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It’s opening week for NCAA Division I softball, and that means it’s time for my yearly column chock full of excitement, per usual! This year, however, is a little different. I didn’t think I could get more hyped … more
MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be … more
These two words look like the title of a book predicting an unbelievable time. Have we really reached this futuristic-sounding year? It sounds like the score you hope to receive on your eye exam, not the numeral you must now learn to write on your … more
You can still enjoy family favorites when modifying recipes to make them more nutritious. There are three easy rules to follow. Change only one or two ingredients … more

by RONNIE JOHNSON Do you realize that we have become a nation of couch potatoes? A woman I know says her husband hasn’t been out of his Lazy Boy recliner in five years, not counting the times he had to get up to use the bathroom. She brings his … more
Don’t abandon good habits when traveling; you will pay for it later. Many of us travel over the holidays to visit friends and relatives. You may even take a … more
This tale is too, too good not to be told, although the speaker asked that her name not be used. She was much too modest to have her name in the paper. However, if you live around Norristown, you have probably heard the story of this war bride. Many … more
Homecoming is a special event to enjoy and anticipate for weeks ahead. I have attended many, including churches, football games, Class of ’53, Fabulous Fifties, and even a reunion of my husband’s air force squadron at the base where he learned … more
Sometimes late at night, I take my little dog out to use the bathroom. I sit on the front porch as he does his business. It is unusually quiet and peaceful now. At times like these, you realize the heavens, filled with zillions of … more

What’s not to like about October with the cool nip in the air, leaves putting on their annual display of colors, school in session, football, and cozy light sweaters. October seems to be a month that Is “just right”. My memories are filled … more
Writing a column weeks before publication has disadvantages. Especially at this time of year when two sports are vying for your attention. As I compose this in mid-September, baseball teams are pushing to reach the World Series.  Football season is … more
“It’s a long, long way from May to September, but the days grow short when you reach September.” — 1938, Kurt Wells/Maxwell Anderson Summer in childhood is a magical time. School ends in early June. You race out to rid yourself of shoes, and … more
Being a columnist is a touch-or-go situation. Sometimes, the words flow without effort, while other times, we draw a complete blank. My fellow columnist, Shirley Twiss, will attest to this fact. We must have inspiration from sources other than … more
Storytelling is a part of life that helps us make sense of what we do not understand. Stories educate, inspire and build relationships between the teller and the listener. To hear and retain stories has built my faith, appreciation of ancestors and … more

Music fills my car as soon as I turn on the ignition. If I have passengers, I politely turn off—unless I want to share one of my favorites. I have developed a long playlist and rotate the albums when something new suits my fancy. One album will be … more
There is a long line of strong southern women in my family’s history. Emanuel County also has its share of them. When I speak of my family’s lineage, I also speak of yours. My mother was a go-getter! She could prepare a feast … more
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