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Remembering 2018, the good and the bad

on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we embark on a new year, let’s recap some of the good and bad things that happened in 2018. January 1: Iceland ensures equal pay for men and women. Iceland became the first nation to make paying men more than women illegal. Passed on Women’s Day the ye

Fun facts about New Year’s Eve­­

on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we’re about to ring in the New Year, here are some facts about New Year’s Eve to explain some of your existing traditions, and maybe inspire you to try some new ones! 1. The song traditionally sung on New Year’s, “Auld Lang Syne,” means “times gone by”

The Advent Wreath

on Monday, 24 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By William M. Mingus III, Advertising Consultant, The News Journal Growing up in a Catholic household and going to through Catholic school, we always had some type of Advent Wreath. Advent Wreaths carry rich meaning and symbolism. Learning about the mea

A Christmas poem

on Tuesday, 18 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As I was thinking of the upcoming holiday, I remembered this poem by Robert Frost. It is called “Christmas Trees”. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. - Philip Maenza, Editor (A Christmas Circular Letter) The city had withdrawn into itself And left at

Christmas trivia for holiday fun

on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Here’s some fun Christmas trivia for you to enjoy. Let’s see how many questions you can get correct. The answers will be at the end of the article, upside down. No cheating. • After leaving Bethlehem, to which country did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel?

Unique items for your Christmas list

on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

While looking for some Christmas gifts, I came across some interesting products. The following is a list of items that are pretty unique, should I really buy them? • Prepara Herb Savor Pod 2.0 is designed to prolong the life of your fresh herbs, while bei

November, it is not quite time to say goodbye

on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As the month of November comes to a close, here are some fun facts about the month. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and has retained its name from the Latin novem, meaning “nine.” In Finland, they call November marraskuu, which

Down South - my boyhood blacksmith

on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Posted in Columns

Cap Dunn's Place. Photo by Tom Poland.
Here's a tale of a horseshoe that cracked yours truly in the head, a tale that began near the handsome old shack you see in the photo. Cap Dunn, a blacksmith, lived there. See that big oak? The one that looks like it could be 300 years old?

Knitting: It’s knot working out

on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As I was cleaning out my closet the other day, I stumbled upon my old knitting needles. I took a crafting class in high school as an elective and through that class I learned how to knit. Well, I kind of learned how to knit. When I picked up the knitting

Veterans Day

on Tuesday, 06 November 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembr

November 6 - It is time to vote

on Tuesday, 30 October 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Throughout history people have fought long and hard for everyone to have the right to vote. In 1776, voting was controlled by individual state legislatures and only white men age 21 and older who owned land were allowed to cast their vote. Nearly 100 year

October - more than halfway

on Tuesday, 23 October 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

October feels like it has been going on forever. There are five Wednesdays in October, which means that there are five editions that need to be written for the month. November has Thanksgiving and football and December is full of holidays. There doesn’t s

Some of my favorite quotes

on Tuesday, 16 October 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.” Harvey Milk “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to und

‘Dear Uncle Dave’ - a requiem

on Wednesday, 10 October 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

‘Dear Uncle Dave’ - a requiem
On October 13, 2017 I got a phone call from my mother while I was eating dinner. I ignored the call and sent her a text saying that I would call her back later. She said that she needed to speak to me right away. I went outside of the restaurant and calle

Down South: Dinner on the grounds

on Tuesday, 11 September 2018. Posted in Columns

My back road travels take me by many a rural church. And what do I see? A fellowship hall. Often its architecture is out of step with the church itself but it’s not out of step with the times. To have a fellowship or social hall is a trendy thing.
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