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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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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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Jan. 26—Moses Lake Christian Church is teaming with Cascadia Produce to distribute USDA food boxes for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program beginning Thursday, and every Thursday thereafter through Feb. 25. The "truck to trunk" distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 200 Yonezawa Blvd. No proof of need is required and anyone is welcome to pick up a 30-pound box of food. ...

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By Broadry Newsroom As attractive as it may be to get away from it all, vacationing can also be expensive — even if you skip the airfare. Fortunately, there are some incredible, road-trippable destinations that are both highly sought-after and budget friendly.  To help you...

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Hope you are having a great week so far?  Can you believe ait, the weekend is almost here?  

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Our song service on Jan. 17 began with a combination of  “Thy Word” and “Only Believe” from the congregation.  The Mathis family provided special music, “Almighty God” and “I’ll Never Be Too Old to Pray.”  This was also “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” and began the baby bottle fundraiser for My Choices.  The fundraiser will run until Feb. 14  Baby bottles to collect change in are available in the Family Life Center.  In celebration of human life, Bro. Don gave a stirring sermon titled, “The Silent Scream.”

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Gathered around the great-big-horns-adorned QAnon shaman standing at the podium, they offered up a prayer to God, thanking Him for their successful insurrection efforts, arms raised high, heads bowed, eyes squeezed closed, all caught up in reverential poses.

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Jan. 26—Fred and Diane Corlett, high school friends and college sweethearts who supported each other's passions through five decades together, died this month of COVID-19 — just four days apart. They both grew up in Raleigh, where they met at Broughton High School, their son, David, said. They were friends first, then dated while attending UNC-Chapel Hill. Both were drawn to theater while at ...

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Jan. 26—SALEM — The Salem-based Satanic Temple has gone to court again, this time challenging the Boston City Council's practice of only allowing invited clergy to give an opening prayer or invocation at its meetings. The complaint, filed electronically on Sunday in U.S. District Court, comes two years after the group first challenged the practice at the Massachusetts Commission Against ...

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Remembering you "FLORENCE ALDEN" on your 3rd Anniversary in Heaven. Missing you more everyday. Love & Prayers, Rich and Family

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Mitred Archpriest Daniel Dimitri Ressetar served Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in Harrisburg for more than 55 years. Ressetar, 93, died Jan. 20 at UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital, Lower Paxton Twp. Ressetar was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Jersey City, N.J., St. Tikhon’s Theological Seminary in South Canaan, in 1948 (where he directed the choir) and Lafayette College ...

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Jan. 26—It turns out 13 is a lucky number if you ask Carmen James. For years, the Mount Tabor Church got by without a formal street address. Local residents only knew the building as the black church on Cedar Street in Mount Holly Springs. In 2020, the spiritual hub of what was once a thriving African-American community obtained a new identity as "13 Cedar Street," said James, a member of the ...

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Jan. 25—Batesville/Ripley County Tuesday, January 26 — Batesville Memorial Public Library — Storytime at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Batesville Memorial Public Library for ages three and over with stories, music and dance. Please register at ebatesville.com/events. Tuesday, January 26 — Batesville Memorial Public Library — The Batesville Memorial Public Library Needlecrafting Circle will ...

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Jan. 25—Parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Lafayette didn't march on Washington's streets for the anti-abortion cause this year, but they marched nonetheless. About 250 people participated in a Eucharistic procession Sunday night that started after evening Mass at the downtown cathedral and continued on West Main Street to the Lafayette Parish Courthouse, turned onto ...

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EL CENTRO — Water-logged but undeterred, teams of local Christian faithful readied thousands of small, increasingly wet paper bags, placing plastic tea light candles inside as the rain poured on Saturday, January 23, at Central Baptist Church in El Centro.

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Today's update from the LA Dept. of Health has the number of total cases for the State at 383,862 an increase of 3,604 cases since Friday (LDH does not report Saturdays). These numbers list 2,618 cases for Vernon, 2,496 cases for Beauregard, 2,728 cases for Allen, 10,280 cases for Rapides, 16,928 cases for Calcasieu, 2,483 cases for Sabine, and 3,549 cases for Natchitoches Parish. The numbers show 8,565 deaths so far from COVID-19 in the State, with 82 from Vernon Parish, 60 from Beauregard Parish, and 77 from Allen Parish 

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The American Red Cross typically has a tough time keeping the blood supply strong during the winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can impact donors. This year the pandemic adds in another challenge in keeping the blood supply strong. The Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets this month.

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The American Red Cross typically has a tough time keeping the blood supply strong during the winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can impact donors. This year the pandemic adds in another challenge in keeping the blood supply strong. The Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets this month.

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The American Red Cross typically has a tough time keeping the blood supply strong during the winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can impact donors. This year the pandemic adds in another challenge in keeping the blood supply strong. The Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets this month.

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Childhood sweethearts Dick Meek, 89, and Shirley Meek, 87, passed minutes apart from Covid-19, three days before they were scheduled to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Their grandchildren tell CNN's Alisyn Camerota more.

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Shiloh Baptist Church will be celebrating 179 years in service in September. The church is located at 2040 Christian St. in South Philadelphia. The Rev. Edward Sparkman has been the pastor of Shiloh for the past 25 years.

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Jan. 25—What does the COVID-19 vaccine has to do with Satan? For some who believe in biblical prophecy — everything. Fear of the COVID-19 vaccine has joined the ranks of biometric palm scanners and biometric digital photographs — used to authenticate a person's identity — among those skeptics. The lifesaving vaccine is suspected of being the "mark of the beast" by some, just as biometric ...

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First came love, then came marriage, then came babies in a (double-wide) baby carriage. In the third episode of "WandaVision," Wanda experiences a mysterious magical pregnancy that, within the span of a day, leads to the birth of her and Vision's twin boys, Tommy and Billy. And this introduction of their children could mean the eventual appearance of the superheroes Wiccan and Speed in the ...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Travel plans may be on hold, but Instagram offers boundless inspiration for the day we can finally jet off to distant destinations. So Big 7 Travel indulged in what has become an annual hashtag tally, analyzing which cities hold the most ‘gram appeal, surveying readers and debating which spots are the most, well, Instagrammable. Tokyo tops the 2021 rankings with more than 53 ...

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Jan. 25—About 9 miles north of Waverly off of a dirt road sits a small church and a pastor with a big heart. Bethlehem Covenant Church's senior pastor Dan Olson has become a source of inspiration for the church's members to serve both the Lord and their community. The church itself has been around for about 130 years, Olson said, and many members have been attending for decades and may have ...

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Hundreds of mostly maskless Christian revelers gathered in an El Cajon park Sunday for a free concert led by evangelical musician Sean Feucht, who has garnered controversy during the coronavirus pandemic by leading massive "Let us Worship" rallies in defiance of public health guidelines. El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, who delivered the concert's opening prayer, told the Union-Tribune he thinks the ...

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Do you watch television? If so, what do you spend your time watching? There are often better ways to use the gift of time which God gives us than watching the televison. But, there are also times when TV is a way to keep up with the world, or to enjoy some entertainment in sports or a television show. When my wife and I find time to relax together, when we sit down and want to watch something short on TV, our “go to show” has become . . . The Andy Griffith Show. Yes, this show is OLD – from the 1960’s. But watching the antics of Andy and Barney, of Aunt Bea and Opie, of Gomer and Goober, we often laugh out loud. And, when watching the show, we find values which reflect the values which we hold as Christians. This show exhibits no foul language, no overt sexuality, no crudeness, no depravity. The people in the show care for each other. They worship together and work for the good of the community together. In some ways this show reflected the heart and the values of America in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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