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Some things are meant for our souls and spirit man so it can marinate and find its way to establish in us a portion of ourselves. This peaceableness and quietness that the Holy Spirit renders is unspeakable. As I have been a part of experiences that touched my heart to many degrees, its cumu…

Many thanks to Sherry Owens for making a 2019 bridge roster. She updates our list of members every year to include new members. The roster is an invaluable tool, containing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of all players. Charlotte Maxwell had them printed out for our convenience.

From last week’s column I learned a lesson. One that begs an apology to my readers. I had included so much written material that little space was left for the photographs. Shamefully small, they were. Thus I’m leaving enough space for the layout editor to provide a closer-up image of those c…

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Imagine that at age 7 you become aware that you don’t go to school as other children do, that you have no birth certificate, that you are born to survivalist parents who do not trust government, that the religious faith your family practices follows the literal word of the Bible, that your s…

You may think I’m writing about basketball. I am not. I’m writing about the girls whose echoes from bouncing balls and squeaking shoes permeated the gym. I’m writing about the skillful hands that scorched the nets and racing feet that outran their foe. It just so happens during the decade of…

Hooray for Debbie Gray and Joyce Pate, who played together for the third or fourth time ever and who finished first overall with a 61-percent game last Thursday. Congratulations, ladies. We want to see more of both of you. Debbie has played twice in one week, but until then, we had not seen …

Just as my North Carolina Wesleyan College literature students and I were reading David Sedaris’ short story/memoir entitled “Jesus Shaves,” Dave had picked up Leo Rosten’s “The Education of Hyman Kaplan.” Both works are set in a language class, Sedaris’ French class and Kaplan’s night Engli…

Monday was a sad day at the bridge table because players had to say good bye to Madelyn Percise, who moved to Greenville Thursday. Madelyn is a longtime player who became a silver life master several years ago. Back in the glory days, Madelyn enjoyed going to tournaments all over the east coast.

As those that minister are first partakers of the fruit, reveals to us the beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The living word of God makes provisions to care for us in totality.

Next weekend, Center Stage Theatre will present the play “The Diary of Anne Frank,” written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. This will be in observance of the 75th year since the betrayal of Anne Frank and seven others in their hiding place in Amsterdam (the Annex). Last week’s column…

Yes, I know, a few of you may have grown weary of reading about that basketball team. Either because you harbor little affinity for sports or because you do not have a serious interest for historical human accomplishment, unless of course you have a vested interest in one or more of the subjects.

With this recent cold weather, many of us are probably not spending much time outside in our gardens and landscape. For when we have warmer days in February, below are tips of what you can do in the garden this month.

We finished the 1934 season with Seven Springs girls dominating the league. However, for the 1934-35 season there would be a few creases in their bubble. Remember they had not lost a single game for four years. As expected, in this campaign they got off to another impressive start with a lop…

This February, Center Stage Theatre will present the play “The Diary of Anne Frank,” written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. This will be in observance of the 75th year since the arrest of Anne Frank and seven others after over two years of hiding from the Nazis.

Revelation knowledge will get you what you need right where you are. God comes to you on a level where you can understand in a peaceableness that doesn’t shake the soul to shutter. I’ve experienced that even though this knowledge may not always be what we want to hear in the spirit, it’s wha…

Because we will be exposed to both the diary and the memoir as literary genres in the upcoming months when Center Stage Theatre presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” and Wayne County Reads discusses Tara Westover’s memoir, “Educated,” I want to explore these forms to discover their differences,…

Congratulations are in order. Let’s hear it for Maureen Prys and Mona McConnaughey, who came in third at last Thursday’s game. These two have taken lessons and have taken the plunge into duplicate bridge and have come a long way in a short time. They get the guts and grit award for hanging i…

I suppose some of you will raise an eyebrow in questioning why I would be writing about Seven Springs in general and particularly singling out their girls’ basketball teams. Well, wouldn’t surprise me one bit if some of those lovely girls have not spread their influence all over Wayne County…

A place of leadership comes with a place to suffer God to teach. To look in the mirror is to see yourself in affiliation with others and even their perspective point of view. This freezes the eyes of judgment and causes one to perhaps find humility and the heart for a situation to come to a …

Beautiful Mary Barrow died last week, leaving another empty space at the bridge table. Mary and her daughter, Mary Beth, were the first pair to sign up for the Christmas party. Mary had not played in a long time, so people were really looking forward to seeing her.

It is a blessing or a curse for teachers of literature to have lines of poetry or prose in their heads that echo according to any given situation in life. Often these snatches of writers’ words occur to me when I am driving; for example, in Ngaio Marsh’s mystery novel “Artists in Crime” her …

Just because it is winter right now does not mean that you have to do without color in your garden. There are a number of plants with winter interest that can be used to brighten up your landscape during an otherwise bare and colorless time.

Two days after Christmas four tables of die-hard players gathered at the senior center to play bridge. Thanks to Sherry Owens, who showed up to set up the game, left and came back to put the scores in the computer at the end of the game. Our volunteers are like that, going the extra mile for…

One day as my mother and I sat in the driveway of her home, she noticed that the flower pot that previously had been filled with tulips and sat for months in what looked like a big pot of soil had flowers growing from seeds she planted years ago. She said, “That’s amazing!” The flower pot wa…

Time — is anyone else amazed at the arbitrary nature of time, people’s manipulation of a force which controls and organizes our lives? The turn to a new year reminds us yet again of the power of Christ’s birth for Christian Europe. That event ended one era and restarted a new era at 1 A.D., …

With the holiday season now behind us, you may have been working on some New Year’s resolutions. Some of those resolutions may include gardening. You may have a resolution to try gardening as a new hobby, grow some of your own food, or spend more time outside. Gardening is a great way to ful…

Emotions are part of our makeup. Although they’re intangible, they constitute the body as they are stems to our behavior that we are to cultivate, such as calm, excitement, happiness and courage. These are a range of descent emotions we are to satisfy with a balance, opposed to fear, frustra…

Christmas of 1945 included more newspaper letters to Santa than any year I researched. Perhaps it was because of the big “release and relief” from worries that followed World War II. But during all those years of children’s asking, which was the natural thing to do, hundreds of our local boy…

I am a little boy not quite four years old. Please bring me a cowboy suit, Tommy Gun, army jeep, fruit, nuts and candy. Also remember Mother and Daddy. Thank you. I live at 207 N. Herman Street. Sammy Watson

Bridge players are a little absent-minded these days as they keep thinking about all the Christmas things they need to do as they sit at the bridge table. But they keep coming to the table. No game will be played Christmas Eve, as the senior center will be closed.