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  • February busy for short month

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Usually, I am not one to get all excited about holidays. At my age, I do not need the confusion and these holidays take more away than they actually give, if you want my honest opinion.
    I did not realize that February, which is the shortest month of the year, had more holidays than just about any other month. There is a holiday to celebrate every day of the month; from Groundhog Day to Valentine’s Day to President’s day. It is hard to keep them apart. Sad is the husband who confuses Valentine’s Day with Groundhog Day.

  • Long time coming, but worth the wait

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    As a freshman in high school, I looked at the seniors on their graduation day with such envy, feeling as if that day would never come for me.
    Likewise, as a young engaged woman, I thought surely my wedding day would never get here.
    Later, as a mother in labor, after long hours of unbearable pain, I began to wonder if I could endure to the end.
    However, eventually each eager expectation was realized.
    Even so, I can’t come near to comparing those milestones to the greatest one I’ve yet to experience.

  • Happy St. Valentine’s Day

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    Happy Valentine greeting to you.
    St. Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14, the day on which Valentines are exchanged.
    Love is shared through greeting cards or small gifts sent on Valentine’s Day, such as flowers, cake, and cookies. You can choose a sweetheart for St. Valentine’s Day.
    Many people will give candy because it is sweet and helps warm the heart. Valentine’s Day is a time to tell someone you love them and it won’t cost you anything extra.

  • Cell phones in heaven?

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    Last Tuesday started out like any other day except for one thing. I overslept.
    Isn’t it strange that when you have a full schedule you oversleep? Normally, I am up at the crack of dawn.
    In a strange way, I pride myself with being able to get up early in the morning. At my age, I do not need that much sleep anymore and so it is my motto, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

  • Let Lent bring you closer to God

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    This can be your favorite Easter yet. It could even be your favorite holiday ever.
    Today, you can start doing something that can change the way you feel about Easter, while also helping you re-orient your life to one with a clearer focus, and noticeable peace and joy.
    Before I tell you how, let me review a little of my backstory:
    Years ago, anorexia nervosa totally consumed me – my only thought was how to lose another pound. It cost me everything, including my family, one job after another, my health and my sanity.

  • No money in these pockets

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    An incident happened this past week in which I am still scratching my head. Have you ever known you had something, but for the life of you, you could not find it? I will accede to the fact that occasionally, I do have a streak of absent-mindedness running through me.  

  • Today can be different

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    Do you go to bed at night, heavy with regret from the day? Maybe you’re sorry you yelled at your child  – again – for something as simple as just being a kid.

  • Christ gives hope

    By ETHEL SKIPPER

    There are times when you feel all alone, and that all hope is gone, and that is where your faith plugs in.
    The world has so much to offer and sometimes we don’t know where to start from.
    For the believer, Christ wants to give us hope. He wants us as believers to learn to walk with him by faith everyday. Faith leads us beyond our problems to the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Our hope does not rest in the things of this world. This world today hungers and thirsts for hope. It is beyond their sight.

  • Now I lay me down to sleep

    By JAMES L. SNYDER

    All my life, sleep has been a most trusted companion. It does not matter where I am or what I am doing, I can sleep at the drop of a hat.
    For years, I have heard of people who had problems sleeping at night. I can sit down in a chair and in a few winks, the snoring machine begins.
    I can never understand people who could not sleep. I always thought they were kind of joking about the whole scenario.
    Then it happened to me this week.

  • For Valentine’s: Will you be my candidate?

    By SHERYL H. BOLDT

    In honor of Valentine’s Day: Will you be my political candidate?
    (I wrote this lighthearted article targeting male candidates who are running for office; however, I would want the same traits for female candidates.)
    If you want me to be head over heels for you, I think you should know that I’m very attracted to strength, good judgment and humility.