t work
“Let sleeping dogs lie.” — Old saying or “Facts are stubborn things.” — President Ronald Reagan ——— I was covering a meeting of the Burke County, N.C., Board of Health in April 2013 when the animal...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bently Thomas a planner of exceptional value
I have heard that the English language is a difficult language to master, for many different reasons. One of these reasons is the fact that the same word may have not only many different meanings, ...
Dec 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Some tips in taking good old-fashioned advice
Here is a question I would like to invite you to ponder with me for a few minutes today. What is the best advice you have ever received? This question reminds me of a humorous story I heard one tim...
Dec 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Inkspots: Let warm hearts prevail up and down our Greenway
“Life is hard enough. Don’t go around making others’ lives miserable just because you can. You don't know what they've been through or what is to come for them.” — Hussein Nishah Author ——— Call me...
Dec 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joy Writing: Embracing the Christmas spirit thanks to the annual children’s play at church
The children’s Christmas play at church has always been what sets me in the Christmas spirit. Whether I am performing in it or simply watching it, this event is usually the first time I feel that r...
Dec 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Bible and Current Events: The Muslims and Christmas
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland voted to strike any mention of Christmas from their school calendar. This came about after Muslims asked for equal billing ...
Dec 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stories of a world gone mad: Large farm animals, and the fear of public speaking
When I was in high school, I decided I wanted to be a newspaper reporter. I would wear a trench coat and a fedora with a press pass tucked underneath the band. I would carry a reporter's notebook a...
Dec 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Our city of Cleveland ‘family’ continues to grow and serve
Families are an important part of Christmas. So, it is time once again to celebrate the achievements of members of our city government family. We are also welcoming some new members to our family o...
Dec 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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A gift of health is the perfect Christmas present
I remember hearing a wise person once tell me that “your health is your wealth.” I also remember the saying that, “People spend some of their early life sacrificing their health to achieve wealth, ...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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