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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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The Wings of Ave Maria, the Ave Maria Foundation, and the Compass group hosted a gala celebration honoring Monsignor Peter Buchignani at TPC Southwind on Oct. 6. The gala was a fundraiser for the Ave Maria Home.

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The Great War came to an end with an armistice that started at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

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The dark purple stains on my fingers suggest this is a good time to write about black walnuts (Juglans nigra). At the Walnut Room restaurant in the old Baptist Hospital, my dad was a fan of their black walnut ice cream, one of the best ways to enjoy these native nuts.

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Cheerful, moody, lazy, predictable, or easygoing— these are a few characteristics we observe daily in humans. They’re traits that help define an individual’s personality, and when matched against our own, we may find ourselves drawn to certain people and chilled by others. One’s personality …

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There’s no one-size-fits-all blueprint for expats moving abroad with children, according to Jason Holland, long-time correspondent for International Living and author of a new report on the topic.

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Danny Day & the "Midnight Train to Memphis" Band on September 12 at a kick off party for the Cooper Young 4 miler and festival. 

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Mojo, our goofy 9-year old Aussie-Border Collie mix is spoiled rotten, and there is no use in denying it. Oh, we started out on the right foot. There was the Good Canine Citizenship class the three of us attended each Monday evening for six weeks when we first adopted him. With Michael and m…

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The sign on our back door says, “Take time to smell the flowers.” It could also read, “Take time to watch the wildlife.” Without going on a safari, you can create a habitat right outside your door. Then watch carefully for some fascinating sights.

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We are in the best of times, our 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. Vintage, rewind, and recycle. We are the proven put together in a new way, embracing contemporary design combined with the glamor of past decades. We are fashion.

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In 1985 I moved to Memphis and immediately began calling it home. We liked Memphis from the start – the people, churches, shopping, weather, beautiful homes, sporting events and opportunities.

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At times I feel like an anachronistic throwback with no understanding of the modern world. Last week a monster SUV pulled up beside me and a young boy around 6 gave me the middle finger, much to the delight of his burly and menacing father.

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Gardeners split into two camps when it comes to fall vegetable gardens. There are those who breathe a sigh of relief as the traditional gardening season winds down and they look forward to the first frost when they can jerk those battered tomato vines out with a clear conscience. Other garde…

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There had been no discussions about adopting another cat when Terry looked at the photo Frank texted him of a tiny blond and white kitten. “Look what found me!” Frank’s message crowed. Terry wasted no time responding. “Absolutely not. Don’t even think about it.”

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When my mom moved to Memphis in the late forties—leaving forever the small town of McKenzie, Tenn.— she lived in a duplex on Felix Avenue. She walked daily to Cooper Avenue, where she caught a streetcar that took her downtown to the telephone company where she worked as a switchboard operator.

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At my high school reunion this summer (a milestone year, not saying which one) someone asked, “Is there anything to get rid of sweetgum balls?” Here’s the answer I promised my classmate.

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Retirees are often advised to stay busy. We’re expected to volunteer, take classes or travel. And, for the most part, it is a good idea to stay active.

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“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly” - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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ALBANY — Lenten season, a period of penitence and fasting in preparation for Easter, begins Wednesday. Albany’s three Episcopal churches will have a special opportunity for busy worshipers to observe an ancient Christian tradition that day without leaving their motor vehicles.

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We have covered a lot of ground in our recent series of studies. In our quest to understand life and what it’s all about, we have not sought the wisdom of man or the wisdom of the world. Such wisdom is too varied, too limited and, truthfully, has no authority in providing the absolute truth that is so vitally needed. The only source of divine wisdom and absolute truth on this earth is found in one place: the Bible. Therefore, to the Bible alone we must go to find the answers to life’s most foundational (and essential) questions, which we introduced in the very first lesson in this series.

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In high school, a neighboring farmer was kind enough to hire me for the summers. I dreaded one particular job on the farm: cleaning out steel bins. The bins would often be uncomfortably hot inside. Dust would hang in the air, and there would inevitably be some nasty mold and old grain caked around the edges of the bin, all needing to be cleaned out. It was always a relief when those bins were clean.

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It is an understatement to say we have a lot of conflict in our world these days. More than ever, I believe we are called to seek out the light of faith.

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LENT SERVICE, STUDY: Mount Vernon First United Methodist Church, 1607 E. Division St., Mount Vernon, will mark the beginning of the season of Lent with a 6 p.m. service on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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We all have problems occasionally and there are times when we feel like we’ve been punched in the gut. I felt like this a couple of months ago when one morning I went into my office to start the day and my computer would not wake up. I realize that hard drive failures are not the worst things that could happen, but for someone who writes several hours a day, it’s discouraging to say the least, but in the big picture of crisis issues, this is actually pretty far down the list. As I grow older, I want to be more grateful for my blessings and this includes the hope of good health. My good friend who is being treated for lung cancer is still sending out his morning updates and always closes with a series of positive affirmations such as, “Attitude for gratitude” and “Live within the light.”

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St. Mark's on the Campus Episcopal Church, 1309 R St., will offer pancake feeds after special Instructed Eucharist services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Freewill donations from the pancake feed will benefit the church's Outreach Fund organizations: Clinic with a Heart, Diocesan Missionary Fund, People’s City Mission, St. Monica’s and The Gathering Place.

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Nebraska Brass will perform “Invitation to the Dance,” featuring music representing over 500 years of dancing, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1200 S. 40th St.

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Over the last several weeks, my husband and I have been taking an online course, “Strengthening Married Individuals” through the Wilmette Institute, an on-line Baha’i Faith-based learning center (www.wilmetteinstitute.org).

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Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Service Set

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The coronavirus has greatly impacted China. As of this writing there are more than 73,000 cases with almost 1,900 deaths. In China more than 400 million people are quarantined. In Hong Kong schools are cancelled. Nearly 1,000 cases are outside of China. Millions of lives are affected- even the tech giant Apple is impacted by the virus.

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What a way to celebrate a birthday! It was a surprise. All my children, grandchildren and families were there. They are my most cherished gift from God. God has truly blessed me all these years. Thanks to all the neighbors, friends, relatives and volunteers from the hospital. Thanks for all the gifts and cards. Wunderlichs did a great job!

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Dennis Podany and his family would like to express their thanks for the many acts of kindness, prayers and help received for Dennis through his recent illness. Great neighbors, friends, and family are all appreciated so much, especially in a time of need.

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Scripture says that your life should be lived in such a way that those around you can see Jesus in you. “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16. Now that sounds good in theory, but what does it actually mean? The only explanation that works for me is the one that talks about service; working in the name of the Lord. Now we know it is ludicrous to think that anyone can live a perfect spiritual life. But isn’t it reasonable to expect that it shouldn’t take a cross examination from a district attorney to understand where this is coming from?

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SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to closely monitor the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on people around the world, including the ability of our missionaries to effectively find and teach, and of our members to gather for worship. We pray for all those affected by this illness and plead for the Lord's blessings during this difficult time.

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February is a month to celebrate and commemorate the progress made by the African-American community through time. Harrisonburg and surrounding towns offer several events this month for students and community members to engage in.

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Sunday also afforded the members and guests of Beulah the opportunity to witness a stellar performance by Cleo Kay Coleman. Coleman is an 88-year-old historian.

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“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the year, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, but the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — raise us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:1-7 ESV

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The Presbyterian Church of Clearfield will mark the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday worship on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The service is intended to begin reflection on the depth of Christ’s sacrifice that purchased our salvation. Worship will be preceded by a soup supper in the fellowship hall at 5:45 p.m., followed by worship in the chapel at 7 p.m. The worship service will include special music, prayer, and reflection, and the imposition of ashes.

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