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This past weekend our neighbor plowed our garden for us, so now we must decide if we have the guts to plant another one this season. I mean guts in the literal sense, as in a small hernia that “we won’t worry about right now” according to my husband’s doctor. Gardening is hard work; it takes…

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A young lady who loves painting recently finished a moving canvas, and her mother displayed it on her Facebook page. The picture is a brilliant meadow divided by a two-lane highway. The sky is a fantastic Carolina blue complete with large clouds. In the distance are a few mountains. There ar…

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a time to recognize and reflect upon all the strengths and gifts mothers of all shapes and sizes bring to us over the years. The American holiday officially began by federal proclamation in 1914. Individual families celebrated a form of the occasion in earlier ye…

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This past week I heard a young man make an exasperated comment about boomers and their tendencies to resist change. Given my membership in that group of senior citizens, I smiled to myself at his assessment of us. Monumental changes in this country — both good and bad — came at the hands of …

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President John Adams signed legislation in 1800 moving the nation’s capital from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. Part of the bill allocated funds for a Library of Congress to be installed in the new Capitol for congressmen to use. The $500 allocation created the library on April 24. Later, …

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If ever the conditions were right for a remake of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” it is now. I would love to hear Robin Leach narrating the script for one of Bill Gates’ residences, maybe the 66,000-square-foot Medina, Washington, estate with its high-tech toys. Sad to say, Leach is dec…

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It is a big birthday week in our family. My twin sister has a birthday, along with my nephew and my brother. Due to the fact I have a twin sister, I am completing my most recent trip around the sun, too. Birthdays are fun. I spent some time this year asking each person what they would like t…

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Sometimes I think people in general have forgotten how to laugh. With all the ills of the world seeming to get worse by the day, I am pulled into sad regurgitations of bad news on a regular basis, most of which end with the universal “what is this world coming to? If we are to bear up long e…

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Recently a friend mentioned a detail that caught her Southern ear while watching a movie. In the scene she referenced, the narrator tells the viewers about the women on the porch “peeling corn.” Of course, those of us raised in the country give that one a tee-hee-hee because everyone should …

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We are liberal and conservative leaders with decades of experience at policy organizations. We often disagree, but after looking at data from the 2020 election, we agree on this: North Carolina’s mix of procedures made voting easy and cheating hard, and helped produce a record turnout despit…