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Saga of Red Ants and Wedding Bands

I was looking forward to a great weekend, but first I had to perform a Saturday morning ritual which was pulling weeds. I was about two hours In to the weed pulling process when I felt a painful sting on my left gloved hand. A group of pesky little red ants had bitten through the […]






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Look Out… It’s Just Around The Corner

It’s August at last. And you know what that brings. In fact, it already has. Of the past seven days, three were distinctively fall like. It’s as though Mom Nature jumped up and said, Happy Fall Y’all! Just like the welcome mat at the door.  Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist Being a born […]






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What’s Cooking?

What a beautiful summer we have had except we do need some rain.  I have had my Grandson, Ian and his friend, Ashley, from South Carolina here for a visit and I have really enjoyed them….Hate to see them leave…..She is going to give me some great recipes for canning as they do this every […]






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Focus On Self

In the wake of the shootings at Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas as a country we seem to be looking to national solutions. More stringent gun laws suggested better background checks on people purchasing guns, so-called flag laws that would allow the confiscation of guns from people thought to be dangerous, to banning automatic […]






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Better Follow-Thru A Start To Ending Mass Killings

Very few people follow through on what they say they are going to do, therefore it is a society of unfulfilled promises. Parents don’t discipline their children. Instead they threaten. Teachers don’t force students to finish their homework. Doctors don’t force patients to follow through with proper health regimen. And of course when we don’t […]






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Post Party

As always, Marion’s Old Fashioned weekend was a good one. It does not matter what the theme may be, all who attend have a good time and that is the object after all. Celebrating home is celebrating home. We heard some talk about the Mill Pond Project, most of it positive. A lot of folks have […]






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What’s Cooking?

As I said in last weeks column, I am doing more recipes for preserving foods for the winter months.  Not only can we do the canning method  but we also can freeze to keep these great foods tasty and good…                               […]






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Summers End

It won’t be long and we’ll be enjoying fall like weather. School will be starting. That means that we will be spending time buying school clothes, reconnecting with friends, starting sports, watching football, wearing jackets, and kicking leaves. Some of us will be buying hunting licenses and sighting in our guns. Food plots will be […]






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Expired Drugs Aren’t Really Expired

Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist In my line of work, one does a lot of reading. I came across an article last week that nearly blew my mind. The premise of the piece was that drug expiration dates are merely a myth- that they are nearly as potent many years after their expiration date. The […]






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Old Fashioned Week

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist It’s that time of year again. Marion’s Old Fashioned Days homecoming celebration is once again upon us. Even if you are one of those who professes to ‘never attend’, we reckon that the preparation and the general overall excitement has to find its way to your doorstep. In our […]






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