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Retirement Questions That Have Nothing To Do With Money
Retirement planning is not entirely financial. Your degree of happiness in your “second act” may depend on some factors you cannot quantify. Here are a few of those factors as well as the questions they may end up provoking in your mind.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Well She Was There: Following The New Big Blue Suitcase
This was a very strange place... The other girls must be from a city... The halls were long... No windows… just doors in the halls...
Sunday, March 18, 2018

yaD 3.14 = PI.E Day
“Pi” (or 3.14...) is one of the more interesting numbers that we know of.  And ironically, once a year, a day pops up (March 14) that reminds us of some of the uniqueness in our universe.
Friday, March 16, 2018

If This Isn't A Food Desert, It Sure Feels Gritty
Dare I say it? Newton is a food desert. It’s been that way since Harris-Teeter left. A “food desert” is one of those trendy labels meant to shame corporations for pulling out of less-than profitable locations.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Did You Watch The Oscars?
Did you watch the Oscars last Sunday night? I didn’t, but while I was on the internet Monday, I saw a header for the best dressed ladies at the Oscars.  Naturally I had to click on it to see who had the most beautiful gown.
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Childhood Over: Follow The New Big Blue Suitcase
Summer of 1950... She was told that changes were coming... After being in a house... A house with both parents..24-7... Mama was going to work...
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Trespassing Boundaries Of Thought
For creativity to exist and to grow, there must be an interchange and an exchange of connected and disconnected ideas.
Friday, March 09, 2018

The Major Retirement Planning Mistakes
Much has been written about the classic financial mistakes that plague start-ups, family businesses, corporations, and charities. Aside from these blunders, there are also some classic financial missteps that plague retirees.
Monday, March 05, 2018

The Ugliness Around Us
Last week I wrote about the beauty around us. Today I’m going to write about the ugliness around us.
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Friends In The Night
This week Judge reflects of good memories being priceless treasures!
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Raindrops on your face.  Your favorite song, at just the right moment.  A gentle hug.   …timeless.
Friday, March 02, 2018

Saluting A Real Hero: Billy Graham
It may sound corny, but America’s Pastor was one of my heroes, a man of integrity in a world where sincerity and humbleness are extremely difficult to find.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Lady Played The Organ At Church
She sat on the porch... Coffee cup in hand... Birds eating on the bird feeders... Age 76 was not all bad... Few new pains but... But she could walk... She was not in a nursing home... Not all bad...
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Enjoying The Beauty Around Us
As I look out my family room window this morning, I see our beautiful pear tree in full bloom with white petals in abundance.
Sunday, February 25, 2018

In A Flash
In a flash, brilliance is spawned by a moment of realization and an instantaneous awareness of things greater than you.
Friday, February 23, 2018

Bump Stocks, Crazies And Other Stuff I Can't Explain
In the wake of the Florida school shooting, with emotions running high, it’s crazy to even bring up the subject, for who am I to understand gun control law or what makes mass killers do what they do?
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tax Deductions Gone In 2018
Are the days of itemizing over? Not quite, but now that H.R. 1 (popularly called the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act) is the law, all kinds of itemized federal tax deductions have vanished.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Single On Paper
She looked out the window... She sat and watched the snow... Slowly it fell... The snow was slower than her thoughts... Her brain raced... Flashback is often speedy...
Sunday, February 18, 2018

It Is Time To Talk
As funerals are being held for those who died in this week's school shooting in Florida, some have said "let the families grieve, now is not the time to talk about gun control."  We think now is the time to talk about gun control--and more.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

If You Could Know...?
Occasionally, throughout history, people have stated that they suddenly had a sense that they needed to get their affairs in order.  They couldn’t explain how they knew, or why they knew – but they knew.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Seasons Come & Seasons Go
Well folks this is not news... We have heard it many times... Once again I offer this thought... If you are unhappy... If you are happy... This too will pass... It has its season...
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Unlocking Creativity
In his book, Imagine, author Jonah Lehrer describes a number of stories and situations where people unlocked their creativity, in order to get back on track.
Friday, February 09, 2018

Life In The Material World
Recently my friend I’ll call “Mrs. T” and I went on another of our infamous shopping forays out of town. I’m usually the buyer, she is usually the partner in crime, the bad influence when it comes to gratuitous buying.
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

What Do You Have In Reserve For 2018?
How much does the average American household have in the bank? Estimates vary, but the short answer to this question is “not enough.”
Monday, February 05, 2018

Family Vacation Turns Tragic
A friend gave Paulette this account of the Topsail Sound Pier collapse on July 4, 1987 where she, at age five, and her family were gathered to see the fireworks. 
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Let Voters Decide
The voters of Gaston County will have the opportunity on May 8th to vote on a $250 million school bond referendum--and on possibly adding a quarter-cent to the sales tax in that county.  We believe Lincoln County should vote on the local option sales tax, too.
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Unexpected Visitors
It was a normal day... It was nothing special... Just a day to look out the window... Look out and watch the birds...
Sunday, February 04, 2018

More About The Flu Shot
As the death toll from this year's flu outbreak continues to rise, here's more information about the flu shot you may find useful.
Saturday, February 03, 2018

Ideas That Pursue You
Ever had an idea that’s pursued you for a long time? An invention? A puzzle? A quest? If so, good! And, you’re not alone. True, everybody has ideas. But, not all ideas are ones that we come up with.
Friday, February 02, 2018

Arguments Against Flu Shot Exposed As "Fake News"
It's one thing to make a decision--however wrong--not to get a flu shot.  It's quite another to spread misinformation that could endanger the lives of others.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Don't Tell My Mama
A humorous poem about taking her grandson out and about for the day and…. Well let’s not tell Mama about the incident at the rest area!
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Get From Here To There
Have you ever wanted to get somewhere or do something, but didn’t know how?  Take some time to visualize the whole thing, so your mind can figure out how to reverse engineer and order the steps to make it happen.
Friday, January 26, 2018

The Curious Tale Of Isaac Wise
Recently my book club discussed A History of Catawba County by Charles Preslar. In 1954, Preslar, a local reporter, wrote the county’s story including the legend of a local patriot, Isaac Wise. The Wises are said to have lived at the head of the South Fork River. 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Hero Always Arises
On January 21st  I received a frantic call from my wife around lunch time; I began to ask my wife what was wrong and she began to explain she was going down Highway 27 towards Lincolnton in Boger City at the corner of Huss Street and Highway 27.
Monday, January 22, 2018

Why We Chose Not To Report The Snapchat Incident
Sometimes you can learn more about a news outlet by what they don't report than what they do.
Sunday, January 21, 2018

When Our Hands Get Older
It’s a good thing that I have a husband to help me open jars, bottles and boxes. There was a time when I could do this without needing any help. However, in the past five years or so this seemingly simple task has gotten harder for me.
Sunday, January 21, 2018

You Are Important
Sometimes you may forget... Forget how important you are... Important to other people... When thinking about yourself... You think you are unimportant...
Sunday, January 21, 2018

What My Grandmother Told Me
When I was little, my grandmother told me, “God is so good.”  I asked her, “What do you mean?”  She answered, “Just keep your eyes open in this life, and you’ll see.”  I started watching that day, and I have amazed ever since.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Think About This
Your Grandchild needs a ride... A ride to their dentist office... Child has been going there for years... Child is in the 9th grade... This should be a piece a cake...
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Release Your Potential
Some of you have potential bottled up inside of you that needs to come out.  You have ideas, dreams, and purposes that are not yet fulfilled and have not yet become a reality.
Friday, January 12, 2018

Three Winters That Sent Us Packing
The recent cold snap reminds me of why we live in North Carolina. I know, six degrees sounds extreme, but it could be worse. We could be buried under snow that keeps coming and coming like it did 40 years ago.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Christmas I Owe You
Well it was almost Christmas... She was walking in WalMart... She spied the box... It was a pretty metal box... Box of Russell Stover chocolate... Mother loved Russell Stover...
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Beauty In Delay
Four hours on the road.  Close to home.  Five miles from our driveway, we had to stop for roadwork.  Waiting in line, I started to get annoyed that we were ALMOST there, but not yet.
Friday, January 05, 2018

Princess Buttercup
What’s in a Name? I wonder why Shakespeare never compared names to goats. Imagine it: Juliet standing on her balcony, Romeo hiding in the bushes, and Juliet sniffs the air.
Thursday, January 04, 2018

STOP Law: First Step In Battling Opioid Crisis
Maybe it's because one of my favorite TV shows when I was a kid was "Dragnet."  I have in common with the character played by Jack Webb on the series that I'm mostly interested in "just the facts."

Monday, January 01, 2018

Refrain From Tapping Your Retirement Funds
Resist the temptation. Your future self will thank you.
Monday, January 01, 2018

Be Careful With The Words Deposited
Words spoken are words deposited.... Deposited in minds.... Deposited in hearts.... There are no withdrawals....So think...Be careful....
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Why We Had This Angel & That Cat On Our Tree
For the past 18 years, our Christmas trees have had two ornaments that have extra special meaning: a stuffed cat and the angel topper. They honor my parents.
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Riding Life's Roller Coaster
Riding life’s roller coaster can be fun, thrilling, exhausting, and interesting – all at the same time.  Birth and death are life-changing events, especially if we are close to those involved.
Friday, December 29, 2017

Country Christmas: A True Story By Elsie Hoffman Keever
Elsie Hoffman Keever gave me a copy of this story. It is her recollection of Country Christmas’ she and her family had. She wrote this 25 years ago, the first Christmas after her father died.
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Yes...Tis The Season...
Well, yes it is... But life is not a movie... Christmas is not a movie either... Christmas season is not a commercial...
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Chippy And Freddie
A funny story about some characters from childhood.
Friday, December 22, 2017

The Hallmarks Of Christmas Card Giving And Receiving
As I begin this column, I have just finished updating my Christmas card log. Yes, I’m old school. I still send paper Christmas cards and I track the sent and received business in an actual book. It’s small phone directory, actually, which is another disappearing part of our culture.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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