Lose an eyebrow, burn a hole in your shirt, and scare the dog. It’s time for fireworks.
    Several tents have popped up in the area and the window displays at the brick and mortar stores seem just a little brighter this time of year. You can buy one get one, get them all half off, mix and match, and blow every last dime to buy the monster variety pack.
    But where did they come from? And just who was the first person to spark a firework?

  • DENNIS THE FILM MENACE: Flicks to keep you in the summer mood

     Summer is here and while most people want to get out in the heat and enjoy playing games or swimming in a pool, a few may decide that the summer’s sweltering temperature is not their style. 

    They  may want to watch a movie instead.
    Luckily, Netflix gives options for summer movies that keep you in that game-playing, beach-going and adventure-having mood, but keep you indoors.

    For kids there is the animated feature, The Adventures of Tintin

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: A direct look at offering directions

     It’s sometimes difficult to swap directions in these parts. 

    Many road signs are missing, GPS can be spotty and a few gravel roads aren’t found on any maps. 

    My mammaw says, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you probably don’t need to be there.’” 

    She’s a wise woman, but to be honest, Mammaw needs to get out more.
    So for us trouble seekers and those with places to be, it’s important to have an agreed upon system to ease navigation. 

  • ON HIGHER GROUND: Their disappearances are no mystery to the Lord

     “O Lord, You have searched me and known me.  You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.  You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.”  Psalm 139:1-3.

  • SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: We have hope in troubling times

     I don’t know how you feel about some things happening in our world today, but I think we are living in disturbing times. 

    Consider just over a century ago there were no new inventions, but
    then came electricity and the combustion engine. 

    Just try to imagine that, no matter what age you are.

    When Daniel looked into the future, he was told in Daniel 12:4, “To shut up the book: even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

  • DENNIS THE FILM MENACE: 'ParaNorman' promises family fun with some scares

     While animated films were dominated by large Disney fares such asBrave or Wreck-It-Ralph, one smaller film stole the show as a smartly written, fun flick that flew under the radar due to the perceived dark subject matter.

  • LETTERS FROM THE NEST: The most important meal


    As a child, I enjoyed many a breakfast with my grandparents. 

  • BETH'S BYTES: Ode to Summer

     My 23 years have always been marked by summers. 

  • LETTERS FROM THE NEST: Summers and stickball

    Once upon a time—before the Internet, hand-held games, cell phones, cell phones with the Internet or cell phones with the Internet and games—there was this magical world right at our fingertips.
    Not a virtual existence, but rather a real life experience.
    That world is what we referred to as summer.

  • 'Blessed are the merciful'

     Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7). Perhaps the merciful are shown mercy because there are no more wonderful gifts for sinners to receive. 

    Mercy is its own reward. 

    The poor in spirit will receive the kingdom of heaven. 

    The mourners will receive comfort. 

    The meek will inherit the earth. 

    They that hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled. 

    What do the merciful get?