• There are two times during a lifetime when our loved ones really get our attention.

    Their birth and their death.

    Everything else is a journey in between those two events. This goes for all of us.

    We are all on a journey through life and uppermost in our minds is the final destination.

    Can you endure the journey because you know the destiny?

  • Where in the world is the Kmart money? It is a question that commissioners and voters alike should be asking.

    When the county acquired $700,000 in proceeds from the sale of the building commissioners earmarked the money for industrial development, vowing only to use it when a prime piece of industrial property came along.

    Now nearly two years and what seems like a zillion debates later the same group has managed to spend nearly every penny.

  • Last Friday afternoon, the day before Americans celebrated independence, a bombshell was dropped on the political world.  

    Sarah Palin, Republican Governor of Alaska, not only announced she would not be seeking re-election, but she also announced that she would be resigning as governor later this month, effective July 26.  The announcement stunned all political observers, and the rumors began swirling.  

  • Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson once said, “God help us to be grateful for our blessings, never to be guilty of the sin of ingratitude, and to instill this same gratitude into the lives of our children. Someone has said that an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating apples and never looking up to see where they come from.”

    This week’s story comes from something that caught my eye as I was checking my email.

  • There’s always been something special about Fourth of July. I’ve loved it ever since I was a child. In fact, the kid in me never really grew up.

    One Fourth of July, when I was 8- years- old, my sisters and our cousins would always go to our grandparents’ house.

    We’d roast weenies and marshmallows, light sparklers, pop the champagne bottles that would shoot out confetti and streamers, and the infamous popping “dinky-do’s” that you’d throw on the ground. After that, the real celebration would start.

  • America is 233 years old this week.  

    Will there be many more?  One thing’s for certain, America’s form of government-- and the God-given privileges of liberty it uniquely protects-- depends upon popular renewal and eternal vigilance.  If we, the people, ever forget the principles of our great country we are sure to lose it.  

  • As I sat in church Sunday, I listened while Dr. Kenneth Faught gave a sermon on a forgiving Father. This was an even more appropriate message since it was Father’s Day.

    I will admit, and I hope Dr. Faught will forgive this, my mind began to wander.

    My thoughts went to my own father- who died just over four years ago.

    Not a week goes by that someone I am talking to doesn’t mention what a good man he was.

    For those of you who don’t know—I am Glenn Morton’s oldest daughter.

  • What kinds of things would make you happy?

    Would it be eternal wisdom, fame and fortune, eternal youth? Well, I’m sure all of our responses are unanimous when it comes to eternal youth. There’s nothing like remembering every week on grandma and grandpa’s farm where you would help grandma with supper as grandpa would take you strawberry hunting in his garden. His rule was always what you picked was what you got to eat later on.  

  • This probably the most unusual Father’s Day story I’ve ever written and you’ll ever read. However, knowing the big and loving heart my daddy had for people, I’m sure he’d agree that this story is needed, especially in this day and time.

    I remember the days before my father died. In fact, I vividly remember everything as though it was yesterday.

  • I often heard the saying “That any man can become a father by nature, but it takes a special loving father to be a Dad.” Children not only need a father that is loving, caring and compassionate but one that shows responsibility for setting the correct pattern for his child’s training, nurturing and discipline.

    Read Ephesians 6:1-3- Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

    Honor your father and mother “which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”

  • The Middle East has long been a region full of turmoil and instability. It’s an area that the United States has a special interest in, whether it is our steadfast support for Israel or ensuring energy supplies are delivered out of the Middle East to avoid fuel and energy shortages. Over the past few weeks, several elections have occurred in the Middle East that could be indicators of how the region feels toward the United States.

  • French philosopher Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé once said, “Virtue is not always where it seems to be. People sometimes acknowledge favors only to maintain their reputations, and to make themselves more impudently ungrateful for favors that they do not wish to acknowledge.”

    As a columnist, I feel my job is more than to entertain. It’s also to pinpoint things in hopes to make life a little more better and understandable.

  • This past week, I was on my way to have lunch with a friend. While getting ready, I had the television turned on, listening intently in the background.

  • We recently commemorated Memorial Day in honor of our brave men and women who fought and died for our freedom.  

    As I watched the flags of each branch of our armed services hoisted and lowered to half-mast at the War Memorial at our local courthouse and listened to each theme song played for each one, I got cold chills as Taps was played for our fallen soldiers.