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Columns

  • Fishing Lines: Good fishing in the cold, but have a plan

    What a roller coaster ride the weather has been lately!

    Just a week ago we hit the teens one morning, and here we go back into the upper seventies again. Now, I am not complaining about the mild temps - I prefer them a gazillion to one over the cold.

    These frigid blasts do play havoc, though, with inshore fishing, sending these sensitive seatrout into the area rivers and deep holes, far back into the creeks.

  • Reflections: Dog maintenance

    Just when Max was about dry from his bath, he had to go out to go potty. He only took ten minutes but in that time he covered himself in dirt and sand spurs. You can imagine what a Sheltie looks like with black dirt and sandspurs in his fur.

    Not only does he get stickers in his fur regularly, he also gets his paws dirty, too, when he rakes dirt up with his front feet acting macho.

    Then there's Molly. She gets ice cream on her chest when she eats ice cream. Such a messy dog, and her mane is nearly six inches long. She gets knots behind her ears, too.

  • From the Kitchen: Post-holiday still good time to share with family and friends

    Christmas and even New Year's is past for another year. We have all somehow survived one more year of trying some new recipes and making the traditional ones. It seemed like I would never be done; there was always one more recipe to prepare. But then, a few days before Christmas, everything was made and stored so that gift plates could be made and Jim and I would have goodies throughout the remainder of the season.

  • True Faith: Out with the old, in with the new

    "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires." (Ephesians 4:22 NIV)

  • Reflections: This upcoming year

    This is the time of year when most make New Year's resolutions, but I'm not going to write about that. Most people don't keep them anyway.

    Instead I will write about what to expect in the New Year:

    Prices will continue to go up on just about everything that is of importance. Sooner or later, though, the ceiling will drop out of our economy because of inflation.

  • Reflections: Christmas Gifts

    A radio commercial I like is the one where the guy practices being excited about receiving Christmas gifts that he really doesn't want. I listened to it and laughed, but then I realized I find myself in the same situation every holiday.

    What I really don't understand is how some of these gifts have remained on the market for years.

    My favorite useless gift that has been given for decades is the fruitcake. No one really eats fruitcake. I think they just pass them on. The fruitcake you got five years ago may be the same one you got this year.

  • True Faith: Take it back!

    "Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." (Psalm 32:1 NIV)

    Along with my brothers and several other sometimes-rowdy boys, we would walk along the banks, wade in the long creek that runs from behind the abattoir and parallels several of the long holes on the front, and back nine of the High Point Municipal Golf Course.

  • From the Kitchen: Celebrating New Year's Eve at home with family and friends

    Growing up in the northern part of our country usually meant snow and ice on New Year's Eve. This also meant that we rang in the New Year from our own living room on many of those years. Of course, there was no shortage of celebration complete with streamers, noisemakers and party hats! For the most part the evening was spent with our immediate family and a few friends who lived close enough to walk (or snow-shoe, if necessary) over to our house for the traditional counting down of the minutes until the New Year arrived.

  • True Faith: Freedom from religion?

    "The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted." (Psalm 47:9 NIV)

  • From the Kitchen: Only 5 days 'til Christmas!

    If anything like mine, kitchens everywhere have had a steady stream of baking and cooking going on during this entire month. This year I am finished early with all the baking of treats that Jim likes to have around and that we give as gifts. My big table is cleared and everything put away for another year and now I am going to enjoy the remaining days leading up to fixing Christmas dinner.