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On my way to putting best feet forward

I started off the new year making an attempt to put my best foot forward. Make that my best feet. You know you’re getting older when the Christmas gifts you get are either very practical things you’ll use or things it probably wouldn’t hurt you to have, but you’re way too cheap to ...

Looking to satisfy a growing wanderlust

I’ve been fortunate to be able to do some traveling in my life. Much of it has been through family vacations, but there has been the occasional work-related weekend trip through West Virginia, as well. I’ve enjoyed those opportunities. Even if I visit somewhere familiar, there’s ...

Find real growth through prayer

While I was browsing in a couple of book stores, shortly before Christmas, my desire was to find a book I knew my wife would like. (No, that's not all I bought for her, but let's continue this thought). During my search, to my amazement, I found large sections of books dealing with "self ...

Trump has delivered during his first year in office

How often do elected officials promise you the world but never deliver? How often have you heard: “This is the most important election of our lifetime! Elect us and we will create millions of jobs and put more money in your pocket!” Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve heard ...

An answering machine voice remembered

The message has been on our answering machine for more than three years now, and I’ve never had the heart to erase it. I didn’t in the days and weeks after my Aunt Kitty had first left it around Mother’s Day 2014, and I still haven’t in the days following her death on Dec. 30. The ...

Keep an eye on our lawmakers’ actions

The West Virginia Legislature is set to begin the 2018 regular session on Wednesday. During those 60 days, the men and women we elect to represent us in Charleston will be making decisions which will affect this state and its residents for years to come. On Friday, the West Virginia Press ...

Begin the year with faith and enthusiasm

On this day, the first Sunday of 2018, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! As we begin 2018, think back over the past year. What kind of year was it for you? Was it good or bad? Were there any good changes in your life? Was it a year of difficulty? As we begin the adventure through 2018, ...

Approaching another blinking new year

I approach 2018 confident that it will be very much like 2017 and so many other years past. It, too, will be one big blink with a beginning, a middle and an end and whatever else happens in between the bookends of Jan 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018. Life happens at warp speed. Look at us. ...

Lessons learned and looking toward the future

The last year has been filled with ups and downs, both personally and professionally. I suppose that’s something we all can say on some level. As someone who doesn’t do well with change, there has been a lot with which to deal. Some of it has been good, some not so much. It has been a ...

Stop opioids from claiming another generation

Opioid abuse is one of the greatest challenges facing our state and nation. Lives are cut short every day. Whether by heroin or prescription painkillers, opioids do not discriminate. These senseless deaths occur across all segments of the population. Youth are particularly at risk, as they ...

For unto us a child is born…

Come with me on a trip through time. Come with me to the time when God stepped out of eternity. Come with me to the perfect time for the savior of mankind to arrive as a human baby in His crowning achievement of creation. Come with me to the time when heaven opened up and angels from on high ...

It really is the most wonderful time

December is like a l-o-n-g tunnel, and it can seem as though there’s no hint of light at the end of it. Or as I was laughing with a group of friends recently — most of us exasperated by schedules accelerated and compounded courtesy of the holiday season — it’s like a box you’re ...

What makes the holiday special

By now, our shopping is complete, meal plans are finished and gifts are at least close to wrapped. Maybe you’ve been watching a few movies, or going to see some lights, or having dinner with friends. While we get so wrapped up in the hustling and bustling of this holiday season, we need ...

Remember to keep the cross in Christmas

We have probably all heard the call to keep Christ in Christmas. If this is on billboards, or on television, then it is usually accompanied by a picture of Jesus in a manger. In other words, for most people, the idea of keeping Christ in Christmas is limited to talking about the baby Jesus. ...

Experiencing pangs of decision remorse

“Are we still good or are you having decision remorse?” It was Dec. 13 when Better Half and I had this conversation, 12 days before Christmas when I posed the question after I’d eaten some dinner. I was feeling grumpier before that, having an empty stomach and all. Now I was properly ...

Take time to go see the holiday lights

One of the nicest things about the holiday season is taking the time to drive around some of our towns and see the various decorations placed in front of the homes and along the city streets. We’re a week away from Christmas, half-way through Hanukkah, a few days from the Winter Solstice, ...

A true hero and champion for the world

Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God…" "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" I can still hear the crowd in the movie, Rocky, as they chanted and applauded his name ...

Why impeachment is a difficult process

Last week, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House calling for the beginning of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. It was tabled by a wide margin vote, with only 58 U.S. Representatives expressing an interest in pushing it forward. That means both Democrats and ...

Giving praise to the Lord this Christmas

I find it particularly challenging to write on the subject of Christmas. So much has been written about this greatest story ever told; and to find a new or unique approach is almost impossible. I have chosen to simply make a suggestion that is sure to enhance your advent season. It doesn't ...

Protecting your personal information from identity theft

As the holiday season approaches, it becomes increasingly important for consumers to exercise caution to protect financial information. Doing so can keep a cheerful time of year from turning into a financial nightmare. Sensitive information can be obtained improperly in various ways, most ...