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According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), about half of Americans are currently trying to lose weight, many of them employing strategies like switching from peanut M&M’s to the plain variety, or drinking more Cherry Coke to increase their intake of fruit. Unfortunately, most diet plans fail, and any calories burned through the exhausting process of signing up for a gym membership are quickly regained through the consumption of a recovery donut on the way home to take a nap. more
Valentine’s Day, which is one of my favorite of the holidays took on a sour note this year with Necco’s announcement the original boxed Sweetheart Conversation Hearts would not be found on the shelves. I made a mad dash to nearby stores to validate the fact only to find other companies like Brach’s and Nestle’s stepping up the pace to fill the void. more
Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, last month won the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word “koinonia.” With high-tech voice-to-text, auto-correct, … more
God’s Commandment against murder (Exodus 20:13) curbs some violence in society (1 Timothy 1:9) but not all. Twelve people inside a California bar were killed November 7 by a gunman who posted to … more
An article written by Kate Shellnutt in “Christianity Today” claims that African Americans are the only racial group that see the Bible as more important for the moral fabric of the nation than the constitution. more
The word normal is defined as conforming to a standard, expected, settled or day-to-day. It’s a state everyone strives to get-back-to after the holidays, vacations and major events. As much as we love the breaks, returning to a somewhat normal atmosphere can be difficult, or it can be embraced and loved, especially after the New Year has begun. 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
In 1967 the Beatles released a song called “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Written by John Lennon, one of four members of the group; the song was inspired from his childhood memories of playing in … more
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