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Saturday, April 26, 2014

It has been six weeks since a Boeing 777 with flight number 370 departed from the Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia bound for Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew onboard. Within one hour the jumbo jet's transponders were shut off and the plane vanished into the late night hours of March 8, never to be heard from again. In the past six weeks, several countries have been spearheading search efforts to find this plane, only to by stymied repeatedly by false leads and dead ends.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Our church pastor is extraordinary with a different way of thinking. He's also good at surprising us.

While some believe in sacrificing for Lent by "giving up" things we especially enjoy, he told us not to do that Lenten activity.

Instead, he told us to "go home, have a glass of wine and really relish it."

If wine wasn't your thing, you can do the same thing with chocolate. The secret, he says, is to slowly savor every bite, thanking God for every little pleasure that comes our way.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Back when I was growing up many moons ago, virtually every town had a photo store or photo studio.

You would go there for portraits. Businesses would call them for LCB (Liquor Control Board) photos. Lawyers would use their services to take photos of everything from liability cases to bodily injury suits to damage cases.

Young photographers would learn their trade by hanging out, learning the techniques for taking good pictures and utilizing their equipment to learn all about developing film and printing the pictures.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Slick Sammy stopped by the office and said to me, "David, did you know that this week is the only week in 2014 that the days are ordered forward as well as reverse?" I thought about it and realized Sammy was right. The day was 4/14/14, and when reversed it is identical. Sammy was a little off though, in that the numeric palindrome actually runs from 4/10/14 to 4/19/14. Coincidentally, there is one other day that is a numeric palindrome in April. Do you know what it is?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

If I'm typing and I accidentally hit the delete key, I don't have to worry. All I have to do to get my work back is to hit the undo button.

Then presto, the work that disappeared will be back again. Nothing is lost.

Wouldn't it be nice if life were like that?

Wouldn't it save so many tears and so much regret if we could sweep away any part of living we didn't like by hitting the "undo" button? Then we could do it again the way we want.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

By LINDA KOEHLER

lkoehler@tnonline.com

Easter is tomorrow. May you all rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Most of you know of the Easter Bunny, a popular character that is a part of the secular celebration of the holiday. But did you know he has some very distant cousins? They go by the name of ... Dust Bunnies.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

One of the worst epidemics facing schools today is bullying.

Of course, it's nothing new.

Most children say they've experienced bullying at some point while inside or around school, maybe before class, or after class or at recess or lunch, or in the hallways.

In a given year, nearly a third of all students aged 12 to 18 reported having been bullied, some almost daily, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

An amazing 90 percent of elementary students reported being bullied.

Locally, we don't need statistics to tell us about bullying.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Feeling dog-tired one recent Sunday evening, I shut down my computer and was just about to change into my jammies and crawl into bed when the phone began to ring.

Typically when the phone rings at that time of night, it isn't for a good reason.

My heart started to beat rapidly and I hesitated before picking up the receiver.

I checked the caller ID and answered it when I realized it was a dear friend of mine.

Immediately I could tell that she was upset and that something was very, very wrong.

She proceeded to tell me that her child had overdosed - again.

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Logan

By AMY MILLER

amiller@tnonline.com

Dear Logan,

Today marks the one year anniversary that you came into this world; and it has been the most joyful, exhausting, scariest, funniest, fulfilling year of our lives.

We're so glad God handpicked you to come and bless us with your life. You are perfect in every way possible, and we are so thankful for this opportunity to call you our son.

We love you, our beautiful little blond-haired, blue-eyed boy, a perfect blend of our love.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I'm what is called an avid reader. In addition to reading fiction for enjoyment, I like to read to gain information, especially health-related articles and those that give me financial information.

For at least a decade, I've subscribed to the Motley Fool for easy-to-read financial information. Today's article was headlined: "Warren Buffet's advice on how to get rich."

That's one I didn't read. I have no interest in reading it because I don't need to get rich.

I am rich.