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Has anyone ever had any success in handling a situation by shouting, “Everybody just calm down!” Didn’t think so.

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We celebrate the birth of Christ near to the darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The light of the world shining in the darkness. This year, for many, the celebration will be either changed, muted, or nearly non-existent.

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Most summers, visitors to Lake Tahoe respect its beauty and its bears. This summer, however was different, resulting in an increase in trash and bear activity, and protests from some of the locals.

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A typical Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks speech would open with a self-deprecating jab at long-winded rabbis, then flow into a blend of Hebrew texts, science, law, literature, current events and the scriptures of other faiths.

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The local Madisonville Noon Kiwanis organization has announced the unfortunate decision to forgo its traditional Christmas parade this year to keep members and the community safe from the spread of coronavirus. But, they did announce an alternate community event — “Home for Christmas” Parade…

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The election is over. At the time I am writing this we have a good idea of who will serve the next four-year term, but it is not yet certified. I expect this will be extended for a few more days yet. As it should be.

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Hopkins County high school students are invited to participate in an Essay Contest organized as part of Hopkins County’s 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

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I can recall a few times in my life when I looked around and discovered that I was either a) lost or b) in a situation that suddenly grabbed my attention. If you were to ask me for a play by play of how these things happened, I could have told you. Every decision made sense based on the one …

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I shared here a couple of years ago a story from a camp I directed for 11-13 year-olds in Wisconsin. They are two-week sessions, so there is time to take on some significant camp improvement projects for those who want to take part. One particularly warm day one of the young men said to me, …

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What I hope to do each week is to help those who read these 800 or so words to slow down enough to give thought to things we already know, along with some historical and spiritual perspective.

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At 7:03 p.m. on a recent night, conductor Lynn Staininger asked the pianist to sound the correct pitch. She counted to three and the Frederick County classroom filled with song.

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There are signs that we are living in a world of emotionally charged, high anxiety. We are a glob of an emotionally entangled mess. We see this in the hyped-up presentation of news editorials. We see it in the “outrage” of people who have no idea of any facts, only the emotional content of a…

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Tito Vazquez Jr. likes to say that perfect political candidates are like perfect churches: They do not exist. Sometimes, he said, you just have to find one that meets most of your needs and make peace with the gaps. So in November, he will cast a ballot to reelect President Donald Trump.

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I watched it. I watched the whole thing. I watched the worst example of public discourse (I know it cannot be called that) I have ever witnessed. There have been more colorful name-calling examples, mostly by newspaper editors or party spokespersons. One of the more famous was penned about J…

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Christian history is fascinating in every century but the transition in the fourth century from persecuted to being the official religion of the empire is difficult to top.

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I really hate to break this to all our young voters, but the current election cycle is not the most important one in our history. We are in no greater existential national crisis today than we were in the years immediately after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Or around 1812. Or …

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The Board of Directors of First United Bancorp, Inc. and First United Bank and Trust Company recently approved the appointment of two new board members.

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Cole & Durham Insurance, A Lawton Insurance Agency, retains its Best Practices status, once again becoming a part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States.

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There is a constant fight for who gets to tell stories of the past. It is a matter of perspective. I was taught the “received story” of the United States as a child. The telling of that story has changed some since then, but it is still basically the same story.

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If you stand outside the concentric rings of the University of Virginia’s new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, there is a curious acoustic phenomenon: The conversations of people inside the gray, granite walls are clearly audible, even from a distance.

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Do you remember the kid or the co-worker who never pulled their weight in group projects? They were quite happy to coast along and let everyone else do the heavy lifting and take an equal share of credit. But then, if something went wrong, because they had not done any work, they could quite…

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I do not write to pick sides, although sometimes it may be obvious which side I am on. Some people do write to pick sides. That is not my intention. I write to think on paper, and in doing so anyone that reads is carried along with my personal attempts to make sense of the world I am in. Agr…