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There’s long been a standing tale (‘tho with an element of validity) that many business deals are “cut” on the golf course, in the bar, or around a card table. As the number of women in corporate and/or administrative positions grows, perhaps we’ll begin to hear about comparable deals that a…

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All plants require a few basic things in order to survive, and especially to thrive. These needs include water and adequate nutrition, space to grow, and sunlight. If we are following our planting best practices, we space plants so that they have enough room for their roots to grow and absor…

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To begin with, I understand that I am assuredly going to be the recipient of light-hearted yet sarcastic comments about me not understanding that I am not a kid anymore. And I am OK with that. So email away, all of you armchair satirists; I can take it.

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Midge Yelton’s funeral was amazing. Those of you who join me here have already read one column about her, a great mother, Girl Scout leader, nurse, public citizen, leader in Rutherfordton.

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It’s clear how the two political parties want to define the debate in next year’s elections, in North Carolina and nationally. Republicans want to argue about race and culture. Democrats want to argue that government can work and can help people.

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2021

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‘Not sure when I first heard of the Luddites, but it’s one of the classic anecdotes in the social sciences, especially psychology. We psych-types use this true story to represent irrational and self-destructive behavior. Here’s my “Cliff’s Notes” version:

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In 2001, my wife and I were gifted with 10 days in South Africa and Botswana. Our generous host was Horst Brunner, the former owner of The Lodge on Lake Lure. Hosted in Johannesburg and beautiful Cape Town and for photo safaris in two bush camps in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, we were truly ex…

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Theoretically we become wiser with age, a benefit from a broader field of references, which leads to better decision making.

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One of my former farm neighbors had a row of mature Bradford Pear trees that ran the length of his farm frontage along the highway. In the spring their branches are loaded with beautiful white flowers, prompting admirers to imagine planting their own row.

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To the best of my recollection, in all of my 51 years of life thus far the only places I have ever actually been kicked out of are a funeral and a Bible college cafeteria. Mind you, I do not recount these things for you with any anger. I actually do so with the laughter still rolling inside …

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A local police officer was questioning two people. He learned that they were both half siblings and former in-laws. After they were grown, his mama married her daddy. And yes, she was once married to her stepbrother.

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North Carolina may go a third straight year without a new state budget. We definitely will go an 11th straight year without a budget written by Democrats.

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When Thurgood Marshall was strategizing his legal attack on segregation in the public school system of Topeka, Kansas, he asked psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark to repeat an experiment they had first conducted 20 years earlier in the 1930s.

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“Necessity is the mother of invention,” so the old adage goes. Simply stated, if there’s a strong need for something, someone will usually come up with a new invention. Back in the ‘60s, Frank Zappa, needed a name for rock his band, ergo… “The Mothers of Invention.”

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Mark Twain once said, “It’s difficult to make predictions, particularly about the future.” Economists like me often use the comment as an opening line in our public presentations. The reasons are, the quote is funny, and it’s usually very true.

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Last month, this column focused on the nutritional aspects of dairy foods and non-dairy alternatives. If you missed that article, you can find it on Cooperative Extension’s website at https://rutherford.ces.ncsu.edu. As mentioned, there are options available in the market for people who find…

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Here’s the big news. Max Burgin, at 87, is leading worship at Duncan’s Creek Church in Hollis and Mattie Lackey is still shepherding The Church of The Exceptional in Henrietta at 92.