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“There are a lot of grandfather trees on this property. Before those go away, the people here need to start planting the next generation.”

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The Bartlett Senior EXPO and Health Fair was a huge success with more than 50 sponsors and vendors and more than 200 guests, according to Jimmy Grubbs, publisher of The Best Times.

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A few months ago I wrote an article about the importance of making arrangements for your pets in the event they outlive you. One reader was eager for me to describe some famous cases of animals receiving large inheritances through trusts.

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Lantana gives you a lot for your money, especially in August’s heat when other flowering plants are struggling. Last year at the Douglass High School garden we planted three little lantanas, one in each of three long raised beds. By the end of the summer, luxuriant branches covered with pink…

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The Professional Network on Aging members enjoyed an outdoor ice cream social at Hearthside Senior Living in Bartlett recently. It was the first time the group met in person in fifteen months. The organization's members represent various segments of business who serve the senior population. …

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A few accessories can add character to a garden but shouldn’t upstage the real stars, the plants.

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A special performance, a century of, was held May 20 with a reception In celebration of the reopening of the newly renovated and expanded Theatre Memphis building, and in recognition of the 100th year of Theatre Memphis.

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A garden party was recently held by the Memphis Symphony League at the home of Dinah and Gary Makowsky in East Memphis. The event featured the installation of new officers of the League for 2021. Entertainment was provided by the Memphis Symphony String Quartet.

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An Elvis impersonator married them. Then they honeymooned in Las Vegas. And that is the start of a unique love story.

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Near my home, there is a house with a cracked foundation. The family had to vacate the house. Yellow warning tape that says Do Not Enter covers all doors. A cracked foundation is dangerous for a house.

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You’re seeing them all over town and maybe in your own yard. Shrubs, even hedges, covered with the dead leaves.

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On Holy Saturday, Trezevant, a senior living community in east Memphis, celebrated Easter in Hope's Garden by covering a cross made of magnolia leaves in flowers. Residents and their families gathered outside at Trezevant in Hope's Garden and adorned the cross with flowers. Everyone remained…

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Traditional English Tea returns to The Woman's Exchange. The first English Tea party in over a year was held recently at the Woman's Exchange of Memphis. Over 40 guests enjoyed an assortment of sweets and savories and a selection of teas from My Cup of Tea. Jane Hester was chairwoman of the event.

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For 58 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been a special time to recognize these contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, OAM also provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent, and materials to help communities support and celebrate their citizens.

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As a physician, I see plenty of mothers and grandmothers who neglect their own health because they’re busy caring for their families.

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At some point in time, most of us with pets ponder the uncomfortable possibility of outliving our companions. Whether they’re dogs or cats, parrots or horses, winged, feathered or hoofed, more people today consider their pets as family members.

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Farmers’ markets and farm stands will be opening this month and offering local and regional seasonal produce and hand crafts.

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Even an experienced, old gardener can sometimes forget basic principles. Last month I bought a couple of pots of sweet alyssum. On the cool day when I planted one of them, I savored the honey-like scent, dug a nice planting hole in the flowerbed, set the root ball in and gently pressed the s…

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Jim McGurren, a maintenance manager with FedEx Express in Memphis, has received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award for more than 50 years’ service in aviation maintenance.

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I know that all Christians can’t stand the thought of another Easter like last year, where we sat at home, worried about what the future holds. We want to burst forward with the excitement of spring, singing at the top of our lungs

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Spend just a few minutes with this amazing 80-yearold dynamo and you will easily be converted into understanding how dancing can keep you fit, vital and healthy.

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At The Best Times, we occasionally receive samples of new products sent to us with the hope that we will do a review and make a recommendation.

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The winter weather last month has left gardeners with a lot of questions about their plants. The Memphis area is fortunate to have ample resources for answering those questions.

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Jumpstart your morning with this protein packed Mediterranean omelet filled with savory and sauteed vegetables topped with bright, cool and crispy veggies.

This healthy breakfast of champions will guarantee you the win at Sunday’s brunch.

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Michael and I disagree on which course of action to take, if any, regarding the fate of a 10-year-old tabby who has been showing up daily at our door for food and attention. He’s not a new visitor.

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If you think you don’t like beets, it could be because you’ve never eaten homegrown beets. Growing up, I never tasted any except the cold pickled beets in serving bowls on the table at Wednesday night church suppers.

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Almost six and half years ago a dear friend pulled a fast one on us.

He was retired, and in 2011 had moved from Texas back to his hometown of Memphis, living a quiet kitty-filled life, when out of nowhere he posted on Facebook a photo of a huge black and white dog grinning into the camera with a cryptic message that simply said: “Guess who came home with me today?”

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As we begin to reflect upon the past year of all the goals and aspirations we achieved, we also need to think about the ones that sadly missed the mark.

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Kittens, these days! I do believe they’ve created a new kind of cat for this new kind of decade. As crazy, as disturbing, as disorienting last year was -- the arrival of kitten Bella in August didn’t provide the balm for the soul that we’d hoped. Nope, she was -- and still is -- “hell on wheels.”

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Many of us remember first learning about black and orange monarch butterflies in elementary school. Whenever we saw one, it was exciting but not rare. Today that has changed. There are about 80% fewer eastern monarchs now than 40 years ago.

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When a child is born, the parents send birth announcements to tell the good news to family and friends. Have you ever wondered what our Savior’s birth announcement said?

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It started with a friend’s comment about my cat Bernie’s Facebook photo. “Bern is getting a tad chonky, isn’t he? Better put that bad boy on a diet!”

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Beale Street coleus plant was named a 2020 winner by All American Selections (AAS), a non-profit that tests and judges new varieties of plants.

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The Memphis Botanic Garden has announced it will undertake the next two steps in its campus modernization as part of its Nourish Greenprint: 2021 capital campaign.

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The best advice remains to share your thankful hearts with those who also share your home. We know, though, that many will choose to see people outside their households. In that case...

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“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 18:9-14).

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In the earliest days of the pandemic, why did scientists, first consider, then quickly dismiss that this virus could be bio-engineered? A CNN special report, hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, delves into the potential origins of the virus that caused the pandemic. -- Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.

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Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration declined to recommend the agency approve Covid-19 booster doses for everyone who got vaccinated six months ago or longer. However, they did recommend a more limited step: emergency use authorization for people 65 and older, and for peop…

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Rudkin writes: 

Ok, if that is not mind blowing enough, then get this: in the last hour, one trillion of your atoms have been replaced.

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I’ve spent a lot of time lately reading news stories about unvaccinated people dying from COVID-19 complications and vaccinated people having “breakthrough” cases that they survived.

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People will often comment about the antagonism between science and religion in modern times. Because of the controversy about evolution (science) and creation (religion) people assume that the two ways of thinking are at odds with one another. As one who has a foot firmly planted in both realms, I would heartily disagree.

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Cornerstone Church will host Priscilla Shirer’s “Going Beyond” simulcast with worship by Anthony Evans from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the church at 1481 Chestnut St., Orangeburg.

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This morning as I walked my dog on the Montana State University campus, a man standing on a corner was saying good morning and handing out small Gideon versions of the New Testament. I received one, and encountered two more such men, smiling and offering the books to students.

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I not only write devotions, but I read devotions written by other Christian writers, sometimes quite a few in a single day. One devotion, which struck me recently, I read from my current morning devotion book, “For All the Saints.” One of the Scripture readings for that day was from Mark 14:1-11, which relates the account of the lady who anointed Jesus’ feet with a very costly jar of ointment, or perfume. Chinese Evangelist, John Sung, pointed out what Jesus said about the woman in verse 9, “I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Sung wrote, “The fragrance of what this woman did has persisted all down the years until the present. Of all the events that have occurred throughout the world, all through the centuries, the vast majority are not worth remembering. Yet whenever the gospel is preached we shall remember this woman.”

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(One Perfect Life Chapters 153-158) The Passover lamb was brought into the home and inspected for four days prior to being sacrificed. Consistent with this pattern, Jesus enters Jerusalem on the 10th day of Nissan and is “inspected” by the people through the 14th of Nissan. Jesus is crucified on Passover and rises on the Feast of First Fruits. The religious leaders’ questions were meant to alienate Jesus from the people or get Him in trouble with the Roman authorities.

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Values that later grew into liberalism began stirring in the epoch now known as The Enlightenment, starting more than three centuries ago, chiefly in England and France. It was an era when kings still ruled brutally by “divine right,” and the church still sought to execute “heretics” holding irregular beliefs, or jail skeptics for blasphemy. Most people were agricultural serfs, working on lands inherited by wealthy barons and counts. The bottom-rung majority had virtually no rights.

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On December 2, 2020, my wife and I welcomed our first child, Elijah, into the world. He was only 6 pounds 4 ounces and since my wife had to have a C-section the doctors placed Elijah on my bare chest to provide much needed skin to skin warmth now that he was released from the comforting confines of the womb.

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On December 2, 2020, my wife and I welcomed our first child, Elijah, into the world. He was only 6 pounds 4 ounces and since my wife had to have a C-section the doctors placed Elijah on my bare chest to provide much needed skin to skin warmth now that he was released from the comforting confines of the womb.

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Is the one true God Jehovah, the Creator of all things including us so undeserving of our time and attention? Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit us in 2020 there did not appear to be any inclination by mankind of looking to Him for help. The only thing I recall is what the United Nations leader said in praying to God for assistance. That was the extent of it. No other human government said anything that would calm our fears, meaning to say that not one had any answers, only asking for a moment of silence.

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LINCOLN — Faith Lutheran Church will be hosting a garage and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lincoln Park District Ballroom, 1400 Primm Road, Lincoln. Buck-a-bag, is from noon-1 p.m.

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Betty Jo HollowayJuly 25, 1934 – September 13, 2021East Wenatchee, WABetty Jo Holloway, 87, went to be with our Lord and Savior on September 13, 2021. She was born on July 25, 1934, in Spiro, OK, to the late Selma and Rosa Buck. In her early years, the family traveled wherever there was work, and finally landed in Chowchilla, CA, where she graduated from high school.Her years growing up consisted of cooking, cleaning, and raising her four younger siblings while her parents and older brother worked in the cotton fields. When she wasn’t working in her home, she would find part-time jobs to help with family income. Her first job was at the dime store where she saved enough money to buy her dad his first car.Her work was never ending, but caring for people was always her first choice. Her gift as a caregiver was carried on through her entire life; as kids and adults alike were always drawn to her never-ending love and nurture. In 1960, she met the love of her life, Floyd Holloway, and they were married just six months later. Together, they moved to Wilmington, CA, where their daughter, Lisa Jo, was born.In 1963, they moved to Rock Island, WA, where they made their home for 22 years, and she grew to be the much-loved playground teacher at Rock Island Elementary School, where Lisa attended. They then moved to East Wenatchee, in 1985, where she has lived ever since.Betty’s life was always committed to her family: her husband, daughter, and two granddaughters. From handing Floyd his lunch at the door with a kiss goodbye before every work shift, to taking care of him when his battle with Asbestosis ensued, she lived her life serving those around her. And, in the center of her world, were her girls; first, her devoted daughter whom she held an irreplaceable bond with. There was no love that could surpass what they shared. And of course, her granddaughters whom she sacrificed much of her life for to bring them joy - keeping them at her house for sleepovers, watching movies (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers or Calamity Jane), washing their hair in the sink, playing Yahtzee, tucking them in bed, and waking them with biscuits and gravy.As her granddaughters grew up and changed, she remained constant. They were always the center of her world, and she the center of theirs. And, as her family grew larger, her love just multiplied, as did her meals. From chicken and dumplings to beans and fried potatoes, there was no one that could cook like her. She would spend hours in the kitchen making a good old fashioned southern feast for her family, always having extra for any unexpected guest who happened to stop by. There never was, and never will be, fried chicken like hers. When Betty was not spending time with her daughter or granddaughters, then she could be caught sewing beautiful embroidery, completing word search puzzles, or watching Family Feud.She lived for the days that Mark, her son-in-law, would stop by to check on things. The love they shared was priceless and she cherished their time together with all of her heart. But, her greatest love of all was for her Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a long term member of Eastmont Assembly of God, where she taught Sunday school for years. Her faith was evident to all who knew her. If any of her four great-grandsons were to get asked to describe their Grammy, they would quickly reply with, “She loved Jesus.” It was her steadfast walk with the Lord that led her each and every day, and anyone who knew her was blessed by the light of Jesus that shined through all she did. Heaven has gained one beautiful angel.Betty will be deeply missed and is survived by her daughter, Lisa Jo (Mark) DeChenne of East Wenatchee, WA; two granddaughters: Brandi Darnell of Malaga, WA, and Andrea (DJ) Anderson of Wenatchee, WA; one grandson, Matthew (Kristy) of Malaga, WA; four great grandsons: Wyatt and Kanyon Darnell both of Malaga, WA, and Bodie and Leif Tolman-Anderson both of Wenatchee, WA; sister, Patricia “Pat” (Don) Bowdle of Arkansas; brother, Cecil “Ray” Buck of California; and adopted daughter, Michele (Jim) Holman of East Wenatchee, WA; along with many other nieces, nephews, and cousins – all who were dear to her heart.A special thanks to her caregiver, Anne Ogee, who sacrificed so much to love and care for her during these past months.Commemoration Services will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., at the New Life Center Church of God, 310 5th St., East Wenatchee, WA. There will be a Graveside Service immediately following at Evergreen Memorial Park in East Wenatchee. The service will be closed casket, however, there will be a visitation/viewing on Monday, September 20, 2021, from 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Heritage Memorial Chapel, 19 Rock Island Rd., East Wenatchee., WA. Please sign in or leave a memory for the family online by visiting www.heritagememorialchapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee and Cashmere, WA.

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Winston Churchill said, “The farther back in history a person can see the further ahead in the future he can see.” History is important. We can learn from those who went before us. We can learn from their wisdom and even from their mistakes.

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In its first in-person, live concert since March 2020, Abendmusik will open its 50th anniversary season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, with “sounding light,” a professional chamber choir, which will present a poignant program that speaks to this unique moment: "... and so we go on ..." at First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D St.

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Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration declined to recommend the agency approve Covid-19 booster doses for everyone who got vaccinated six months ago or longer. CNN's Don Lemon discusses the decision with medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner.

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We send our loving thought and prayers in sympathy of MRS. SHARON OSBORNE to Tami, Bill, Michele and their families. Such a special mom and grandma. Love, Con and Nancy Sullivan and RaeAnn Eck

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Whether you're dealing with anxiety, fighting an illness, or want to feel your best, a good night's sleep is extremely important. Here are some tips to help you sleep better.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released artist renderings of four new temples planned in western states, including one in Elko.

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