Commentary

It’s no secret around my house that I love the holidays. From pre-Thanksgiving through the first of the New Year, I have decorations, music, ideas, plans and, so far, the energy to make them happen. I also celebrate a milestone birthday this year among all the other festivity. My home now has bright fall leaves in oranges, golds, rusts, reds and yellows, although they are silk and not real. They are carefully nestled among pumpkins, gourds, nuts and other similes of fall.

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Joining Subaru’s lineup of crossover-utility vehicles is the new 2013 XV Crosstrek. Versatile and fun-to-drive, the XV Crosstrek debuts with a bold five-door design and impressive fuel economy ratings: 33 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city (28 mpg combined).

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From its chiseled front grille to its standard rear spoiler, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is an iconic sports car. Not one to blend into the crowd, the Camaro is easily recognizable with its long, athletic hood. Looking to personalize your Camaro even more? A variety of stripe packages are also available (ours came with broad black stripes running from hood to trunk).

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“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Jesus reaffirmed this Old Testament truth by repeating it, living it and gaining victory over the devil with God’s Word. Today we will hear Him speaking words in parables. I am reading from Luke 16:19-31.

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Brenda Cannon  Henley

An article caught my attention recently, and I found it to be interesting reading. The writing centered on the word “ego” and what it basically means in our lives. I have often heard a person say, “That guy has such an ego.” Or perhaps, “That woman thrives on her own ego.” But what do they mean?
One writer describes ego as the “I complex.” In other words, life is all about the one person, and they thinks they’re more perfect than their counterparts. Generally, it is difficult to be around someone with a big ego even if they haven’t accomplished a lot to brag about in their life.

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The presidential election gives me an opportunity to comment about the future of our country, and it is my hope that you will read this even though it might differ from some Republican and from some Democratic perceptions. We might have different perceptions and perspectives, but I don’t think we differ in our goals. Let me introduce myself and then, if you choose to read further, you will see what my solution to our society problems are.

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One of the popular categories of PC software is the type that can perform comprehensive system analysis and repair, probably leading to improved system performance. There are quite a few of these utilities available, both as freeware and as paid commercial products. Many of these utilities have previously been reviewed in this column with comments from readers indicating a general high level of satisfaction with most of them.

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We gardeners might know some plants. Some gardeners know about lots of plants and can impress you with not only names but details about hundreds of species and gardening options. But all of us do come to rely on the plant tag at a garden center for information. Most of us check the tag before we buy. Sometimes we wonder how reliable this information is. We can probably believe most of it.

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The good old days probably mean many different things to different people. I find myself remarking more and more about them when I think of certain, places, people or events. My old pastor used to say he did not long for the good ole days, as some said they did. He said he did not miss hot houses, no air conditioning to sleep in at night, plowing a mule through a dusty field, having to grow everything his family ate, or traveling by horse and buggy, and to him, those were memories of the good old days.

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An old tradition on Thanksgiving morning in my extended family has been to gather around a fat newspaper loaded with Black Friday ads and plot and conspire about where and when to go to get the bargains. It is only relatively recent history that stores started Black Friday at a minute after midnight or at four in the morning; prior to these insane opening times, most major stores opened at seven or eight a.m., a more civilized time to commence the fray.

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