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A love story for America

On Jan. 6, 1759, George Washington married a widow named Martha Dandridge Custis. She would become the first first lady.

Martha was in her late teens when she caught the eye of Daniel Parke Custis, one of the most eligible, and wealthy, bachelors in Virginia. He was also 20 years older than she was. Daniel’s father was initially opposed to the marriage because the prospective bride’s family was not as wealthy as he would have liked. However, Martha had been schooled in useful skills, like music, religion, reading and dancing, most beneficial for the wife of a wealthy plantation owner.

After seven years of marriage and four children (two of whom died as toddlers) Daniel died suddenly, leaving 26-year-old Martha a very wealthy widow, with two children. Martha now managed the extensive Custis estate and

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Those who desperately seek God shall find Him

I  realize that my thoughts are not that important, but what God has to say contains the power to change what man cannot change.

May we choose faith over fear and allow our hope to be larger than our doubt!

Did you notice that I said we have the choice to decide which side we are going to believe? Yes, but brother Billy, how can I choose life? Well, Deuteronomy chapter 30 is an amazing place to start when trying to comprehend God’s plans for our lives. Verse 19, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

These instructions and promises were being directed to the nation of Israel, but we can also incorporate spiritual

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An optimistic look into the future

Last week I wrote a satirical, and perhaps even snarky, look at the year just past and the one just beginning.

I like to have fun with my writing sometimes.

Now let me put on one of my other hats for a more optimistic look ahead.

Let’s start with the big picture: the universe.

On Christmas Day, NASA, in cooperation with the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, launched the James Webb Space Telescope. It will give us a great look at all

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Beware of unresolved resolutions

We are plunging into a New Year that requires a retrospective look at our failings and our desire to make a resolution to do better. The fact that we must review our actions for the past year assumes that we have flaws, we’ve made mistakes and we’re not perfect. Therefore, we must make resolutions to improve our destiny.

The most popular weaknesses and personality imperfections indicate a need to lose weight, exercise more to get fit, get organized, save money, spend more time with family and friends

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Humans 1, hogs 0

The dogs were carrying on. Something was up.

They’d been barking steadily in the direction of the hay barn in the pasture. We didn’t really believe it, but thought there was a possibility we’d captured the hogs in the trap. Or at least one of them. In my ignorance, I thought it might be possible to get them both at the same time.

Looking back now, it is clearly an example of divine intervention protecting the uninformed.You must be logged in to view this content.

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Courier Letters to the Editor 1-5-22

Let’s all get along in the new year

Dear Editor,

New Year’s already!

“Time, the tide nor the birth of a baby wait on no man,” it has been said. How true that is.

My late mother always said that every decade older we get, the faster time seems to go. That’s true of a lot of things, such as children. Seems they are infants today, children next week and teens the next. My youngest child is going to

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What can we expect in 2022?

A satirical look back at 2021 and ahead to 2022…

So what can I say about the year that has flown by at about 186,000 miles per second?

One of its themes was the debate over whether government has a right to tell freedom-loving Americans to use deodorant so we don’t smell so bad we make everybody around us sick — or something along those lines. Except unfortunately you can’t smell a virus.

The year started off with a patriotic parade through the U.S. Capitol, led by a colorful fellow wearing something that looked like buffalo horns and a dead coyote on his head. The theme of

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Secret Santas make the magic

Secret Santa has returned to the North Pole until next year. Secret Santa has been around for a long time. The tradition of Secret Santa originally came from Scandinavia, a game called Julklapp. An elf would leave a gift at someone’s door, knock on the door and run away. In the United Kingdom, it’s called “Kris Kringle.” In Germany, Secret Santa is called “Wichteln,” which means “elf.”

The game begins when each player fills out a questionnaire that asks you to list the kind of

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Is farm pyrolysis the best answer to climate change?

Every day it seems there is a catastrophic event that is in some fashion related to climate change.

Seventy to 80 percent of the people are in agreement now that climate change is a serious issue — if not the most important issue — the world faces today with regard to the habitability of our planet. We have all heard and been encouraged to take the hundreds of steps we can do personally to reduce our carbon footprint. And we have heard/read about governmentally and business-wise switching to solar, wind and others as our energy source.

The purpose of all is to stop or vastly decreasing putting carbon dioxide, methane and other global warming gases into our atmosphere. But attendant to the problem is the time delay of

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Perfect time to begin anew

The New Year is here, and I’m excited to see what 2022 has for us! My hope is this coming year will be a season of abundance not just with material prosperity and success, but of love, health and spiritual awareness. As we plant seeds of faith, may we have the patience and expectation to witness the harvest of God’s blessings.

One of my personal resolutions is to be more generous and joyful, even when things are not going well. I’m reminded of a quote by Mother Teresa, who said, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.”

January means “beginning,” and as we plan our resolutions, this is the perfect occasion to consider developing physical, emotional and spiritual lifestyle changes. You notice I used the word “developing,” because our goals are often a lengthy process. For example, eating a salad

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