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Back when I was a boy in high school my parents always had a few cats on our farm. The general intention was for them to be barn cats, and they basically were, but that didn’t prevent them … more
The moon will be eclipsing the sun in 64 days. It was those moon patterns, symmetry and mystery that inspired religion and then the math that made science possible. Friday was the Last Quarter … more
Psychologists use the theory that if you have a positive outlook on life then more good stuff will happen than bad.  If you grump and cry about all things that might happen then you will … more
Why should you get a gym membership at The Rec? There is a plethora of physical and mental health benefits like losing weight, becoming stronger, working off stress and letting the endorphins … more
Start this year with a geography quiz. What is the only state capital in the US built directly on top of a volcano? And second, where is the primary source of fluorite mined in the U.S. found?  … more
One of the most impactful periods of U. S. history was the Great Depression. Roughly speaking, it was from the early 1930s until the early 1940s, and it was a time when the U. S. economy tanked big … more
Where has time gone for this last year? I have been involved in a new book that will be printed in the next couple of weeks. I have never been involved with publishing, formatting, editing, … more
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,  but emptied … more
In recent years there has been a trend, if not a stampede, to construct new banks. Travel around and take a look if you haven’t noticed. You needn’t travel far. They add attractive … more
This weekend many will set ambitious goals to create new healthy habits in 2024 with the annual New Year’s Resolutions tradition. Only 9% will succeed for a full year. Research shows 23% will … more
It is the most wonderful time of the year. I love seeing all the festive decorations, hearing the jingle of silver bells as we walk in and out of the store and enjoying the smell of sugar cookies … more
Transportation can be a significant barrier to accessing addiction treatment, especially for individuals living in rural or low-income areas. Lack of access to reliable transportation can prevent … more
Let’s go back to the early 1940s when I was starting school, that was before school buses were the norm around here. A lot of our neighboring boys were leaving for the Army or Navy and a … more
This weekend kitchens will be busy with cooks baking and stressing. Food is a centerpiece of holiday gatherings. Those tastes and smells create enduring memories of our time together. When it … more
As you save for retirement, you’ll want to take full advantage of the investment vehicles available to you — and one of the best is a Roth IRA. But what sets it apart from other accounts? … more
The National Weather Service defines a White Christmas as having at least one inch of snow on the ground. We will not see that this year. You will have to travel to a city along the Canadian border … more
Truthfully, fire engines can be painted any color. They can be purple with pink polka dots. Chicago fire engines are red and black. Their color is determined by whomever … more
As we face this holiday season take a lesson from Bobby McFerrin. In 1988 he sang, “In every life we have some trouble. But when you worry, you make it double. Don’t worry, be … more
(Editor’s Note: During the month of December Pastor Hoffman will be providing us with a multi-part series on incarnation, today’s column is the first part of that series.) We have … more
This week starts out with a straight line, “A dendrochronologist, marine archaeologist and climate paleontologist walk into a bar.” Not a joke because it really happened. In 2013 … more
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