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Columns

  • From the Mountain

    Last year, at least in our locale, there were not any cherries to pick during the spring.  When warmer weather rolled around, the apple trees were barren of fruit as well.  It was just a lean year for such things, for intricate reasons that Mother Nature has woven in her tapestry of the seasons.

  • Faithful Words

    The great purpose(s) of Christian service

     

    “Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace which was given me by the working of his power.” (See Ephesians 3:1-7).

  • On Higher Ground

    Don’t underestimate the power of a good example

     

     “‘Come out from among them and be separate’, says the Lord.  ‘Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.  I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty’” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18).

  • Take time to listen

    For a parent, it is often hard to find the time to listen and the words to say when your child approaches you, in need of someone to talk to about a situation in his or her life.  And when we do find the time, we are often shocked by what we hear our children say.  
    However, it is imperative that such conversations are priority when a child needs to talk. Oftentimes, this may be the only opportunity your child has been presented with where he or she has gathered the courage to disclose physical or sexual abuse they may be experiencing.  

  • In the schools-Responsibility

    Many times it is human nature for all of us to have the tendency to not want to take responsibility for the tough choices that have to be made in life. This is not a criticism of other people, it is true of me as well. We expect everyone else to do something about community problems or wonder why people allow bad things to happen.  In reality we all need to realize we are those “people” that are responsible.

  • The Virtues of Bologna—or Baloney

    “My bologna has a first name; it’s O-s-c-a-r. My bologna has a second name; it’s M-a-y-e-r. Oh I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why I’ll say, ‘cause Oscar Mayer has a way with b-o-l-o-g-n-a.” Ah, this little jingle brings back wonderful memories to my middle-aged mind, reflections upon a subject profound to any Tennessean: bologna. As Tennesseans, especially as Appalachians, we ought to know a thing or two about this delicate subject. After all, many of us have been weaned on “Tennessee Steak” for decades.

  • Editorial Cartoon Sept. 2
  • A boy and his balloon

  • Editorial Cartoon Aug. 26
  • Hope marches on

    Prayer changes things.  
    There’s no doubt about it.  
    I mean without that faith what hope do we have?
    In my 30-something years if I have learned one thing about God it’s that he always answers prayers. Sometimes his response to my petitions is yes, sometimes no and sometimes not right now. While the last reply is toughest for me it is an answer nonetheless.
    But in the waiting sometimes there is something to be said for getting out there and doing something.