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We all know the difference between a “whole” and a “hole.” Entire doughnuts and bagels have both. For most things, if they get a hole, they’re not whole. This happens to me all the time with my socks (darn it!). I’ve always thought that “whole” milk must feel superior to other milks. It’s go…

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In the Book of Matthew, Jesus is asked: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” He answers: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” But the second admonition, Jesus adds, “is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor …

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One last word about the 25th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games and then we will move on. Nostalgia is not one of my strong points but having been associated with such a high-profile, once-in-a-lifetime (for me) event makes it hard to not take a quick peek back, especially when I ke…

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Perhaps you recall the eminent “Judge Starr” of Republican legend and song, a pious Christian avatar of justice and sexual propriety. Back when he was dutifully investigating President Bill Clinton’s sex life — “our job is to do our job,” he’d tell TV crews staking out his suburban driveway,…

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One of the most dangerous doctrines taught in denominationalism today is what John Calvin called, “Perseverance of the Saints.” This doctrine asserts that once a person enters into a saved state with God, there is nothing that saved person can do to fall from that state of grace. He cannot s…

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A significant cause of vaccine hesitancy must be blamed on the television networks. Most people do not like needles. Why did the networks delight in picturing people being injected with long needles over and over again, night after night? And continue to do so? So unnecessary and so disquiet…

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After being limited in every activity this past year, it’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2021. Last year we may have had a valid excuse, but did you start this year with the “perfect” program knowing deep down that you wouldn’t be able to stick with it long-term? Why do we do that? I…

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As the last presidential election approached, one could sense that something was wrong with the polls. The race felt tighter than the polls indicated, and specifically, Joe Biden’s solid lead in the polls felt less solid than the surveys suggested. As they had in 2016, pollsters appeared on …

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I was waiting in the doctor’s office (at the VA Clinic) earlier this week, an activity we retired folks do with increasing frequency. I don’t see much sense in just sitting when there are people to talk to, and so I struck up a conversation with the gentleman sitting next to me. He was weari…

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Growing up in the South, I often received sage advice from my elders about life and how it should be approached. I got this advice, of course, from my parents, but also a whole host of relatives. You know, aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles, cousins, third cousins once removed, alcohol…

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Growing up in the early years of Major League Baseball in Atlanta, the sport was so easy to love. Teams had pitchers who could go the whole nine innings, hitters who could bunt and steal bases, and managers who could fire up an entire stadium by getting in the umpire’s face.

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As I have shared with you over the past couple of weeks, Georgia laws generally go into effect on July 1 of the year they pass the legislature unless the bill specifically states another day for the bill to become law. One of the House Republican Caucus’s top priorities is to increase Georgi…

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After President Biden promoted door-to-door efforts to encourage folks to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina denounced the campaign as intimidation and coercion. White House press secretary Jen Psaki could not contain her disdain for the governor’s lethal lunacy.

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I’m a proud “word nerd.” I love words; I collect them like baseball cards. I like weird words, wonky words, witty words and even a handful of Welsh words (fun fact: the word for “carrot” in Welsh is “moron”). As a person prone to collecting things, I hoard words like a doomsday prepper stash…

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There’s no doubt that left-wing culture warriors have done great harm to the Democratic cause. Some of it is mere foolishness. I’ve never forgotten being chided at a college talk several years ago for using the word “murderess” to describe a character in my book “Widow’s Web” who shot her hu…

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What is your favorite thing to eat? What food or snack or candy is there that you absolutely cannot resist? What is the one thing that, if someone placed it near you, would immediately grab your attention, lead you to start taking bites, and not stop until it was gone? Does that have any spi…

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The left wing of America is crazy. If any of the people in Charlottesville had ever read Stephen Ambrose’s “Undaunted Courage” about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, they would have realized that the journey was one of the bravest feats in American history and maybe they would not have remove…

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More Republicans than Democrats appear to be “vaccine hesitant” — that is, reluctant for one reason or another — to take the COVID-19 vaccine. They’ve gotten the treatment you might expect in some quarters of the press. “Right-wing anti-vaccine hysteria is increasing. We’ll all pay the price…

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