The year was 2005, and I was a 20-something living in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. As such, feeling hip and somewhat subversive, my friends and I looked for hip and somewhat subversive things to do. (Key word: somewhat. We all had real jobs.)

I hope everyone had a good deer season and got to shoot what they wanted — either a trophy for the wall or a freezer full of meat ... or both! Now that it is over, it is time to turn to small game. Many of us older folks grew up hunting squirrels, rabbits and game birds, and there are about …

The clatter. The racket. The noise. The excitement. The angst. The constant beeping of text messages. The consistent ringing of the landline.

Who knows how we find some of life’s most meaningful treasures but somehow we find them and they becomes delights.

On Monday, Russian president-for-life Vladimir Putin explained that the “peacekeeper” paratroopers he sent to Kazakhstan to help quash civil unrest were part of his larger policy of preventing “color revolutions” in former Soviet-bloc countries.

The shutdown of Chicago public schools — the third largest school district in the country with 350,000 students — is headed into its second week. Everyone involved — the mayor, the school district officials, the teachers, the parents — agree that remote learning is bad for students and for p…

I was recently invited to speak at a local women’s organization meeting in my hometown. Apparently, I was pretty much their last option, right behind the auto-warranty telemarketer and the tax auditor.

To kick off the New Year (excuse the intended pun) I am not doing a political column this week. In fact, I am drawing upon the lives of two of the most apolitical people you could find, John Madden and Betty White. Both are very special.

Hello, everyone. It has been several months since I’ve written a column. My apologies for not being able to post. The past few months have been a whirlwind. My offices have returned to trying cases and it has kept us all very busy. I also added quite a bit of staff to tackle the backlog. Bet…

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Q: My friend constantly talks about angels, has pictures of them in her home, and actually worships them, but she never speaks of God. Doesn't the Bible say that this is wrong, and does God use angels today or were they only active in Bible times? - W.A.

Once, many years ago when I was young with a face kissed by dewiness and innocence, I knew a kind-hearted, gentle giant of a man who was loved by all.

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For some reason, folks seem to want to make up weird words and names for things they do, especially in sports. Nowhere do I see more of these stupid words than in bass fishing. Some of them amaze me, others are just so disgusting that I ignore them to the point I will not even “like” a post …

On Jan. 6, 2021, Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle was at his desk at the Longworth House Office Building, near the U.S. Capitol, when he heard an enraged mob, fueled by a former president’s false claims of fraud, making its way up Independence Avenue.

Hypocrisy and lies from politicians are so rampant in Washington that hardly anyone pays them much attention anymore. Perhaps that is why our cynicism about so many things political deepens and distrust of our institutions is pervasive.

This year, I received one of the most meaningful Christmas presents I have ever received. It’s not very often that you get a gift that was over twenty years in the making. To explain, I need to give a little back story.

Ever notice how many landmark sitcoms feature four female friends? The generations change. The original “Sex and the City” was mostly Generation X, and “Girls” were millennials. Their trailblazer was “Golden Girls,” about older women sharing a midcentury home in Miami. But the stories all ce…

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Q: Recently I heard that even one small sin of impatience can trigger many other sins. I’m not sure I buy that, but it has come to my attention that I have a shorter fuse with my family than I do my friends. How can that be remedied? — G.R.

2021 marked the centennial anniversary of the Miss America pageant. Perhaps it was only fitting that Emma Broyles, a 21-year-old college student from Anchorage became both the first contestant from Alaska and the first Korean American to win the national contest.

The conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell on five of six charges of recruiting and grooming teenage girls for sexual encounters with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein is not and should not be the end of the story. While Maxwell has been held accountable for her actions, the men who engaged in th…

Q: My son has been a good kid but lately he is giving in to peer pressure from his friends who have talked him out of going to church, and it’s changing his behavior. While he’s not really comfortable with some of the things they do and say, he feels accepted and belonging to this group make…

The pastiche of new state laws taking effect as the New Year begins underscores how different we are — at least in the eyes of legislators — on matters small and large.

Q: I feel like a religious orphan. With so many religions in the world, it’s hard to decide which one works the best. It seems they all stem from culture or politics. Is there a way to cut through all the rules and spiritualism and find something that really works? — M.G.

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At the eve of a new year, it’s traditional to make a resolution or two. I have no such list for myself or others, but I do have a wish. For 2022 and beyond, I wish that all of us who still cherish liberal values will band together to oppose the worrisome rise of authoritarianism around the world.

Vice President Kamala Harris denies people within the White House are trying to undermine her. Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan asked Harris about gossip that she is being set up to fail. Harris responded: “No, I don’t believe I’m being set up to fail. I’m vice presi…

Bass clubs have been an important part of my life for 48 years. Since Jim Berry invited me to join the Spalding County Sportsman Club in April 1974, I have missed few meetings or tournaments in that club. I joined the Flint River Bass Club a few years later, in 1978, then finally joined the …

Q: Last year, I spent Christmas with a couple who celebrated in a big way. A week later, they went into severe depression and lamented about the coming new year. Why do so many people go into depression when the calendar changes? — H.D.

As a Christmas present to statistics lovers, the Census Bureau has released its estimates of the population of the nation and the 50 states as of July 1. The Bureau admits up front that, due to COVID, its numbers are subject to more uncertainty than usual. But overall, they provide important…

As a child of the gothic Southern Appalachian mountains, the screeching echoes of hard times and the bristling sound of the departure of loved ones have been constant bellows in my ear.

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I enjoy a film that makes you really think and wrestle with a topic or idea. For example, I revel in a good “twist” at the end — one that forces you to go back and rethink everything up to that point. I’m talking about the “aha” moment when the lightbulb goes off and the viewer is ushered to…

In Washington, tax dollars get tossed around like Monopoly money, especially in times of crisis when politicians start talking about the need to expand the social safety net.

Yes, it’s that time again when I reminisce about the important events that have transpired over the past 12 months, like how in the world I grew so much ear hair in one year.

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Q: All my buddies use language that my parents don’t approve of because they say it offends God, but they’re words used on television, by politicians, and in school. Does God really disapprove? — B.L.

A recent Reddit thread discusses the lack of heroes in modern society, but the truth is we have plenty of heroes.

Driving home, I began listening to Christmas music on a Christian radio station. Instead of hearing classic tunes by Bing Crosby and others, I heard the soundtrack to my life as a young mother and wife. I became overwhelmed with a feeling of melancholy.

Gloria in excelsis deo.” It is probably the most familiar of the four Christmas songs in Luke’s gospel. One of my favorite moments in our traditional Christmas Eve service is when one of our young people stands before the church and reads that sweet story of Christ’s birth.