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Life would be more comfortable for all of us if we could agree on everything — probably not. I cannot imagine living in such a world. It would be a wretched place to live. We understand this when is comes to jobs and vocations. Not everyone is built to be a plumber, professor, or personal tr…

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What inspires you? Think about it. Inspire means “to breathe life into, excite or encourage.” Inspire derives from the Latin word “inspirare” or “spirare,” which means “to blow into or inflame.” When you inspire someone or something, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make i…

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I am part of the Holy Christian Church because of who I am and whose I am. I am created in the image of God. I am His through creation and redemption. I am redeemed from sin for loving service and the bonus is a relationship with God made available through Jesus Christ that has the possibili…

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Exhausted. Worn out. Fed up. Tired of all this. And it seems that some people just never stop poking the sores. Some are no doubt well-meaning, but others seem to be intent on making the rest of us just as miserable as they are. I believe that there are a few of us that have the luxury of be…

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Over the past several years, I’ve come to believe more than ever that adults never really outgrow “childish ways.” I would say all of us retain childhood characteristics to some degree, but obviously some adults mimic their childish ways more than others. In fact, they may act more like chil…

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“How is it, Carl, that you seem to be able to customize your basic speaking presentations for every group to whom you speak?” This question came from someone who had just recently entered the world of professional speaking. I realize most of my readers have no desire to become professional s…

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The pandemic is almost over, the key word being “almost.” Some organizations still cannot give us a hard answer about masks for the next season. It is still hard to plan for the school year.

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There are many beautiful things in this world — mountains, waterfalls, a rugged coastline, coral reefs, and deserts to name a few. There is, however, a point at which one can get too close.

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Back in October, I hiked this trail with our hiking group and missed out on all the views due to fog. We promised ourselves to return in June to see the views and flaming azaleas. So we did. And we saw.

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Last summer was strange at our house. We stayed busy enough, but we missed our normal summer trips. The things we missed most were summer camps. There is the traditional version of camp for a week or two at a facility away from town. There is also the summer mission trip to other places to h…

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Advance payments for the child tax credit are scheduled to start in July. Some parents will end up owing more taxes next year due to the advance payments. Before receiving the advance tax credit and spending the money, it’s a good idea to determine whether you will owe taxes and be required …

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When H.V. Latham turned 18 on July 19, 1943, he was required under the Selective Service Act to register for the draft. However, because his father was dead, and he was the oldest child, Latham was considered “head of household” and therefore could have requested a deferment. He chose not to…

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Why are we here? Some would say that even the ability to pose the question is the answer. Some would say that posing the question is evidence that we are more than a biological accident or inevitability (given the size of the universe).

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Some are graduating from high school or college. Others are smack-dab in the middle of a career. Some are retiring or planning to retire. Others are far along in age, and some in this age group are looking at retirement communities or maybe resident homes. In other words, everyone is always …

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“Me and Mommy are marrying Tom,” announced my 4-year-old daughter to everyone she met. And then she invited each one to our wedding.

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I like music. I can, for brief moments, listen to nearly anything. I do not always understand or appreciate it, but I can try.

The minute I heard the J. Geils Band sing, "Years go by I'm lookin' through a girly magazine, and there's my homeroom angel on the pages in between," I knew that "Centerfold" would be a hit.

Recently Pastor Dan Moore lifted up the Good Shepherd of the Gospel of John, Chapter 10.

Aden Carver was a legendary mountaineer of Oconaluftee, North Carolina. However, few people remember that the centenarian spent 26 years of his remarkable life in Sevier, Cocke, and Blount counties in Tennessee.

About two weeks ago I was in a waiting room when I overheard a man talking to another gentleman about not being sure if he would put his son in Boy Scouts because "they've become so politically correct." I can only assume he was taking a jab at the more than 100-year-old organization's decis…

In 1940 when Arlie Ogle and his wife Ailene purchased property near Pigeon Forge at Caney Creek Road -- known today as the Spur -- Arlie gave the seller, Sam Lamon, a cow as down payment. Lamon was later overheard saying he'd get that property back some day because he didn't figure the Ogles…

When my alarm clock went off extra early Thursday morning, I was dreading the long drive to Wears Valley. A national park-led tour of the still-incomplete stretch of the Foothills Parkway that will eventually open a new, scenic route into the small Sevier County community awaited.