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Moving Across the Pond

We've decided to move to England ... and we are not alone. According to the U.K. 2011 census, the most recent information available, 197,355 Americans were living in Great Britain at that time, with 173,470 of them residing in England. Thanks to the current U.S. administration's failures, upheavals and traitorous…

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UNMASKING THE SELFISHNESS

I have some family members who refuse to wear a mask because they think the benefits of wearing one are a hoax or donning one doesn’t make a difference in the contagion of COVID-19. Some of them whine that the masks are hot or that they make them feel nauseous,…

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RECLAIMING THE ARTIST WITHIN YOU

The first time I stood before a canvas after years of not painting, I panicked. Where do I start? How do I do it? What if I’ve lost my artistic abilities? What if I’ve forgotten how to paint? Riding a bike, I told myself. You never forget, but it might…

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TAKING A STAND ON BENDED KNEE

This article first appeared on The Morgan Post's Facebook page on September 26, 2017. In light of the recent murder of George Floyd, it is being reposted here:  It’s a sad commentary about the American psyche to realize that so many people are more concerned about athletes kneeling during the…

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It Costs A Lot to Go Green

A woman I went to college with works at a PR firm that promotes organic foods. She's a successful cheerleader for the benefits of healthy eating and the importance of keeping chemicals out of our food source. "Going green," in fact, has become today's catch phrase for living healthier and stemming the…

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Christmas Isn’t Going Anywhere

I get the same email every year at this time, just as Christmas is gearing up for its spending season. A Christian – usually a friend or family member – laments about what has become of Christmas and points out all the infractions now levied against this holiest of holidays.…

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The Scents We Enjoy May Be Toxic to Our Pets

The latest essential oils craze is leading to an uptick in visits to the vet, as well-meaning pet owners – as well as essential oils salespeople or “experts” – make the leap that what’s good for us is also good for our four-legged friends. The truth is, what benefits us…

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Author Ted Rist Has Passed Away

I googled writer F.G. Rist’s name this morning and was shocked and saddened to discover he has died. I don’t know why I searched for his name or why he’s been on my mind for the past month or so. I don’t know why I didn’t pick up the phone…

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America Needs to Board the Rail Renaissance

I’m back from a two-week visit to the place of my birth – England – where I also spent half of my childhood and most of my teen years while my father was in the U.S. Air Force. Perhaps the most impressive part of the whole journey – more than…

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School Shooting Brings Back Memories

The Valentine’s Day Massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida evoked a memory of when my own daughter attended Hunter B. Andrews School in Hampton, Virginia years ago and a kid brought a gun to school. My recollection was triggered by the haunting news clip of an…

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Home Before Dark by Susan Cheever

I picked up Susan Cheever’s book, Home Before Dark, years ago because the title intrigued me. A title should be “tough,” as one English professor told me in my college days, and Cheever’s title is certainly that. The book languished on my shelves with many others I have bought over…

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The Lion Is Gone

I didn't know Ted Kennedy, not personally anyway. But I felt like I did. He was the voice for millions like me -- middle class, blue collar background, sometimes uninsured. Much has been written about Ted Kennedy as the symbol of liberalism. He certainly stood for those who have no…

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