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Ralph Northam is in the eye of a political and media hurricane because he allegedly appears in his medical school year-book in blackface. Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, Nancy Pelosi and many other names in the democratic party, and a few republicans, are now calling for Northam’s resignation. He’s now in survival mode over an incident that occurred over 30 years ago, well before he entered politics. Ralph Northam’s political quandary raises interesting questions. When is repentance and demonstrated change over a course of decades not enough anymore? Does our secular culture no longer have a category of grace and forgiveness? more
WE each have our own journey in life to make and although we try our best to alter it as long as we have faith, there is one mightier that keeps bringing us back to the right path. SHE likes to sell purses and shoes as a way of meeting people and getting out of the house these days as if she doesn’t already have enough to do as a wife, grandmother and pastor of Greater Faith Ministries Church. more
By the time I met them, they were without a chimpanzee. Eva Romanova Graham was a Czechoslovakian world champion figure skater. With her brother, Pavel, she won four World Figure Skating Championships in ice dancing between 1962 and 1965. When they retired from competition, ice dancing was still a sub-genre of figure skating, not yet an Olympic sport. more
One need not be a fan of the New Orleans Saints in particular, or the NFL in general, to have taken notice of the most-controversial “no call” in the January 20 NFC Championship Game between the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams. As the replay showed, Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman not only interfered with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis’s catching a pass but also made forbidden helmet-to-helmet contact. more
“It’s never too late to honor a member of the greatest generation,” said John Hanisee, Chief Warrant Officer IV when approached by the family members of Bill Wilson. John recently conducted a military service honoring the late Navy veteran, his wife “Mama Lou,” four daughters and extended family at the Rosehill Cemetery in Tyler. more
When the holidays have ended and I’ve digested enough homemade snack mix to construct an imposing and delicious wall of heavily seasoned Chex cereal along the entire U.S./Mexico border, retailers throughout the country often place deep discounts on exciting big-ticket items like televisions, luxury furniture, and septic tanks. more
A lot of things in life have to be achieved. We need to achieve good grades in order to win the favor of our parents, and later, an admissions committee. When we enter college, we have to achieve good enough grades to graduate so that we can get the job we’ve always wanted. When we get the job, we then have to earn the respect of our peers, and our boss, in order to move up the ladder and earn more money. Our society, on the whole, believes that we have to earn and achieve our way into the good life. more
Recently I watched a YouTube video in which, among other things, Amazon’s Alexa defined an abortion but then said she did not know the related answer of when a fetus could survive outside a uterus. The video perhaps was entertaining enough in its own right, even if one does not ultimately find technology companies’ liberal bias or the matter of abortion to be at all amusing. more
A blanket of fog beautifully covered the earth Friday morning in the small East Texas corner where I live. Stepping out to breathe in the fog, it was a clear reminder winter is here – the need to embrace it was quite nice after a frenzy of pushing through the holiday rollercoaster and on into the new year. more
I’d been wondering what happened to my youth. Last week Jessica unpacked a box that must have been sealed the day we emptied mom’s attic. And there lay my childhood. A scrapbook from my Cub Scout days – plywood cover secured with leather laces, my name permanently scorched across the cover with a long-gone wood-burner – page after page of pictures, scissored from magazines, of really old cars: Duesenbergs, Cords, Packards, Studebakers, Excelsiors and the like, cars that were already old when I wasn’t. more
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