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August 18, 2019

I am quitting TV journalism. From now on, I'm getting my news from the papers. I have been thinking about it for a long time, but I finally decided when a friend of mine told me his story:

I was watching Nicole Wallace one afternoon as she preached about the imminent collapse of democracy as we…

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August 17, 2019

On a busy afternoon at a former workplace, I was deep into job-related thought when the distinctive sound of a hammer drill began its rhythmic pounding against the building’s brick exterior.

I know that sound well because I own a hammer drill and have used it for creating holes in concrete.…

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August 11, 2019

YouTube is is like the rabbit hole in "Alice in Wonderland." One false step and I fall into it, emerging hours later with my head spinning and the sense that I've lost time that I will never get back.

The channel has a way to luring me with videos I never knew I wanted to watch but end up viewing…

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August 11, 2019

Over 50 years ago, I had a Swedish girlfriend.

It never turned into anything long-term. But the fact that I met the Swedish girl before I met the girl I ended up marrying clearly introduced several complications into both relationships. And it has produced a tale that my wife Ruthie has never tired…

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August 10, 2019

There was a time when my three daughters would argue over whose turn it was to circle the yard on the riding lawnmower. Now that they all drive cars and the yard has swelled to 5 acres, each daughter insists on letting her sisters go first.

Such sweetness I scarcely can comprehend.

If I’d…

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August 09, 2019

For residents of the Southeastern U.S., hot summers are par for the course. We know our air conditioners will run steadily, especially in July and August, and our back porch ceiling fans will work overtime to keep us cool while we grill out on hot summer nights. Though what we may not have expected…

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August 07, 2019

Q: My doctor told me to use spices and herbs instead of salt in my food. I looked at the spice section of the store and really didn’t know what to choose. What is your favorite one? FG, Greenville

A: That’s a simple question for me to answer — it is dill. A jar sits on our dining…

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August 04, 2019

Being part of a group can oftentimes be intimidating and quite honestly scary, so when I was invited to be part of the Interfaith Clergy several years ago, I was excited and unsure at the same time.

I only knew two of the clergy in this group and being that I’m not clergy, I wondered if I…

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August 04, 2019

When you live out in the country, you have to do at least two things when you go into town.

That's how far out I live. Just far enough from Greenville that to justify cranking up the car, you have to do at least two things while you're in town. Otherwise, you're just wasting gasoline.

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August 03, 2019

The first song on Willie Nelson’s 2017 album “God’s Problem Child” was written by a 95-year-old woman, Lyndel Rhodes. Her song “Little House on the Hill” recently sent me down memory lane to a little house in the middle of North Carolina’s Coastal Plain.…

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