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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Achoo!

Anybody suffering from allergies knows 2015 is the worst year for symptoms since maybe 2006.

Sneezing, headache, runny nose, postnasal drip, inflamed sinuses and itchy eyes.

Experts said all along the prolonged winter would come back to haunt us with high allergy levels in spring and summer. That's for sure.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says allergies can affect just about everyone.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

By PATTIE MIHALIK

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Decades ago when I started writing this newspaper column, publisher Fred Masenheimer made the decision to run the column in the form of a letter to a friend.

We started the column each week with the salutation: Dear friend.

I liked it because that's the way I prefer to write as if I were writing a letter to a close friend.

Over the years the format got changed several times and the friendly salutation was dropped. But I still write it as if I were writing to a friend.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

By CHRIS PARKER

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It's a perfect Friday afternoon, and my beloved and I are sitting in rocking chairs on our front porch, taking a break from mowing, mulching and weeding.

As we sip water and chat, what we at first think is a small dog comes bounding through the shrubs from the fields and meadow to our right.

As the animal leaps into the space between the bridal wreath bush and the coal shed, we see that it is a fawn, its multitude of white spots standing out against its tawny coat.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sometimes it is interesting how two random events could intersect with each other at just the right moment to make one think, even if it's just a few minutes.

I will begin with a question: What does the Garden of Eden and a research paper from the Journal of Evolutionary Biology have in common? The answer is a serpent's fate.

For those not versed in the Bible, specifically the book of Genesis, the first few chapters are descriptions of the creation story.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

By PATTIE MIHALIK

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A few years back, I wrote a column about needing to believe in "Someday."

I need to believe the day would come when I would get around to all my good intentions my do it "Someday" projects.

I need to believe Someday I would find the time, energy and motivation to clear out the bookcases in my office. Although the bookcases are enclosed in doors, I can seldom open a door because too much stuff is jammed in there, waiting for me to get around to it Someday.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

By MARTA GOUGER

mgouger@tnonline.com

They say death and taxes are the only certain things in life, but if you live in a rural area you can add hitting a deer on the road to your list.

Every year the insurance company State Farm conducts a survey about the likelihood of hitting those creatures.

The latest: U.S. drivers are nearly 3 percent more likely to collide with a deer than they were last year.

West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision is most likely, with the odds of hitting a deer at 1 in 39.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

For the longest time I avoided viewing "Ancient Aliens" because I am skeptical that everything on our planet was constructed and developed by extraterrestrial intelligent beings and that we are merely the shadow of those prehistoric visitations.

There are basically three views of where we came from and how we arrived on this planet. The first and oldest version of our origins is the creationist theory in which a divine creator placed us on this planet with all the plants and animals.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Today is Memorial Day, the real holiday and not the convenient one that we celebrate on the last Monday in May so everyone can have a long weekend, picnics, barbecues and parades. No. This is the day set aside by Gen. John Logan to decorate the graves of the fallen men of the Civil War. This is a solemn day, not a joyous one.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

How hard could it possibly be to find a good beanbag?

Well, I'm living proof of how hard it can be.

I grew up with a family of beanbaggers.

On any given summer Sunday at my Wernett grandparents' home where many of the clan gathered, some of the men played horseshoes and the rest of the adults and kids would have rousing good games of beanbags.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dear graduates, Karen Carpenter isn't around to give your commencement address.

But if she were, she'd likely say you've only just begun. White lace and promises. A kiss for luck and you're on your way.

And that's a scary thought after having spent 12 years inside a cocoon.

After sitting in classroom chairs lined up like so many dominoes, you're about to step into a world that's not lined up at all.

Be ready for it. And understand a few things.

Don't wait for someone to inspire you. Be your own source of enthusiasm.