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We are looking at a handful of Psalms to get us in the spirit of gratitude this Thanksgiving season. Last week we looked at a psalm of David, Psalm 138. We learned to say “Thank you” for God’s involvement in our lives.

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It’s hard to believe another Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And some good news for the readers of BBQ My Way is coming your way right now. The average cost of a traditional dinner with turkey and all the fixins to feed a party of 10 is $48.90, down 22 cents from last year. I’m gues…

Whether it snuck up on you or you’ve been preparing for weeks, Thanksgiving will be here in just a few days. Before you stuff yourself with pumpkin pie and fall into a turkey coma, let us know what you’re most thankful for this year.

It was bound to happen. Women are well on their way taking over Congress, and the swamp along with it to finally drain it. Women can’t tolerate a stench or outrageous lies as men do. It will not be politics as usual, but politics like we’ve never seen before. The big difference is that women…

Americans pride themselves on their independence and self-sufficiency. Even so there are times in everyone’s life when they can use a little help from their friends. Significant life events like childbirth, surgery, illness, injury, a death in the family, or a military deployment can put tre…

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A dozen years after Ernie Pyle died beside a road on a tiny Japanese island, his legacy altered the course of a Hoosier teenager's life.Keith Hamilton was an 18-year-old, freshly graduated from Anderson High School, northeast of Indianapolis. Some of

The holiday season has been thrust upon us. A trip to a retail store on the day before Halloween saw less than a four-foot shelf dedicated to Trick or Treat candy, while an entire aisle was already spilling over with Christmas treats. While visions of sugar plums dance in the minds of many, …

One of my favorite writers, Anne Lamott, recently posted on Facebook that she’s always wanted to write a book called, “All the People I Still Hate: A Christian Perspective.” That makes me laugh.

The President likes to remind us how much he loves veterans, never giving much detail. How much? His campaign declined to answer the 2016 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) questionnaire given to both presidential candidates regarding veterans’ issues. The President’s 2018 budget proposed taking…

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I’m told the titles of articles need to be short, eye-catching and descriptive. The challenge I’m having is that the title should read “applewood smoked chicken breasts stuffed with spinach, ricotta cheese and garlic wrapped with bacon.” I’ve also learned that the point of every sentence in …

As candidates marched their political campaigns toward Tuesday's ultimate conclusion, voters seemed to embrace the moment. They trekked to the polls in large numbers, sometimes standing in line for lengthy periods to cast their votes. At the end of the day, Democrats took control of the U.S.…

“I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy; Dear Jack, Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.”

The campaign leading up to the mid-term elections is now over until a month or two, when another one begins. Let’s face it, politics is outmoded. To win an election, a candidate must promise anything and everything, raise a small fortune and put a permanent fake smile on his face. When a wom…

The midterm elections are finally over and the public has spoken. Election decisions have been made and even though these are important, it’s estimated that the average person makes as many as 35,000 decisions daily. Researchers at Cornell University found that people make about 227 decision…

General Election 2018 held much to celebrate. Voters turned out — for a midterm election — in record numbers across the nation. Southern Indiana voters added their ballots in turnout rivaling a presidential election year. That’s impressive engagement.

Finally, Tuesday, Nov. 6, has happened. By the time you read this the election will be over. Many of us will be happy, many of us won’t. Pretty much, it’s about 50/50 on the spectrum of who won’t or will be pleased with the results.

In my six years of penning this column, my mother has not once asked me to write about any certain subject.

Eleven peopled died Oct. 27 at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue, where a gunman burst in during a worship service and began shooting while making anti-Semitic statements. Faith-Based Security Network reports the shooting was the 15th mass murder at a U.S. house of worship. According to th…

The throes of winter time can get you down if you live in a zone affected by global warming. Although the icebergs in the Arctic are also melting, you will need a warm coat and a house or igloo heated by gas, coal or whale oil, to live there. In modern times, most people, wherever they live …

The small town in Southern Illinois where I grew up was highly political. I can remember my mother working in nearly every election. Early on Election Day the precinct committeeman would stop by our house and give my mother a list of names and phone numbers. She would start calling people an…

There is an often-told story about the grandson of the second president, John Adams. Charles Francis Adams, a state senator, U.S. Congressman and ambassador to Great Britain during the Civil War, meticulously kept a diary, and encouraged his seven children to do the same.

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“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

At last count, the story had been covered on national outlets like NBC, CNN and USA Today. Newspapers around the country carried the coverage. The headlines of the News of the Nation section of the Chicago Tribune summarized the event: “Two shot dead at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky, po…

Two seasons — unrelated to weather — are colliding right now: football and election. Let’s play politics on the gridiron. Vote for the team color that most represents your political views. Vote first in our web poll, then take your opinions to the voting booth — where you can mix the color p…

You either adore our president or want to impeach him. One thing is certain, there’s nothing fake about him, and there’s never been another live being like him, other than perhaps Donald Duck or Alexander the Great. Donald Duck was somewhat clumsy, but he got along with other animals — Micke…

The political season is upon us and with it the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beginning of the season introduces us to those running. They keep it clean then, usually. Smiling, shaking hands, fair after fair, parade after parade, eager to get to know us. They woo us unmercifully.

As we enter the fall of the year and anticipate the cold winter months ahead, people start seeking out things that bring them comfort. Last weekend, for example, I saw people standing in incredibly long lines just for warm freshly made pumpkin donuts.

New Albany has its share of historic homes and buildings, and thankfully many have been saved from the wrecking ball due to restoration efforts. Remember, it’s only been 50 years ago that the Culbertson Mansion, arguably the city’s most prized landmark, was on the list for possible demolitio…

Like most people, Liz and I are always interested in healthy alternatives when cooking or grilling. Ground turkey meat has become a ground beef substitute in many recipes such as tacos, chili and yes, grilled burgers. Not all the time mind you, but some of the time. The challenge when grilli…

Halloween is the unofficial holiday, where kids of every age get to dress up in costumes and eat candy to their hearts’ content. Whether it’s canvassing the neighborhood or visiting trunks in a parking lot, the treats abound, as do the tricks! Halloween puts the fun in scary. So, what’s your…

It’s nerve-wracking trying to keep up with the crazy times we live in. Do you know how it feels to lag way behind the modern ways of living? Although I grew up without any modern conveniences such as a refrigerator requiring electricity, times were much simpler back before computers began co…

Last spring a number of users of the virtual assistant Alexa, from the Amazon’s Echo Smart Speaker, were frightened when the device reportedly produced spontaneous laughter. This was especially concerning because the laughter was various described on social media as “evil," “chilling," “cree…

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