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My Father, My Hero

(I wrote this a year ago but wanted to share it again. Heck I might share this column over and over for years to come. The man meant so much to me) This week I give pause to reflect on my hero, my father. Although he was buried eight years ago, there isn’t a day […]






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Christmas In June

It is one of my favorite times of the year. It is not a holiday, although it seems like Christmas. I am in this festive mood because it is time for a visit from my sweet Kentucky cousin Paula, and that time of year is whenever she chooses. Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist […]






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What’s Cooking?

With all the summer holidays, parties and neighborhood gatherings which you do bring a dish to pass, I do have some quick and great dishes to take…… Carol Cope Cooking & Recipes GEORGIA  PEACH  COBBLER by Ginger Driscoll  2 cups sliced, fresh peaches 1 cup of sugar 1/2 cup of butter 1/2 cup self rising flour 3/4 cup of milk […]






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Toward Unity

In our Creed we say that the Church is “one, holy catholic, and apostolic”. In part, this means that most Christians have a similar profession of faith and similar celebrations of worship. Our origins are from Jesus Christ, followed by a long unbroken line of teaching from the time of the Apostles. What is does […]






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Spelling Bees and Holzhauer, Compelling TV

Thanks to ESPN, spelling bees are making a comeback. Way back when, I can remember them being one of the most important events of the school year. Elementary students, including myself studied long and hard at the opportunity to be a part of, and win, a spelling bee. Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist This year’s […]






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Still Rockin’ On

It appears that better weather has arrived, or at least is trying to push its way in from Canada. Those lovely and amazingly colored sunsets the Canadian wildfires have given us are troublingly beautiful. We were even more astonished by a red ball sunrise on Monday. The sun came up through the same smoky atmosphere it […]






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What’s Cooking?

Hello from North Carolina….I am at my daughter, Susan’s, for my G-Granddaughter, Tristan’s graduation.  She is the one that we were in New York for her concert at Carnegie Hall.  Now I am here to help with her open house and to see her graduate with honors…..I guess you know by now how proud of […]






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Prayer For Peace

One of my favorite parts of the mass is the short prayer after the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer when the priest prays, “Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our day, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all […]






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Water Troubles In The Great Lake State: Michigan Has Most PFAS-Contaminated Sites In US

Michigan has been suffering from water contamination problems for years. From the Flint Water Crisis that began in 2014 (where dangerous levels of lead were detected in the drinking water sourced from Flint River) to the recently-discovered high levels of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, citizens of the Great Lake State are struggling to […]






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Whatever Happened To Compromise?

As I sit back and reflect on this Memorial Day, I can’t help but think this country could be so much better if we all could just get along. For the past several years we have been split evenly- those more liberal who favor abortion, immigration, oppose President Trump etc., vs those that think Trump […]






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