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Today's Features

  • I’m no expert at plumbing. Much like electricity I regard it with a mixture of dread and superstition. While I regard both entities with due respect I prefer to respect them across the room, out in the yard or through a conveniently placed window. Respect is one thing; unnecessary bodily damage quite another. I have nothing to prove in these areas and if I do I don’t care.

  • The writer of Hebrews 10:24-25 admonishes us “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.”

  • A number of months ago, I hung a poster on the wall by my desk.

    The image is a flower that’s starting to bloom and the caption reads: “When you’re in a dark place, you sometimes tend to think you’ve been buried. Perhaps you’ve been planted.

    “Bloom.”

    I’ve been studying that for all these months, thinking about the dark places every one of us has been in or will be in — or is in now.

    It happens to all of us who are human. We live in a fallen world, filled with dark places.

  • Shopping at the farmers market is an excellent way to invest in your community. During the late spring and summer months, it is a great place to find fresh fruits and vegetables, along with other local goods. Here are the top five reasons to shop at your market this year.

    Supporting local farmers and the economy.

    This gives farmers a better return on their produce. It also directly supports the local economy because farmers are selling straight to you with no middleman.

    Freshly picked options.

  • Cats are not the only animals attracted to me. I’ve diversified into reptiles. During the time I’ve walked this earth reptiles have appeared in the strangest places. I’ve poached the scaly catches of cats. Snakes have materialized in my upstairs closet and snakes have appeared on my kitchen floor.

  • A week or so ago, I went to a celebration of life service at a church I’d never been to before.

    Behind the altar was a huge glass wall with a huge glass mosaic crucifix in the middle.

    While I waited for the service to start, I studied the crucifix, the intricate pieces of colored glass fit together to form Christ’s body.

    Unlike a jigsaw puzzle, these glass pieces didn’t fit together smoothly and perfectly. The edges appeared to be rough. Perhaps the artist had used broken bits and pieces? I couldn’t tell.

  • All of us, at some point, will go through a tough time. The truth is we’re either heading into a trial, in a trial, or coming out of a trial. I don’t know what it might be for you, but I’d guess you are probably battling one fire or another. It could be a financial, health-related, relational or employment. We all face fires.

  • Most folks over the age of 60 are familiar with the term Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), however, many don’t understand all the rules associated with taking your RMD. Let’s examine RMDs in this month’s column and hopefully answer any questions you may have on the subject.

  • BY HILDA PARRISH

    Hello, I am a barn. I’m not a red barn or a green barn. I’m not even a blue barn. I’m just a plain old wooden barn.

    I have double doors on the front and double doors on the back. Mr. Farmer, my owner, calls me his Tobacco Barn. He has a Hay Barn and a Cow Barn, but they can tell you about themselves later.