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The Christmas candy was barely off the shelves when the Valentine’s candy appeared. Red and pink hearts with caramel and nut-filled chocolate goodness caught our eye. We are reminded of how we love love. Young love, especially.
The Christmas candy was barely off the shelves when the Valentine’s candy appeared. Red and pink hearts with caramel and nut-filled chocolate goodness caught our eye. We are reminded of how we love love. Young love, especially.
 
In 2023, it seemed that a war against women was happening. Roe v. Wade was repealed after 50 years of precedent. Governors and Legislatures across the country put the clamps on abortion.
In 2023, it seemed that a war against women was happening. Roe v. Wade was repealed after 50 years of precedent. Governors and Legislatures across the country put the clamps on abortion.
 
News from Florida and Texas these days is shocking. Both Governors appear to be in a race to the bottom. One of them is running miserably for President of the United States. God help us.
News from Florida and Texas these days is shocking. Both Governors appear to be in a race to the bottom. One of them is running miserably for President of the United States. God help us.
 
I am no football expert. I am only a fan. I learned the game as a cheerleader in the 1960s. I knew the “push ‘em back” and the “ hey, hey, let’s go” as well as anybody.
I am no football expert. I am only a fan. I learned the game as a cheerleader in the 1960s. I knew the “push ‘em back” and the “ hey, hey, let’s go” as well as anybody.
 
Tom and I got married on a cold December Wednesday in the Ayden Christian Church at three o’clock in the afternoon.
Tom and I got married on a cold December Wednesday in the Ayden Christian Church at three o’clock in the afternoon.
 
Bells are ringing all over the country. Some are Christmas bells, but more of them are alarm bells. Even conservative Republicans are beginning to sound the alarm.
Bells are ringing all over the country. Some are Christmas bells, but more of them are alarm bells. Even conservative Republicans are beginning to sound the alarm.
 
One can only imagine what will happen in a second presidency of Donald Trump. One of the more frightening possibilities is the abuse of power in handing out pardons like gum drops to cronies, who pledge fealty to Caesar in return.
One can only imagine what will happen in a second presidency of Donald Trump. One of the more frightening possibilities is the abuse of power in handing out pardons like gum drops to cronies, who pledge fealty to Caesar in return.
 
The Christmas story, as recorded in Luke, says there is no room in the inn for the holy family to find shelter, and a safe place for the baby to be born.
The Christmas story, as recorded in Luke, says there is no room in the inn for the holy family to find shelter, and a safe place for the baby to be born.
 
We picked up our Boykin Spaniel in Florence, South Carolina. The name already given her was “Karma.” The irony of the name was that the day we picked her up was the same day of Donald Trump’s first indictment.

Karma

 
We picked up our Boykin Spaniel in Florence, South Carolina. The name already given her was “Karma.” The irony of the name was that the day we picked her up was the same day of Donald Trump’s first indictment.
 
In my darkest imagination, I see Donald Trump on Inauguration Day 2025. He is smug as he places his hand on the Bible and pledges his oath to uphold the Constitution.
In my darkest imagination, I see Donald Trump on Inauguration Day 2025. He is smug as he places his hand on the Bible and pledges his oath to uphold the Constitution.
 
Thanksgiving changes from year to year, the dates change, and the attendees at the Thanksgiving feast are different. Chairs are empty that once weren’t. How is gratitude mounted in the face of grief and loss?
Thanksgiving changes from year to year, the dates change, and the attendees at the Thanksgiving feast are different. Chairs are empty that once weren’t. How is gratitude mounted in the face of grief and loss?
 
Mrs. Russell, social climbing wife of a Railroad robber baron, is scolding her son. Larry is having an affair with a rich Newport widow for whom he is redesigning a house.
Mrs. Russell, social climbing wife of a Railroad robber baron, is scolding her son. Larry is having an affair with a rich Newport widow for whom he is redesigning a house.
 
The mezuzah attached to the front door frame of our house has a little rolled scroll inside that has been blessed by a Rabbi.
The mezuzah attached to the front door frame of our house has a little rolled scroll inside that has been blessed by a Rabbi.
 
New House Speaker Mike Johnson, speaking to the press after the horrific shooting in Lewiston, Maine said, “our thoughts and prayers are with the people. I’m gonna leave it there.” Then he walked away from the reporters, leaving much unanswered.
New House Speaker Mike Johnson, speaking to the press after the horrific shooting in Lewiston, Maine said, “our thoughts and prayers are with the people. I’m gonna leave it there.” Then he walked away from the reporters, leaving much unanswered.
 
Robert Ringer’s book, Winning Through Intimidation was released in 1976.
Robert Ringer’s book, Winning Through Intimidation was released in 1976.
 
Former North Carolina Secretary of Cultural Resources, Betty Ray McCain, was also a humorist.
Former North Carolina Secretary of Cultural Resources, Betty Ray McCain, was also a humorist.
 
We watch war now in real time on television, cruelty and brutality on full display.
We watch war now in real time on television, cruelty and brutality on full display.
 
Diane Feinstein was ninety years old at the time of her death, which was neither shocking nor unexpected. In this last chapter of her life, her increasing frailties were on display for all to see.
Diane Feinstein was ninety years old at the time of her death, which was neither shocking nor unexpected. In this last chapter of her life, her increasing frailties were on display for all to see.
 
No, I am not saying that shame is a good thing when it is used to belittle and berate another person, trying to make that person feel as small as possible. That is called bullying.
No, I am not saying that shame is a good thing when it is used to belittle and berate another person, trying to make that person feel as small as possible. That is called bullying.
 
I am not sure we can get more stupid than Tommy Tuberville trashing poetry reading on a war ship as being too “woke.” Really?
I am not sure we can get more stupid than Tommy Tuberville trashing poetry reading on a war ship as being too “woke.” Really?
 
From 1050 until about 1300 AD, the Latin Christian Church sent crusaders, fighters for the faith, into the Holy Land to reclaim Jerusalem and other holy sites for Christianity.
From 1050 until about 1300 AD, the Latin Christian Church sent crusaders, fighters for the faith, into the Holy Land to reclaim Jerusalem and other holy sites for Christianity.
 
School bells are ringing across North Carolina. Children are having backpacks blessed. Seniors are driving decorated cars around neighborhoods to the school parking lot. Excitement rises as the back-to-school rituals crank up.
School bells are ringing across North Carolina. Children are having backpacks blessed. Seniors are driving decorated cars around neighborhoods to the school parking lot. Excitement rises as the back-to-school rituals crank up.
 
In Disciple I Bible Study, the lesson on Obedience is set around the law of Moses, the Ten Commandments and the subsequent Levitical law that fills the Old Testament. Obedience and adherence to the rule of law was an expectation of the ancient people.
In Disciple I Bible Study, the lesson on Obedience is set around the law of Moses, the Ten Commandments and the subsequent Levitical law that fills the Old Testament. Obedience and adherence to the rule of law was an expectation of the ancient people.
 
We often go to resources when doing research for a paper, for a sermon or talk, for Liturgy and Prayer. We cite our sources, something we learned how to do as juniors in high school
We often go to resources when doing research for a paper, for a sermon or talk, for Liturgy and Prayer. We cite our sources, something we learned how to do as juniors in high school
 
The text from my friend came in around 8:30 Sunday morning. He reported that antisemitic flyers were distributed on all the driveways in his Quail Hollow neighborhood.
The text from my friend came in around 8:30 Sunday morning. He reported that antisemitic flyers were distributed on all the driveways in his Quail Hollow neighborhood.
 
Movies are making a comeback in the great summer blockbusters Barbie and Oppenheimer. We have seen both of them. They could not be more different, but each offers something to think about.
Movies are making a comeback in the great summer blockbusters Barbie and Oppenheimer. We have seen both of them. They could not be more different, but each offers something to think about.
 
If you drive south on Interstate 95, you will cross over Lake Hartwell in Georgia. In Hartwell, Georgia, a man has put a sign in the front of his little church that reads, “The tired, the poor, the huddled masses. Welcome Home.”
If you drive south on Interstate 95, you will cross over Lake Hartwell in Georgia. In Hartwell, Georgia, a man has put a sign in the front of his little church that reads, “The tired, the poor, the huddled masses. Welcome Home.”
 
In December of 1965, I married into a broadcasting family. My father-in-law ran a television station.
In December of 1965, I married into a broadcasting family. My father-in-law ran a television station.
 
Our little Pierson Point Community celebrates July 4th in a big way. A 100-pound pig is cooked. Sides include slaw, Brunswick stew, baked beans, squash casserole, watermelon, beer and banana pudding to round out the menu. But before the meal there is the Pierson Point Parade.
Our little Pierson Point Community celebrates July 4th in a big way. A 100-pound pig is cooked. Sides include slaw, Brunswick stew, baked beans, squash casserole, watermelon, beer and banana pudding to round out the menu. But before the meal there is the Pierson Point Parade.
 
Sometimes, people write me and raise curiosity in my mind. The writer says that he and his wife “moved away from Methodism because of the ‘gay agenda’.” While we are probably better off, I have thought about what he could mean by the “gay agenda”?
Sometimes, people write me and raise curiosity in my mind. The writer says that he and his wife “moved away from Methodism because of the ‘gay agenda’.” While we are probably better off, I have thought about what he could mean by the “gay agenda”?
 
You can’t make it up that a cartoonish Donald Trump, who has been impeached twice and indicted twice already, continues to campaign on lies and vitriol, while promising vengeance and retribution if he is elected again.
You can’t make it up that a cartoonish Donald Trump, who has been impeached twice and indicted twice already, continues to campaign on lies and vitriol, while promising vengeance and retribution if he is elected again.
 
I saw him from the window. I should not have opened the door. There he stood. He was not shaken in my presence. He stood his ground. He had large ears and scrawny legs. He said his name was Peter. We had a moment.
I saw him from the window. I should not have opened the door. There he stood. He was not shaken in my presence. He stood his ground. He had large ears and scrawny legs. He said his name was Peter. We had a moment.
 
“Summertime… and the living is easy. Fish are jumping and the cotton is high.” Anticipation of summer parties, cookouts and pool parties. Beach trips and lake trips, and our favorite, the Neuse River.
“Summertime… and the living is easy. Fish are jumping and the cotton is high.” Anticipation of summer parties, cookouts and pool parties. Beach trips and lake trips, and our favorite, the Neuse River.
 
She watches news and reads broadly. She is particularly interested, and increasingly curious, about all the anti-abortion activity that is making so much noise around her.
She watches news and reads broadly. She is particularly interested, and increasingly curious, about all the anti-abortion activity that is making so much noise around her.
 
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