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Recipe File Full Of Food Gems, History
A while back I found myself rifling through my accordion file of recipes to find directions for making Autumn Fruit Salad. Of course it was in the last place I looked, but as I weeded through clippings and handwritten notes, I decided to thin the file.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Sequence Of Returns
What exactly is the “sequence of returns”? The phrase describes the yearly variation in an investment portfolio’s rate of return. 
Monday, December 9, 2019

The Season # 2
What do you call this season... In the past few years it... It has changed several times...
Sunday, December 8, 2019

Your Right Time, Your Right People
At times in the past, we’ve talked about writing down your ideas or recording them, so you can go back to them at a later date.  It’s valuable to do, because sometimes when an idea first comes to you, the time is not right to make it become a reality.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Hoyle Family Nativity Celebrates 14 Years
For thirteen years my (immediate) family and I have gathered at the home of my grandparents in observance of the real reason for Christmas… Jesus! Our family will hold its fourteenth live nativity at 1960 Highway 274, Cherryville NC 28021 on Monday, December 23rd and Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Getting To Yes
In almost every negotiation or transaction between two or more people, there is a way to get to “yes”.  One side or other – or both – may have to make concessions, but if the end goal in that moment is to finalize an agreement, then it’s worth it. 
Friday, November 29, 2019

Thanksgiving is many things... Many things to many people... What are you grateful for... Do you think about this... Do you realize your blessings...
Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving: The Middle-Child Holiday
Poor Thanksgiving! Like a middle child, it languishes between two legendary partiers: Halloween and Christmas. Thanksgiving can scarcely compete.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Overlooked Tax Deductions For Small-Business Owners
Being a small-business owner isn’t easy. After all, balancing payroll, managing employees, drawing up marketing plans, and handling the bookkeeping can be stressful! Luckily, the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) allows small-business owners to take some surprising deductions, which may help come tax time. 
Monday, November 25, 2019

Books Books Galore
An ideal day for me is sitting in my favorite chair with a good book and an endless supply of hot cocoa, so whether you're like me and just enjoy reading or if you're looking for something to give as a gift this season I've composed a list of great series and books that I love to get you through this winter.
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Making It Stick, PPSM Steps 6-8
This week, let’s look at the last three steps of the Practical Problem-Solving Model.
Friday, November 22, 2019

High School Football Playoff - A Community Happening
It’s high school football tournament time here in North Carolina. Attendance at high school athletic events could use a boost. With streaming devices in everyone’s pocket, there are lots of alternative ways to be entertained. But few, if any, have the same impact—or accomplish the same amount of good—as paying for a ticket and attending a high school tournament football game in person. Read this op-ed yourself and see why.
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Smoking: Largely Hidden But Still A Major Killer
For the 44th Great American Smokeout (GASO) on Thursday, November 21, 2019, the American Cancer Society is highlighting the hidden epidemic of smoking in some populations.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Think Thankful
November is a wonderful month... It is the month of thanks... Thanksgiving makes us think... Think about the important... Important stuff...
Sunday, November 17, 2019

Getting To The Root Of A Problem: Steps 3-5
Last week, we were talking about the “Eight-Step Practical Problem-Solving Method”, or PPSM for short. Step 1 was “Clarify the Problem”. Step 2 was “Break Down the Problem”. As promised, here are the next three steps.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Special Award Presented To Alex Patton
As a part of the program following Monday's Veterans Day Parade, the Veterans Council presented a special award to Lincoln County Veterans Service Officer Alex Patton.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Madison Weaver Amongst Herald's New Interns
Amongst our newest interns, Weaver, 18 and a senior at West Lincoln High School, is known for her “Moment with Madison” column. Weaver said recently that she is truly proud to be a farm girl. The Cherryville girl helps her grandfather on his local farm.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ryan Luckman Among Lincoln Herald Interns
The East Lincoln High School senior is among The Herald’s new interns. Luckman is covering sports. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Luckman moved to North Carolina when he was 5. He enjoys all athletic endeavors, and he aspires one day to work for ESPN.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gracie Rickard Among Herald's New Interns
A senior at Cherryville High School, Rickard is among The Herald’s new interns. At CHS, she is much involved in sports. She has spent two years on the women’s tennis team and three in track and field.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Julliana Salvatierra Amongst Our Interns
Amongst our newest interns, Salvatierra, 17 and a senior at Lincolnton High School, is covering various topics for The Lincoln Herald. After high school, she plans on majoring in political science and eventually becoming an immigration lawyer.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ashley Maddox Amongst Herald's Interns
A 16-year-old junior at East Lincoln High School in Denver, Maddox is among The Lincoln Herald’s newest interns. With her love of animals, Maddox plans after graduation to study veterinary science at a university, and she hopes one day to become a veterinarian at a zoo.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Annual Financial To-Do List
What financial, business, or life priorities do you need to address for the coming year? Now is a good time to think about the investing, saving, or budgeting methods you could employ toward specific objectives, from building your retirement fund to managing your taxes. You have plenty of choices.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Holiday Stress
Holidays will be here is no time... Memories dance in most heads... Fall usually has many memories... Holidays do that for people...
Sunday, November 10, 2019

8 Steps To Solving Problems
In working with different leaders over the years, at some point in our discussions, we’ve wound up talking about how to solve problems. One of the best processes out there is one that Toyota uses.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

"Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't"
It may seem wrong but those who want to voice their objection to proposed changes in zoning and requests for conditional use permits at County public hearings need to understand--there are times when public opinion doesn't matter.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Eighteen Years!
As of November 13, 2019 I will be an 18-year-old - a legal adult. It seems like yesterday I was just an 8-year-old with dreams as big as one could imagine. Just a few years ago I remember thinking it would be an eternity to get where I am now. Looking back, I feel like it all happened overnight. 
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

I Still Want My 'Saved' Hour Back
Is there anything more annoying than Daylight Savings Time? I woke up Sunday to realize that the rest of the world had fallen back and left me behind, or ahead, or…whatever.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Excitement In Salem Massachusetts
Ten years ago while they were on vacation, Tim Williams and his wife went on a ghost tour in Salem, Massachusetts. He told me they went to the Old Burying Point Cemetery, where they had been told the “hanging judge” of the Salem Witch Trials, John Hawthorne, was buried.
Sunday, November 3, 2019

You Are Not Alone
What happens when you fall in love... In love with a married person... Usually it happens when...  When you least expect it to happen...
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Every day, an unassuming occurrence adds and subtracts motions and emotions within our lives.  Just over a second away via light speed rails, movements and songs of a sphere determinedly keep their purposes, as the orb courses through the sky above us.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Ghost Season Is Back
Who’s had a ghostly experience? I asked that question recently while speaking to a local church group. Some bravely raised their hands, including myself.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

How Medigap Choices Are Changing
Soon, two types of Medigap policies will no longer be sold. Seniors who enroll in Medicare in 2020 or later will be unable to buy Medigap Plan F or Plan C. These are the two Medicare Supplement policies that cover Medicare’s Part B deductible (currently $185).
Monday, October 28, 2019

What Is A Size 10 Anyway
In 1960 she was a size 10... Right out of high school... She was a size 10 with she married... Married her first husband... She even got back to a size 10 again... Again after both babies...
Sunday, October 27, 2019

Consequences Associated With Bullying
October is Bullying Awareness Month, and today's blog will be focusing on the types of bullying and some consequences associated with bullying. 
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Light filters through the tree tops and caresses our faces, as we greet the morning of the day.  The light transfers from its place of origin to our place of standing, splitting the time of what was just before, to what is now.  The times are different, but connected by an instance. 
Friday, October 25, 2019

Growing Your Idea File
Do you have an idea file?  If so, good!  If not, it might be something to think about doing.  If you do have one, what’s in it?  Have you updated it or added to it, this week?  Have you looked in it recently?
Friday, October 18, 2019

Did You Say 'Class Of 2020'
It’s the end of the first nine weeks of senior year, the first quarter which reflects that senior year is quickly passing by. No, I am not graduating but it’s my senior year too. I am a mom, the mom to a young man who will be saying goodbye to his high school days in just over seven months.
Monday, October 14, 2019

The Lessons Of Loss
Sept. 5 was a day I hoped would never come. That Thursday, husband Tym died.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Comparing Yourself To Others Is Dangerous
Life is full of comparisons.  Some of them are good, while some of them are not nearly as good as others.  Our minds and hearts are constantly comparing ourselves to other people: past, present, and future.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Reading Faster And Learning More
When I was in the ninth grade, our English teacher had us time ourselves while reading a novel and calculate the number of words per minute we had just read.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Who I Am
Just three months ago I would have never expressed myself as a writer. Maybe someone to share my opinion verbally (and vastly) but not someone who would have a notebook full of article topics, sports scores, and grammar rules. 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Airplane Noise In Lincoln County
I live in Denver, N.C. and was recently selected to represent Lincoln County on the Charlotte Airport Community Roundtable (ACR) after I submitted a proposal to reduce airplane noise in my Denver neighborhood. My column encourages residents to submit airplane noise complaints. 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Where Do You Want To Be In 3, 6, Or 12 Months?
Have you ever thought, “I’ll work toward my dreams tomorrow”, and then everything in the world seems to break loose from its hinges at home or at work?
Friday, September 27, 2019

CD Players Going The Way Of The Stereo Console
For those of you who haven’t traded for a new vehicle lately, I have news for you: There are no CD players. Zero. Zip. Nada.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Still Inside You
This week West Lincoln native Marty Reep writes that there are songs inside you that still need to be sung, words that still need to be said, and stories that yet need to be told.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Abortion Rates Declining
The number of abortions in the United States continues to decline--but it may not be for the reason some believe.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lincolnton, NC Is Blessed
She moved to the Lincolnton area... She was retired... She needed to connect with new friends... That is not so easy after retirement... Where to go??? How to fill the hole left from the old friends... What did Lincolnton have to offer... Offer to older citizens... Someone said, “Try the Senior Center”...
Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Burial Tradition In Hawaii
Brenda Beard is one of the happiest ladies I have ever met. She is a breast cancer survivor, having had her surgery several years ago, and then undergoing radiation therapy. To her every day is a good day. 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Charter School Or No Charter School?
Lincoln County Commissioners may decide the fate of a proposed new charter school at their meeting Monday evening (Sep.16th).
Saturday, September 14, 2019

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