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Religion

  • What it was, was football

    The season is over, or so they say. No more marathon, channel switching, team-groaning Sundays, Mondays or whatever. I have never been able to grasp the purpose of the game, nor understand its rules. So, season’s end only means I get to see the programs I love.

  • Become who we really are and discover the beauty of being

    Frank Sinatra crooned “I gotta be me” and Sammy Davis Jr. joined him in proclaiming the need to be who they were meant to be. I often wondered if they were both searching for an identity beyond fame and fortune. I thought about the fans who screamed their adulation as well as those who sought a place in the spotlight in which both men found prominence. 

  • The magnetic force of listening shouts ‘See me!’
  • Are we alive under the pain of mortal sinfulness?

    From the opening paragraphs of his newest novel, “Under Pain of Mortal Sin,” Donald Cozzens jump-starts the reader into the multi-faceted dilemma of today’s church. One is immediately caught and held in the mystery and complexity of human suffering under the pain of “mortal” sinfulness. 

  • To retain is to embrace

    I was going merrily along my way, preparing to facilitate a weekly Bible study, when I received an email from a minister pal who received it from a Preacher’s Study Guide, which contained quotes from preacher Mary Hinkle Shore, who paraphrased professor and biblical scholar Sandra Schneiders. With that circuitous route to be traveled, I knew what I read would either be very good or not so good. It was the former.

  • When gratitude holds hands with grief

    Each day my email box bears a special gift. It’s a delivery from Daily Good: News that Inspires. Just the title is enough to promote a positive attitude, even if the temperature is too cold or too hot and the air is either humid or heavy with pollen. 

  • Imani Children’s Choir at Seaside UMC

    The Seaside United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir is sponsoring the Imani Children’s Choir’s performance at 7 p.m. June 19 at the church, 1300 Seaside Road SW in Sunset Beach.

    The Imani Children’s Choir is comprised of Uganda’s orphaned and underprivileged children and their concerts are a blend of unique arrangements, original compositions, and praise and worship songs. Expect to experience true Africa showcased through culturally unique music, a variety of dances, and well-crafted drum routines, performed with great passion and high energy.

  • Eeek! There’s a mouse in the house!

    I was at the kitchen counter, happily engaged in meal preparation. Hubby Dear was quietly musing in his favorite chair, allowing his senses to awaken to the fragrances of a nice meal. When, out of the blue and from the corner of my eye, I spied a quick movement and saw a big, fat creature scurry into a tiny corner of the stove. “A mouse!” I shrieked in amazement and dismay.

    H.D. denied my vision. “It’s just a roach … nicely put, a Palmetto bug,” he declared with vehemence. There would be no further discussion of the matter.

  • Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
  • When a birthday is more than a number

    CELEBRATION! That was the key word. I had to spell it out in capital letters because it was a capital event. April, our dear across-the-street neighbor of whom I have sometimes written, turned 40 on April 10.