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This is the first of a series of informational articles designed to educate the public about disaster preparedness and other aspects of emergency management, as well as to guide you through building an all-hazards disaster kit for your family. Future articles will discuss the different hazar…

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During the holiday season I had the chance to go through some old newspapers that I had accumulated. One was from Jan. 1, 2015, which was the issue that showed five DeSoto County football players as members of the first team on the Charlotte Sun All Area Football Team. Two more players were …

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And then there was the time I got my first pocketknife and had it repossessed. We were living in Ft. Pierce on the east coast and I was eight years old. I remember it being warm weather, likely summer, and my dad had probably given it to me for my birthday in April.

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Now that the message of peace on earth and good will toward men is neatly packed away with the Christmas decorations, we’re in danger of entering our annual relapse into business as usual. Though totally inconsistent with the message of the season we’ve been celebrating, this too often happens.

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What a fantastic way to end the old year and begin the new. The weather almost couldn’t have been designed better for cycling than what we’ve had in the last week. While it certainly is feasible to ride at all temperatures, something about 60 to 70 degrees is just putting icing on the cake.

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Here we go! It’s 2019! We’ve had a little over a week of head-shaking disbelief. Are you kidding me? Where did 2018 go? How did I get here? How did I get this old? Or maybe even, how did I get this fat or immobile or stressed?

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There are a couple of exciting things in DeSoto’s athletic future. For example, DeSoto High has scheduled both Charlotte and Port Charlotte to meet the Bulldogs on the football field next fall. There are several positive points about the games.

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“No hope” may be the saddest words in any language. When I hear them, memory often transports me to my childhood and I’m listening to my grandmother tell us about the accident that ended my grandfather’s life.

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Did you know that “I Am the Walrus” was the B-side to The Beatles’ 1967 single “Hello, Goodbye?” Usually, a B-side served as a virtual throwaway for a band—a discarded song that would never get radio airtime. The focus was always intended for the A-side to shine. When I learned this piece of…

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A new year is a good time to begin something new and positive in your life. I decided to do that in 1979 when I began journaling, and I am very pleased to say that Grandson No. 1, Nathan, has his first journal underway as of this month, at age 20. You’d think it’d be easy to get everyone to …

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This is the first of a series of informational articles designed to educate the public about disaster preparedness and other aspects of emergency management, as well as to guide you through building an all-hazards disaster kit for your family. Future articles will discuss the different hazar…

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During the holiday season I had the chance to go through some old newspapers that I had accumulated. One was from Jan. 1, 2015, which was the issue that showed five DeSoto County football players as members of the first team on the Charlotte Sun All Area Football Team. Two more players were …

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Somewhere in a secret laboratory (probably in Minsk), a team of thermodynamic scientists worked for years to perfect the to-go mug that hermetically traps heat, keeping your coffee or tea hot for hours. They traded handshakes and perhaps a few high fives before scalding their taste buds on s…

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An email from a longtime friend puzzled me. He’s convinced that during a mid-’60s sermon he heard me say that, according to the Bible, we would never reach the moon. While pleased he remembered the sermon, I was concerned about his memory of a statement that wasn’t in it, especially since he…

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Last week I turned 75. I’ve been blessed with good health, but my body has aged. My shoulder aches, I have a lumpy thing on my pinky toe, and I can’t remember the headline for this article without looking up from the keyboard.

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