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The cat is finally out of the bag on the subject of cats and men. While Western society has long associated kitty-keeping as a feminine virtue, there’s been a quiet, slowly growing revolution around men boldly stepping forward to confess they’re as fond of cats as women. Crazy cat lady memes are being replaced by earnest stories about men unafraid to admit they too may use a potential mate’s affection for felines as a metric for marriage material.

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Weeding has been easier this summer in the garden at Douglass High School. There are significantly fewer weeds, and the ones we have come up more easily. I recently pulled up a dandelion and the entire five-inch root came up without breaking!

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People—that is, writers—often like to tinker with or play with names. Some of these can prove to be helpful or humorous. They can be like built-in-riddles. 

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A daylily flower lasts only one day. This could make it a symbol of fleeting beauty except for the plant’s toughness and the fact that each plant produces many scapes (stems) bearing numerous buds that open in succession for weeks. Nothing fleeting about that.

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We love plants for their color, their form, sometimes their fruit, and often. their fragrance. Sometimes the smallest flowers make up for their size by producing the strongest scents. Sweet alyssum is a low-growing annual that produces clusters of small flowers that smell like honey. Sometim…

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There are daily and predictable shift changes on our front porch. Feral, vagabond kitties—also known as community cats—make their appearances and exits based on when they think other cats might be absent from the same communal feeding station and watering hole.

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I have forever had a morning ritual that I follow before going to work. It has rarely changed for years. The same is true on the weekends, but now COVID-19 has forced a disruption on my daily rituals.

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Trezevant, a senior living community in east Memphis, found a way for its residents to honor the Easter holiday while maintaining social distancing guidelines. On Holy Saturday, Trezevant covered a cross in flowers. Friends and family members of residents who, due to the COVID-19 crisis, wer…

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Bubba and Wendy Cash recently held the annual President's Day Party at their home in Germantown, also hosted by Mike and Pam Keenan and Bo and Maryanne Lessley. Party goers dressed as US Presidents and First Ladies or in red, white and blue.

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Jack was worried he might have coronavirus. For two weeks he had been coughing, feeling tired and struggling to breathe. A handyman by trade, Jack has to work to care for his family.

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While other people were clearing the shelves of toilet paper, I was at Dan West cramming 14 azalea plants into the back of my CR-V (The Mulchmobile). It isn’t hoarding when it’s about plants, is it?

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The single, most frequent question I’ve been asked lately by my friends and readers is whether or not their pets are safe from the novel coronavirus. Mind you, I am neither a physician nor veterinarian, but I began researching the illness soon after I became aware that it had surged into a w…

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Many organizations in the Memphis area, both public and private, would be seriously hobbled without the help of the many thousands of volunteers who donate their time and talents.

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A ribbon cutting ceremony and reception was held recently at St. Peter Manor to celebrate the grand re-opening of 283 apartment units at the complex. A Tennessee Housing Development Agency Housing Credit Program allocation helped finance the project, which includes new upgrades to roofs, the…

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This year's recipient of the Senior Advocacy Award is Ken Cope, general manager of Home Instead, being presented by the Professional Network on Aging's president Judy Hall of Wesley Living. The award was given at PNA's recent Professional Caregiver Conference. PNA established the award in 20…

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When I need lawn or gardening information, I usually restrict my search to sources in the southeast part of the country. I don’t care if Martha Stewart has beautiful delphiniums in Connecticut or New York. "The Mid-South Garden Guide" tells me delphiniums won’t thrive in our humidity and hot…

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The year 2020 is a big one for Memphis Area Master Gardeners (MAMG). It’s been 25 years since the first class graduated at the old Extension Service building on Shelby Oaks Drive.

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Using your talents to help others has both mental and physical health benefits. A purpose filled day helping others gives as much or more back in return. It’s proven that people who volunteer feel connected and ward off depression that isolation can unexpectedly bring. A four-year study by C…

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For most people, walking is a simple form of exercise, but a Lenten walking practice can be a time for spiritual development as well.

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Remember that catchy song by the Clash titled “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” The 1982 hit — which peaked on the Top Ten charts in the U.S. but never quite made it to No. 1 — was a tune that became an earworm. After being pounded by it relentlessly on the radio, I couldn’t get it out of my head.

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The Great Southern Residential Senior Care Home (GSSL) is a new residential care home that provides boutique senior living, along with non-medical custodial care for senior adults.

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The 2020 Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown begins Feb. 27, the day after Ash Wednesday and continues through April 3, the Friday before Palm Sunday.

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“If you don’t like Memphis weather, stick around. It’ll change.” We hear it all the time, but especially in winter and spring. Within days or even hours, our weather can fluctuate between balmy or bone-chilling, sunny or soggy, still or stormy.

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New Year’s always inspires new goals for self-improvements or habits we’d like to change. Yet, even with the best intentions, very few of us make our resolutions a reality. This can leave us feeling frustrated and discouraged, but the problem is usually not with us—instead, the problem is of…

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I remember vividly telling my husband Michael that within a few years the pet industry was going to be explosive. This was back in the mid-nineties. Already a small business entrepreneur and animal lover, I suggested we create some sort of pet related business. I wasn’t sure what specific pr…

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Vic Crutchfield, a volunteer at Saint Francis Hospital- Bartlett, runs the “goody cart” three days a week, selling candy and drinks to the staff and guests.

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When is a lily not a lily? My copy of The National Gardening Association Dictionary of Horticulture provided some clues. In the index, I found over 200 common names that include the word “lily.” Calla lily, toad lily, ginger lily, and lily-of-the-valley are just a few. Of those listings, onl…

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In December, Trezevant hosted its annual Christmas party in various areas of the senior living community, located at 177 North Highland. Trezevant residents, families and guests were treated to a variety of hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and entertainment. The evening included music and dancing …

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The Bible gives a broad framework for living and aging well. Those who follow a pattern of wickedness find it hard to change. Those whose feet walk a righteous path must keep to the disciplines and choices it requires.

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Do you know anyone whose birthday is Dec. 25? I have several friends born that day. As a matter of fact, experts tell us 16 million people around the world were born on Dec. 25. So what’s so special about the fact Jesus was born on that day?

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When I brought Bernie into our home—rescued from a retailer whose kind employees had spotted him shivering under the dumpster behind their store—the tiny yellow kitten found himself in a household occupied by three elderly cats and two dogs.

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Gardeners often suffer from “nature deficiency” in December. The days are short, and time is short. If the weather gets warm and dry enough for outdoor activity, those rare days often coincide with a busy schedule of holiday- related events. There’s little time to enjoy the benefits of the n…

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The Holiday English Tea at the Woman's Exchange was full of treats. Longtime WE chef Rev. Emmenuel "Rev" Bailey said goodbye to guiests. Bailey is retiring the end of this year and his daughter will take his place.

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There are plenty of choices ranging from high-rise apartments to houseboats and retirement communities for older adults planning to retire or those who want a change in housing.

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In a press conference, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Giménez were pushed by a reporter on contract tracers after there was confusion over whether the governor or mayor could hire contact tracers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The state of Arizona reports nearly 120,000 coronavirus cases with a positivity rate around 27%. This comes as the Navajo Nation, which occupies northeastern parts of the state, flattened its curve through regular weekend lockdowns and nightly curfews. CNN's Evan McMorris-Santoro spoke with …

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The presence of the Holy One comes to each of us in a personal way, in ways we understand on a deeply unique level.

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In the Book of Numbers we read the iconic story of the spies.

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July has been a month in which many of us have displayed the American flag otherwise known as “Old Glory” in a manner of hope-filled boasting. But it is critical to remember the account of the actual 1800s flag from which the term “Old Glory” came.

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There is a classic hymn entitled, “Standing on the promises of Christ my King.” There are thousands of promises in the bible. Do you know what God promises you as a Christian? Can you name just three promises that are for you?

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AUSTIN, Texas - Rabbi Neil Blumofe and the Rev. Daryl Horton are no strangers to uncomfortable conversations about race. On their annual summer road trips, Blumofe and Horton have visited sites related to Black and Jewish history and documented their experiences on Facebook. So when demonstrators took to the street to protest police brutality after the death of George Floyd, Horton and ...

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Joy is seeing your 2-year-old grandson, safely in his mother’s arms, and then you pull out his favorite treat (in this case a box of Twinkies) and his eyes light up as you hand him his own box. He knows this ‘cake’ is all his and even at 9:30 in the evening he is going to eat one before bedtime upstairs.

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Writer and Pastor Eugene Peterson wrote a book some years ago titled, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. This title describes not just the journey of persistent faith, but perhaps of life itself. As we continue to make our way forward one week, one day at a time through the pandemic and economic volatility, we grow weary and anxious wondering when things might turn in a new direction. Please know that just getting out of bed, saying your prayers and making ends meet, is living in obedience to God’s gift of life. It would be easy to turn inward toward ourselves, to burrow into our own self survival. Yet, as you somehow manage your anxiety and still muster up kindness toward others, as you look for the small and large things to be thankful for each day, as you raise your hearts toward faith and hope, you are close to the heart of God.

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Over the past several weeks the issue of racism in this nation has been receiving the attention it has deserved and needed for a very long time. The death of George Floyd while in police custody has been the catalyst for demonstrations, protests and calls for change since May 25. Over the past several weeks people across this country and around the world have raised their voices to say that prejudice, discrimination and injustice based on a person’s skin color must cease.

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I went camping on the Little Susitna River on Thursday night, and during the day Friday, July 2 and 3. It was a very relaxing get away. I visited a favorite fishing hole, did a little fishing, cooked a few meals, and finished a book I was reading, Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas. Most who know me will think that I primarily fished on this trip. Actually, I sat in my chair relaxing, reading, and sometimes talking to the groups that passed me in canoes and kayaks. Right after the last of these groups paddled by I went to stand up from my sitting position, but I had an unpleasant surprise. The fabric in my chair tore. The more I attempted to rise, the deeper into the chair I sank. It was embarrassing. Thankfully, none of the groups that passed saw me in this position. But, it happened nonetheless. And the chair I had enjoyed was broken beyond repair.

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Ezekiel: Up to this point in the book the prophet has primarily discussed the sins of the people and God’s judgement. He has also shared a hopeful message of a coming new covenant and a regathering of the people in the land. In the closing chapters of the book, Ezekiel turns to Israel’s future. The section begins with the vision of the valley of dry bones. God brings them to life and covers the bones with flesh symbolizing His restoring of the nation. Chapters 38 and 39 are the famous future invasion of Israel by a hostile nation to the North led by Gog. These chapters are the subject of many conjectures about who Gog is (many believe Russia) and the timing of this event.

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Clara Bullinger, 92, died July 9, 2020, at the Villa Maria Nursing Home, Fargo. A mass with christian burial will be held at St. Jospeh's Catholic Church, Mandan, on Thursday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will take place following service at the church at the Mandan Union Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to mass. Please visit www.weigelfuneral.com to share your memories and to condolences to her family.

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Saturday afternoon was overcast and rainy outside the Chevy Chase Community Center in White Township, 20 degrees cooler than it was 24 hours before.

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I am a white American woman who has for most of her life been oblivious to my white privilege—those benefits that accrue to me simply because of my pale skin. I have dismissed this privilege, arguing, “My family never ever owned slaves.” Racism? Not my fault.

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I am a white American woman who has for most of her life been oblivious to my white privilege—those benefits that accrue to me simply because of my pale skin. I have dismissed this privilege, arguing, “My family never ever owned slaves.” Racism? Not my fault.

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During this trying time, anyone with prayer requests is encouraged to email beattieroad@yahoo.com or call (229) 435-2193. We will pray for you and with you. We love you and want to serve in whatever way is needed.

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 ’m just going to throw this out there. I am not an organized person. I am late, I lose things, and I often don’t have a solid to-do list. I am pretty envious of people who have a system in place for all the areas of their lives. I am more ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ and troubleshoot as things come my way. Good thing I have the spiritual gift of flexibility!

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ALBANY — If the heat and the lower-than-expected turnout of true believers impacted Tarlita McCrary during the first of three planned “hope-raising gatherings” in downtown Albany Saturday morning, she certainly didn’t show it.

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NORMAL — Gail entered this world February 26, 1953; the daughter of Harry W. and Barbara A. (Zook) Ziegler. She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz and we always called her "our lucky baby". Gail peacefully went to be with God, July 9th, 2020 at St. Joseph Medical Center. Gail was 67 years old. Gail, at her request, will be cremated with her ashes to be interred at a future date. There will be no service at this time. Calvert Metzler Memorial Home is facilitating arrangements. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online with www.beckmemorial.com.

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Every Saturday in The Indiana Gazette, find this roundup of family- and community-related events hosted by churches in the Indiana County area.

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What lessons will we learn from this global pandemic? I’ve been thinking about this question lately. Every time I turn on the news or read the paper or check my phone I’m inundated with the reality of the negative impact this virus is having on our national economy and on the world. Most of the conversations I have with friends and family revolve around questions like, “How will we ever recover from this?” or “What will our world look like in three or six months?” While I do believe these are questions we must consider, they seem to take a passive approach to solving a problem that needs active participation. In other words, now is not the time to sit back and wait and see what will happen. Now is the time to go to work.

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God has given us four clearly expressed conditions for revival of his redeemed people, and for the restoration of their nation.

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I have always tried to be a person who looked on the bright side of things. Optimism has dripped from my pin. If there was a positive point, I always looked for it. It has never been as hard to do as in this dark hour for our nation.

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Episcopal Church of the Epiphany: Bringing the love of God to all people. Vision: Reconciling all to God, so the world will know peace and justice. Worship online (www.epiphanyaz.org). Sunday, 9 a.m. with AZ Bishop Jennifer Reddall, 10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour by Zoom; Tuesdays 11 a.m. Centering prayer via Zoom; Thursdays 4 p.m. Flagstaff Youth Coop via Zoom; Saturdays 4 p.m. FYC Live on Instagram at @flagyouthcoop, Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m.: Epiphany Community Clean-up Crew. (928) 774-2911.

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