When my Mom was a child, back in the 1930s, the effects of this country’s Great Depression were still very evident. It had filtered down to just about every household in America.

Q: As a young teenager buying record albums, I would consume all the liner notes, booklets and album covers to learn everything I could about my favorite bands. My question concerns Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. Around the time of his “Night Moves” album, Seger was backed either by t…

Samantha and Andrew Kirchoff, of Sanford, welcomed a daughter, Tabitha Ann-Lee Kirchoff, on Jan. 13, 2021, at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.

The regular cold frontal passages that kept our temperatures in check in December also brought rain across the state. The National Centers for Environmental Information reports a preliminary statewide average precipitation for last month of 4.20 inches, or our 44th wettest December since 189…

Several years ago the father of a young man I personally know was the owner and operator of a pool hall in South Carolina. He got into a fight with an unruly patron that continued out onto the sidewalk. In the course of the fight, he picked the patron up above his shoulders, threw him down o…

I’ve enjoyed the sport of hunting since I was a kid. During this time, I kept several types of hunting dogs. To me, there is just something missing when you don’t have a good dog along.

Laughter is defined as a physical reaction in humans consisting usually of rhythmical, often audible, contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. If you are too busy to laugh you are entirely too busy. Synonyms that are often used for the word laugh are cackle, c…

Q: Last week you had a question about “Tattoo You” by the Rolling Stones. That reminded me of one of my favorite song by the Stones, “Miss You.” Whatever happened to Sugar Blue, the guy who plays harmonica on that song?

Around the turn of the year and still in Christmastide, it is customary in Western Christianity for the Church to read the Gospel story of the wisemen’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Reading it again after the Christmas trees and lights have been taken down, however, might help one see that the s…

It was sleeting and snowing yesterday. Later on in the week, the forecast predicted highs in the mid-50s to mid-60s. Yo-Yo weather. The stink bugs in my yard just don’t know what to make of this uncertain weather pattern. I’m sure they’ll bring their appetite and species survival instincts w…

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Gentle Reader, my child is a human pratfall whose very existence is chock full of frequent, unintentional slapstick. Every day is a new, embarrassing installment of “looking back, years from now, this’ll be hilarious”.

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The small collection of twigs and dead leaf parts hanging from your evergreen and/or broad leaved shrubs and trees might be bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis; bags often containing eggs), not natural Christmas ornaments. Although bagworms are not observed “en-masse” every year, once a …

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him.” “…she took from its fruit and ate” Genesis 1:1; 2:18; 3:3:6