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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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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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Elijah's story helps us understand that God finds us, in whatever condition we’re in, and offers us hope.

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HANFORD — A group plans to get together on Saturday morning to thank members of the Hanford Police Department for their continued hard work and dedication.

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PHOENIX, Aug. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- COVID-19 has affected the way Americans live, work, and learn. This fall, thousands of children will return to schools in online learning environments. While expected to be temporary, assistance for students to have the technology they need to learn is a top priority.

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Darcey Lynn Engelke was born Aug. 2, 1959, to Leo and Delores Dockter in Jamestown. She entered hospice in May 2020 and died at her daughter's home July 31, 2020. A private memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck.

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While some families in the US are concerned about the potential effects of taking a vaccine, others are exploiting fears by spreading misinformation online. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen speaks with vaccine advocate Chelsea Clinton about the battle for facts.

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The Jesuits of Gonzaga discuss what it means to be a Jesuit and how the foundation of their actions are centered around creating a better world.

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Burial services are now available to veterans and their families in the Magic Valley as part of an initiative by the federal government to improve cemetery access in rural areas.

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By: National Content Desk If you are looking for a good night’s sleep, you aren’t alone. Turns out, many of us are desperate for some shut-eye. Even the social media platform Pinterest reports that searches for “sleep optimization” is up 116% from last year. While...

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EUREKA — Mary J. Graack, 102, of Eureka, died at 4:50 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 9, 2020) at the Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on Monday that 10 Utah temples, including the Logan temple, will be reopening next week and allowing for more ordinances to take place.

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Monsignor Douglas L. Grams was elected by the diocesan College of Consultors to serve as the diocesan administrator of the Diocese of New Ulm, effective Aug. 10, 2020. This follows the Aug. 6, 2020, announcement by Pope Francis of the acceptance of the retirement of the Rev. John M. LeVoir, who has served the diocese since 2008.

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When you’re spending more time in your own home, you’ve probably considered a few ways you can spruce up your space without major renovations. Adding a removable wallpaper is a quick and simple way to add a pop of color to your space, whether you want to brighten up your stair risers, create a welcoming entryway, or add an accent wall. The best part is that it’s completely temporary so you can pick another pattern or color each time you need a refresh. Here are 4 picks that will brighten up your space this summer.

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By: Julie Loffredi National Content Desk Answering kids’ most pressing life questions is hard work. Scholastic aims to make “conversation starters” easier for parents and teachers with the launch of a new resource on Instagram. Lauren Tarshis, the senior vice president & editor-in-chief of Scholastic...

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There is a lot of time, and a tremendous amount of thought, that goes into each “From the Mayor’s Desk” article that is written. Sometimes it is a simple process where a topic and ideas come naturally and it is simply a matter of putting them onto paper. Other times, the process can be more difficult, especially when discussing difficult topics with varied viewpoints and opinions.

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With the tear of a ribbon, hard work on the Immanuel House was displayed for the community.

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Area pastors and others from the community were called together Thursday to pray for Loudon County.

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We are living in a time of tumult, fear, distrust, stress, tension, uncertainty, suspicion, and lawlessness. All of this happening in the world all around us; COVID-19 pandemic, cries of brutally and systematic racism, accusations of insensitivity and hostility toward poor and disadvantaged people, the Black Lives Matter protests, and an impending national political election to decide the direction of our nation. We should pause to reflect what values or historical precedents (John 3:16) should inform our opinions and thereby our actions. Recently, while reading, I noticed the phrase “disinterested kindness”. The phrase arrested my attention.

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RUTLEDGE – Lighthouse Ministries held a call to prayer Saturday, August 8 in honor of students and teachers who will be returning to school Monday, August 17. 

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“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

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Temples continue to reopen in a cautious, careful way, in four phases. Temples in Phase 1 and Phase 2 are operating on a limited basis, and with key precautions in place for temple workers and patrons, including: masks worn at all times, very limited numbers of patrons in the temple at a time, minimal staff in the temple, sanitization after each temple ceremony, careful social distancing and seating arrangements, and temperature checks at the entrance (for Phase 2).

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Since the pandemic and stay-at-home orders began, it’s been harder for congregations to reach their members and hold services.

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Under the guidance of the “Reopen Taskforce,” the Big Canoe Chapel has begun worship services at the Terraces on Sundays at 9 a.m.  We extend a warm, heartfelt welcome to everyone to join with us.  KN95 masks are required and will be provided at the Welcome Table.  Bring your chair, your hat, your water, and arrive early to be guided to a properly distanced seating area.  On-line services continue at 10 a.m. and can be viewed at www.bigcanoechapel.org

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The Fines Creek United Methodist Church is canceling its homecoming that was scheduled on Aug. 16, due to COVID-19 and the continuation of Phase 2.

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California Superior Court Judge Matthew Guasco issued a temporary restraining order Friday, Aug. 7 to Pastor Rob McCoy of Godspeak Calvary Chapel Church prohibiting the church from meeting under California Governor GavinNewsom’s COVID-19 no singing and no worship orders.

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By: Julie Loffredi, National Lifestyle Content Desk Looking to keep the kids busy this fall? Toy manufactures are gearing up for a season of fun! Moose Toys just rolled out some fun gadgets, squish toys, and craft kits. Here’s a look at some popular picks...

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