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May. 28, 2015 @ 08:34 AM

LEDFORD: Another reason to stand up for yourself

My last article discussed the fact that assertive behaviors improve self-esteem, while non-assertive behaviors lower self-esteem. In this article, I’m sharing a true story that I experienced many years ago. I’ve often said that my clients teach me something every day. Well, this client taught me a great deal in a matter of minutes. I hope her story impacts you as it did me.


May. 28, 2015 @ 07:31 AM

MULLIGER: The permanence of the travel bug

Several years ago I was bitten by the travel bug. And once bitten, the symptoms never really go away.


May. 27, 2015 @ 08:51 AM

CAMPBELL: Trapped in my own home

After 31 years living in the same home my wife and I decided to downsize and simplify our lives. The maelstrom we got as a result was frustrating, time consuming, expensive and anything but simple.


May. 27, 2015 @ 08:42 AM

WAGNER: When Is A Lawn Business Not Just A Lawn Business?

One thing I will never rightly be accused of is being lazy. Work is something I enjoy, almost to the point of addiction. But to see a pastor out in public cutting lawns can be a bit of an odd thing, especially when he does not need the money.


May. 27, 2015 @ 07:29 AM

Memorial Day

On Monday I attended the Memorial Day Service in downtown Forest City, and it brought back to mind the many Memorial Days of my youth.


May. 26, 2015 @ 08:20 AM

JOHNSON: What a lovely day!

I love movies. I don't know if that's something I've communicated before, but it's true. That being said, I hardly ever go to the theater. In fact, it's been years since I've last been. Remember the first "Avengers" movie? The one that was released in 2012? Yeah, that was the last flick I've bought a ticket for.


May. 24, 2015 @ 08:11 AM

McCrory is the last hope for North Carolina's whistle blowers

Ask yourself: do we live in an age where we need more undercover investigations of wrongdoing or less?


May. 24, 2015 @ 07:33 AM

Memorial Day is remembering those who gave

This weekend American flags are flying on government buildings, in cemeteries and at our homes.Tomorrow is Memorial Day and its more than a day off work, more than the unofficial kick-off to summer, barbecues and pool parties.


May. 24, 2015 @ 04:22 AM

Healthy doesn’t have to cost more

Families are watching their food budgets closely. It seems every trip to the grocery store costs more and it can be difficult to make smart food choices that are both healthy AND budget-friendly.


May. 22, 2015 @ 08:20 AM

JONES: Customizing children is crazy

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I was again proven wrong. The genetic engineering bunch has gone too far; gene mutation to potentially produce a “designer baby”. I can’t help but wonder, which features in your child would you want altered? What family wants to stand on the maternity ward, staring at the new arrival, and not be able to say ”he has his father’s nose”?