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Thoughts On Back-To-School
School begins this Wednesday for students of Lincoln Charter School, but they'll be engaged in remote learning for the time being.  Lincoln County Schools, Gaston County Schools, Catawba County Schools & Cleveland County Schools all begin the school year for students next week.  One thing is certain: school will be different this year.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Landen's Story Lives On
Landen was a little boy in our community that battled a rare disorder- DNA Ligase IV Deficiency. This disorder resulted in small stature (Primordial Dwarfism) and immune deficiency which led to Landen needing a bone marrow transplant in 2017. Landen passed away September 13th of last year.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Limited Time
She sat on her porch and pondered... Her mind was racing... So many questions... So many answers... But which answer was correct… Now that was the dilemma...
Sunday, August 2, 2020

525,600 Minutes
525,600 minutes is a lot of minutes, right?  How about 52 weeks?  12 months?  Or, 1 year?  All of them are the same length of time.  But, in looking at the number – 525,600 – it sure seems like a lot more than the others.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Rules & Laws
Children come into a world with rules... Loving parents make the rules for... For little ones... At first rules are simple... Eat your food... Don't pull out all the pots... Don't run in the house... Don't yell and scream in the house...
Sunday, July 19, 2020

Wear a Mask, Save a Life!
On Saturday, North Carolina reported 2,481 new cases of COVID-19, a new single day record, plus 23 more deaths. South Carolina reported 1,481 new cases and 39 more deaths.  Georgia reported 4,689 new cases and 36 more deaths.  Florida reported 10,328 new cases and 90 more deaths. It's time to do your patriotic duty and mask up! 
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Treating People With Kindness
I appeal to your common sense, your intelligence, and your gut that tells you in that small, still voice that treating people with kindness is the right thing to do.
Friday, July 17, 2020

The Message Is Clear: Deface, Repaint, Every Time.
I happened to be in town yesterday evening (July 15), and I saw folks at the mural surveying the burnout marks left by someone the previous night.
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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Lights Out - Brain On
What turns on when the lights turn off...
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Lights Out - Brain On
What turns on when the lights turn off... Storm is building outside... Wind is building quickly... TV is going... Cell phone sends a warning... Storm coming...
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Doing What Could Not Be Done
Do you have dreams, aspirations, plans, and goals that you want to accomplish?  If so, then hopefully, you are actively pursuing those dreams and goals on a daily basis.
Friday, July 10, 2020

A Stock Market Lesson To Remember
Undeniably, spring 2020 has tried the patience of investors. An 11-year bull market ended. Key economic indicators went haywire. Household confidence was shaken. 
Monday, July 6, 2020

Once Upon A Time
Once Upon A Time was... Was the way stories used to start... Some were scary... Some were funny... Most made kids and adults... People in general think... Usually think about good lessons... BUT in 2020...
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Character - Building A Solid One
Character takes time to build, but is sometimes easy to destroy, if the choices you make later in life tear down the positive things you’ve built in yourself, during the previous years.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Research Study Concludes Exodus Homes Reduces Prison Recidivism 65%
Exodus Homes, a faith based United Way agency that provides 73 beds of supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison has just completed a six-year prison recidivism study that demonstrates the effectiveness of their program.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Faith Is Needed In 2020
She was sitting on my screened porch... The sun was shining... The birds were eating... Eating seeds and singing in the trees...
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Unlocking Creativity
If you are looking for ways to unlock your own creativity for something, then read on!
Friday, June 26, 2020

Details On The Tax Deadline Extension
The Internal Revenue Service knows that many taxpayers have had a stressful spring. So, it has reset the federal tax deadline. You now have until July 15 to file your 1040 form. July 15 is also the deadline to pay any federal taxes owed for 2019.
Monday, June 22, 2020

Ideas That Pursue You
Ever had an idea that’s pursued you for a long time? An invention? A puzzle? A quest? If so, good! And, you’re not alone. True, everybody has ideas. But, not all ideas are ones that we come up with.
Friday, June 19, 2020

What Is Juneteenth?
Not just those of us who got our education in segregated white schools, but sadly, many who went to black schools, never heard about Juneteenth until we were adults.  The day is more important symbolically than historically.  For anyone not familiar, here's a short history lesson.
Friday, June 19, 2020

Mr. Mockingbird
Well the movers were unpacking... The trucks were backed up... Up the driveway... She was so excited... The day had arrived... She and the movers were there...
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Get From Here To There
Have you ever wanted to get somewhere or do something, but didn’t know how?  Take some time to visualize the whole thing, so your mind can figure out how to reverse engineer and order the steps to make it happen.
Friday, June 12, 2020

The Pecking Order
I am a firm believer that every child should experience the beauty in raising something and watching it grow. To learn to care for something, love it unconditionally, and feel a sense of pride once it is grown. Those are life lessons that I learned at a young age that I carry with me today and always will.
Monday, June 8, 2020

Bad Does Not Mean Permanent
Lately the world seems to have forgotten... Forgotten that love is a powerful tool... Love and kindness can change us all... But we have to give it a change...
Sunday, June 7, 2020

Beauty In Delay
Four hours on the road.  Close to home.  Five miles from our driveway, we had to stop for roadwork.  Waiting in line, I started to get annoyed that we were ALMOST there, but not yet.
Friday, June 5, 2020

We Are In The Midst Of Unprecedented Times
The last few months have been very difficult and frustrating, not just for our communities but for our nation.  Due to the pandemic, we were thrust into a situation that has left many wondering how to pick up the pieces and move forward in what will now be our “new normal.” 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Protests Turn Violent
Protests related to the death of George Floyd, who died while being pinned down by the knee of a policeman on his neck, spread across America Friday.
Saturday, May 30, 2020

Schools Should Be #1 Priority
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly created problems for the economy.  Businesses and individuals have taken a hit; so have governmental units.  It's certainly a time for being careful about spending; but we believe cutting funding for education is not a good idea--even when money is tight.
Friday, May 29, 2020

Riding Life's Roller Coaster
Riding life’s roller coaster can be fun, thrilling, exhausting, and interesting – all at the same time.  Birth and death are life-changing events, especially if we are close to those involved.
Friday, May 22, 2020

EMS Week
This is EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Saving Early & Letting Time Work For You
The earlier you start pursuing financial goals, the better your outcome may be.
Monday, May 18, 2020

The Balance
Every day, there is a balancing act you live out – a give and take.  You wake up, get ready for your day, and head off into the blue-skied surroundings either bleary-eyed or fully awake. 
Friday, May 15, 2020














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