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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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Bettie Durham is a familiar name in the halls of Church Health. Some know her personally from the years she spent as a volunteer, and others know her name and legacy as it lives on through the Church Health Christmas card program.

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Are animals spiritual? Do they have souls? Will I see my pets in heaven? Questions about animal spirituality have been debated for centuries, but for some theologians the question has been resolved.

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I was a little girl when my dad pointed out the “faces” on pansies. After showing me how to pick the flower without yanking the whole plant out of the ground, he told me I could pick as many as I wanted because picking them would make the plants produce more flowers. I’ve loved the many colo…

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October is one of the most pleasant months to be outdoors. The average temperature ranges from 54° to 74° with just under four inches of rain during the month. I have always welcomed the arrival of sweater weather!

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Church Health has grown to be a large and impactful organization and sometimes it can be easy to forget about the people who helped us get here in the first place.

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Some of the participants in the Aug. 29 & 30 Pickleball Paradise Open tournament at Willow Grove Farm in Cordova.

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I once toured a large Memphis garden that had frilly pink poppies growing in the rose garden about the same height as the rose bushes. The lady who owned the garden told me she collected the dried seed pods every year at the end of the season and shook them like pepper shakers throughout the…

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Virgye Shinn became a patient at Church Health almost immediately when we opened in 1987. That first Christmas, I took a group of friends to her apartment to sing Christmas carols. Long story short, Shinn asked us to leave. She felt so guilty that soon after, she began making regular, almost…

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It’s funny how history repeats itself. In May of 2016 our household was turned upside down by the unexpected arrival of Bernie, a pint-sized tabby I rescued from a Big Lots store in Millington.

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Hearing loss in pets is an issue not often at the top of the list of things to watch out for, but for aging cats and dogs, it can quickly become a big problem if your pet spends time outdoors.

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During the hot dry months of late summer, one of the last things that enters our minds is wet soil. However, heavy watering sometimes reveals low areas of our lawns and gardens where water gets trapped and stands for long periods.

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Ora Alexander was one of my very first patients at Church Health. During her first visit, I went through the usual protocols, giving her a physical examination, but much like children anxiously awaiting the end of a road trip, she wouldn’t stop asking me when the exam would be over.

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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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Even after being baptized for the forgiveness of sins, a child of God still finds that sin can creep back into his life. Sometimes it’s the same sin, over and over. We try to avoid it, but we are not always as successful as we’d like. We feel sorrow, shame, guilt. We pray, confess and beg and beg for forgiveness. But sometimes we wonder how God could keep forgiving us. And we might even wonder if He does.

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When this naked dog was found in an empty villa in Bali, these two women rescued her and took care of her until she was ready to fly to her new home in Washington, D.C. She's SO fluffy and happy now — watch when she sprints around her new home 💕💕💕

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Editor's note: Events are subject to change during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Contacting your church ahead of time is recommended. Churches may send updates to worship services, schedules or protocols via email to kwood@lubbockonline.com or lstaebner@lubbockonline.com • Polk Street United Methodist Church — Worship with us in person at 8:30 and 10:55 a.m. in our historic Sanctuary at 1401 ...

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(One Perfect Life Chapters 54-55) The final portion of the sermon on the Mount can be summarized by “the Golden Rule:” In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12).

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Does your mind ever wander? My daughter, Mary, assures me I can get frequent flyer miles for “flight of ideas!” On my recent “flight” I was thinking about how long Kathy and I have lived in our current Alaska home, which then led me to thinking about the places I’ve lived, which finally led me to consider where my real home truly is. Where do you consider home?

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We all have a unique version of our very own prejudices, blind spots and questionable certainties. We are pretty good at finding ways of living out all forms of ignorance with endless self assurance. If we all, somehow, would recognize and admit those realities the world would be a much better place. We would be more understanding and kind, much less judgmental and could even serve up some humility to boot.

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Prince Philip's coffin has been interred in the royal vault of St George’s Chapel.It was placed on a catafalque on a marble slab and lowered into the vault by an electric motor.The vault was created between 1804 and 1810 for George III, who died in 1820 and is one of three kings buried there. The other two are George IV and William IV.Horns were played as his coffin was lowered down.A blessing ...

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Apr. 17—BAXTER Jean Baxter of Kingsman, AZ. Life Celebration 11 a.m. April 23rd at Adamson. FORD WALDO Peggy A. Ford Waldo of Greeley. Life Celebration 2 p.m. April 28th at UCCC. MORRIS Patricia Morris of Windsor. Arrangements pending. MUSSER Vera Musser of Grand Junction. Life Celebration 11 a.m. April 22nd at Adamson. SEGURA Floyd Segura of Greeley. Life Celebration 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity ...

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Early on April 4 morning, the following message appeared on the Twitter account of the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the newly elected U.S. senator from Georgia: “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.”

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People throughout history have sought the key to immortality. A multitude of paths and dead ends have been explored ranging from the possible to the fanciful. Some have looked for the fountain of youth, the Holy Grail or a secret potion while others have looked to science, surgery, and supplements to prolong life. Religions and worldviews have put forth competing beliefs about what happens to people after death and how to prepare for it. The quest for answers is strong and primal — an eternal longing in our hearts, a yearning for a life that never ends.

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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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Apr. 17—KHODJAVAND, Azerbaijan — Members of the Albanian-Udi Christian religious community of Azerbaijan, the successor to the Albanian Autocephalous Apostolic Church in the Caucasus, have visited the lands of Azerbaijan liberated from Armenian occupation, the special correspondent of Trend's Karabakh bureau reports. The community members have visited Tugh village in the Khojavand district. As ...

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Leupp Nazarene Church: The church, near mile post 13 or Navajo Route 15, has been holding services by teleconferences and doing drive-up meetings. For information, call pastor Farrell Begay at 928-853-5321. Teleconference number: 1-7170275-8940 with access code 3204224#. Services are 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

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These days, Tehmina Naheed’s phone rarely stops ringing. From morning to night, the 26-year-old fields calls from friends and strangers alike, most of whom are seeking slots at one of the COVID-19 vaccine clinics her family run at the Minhaj ul Quran Al-Noor Islamic Center in Ellington. “I have people calling me every day,” Naheed said. “It starts at 8 a.m. and it goes all the way to 8 or 9 ...

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – In a Monday night baseball game, Yu Chang made a ninth-inning throwing error leading to a loss for the Tribe. Chang is from Taiwan. He is 25 and in his first big league season. He also is a career shortstop who has been helping the team by playing first base. That’s where he made his error – at his new position. A gentle soul with a quick smile and a kindly spirit, Chang ...

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America has never been a perfect country. We have made many mistakes and have many flaws. However, America is a great nation. Every year hundreds of thousands of people try to come to America. It is sad but many today are trying to fundamentally change America. They are trying to replace biblical Christianity with a new pagan religion.

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As women’s closets transition from winter to spring with summer right around the corner, there is one piece that sticks with us all year: Denim.

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Where were you when you heard about the death of Sgt. Smith?

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Today's Words of Comfort message comes from Penny Gilliam Hagy, who is co-pastor at Evangel Family Worship Center in Kingsport.

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We awoke on Friday to another shooting. This time in our state. This is not the first shooting we have awoken to in 2021, far from it. It just means it is harder to ignore. They may be able to piece together what and the why. We as a society are recognizing many of the reasons that seem to be repeating themselves in these shootings. We have to wake up to the fact that we have a problem of lack of compassion and love in this world for one another.

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It’s been one year since Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, including locally, adjusted their hallmark methods of sharing comfort and hope from the scriptures due to the pandemic.

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The attacks and recent killing of our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander sisters and brothers has caused a great deal of pain for many in our nation. These senseless acts are just one more example of the depraved minds and hearts of some in our nation. These acts cannot be tolerated in a society that considers itself civilized. They are deplorable and unacceptable.

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The Lutheran Family Services board of directors has named Dave Johnson, a retired nonprofit executive with 38 years of experience, interim president and CEO effective April 23, when Stacy Martin departs to assume the role of president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.

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Apr. 16—First Presbyterian Church Sunday worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Bill Parr will be guest minister. Face masks and social distancing are requested. Follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Choir practice is 7 p.m. Wednesday. Session is at 5 p.m. and Reflections Circle is at 7 p.m. Dash (Delivering And Servicing the Home-bound) is at 10 a.m. from Pecan ...

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In this week’s Ask Brad, Brad Wilson from Brad’s Deals gives his take on what products tend to go on sale during the month of April. Advertiser’s disclosure: If you purchase something through a Brad’s Deals link, the site may earn a commission. Pricing and...

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In the article published in Wednesday's State Journal "Sikhs mark another toned-down holiday," the two possible dates for the Sikh holiday Vaisakhi were described as being the result of two "dueling" calendars. This disappointing characterization indicates a subtle yet obvious racism and prejudice.

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