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I really believed that 2021 was going to be a year of hope. When the new year started, that four-letter word seemed to send a spark over the airways and people began to believe this was the year when change was going to take place. COVID-19 would wane, and things would get back to a new normal. Read more

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It’s interesting what I come across when I think I’m going to write one story only to find out I’m distracted to such a point that I find myself led away, putting paragraphs together that contain words and thoughts that in my many years of journalism actually have factual informal replacing myths that once were thought of as fact. Read more

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So here we are, folks. We’ve slithered into a new year and look forward as to what’s to come. I use the words “look forward” because as I see it, we certainly don’t want to dwell on what hindered us in the past. Of course, with this new virus descending upon us, we still have to be very careful how we go forward shielding our faces, etc. so none of us succumb to this threat. Read more

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So much comes to mind when the first month of December makes its presence known, but none is more important and should be celebrated most than the birth of Jesus Christ. People may debate whether He was born on Dec. 25, but the Bible nowhere points to His being born in mid-winter. Read more

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Over the years, much has changed, some traditions going back as far as the 16th century to the present date. Christmas shopping, for instance, used to begin in December. Now people are beginning in August. Just a number of weeks ago, we celebrated Thanksgiving, a November tradition. I like to call it a week or weekend of thanking God for the many blessings that He bestowed upon us. Read more

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Hold it right there! You think the letter “X” is slandering our Lord? Not at all. “X” may mean something to you to the negative, but in this case, in the Greek alphabet, “X” is the symbol for the letter “Chi.” In the early days of the Christian Church, Christians used the letter “X” as a secret symbol to indicate their membership in the Church to others. If one knows the Greek meaning of that letter, Xmas and Christmas essentially mean the same thing. Christ + mas = Christmas. “X” means Jesus. Read more

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I can almost bet that way more people will be taking to the air and highways to join up with relatives to feast on the two and four-legged critters in way of turkeys, hams or pheasants. Since our country is so chicken-oriented, I wouldn’t put it past some people to fry up some chickens and smother them with french fries, a standard American meal. Read more

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These last two years have been like no other. It used to be when families got together for Thanksgivings, they would gather from miles away and join together around dinner tables to feast on the big, fat bird. But something happened when COVID settled among our midst. No longer was this one of blessings, joyfulness and lots of football, but a time of separation with lots of rules attached to it. Read more

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If there is one word that’s baffled me in the past, it’s the word “trust.” It all came about after I befriended a woman in the church I attend. We were having a platonic relationship for a period until one day she approached me and stated, “Paul, I believe I can’t see you anymore. I don’t trust you.” Wow, did that knock me off my feet. I always thought if anyone can be trusted it has to be me. I haven’t seen her since. All I can conclude is our short friendship wasn’t to be. And that was that! Read more

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While watching television one evening, I happened to overhear a conversation among four women when one blurted out, “Is worrying a sin?” One could hear a pin drop in the room. Right away, I thought maybe yes, maybe no. Then I thought back to my teen years and it occurred to me that I committed lots of sins when I worried if I would pass my driver’s test, make it through high school, or lose the one female friend I found myself to whom I was attached. In order to solve his question, it occurred to me, it might be best to define the word “worry” before proceeding onward trying to dig myself out of the hole of my many shortcomings. Read more

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I grew up in Oklahoma, which is known as “The Sooner State.” Now I live in Indiana, otherwise known as “The Hoosier State.” Many people outside of these states don’t know what “Sooners” or “Hoosiers” are, but at least people pronounce the states’ names correctly! Today I’m tackling the most mispronounced state names and how to get them right. Read more

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It’s just a matter of years ago nobody had cell phones, tablets or computers, as far as that goes. But times have changed big time. Just recently I had a doctor’s appointment in Commons One in Greensburg. As I sat by the front door waiting for my ride to return to Latrobe, I got an idea. As people departed, why not offer them a “good day.” So, as they proceeded to exit, I raised my voice exclaiming “Have a nice day.” Read more

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At around age six, I began collecting baseball cards. Almost immediately, I sorted the players on the cards into each of their respective teams and split the teams into American and National leagues. Among the leagues, I alphabetized the team names beginning with “Angels” and ending with “White Sox.” Within teams, I alphabetized the players by last names. Read more

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