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It’s funny how the mind can play tricks on you. Mine did just that after a pre-Thanksgiving COVID-19 test, combined with a few other factors.

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We know that families have spent more time cooking and eating together at home this year and we hope those mealtimes have been pleasant and stress-free, at least as much as possible, during this unique time in our lives. Hopefully you have enjoyed more relaxed dinner conversations, discovere…

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America’s major companies spend enormous sums of money advertising their products on television for one simple reason: they know consumers are easily influenced, even misled, by glitzy entertainment.

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Editor’s note: This Thanksgiving column arrived after our holiday edition deadline; however, it still presents significant value for the holiday weekend as families grapple about traditional gatherings.

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The most extreme case of social distancing the world has ever known was, ironically, in the very beginning of creation. God made the world, then made a man, Adam. That man was now fully alive and completely perfect in an absolutely flawless environment. I cannot help but wonder how incompreh…

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Long-time readers of The Daily Courier probably feel a lot of loyalty and affection for Scott Carpenter. I know I do. He writes well about important subjects.

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Life during the pandemic is hard. Even the easiest of things are not so easy anymore. And some people are facing major, even catastrophic, life changes. We don’t have to look far to find someone who has experienced the death of a loved one, the loss of livelihood, or other major setbacks dur…

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“He preached as a dying man to dying men.” The Rev. John Burns’ congregation in Lawrence, Massachusetts, knew he was suffering from a fatal kidney disease and was in his last days on earth. “As the taper of life grew shorter, he preached the gospel with all the grace of novelty.”

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Even though, like many, I have been working at home for the past eight months, I am still able to interact with people. Thanks to modern technology, my presentations to groups have continued. As a result, the questions about our future economy pour in, either during meetings or from emails a…

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As we approach Thanksgiving in this confusing, challenging, sometimes-frustrating year of 2020, it would be very human to think of all the things for which we can’t be thankful. Covid-19 has taken some of our loved ones Home before their time. The downturn of the economy has truly cost some …

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For the life of me I cannot seem to find the background and origin of the common phrase, “taking someone for a ride.” Everyone agrees that it is an idiomatic expression meaning to cheat or deceive someone, but no one can seem to tell me if it comes from the world of taxis, or buses, or some …

Poverty is a system. It works like an engine or an electrical grid. It has interlocking, moving parts. One step up the ladder can be jerked back down by illness, child care, elder care, car care, home maintenance, arrest, incarceration, drug rehab, accidents, fear, worry, violence.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has been around for nine months, we are still limited to the things we can do for fun, birthdays, holidays, and more especially in our small town. Here are 10 things you can do to celebrate your birthday during a pandemic.

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Sometimes when I’m on deadline (newspaper jargon for too busy and stressed to field visits or telephone calls) I’ll let voicemail catch the call. On this particular day, several weeks ago, I answered.

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I’ve seen a lot of Thanksgivings. Most were joyous family events filled with the laughter of many voices, good-natured kidding and a little bit of thanks. This one will be different from all the others, but it can still be joyous.

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A recent column focused on the documentary significance of the simple snapshot, the older the better. Cleaning out a desk drawer this week, I ran across another example that testifies dramatically to the emotional power of such seemingly innocent images.

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A local clergy gathering holds differences of opinion, points of view, ways of looking at the world.

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As I sit in class this morning waiting for my students to arrive, I cannot help but muse on the Newton’s Cradle sitting just a few feet away. You see, my Bible class room is also the science lab later on in the day, and no good science lab will be without a Newton’s Cradle at some point. For…