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Listing a few superlatives of our world

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

What is the world’s most visited city? Bangkok, the Thai capital became the first Asian city to top the 2017 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. Bangkok edged out London, the previous No.1, with 20.2 million international visitors who generated an

When the wind is knocked out of your sail, ask the wind to blow

on Wednesday, 14 February 2018. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

When unexpected adversity visits us, it can be a devastating experience spiritually, financially and even physically. The operative word here is “visit”. To visit actually means an occasion when someone goes to a place to see and talk to someone f

Retirement questions that have nothing to do with money

on Wednesday, 14 February 2018. Posted in Editorials, Opinions

Retirement planning is not entirely financial. Your degree of happiness in your “second act” may depend on some factors you cannot quantify. Here are a few of those factors as well as the questions they may end up provoking in your mind. Where will you li

Happy birthday granddaughters, welcome to the teens

on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

The twins, my granddaughters Caroline and Madison, are now teen-agers. The pair will celebrate their 13th year on Feb. 15. So now my little girls are all grown up – at least they think so. In many ways they seem to be, but then in so many other ways they

Remembering the 5-10-25 cents stores

on Tuesday, 06 February 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

The now popular dollar stores – Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree – seem to have replaced the “five and ten cents” stores that thrived during my childhood growing up in Florence. S.H. Kress, F.W. Woolworth and McLellan stores were all located

Panic or praise

on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Opinions

The times in which we live are here to whip us into spiritual shape. It can make or break you, but the choice is yours. We can either panic due to what we see around us or we can praise God because of what we know to be true according to the Word of God.

What do you have in reserve for 2018?

on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Opinions

How much does the average American household have in the bank? Estimates vary, but the short answer to this question is “not enough.” Last year, a GoBankingRates poll discovered that 57% of U.S. households had less than $1,000 in deposit accounts (althoug

Bacon is back!!!

on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Have you noticed that bacon is quietly making a comeback? Bacon is not just for breakfast – it is being used now in desserts, such as candy, and crumbled and sprinkled on donuts. Other things we have shied away from or completely forgotten: How about tap

The art of storytelling

on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Posted in Opinions

Each day that you are allowed to open your eyes is a new page in your life’s story. Do you actually believe that God would just let you live day after day without a divine purpose? On the grand scheme of things, our lives are like a glob of paint on the a

Things to consider if you plan to retire before 60

on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Posted in Opinions

By choice or by chance, some people wrap up their careers before turning 60. If you sense this will prove true for you, what could you do to potentially make your retirement transition easier? As a start, you may need to withdraw your retirement funds str

World events 100 years ago

on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Events during the year 1918: Jan. 26 – Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for “wheatless” and “meatless” days for war effort Jan. 27 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, first Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater Feb. 6 – Great Britain grants women (30

Oh how we love snow

on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

The recent snowfall in these parts was a reminder of how beautiful nature’s winter gift can be. Here are some comments which show how others feel about snow.

The many benefits of a Roth IRA

on Tuesday, 09 January 2018. Posted in Opinions

The Roth IRA changed the whole retirement savings perspective. Since its introduction, it has become a fixture in many retirement planning strategies

Historical events from January past

on Tuesday, 09 January 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Following are anniversaries and birth dates of famous events and people that have happened in January past:

Remembering 2017, the good and bad

on Tuesday, 02 January 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we embark on a new year, let’s recap some of the good and bad things that happened in 2017.
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