Columns/Opinions

Tue
06
Jan

Beginning my 48th year as your editor

January 1 marked the beginning of my 48th year as your editor and publisher. My, where has the time gone? It seems just yesterday that I took over the reigns of this newspaper at the ripe old age of 27. Actually, I moved to Jena
in early October 1967 to begin working as editor for the late R. W. Wagner, who had owned the paper for the previous 25 years.
 
Tue
06
Jan

The real deal to steal the bride

In celebration of this writer’s one-year of dating my now husband and over one month of marriage, I thought we’d take a look at the background  of a few wedding traditions via Christian Fiction author Amy Lillard.
 
Tue
30
Dec

Keeping the message of Jesus simple

My wife and I were in a service during a recent Sunday to hear our son, Charlie, deliver the morning message. It had been four years since  he delivered his first sermon in the same church, and it was obvious how much he
has improved as a speaker delivering God’s word during those four years.  
 
Tue
30
Dec

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Well, a new year is upon us - and wow what a year it has been for this writer. One of the greatest blessings God has given me walked into mylife last December. I got to marry him last month and spend a fantastic two weeks
with him on our honeymoon in Europe.  
 
Tue
23
Dec

Yes, Virginia . . . there is a Santa Claus!

One of my favorite articles at Christmas time is one written by the editor of The Sun newspaper in New York City way back in the year 1897 - more than one hundred years ago
 
Tue
23
Dec

Odds and ends of early Christmastime

Christmastime has come and like anyone reading odds and ends online this writer stumbled upon quite an array of blog posts regarding the holiday season. I thought I’d share two that especially interested me for the first with
its fascinating glimpse into the past and the second for its heartfelt sincerity of Christian faith.
 
Tue
16
Dec

Moving past the pages - from books to e-books

In recent months this writer was not only getting ready for a life-altering change in the form of marriage but also another one too – a shift from reading actual books to e-books. Now, obviously, this change has no weight compared
to getting married but it is still quite important to me because I’ve also always loved to read and feel the crisp pages of a book between my fingers.
 
Tue
16
Dec

Hilarious column about colonoscopies

My column last week told of the importance of having a good laugh every now and then…how it helps your body cope with daily stress. So, if you have not had anything to laugh about during the past  week, let me share the following with you.
 
Tue
09
Dec

Listen up and laugh; health benefits waiting

I have used this scripture before to point out the benefit of a merry heart and a good laugh. There are more benefits in having a good laugh than you can imagine. Mark Underwood, president of Quincy Bioscience, is passionate about helping people age well and is putting together a series of articles that will offer readers hopeful messages about aging that will always include some practical tips.
 

 

Tue
09
Dec

Insight: Christmas Traditions reviewed

With the Christmas holiday season well underway, this writer thought she’d take a look at two holiday-related staples – “The 12 Days of Christmas” and gingerbread. In regard to the wellknown song, my attention was caught by an article discussing the actual costs of the items in the song, which I thought was very intriguing
 

 

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