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Ashure Ministry A Godsend For County Residents In Crisis

Formerly Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry

In case you haven’t heard, ECCCM (Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry) is now Ashure Ministry. The name change occurred a few weeks ago to better reflect the expanded scope of the agency.

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Panama Visit Harkens To Gold Rush Trek

The year was 1850 when my great-great grandfather, his brother and some 40 others from Will County, Ill. left home for the adventure of a lifetime.

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What Exactly Is A Billion Or A Trillion?

If you’re like me, you may have trouble getting your head around the concept of a billion anything. Yet, we hear the word almost daily with regard to government spending.

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Entering Lent With St. Jude’s Arm

It’s not every day you get a chance to view bones of an Apostle. Such was the case Feb. 15, when a fellow church member and I had a rare chance to see the bones of St. Jude Thaddeus—one of Jesus’ Apostles.

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Piano Reprise A Trip Down Memory Lane

Other than shots, few things gave me more dread than music lessons.

Other than shots, few things gave me more dread than music lessons. I dreaded the practice. I could always find something more fun to do, but my mother put the hammer down whenever I made noise about quitting.

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Room in the Inn

By the time you read this, I will be getting ready to deliver dinner to the cold-weather emergency shelter in Newton.

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Ready Or Not, Here Come The Mid-20s

The third decade of the 21st century is no longer “new.”

I’m trying to absorb the fact that today’s 18-year-olds were born in 2006. They have no memory of life before the iPhone or Facebook or any president before Barack Obama.

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Elvis The Pink Christmas Tree Lit At Last

After essentially five tries

I am happy to report that what was essentially five tries, Elvis is now fully clothed with proper lights and ornaments.

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Decorating For Christmas No Simple Matter

When should a Christmas tree go up?

I follow my mother’s rule: no Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, that red-haired stepchild of a holiday, is squeezed ever tighter between jack-o-lanterns and Santa Claus.

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One Deep Dive Led To Another, Then Another

When it comes to history, one thing follows another.

When it comes to history, one thing follows another.

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Halloweening In The Boomer Era

When I think of jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treat, I’m a child in our small farming community. It’s the 1950s, and for at least a week before Oct. 31, farm families load costumed kids in the bed of their pickups to make the rounds.

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Since When Is AntiSemitism OK?

Last year, antisemitic episodes in the US increased by more than 35 percent, according to the Anti-Defamation League. These include physical violence, verbal threats, swastika graffiti and more.

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Inflation Rocks Tooth Fairy Business

Yes, the Tooth Fairy has reached an all-time inflationary high

The ageless nymph who flits about in the dark, swapping baby teeth left under youngsters’ pillows is having the ante up more cash.

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Don’t Miss Carole King Musical At Green Room This Weekend

Remaining performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 and 3 p.m. Sept. 17.

Attention music lovers: you have just a few more chances to see Beautiful at the Green Room. I caught this musical last weekend and was blown away.

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Balls Creek A Living Slice Of Americana

Balls Creek is a national historic district with nearly 300 buildings

Every August, some of Catawba County’s oldest families gather at Balls Creek Campground for a respite from modern distractions. It’s a religious retreat, but I’m willing to bet that most of the folks enjoy the old-time nostalgia as much as the churchy aspects.

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My Poignant Visit To Anne Frank’s Secret Annex In Amsterdam

I included the tour in my schedule, securing tickets six weeks in advance. That’s how popular the site is.

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The Stuff Of Summer

Four years ago, I offered a list of things that mean summer, and with temperatures again steaming past 90, it’s time for another look at what makes summer… well, summer.

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Quirky News Tickles My Fancy

Recently I received a couple of vintage news clippings from a friend. She, like me, clips unusual news items that beg to be shared.