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Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Life is short, and pleasures are fleeting. If I don’t get my Sunday afternoon movie, I’m inclined to be cranky all week.And I’m a little uneasy. I’m not exclusively an art house fan, but they get more of my money than anyone else. Most of the megaplexes are pricey, and putting “Hercules” and “Captain America” on eight screens tells me they’re not really after my business. I’ve also not fully adapted to watching...

Updated Dec 15, 2014 at 5:22 PM

They came because in their hearts it was the patriotic thing to do. They came: young, elderly, active military, veterans and civilians to a heart-rending ceremony emulated simultaneously all across the country, on foreign lands and even at sea..

Posted Dec 13, 2014 at 6:19 AM

One of my older sister’s first jobs was at a local restaurant, one of those mom-and-pop country joints where the fried tenderloin in the sandwich was so big it made the bun look like a little hat.Dad took me to eat there for lunch...

Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I got to thinking about Advent after my best friend asked about its meaning. Then, I decided to write about it! Advent is a time of preparation (four weeks) leading up to Christ’s birth. It is Christ’s first Advent or arrival. His...

Updated Dec 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I’m not the brightest star in the night sky, but I can take a hint. Clearly, I have to change my name. I’m not in trouble with the law. It’s just a matter of adjusting to the times, as one...

Updated Dec 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Remember. Honor. Teach. That is the mission of a patriotic organization known as Wreaths Across America. This Saturday they will coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery as well as at veterans cemeteries and other...

Updated Dec 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

A group of students sat on wooden benches in the foyer of a university building, and it was quiet. Really quiet. Close relative visitation quiet.When I went to college, sometime during the Martin Van Buren administration, a grouping like...

Updated Dec 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I’ve got skills, although I’m sure they are less sharp and less relevant with each passing day. What I don’t need is the redundant “skill set,” despite the fact that it does sound a whole lot...

Updated Dec 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Last Friday NBC news reported on a 57-year-old pastor of the Capital Christian Center, a megachurch in Sacramento, California, who spent two weeks among the homeless. Pastor Rick Cole didn’t reveal his identity, nor did...

Posted Nov 29, 2014 at 12:10 AM

It is hard to believe that the high school football season is over along with the small college regular season.It takes me about two weeks to adjust to a weekend without a football game on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thank goodness the...

Posted Nov 29, 2014 at 12:10 AM

According to the Outdoor Wire and Ducks Unlimited, the House of Representatives passed the Duck Stamp Act of 2014 this week, a major win for wetlands and waterfowl conservation.This critically important conservation legislation increases...

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