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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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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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“What do you want to see happen?” That is the theme of our articles in this season. This season of COVID, natural disasters, politics, racial awakenings and more. For some, any notion of what we might want to see happen seems far, far away. We are victims of forces beyond our control. And yet.

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Recently, I had the great fortune to hear a sermon by Bishop Robert Barron, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Founder of the Word on Fire Evangelization Ministry. In it he went to great lengths to speak of the immense love God has for all of creation, especially we human beings. He spoke of the Creator’s great care and constant gifting of grace. This God lavishes us with abundance, beauty and mercy. He bestows on us every grace, that is, unearned gifts of the outpouring of goodness, understanding and unconditional love, not because we deserve it but rather because He loves us beyond measure. Bishop Barron went on to explain though that love such as this, divine love, requires a response in order to come to fullness. We must cooperate with grace. When we don’t we fall in upon ourselves, we are somehow incomplete, dissatisfied, less than what we were created to be. Yes, we must choose to cooperate with grace, to cooperate with God’s love, for each of us individually and for the world as a whole. And when we do, we flourish. But what does cooperation with grace look like in today’s world?

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Christmas celebrations on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, usually include hundreds of musical performances throughout the month of December. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Temple Square Performances will hold its Christmas concerts virtually this year, and all are invited to participate.

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A few years ago the Green Bay Packers were having a poor start to their NFL season. The fans were anxious. The Packer quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, told the fans to r-e-l-a-x. Green Bay went on to have a fine year. The fans had panicked unnecessarily.

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 From 2010-2015 our county had one of the highest percentages of domestic migration in the state (according to the California State Association of Counties). In other words, a lot of people are moving out of Kings County.

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Elder Wyatt Gonzales, son of Garth and Wendi (Steel) Gonzales of Twin Falls, has been called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His assignment is Peru Cuzco Mission, and he is currently serving in the Arkansas Bentonville Mission.

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Across America, loud and angry voices are shouting down those of opposite persuasion. It is an unashamed effort to silence opponents. No one likes to be criticized, maligned, or belittled. The tactic is intended to silence opposing voices by intimidation, that is, bullying. It involves calling the opposition disparaging names or identifying them with an unpopular person or ideology. It is not only intended to discredit the opposition, but to silence it.

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Living Christ Lutheran Church: We are a community of disciples embraced by God's unconditional love and enduring grace. We are called to invite all people to join us in celebrating God's love and presence in your life, and leave empowered to be God's hands in the world. We offer Sunday worship service through music, teaching, prayer and sacraments. Service is held at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday with Pastor Kurt Fangmeier leading worship. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are offering worship services only online and folks may go to our new website to participate:  www.lclclflag.org  

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The Greek language has two different words for time. Chronos or chronological refers to the passing of time. Kairos means epoch or age or opportune time. Time (chronos) may pass slowly but the pace of change (kairos) is faster and faster!

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As the United States records it's highest single day total for new Covid-19 cases, infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm warns that the country will see some of the darkest days in its history until a vaccine is made widely available.

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The Rev. David Hicks is the head pastor of Pine Hill Temple of Praise Church which has served the North Philadelphia area for 54 years. Pine Hill currently shares a building with Macedonia Memorial Baptist Church at 4635 N 16th St. Yet despite the pandemic outbreak, Pine Hill is still reaching members and finding a new way to reach members.

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Christianity—and all the world’s major religions—call on people of faith to care for God’s creation. The Climate Action Team at First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D St., is offering an opportunity to learn why climate change is a spiritual imperative, the basics of climate change science, and how to take action at the local, state and federal levels.

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The Wissahickon Faith Community Association is comprised of leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities (and we are open to others) in the greater Ambler area. Formerly the Ambler Ministerial Association, we have been blessed to be in the Ambler community for over 25 years. Over the years, we have developed meaningful relationships not only among ourselves, but between our different faith communities. There is a bond of unity and respect that has united us as people of faith through difficult times, including the loss of a place of worship due to fire, the devastation of the 9/11 attacks, shootings at churches, synagogues and mosques, and many other events in our country. Through it all, we have chosen to unite with each other, focusing on our commonalities, not our differences.

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In the Old Testament, God spoke of the coming Salvation of believers, “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.” (Isa 45:18-19, KJV).

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Local pastors, fearing the divisiveness throughout the U.S., have decided to do something about it. They’ve scheduled a huge prayer gathering for Oct. 31.

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