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28
Jun
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Thu
28
Jun
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Sparks Becoming Wildfires

By James Decker

If you’ve seen the national political news this past week, you’re probably exhausted, annoyed, and frustrated. Our news has been consumed by incivility, ugly behavior, petty wars of words, and a general lack of leadership and servanthood. This soap opera is fueled by 24 hour cable news and social media, which keep us in a constant frenzy in the name of ratings, revenue, and clicks.

If you’re tired of that, let me tell you about the news in Stamford this past week. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve got our share of struggles and issues, but three developments stand out.

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Thu
21
Jun
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Thu
21
Jun
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Eating Without Agendas

By James Decker

Last time, I wrote about the unifying power of food, as expressed by the late Anthony Bourdain. Mr. Bourdain said that a shared meal can “break barriers, challenge assumptions, and build bridges,” that there is no better way for people to understand each other than over a meal together.

In 2015, the people of Charleston, South Carolina showed the power of a meal through the Nat Fuller Feast. Nat Fuller was a freed slave who operated a popular fine-dining restaurant in Charleston

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Thu
14
Jun
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FAREWELL TO THE QUEEN

By Scotty Daniel

Its sheer size defies gravity. Its grace and elegance defy reason. The Boeing 747, mother of all jumbo jets, is in its twilight years of passenger service, leaving thousands of travelers remembering when air travel was comfortable and exhilarating and not a trip to hell to visit the devil. Today’s coach-cabin seat squeeze has created a lingering love for 747s, which never seemed claustrophobic. The side walls of the lower-deck cabin do not have curves that cramp space.

On February 9, 1969, the Boeing 747-100 jumbo jet took to the skies for the very first time.

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Thu
14
Jun
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The Power of a Table

By James Decker

The surprising recent death of Anthony Bourdain brought a couple of topics into focus for me that I feel called to write about today. A celebrity chef, author, television host, and adventurer, Bourdain traveled the world finding the best of food, drink, and people in places that most Americans never get to visit. He seemingly had a dream life, until his troubles overtook him. His passing is a stark reminder that anyone can have struggles, no matter how magical their life seems to be. If a man who got to travel the world eating, drinking, and meeting interesting people still struggled with his life, there’s no shame in “regular” folks like us having our own struggles.

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Thu
07
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More hypocrisy from the entertainment industry

By BS Cates
I was driving down the road engrossed in thoughts heavy from recent tragedies. As I rounded a bend in the road, there were several children walking along the curb. Suddenly the horrible question dropped into my head – What kind of person, could turn the wheel a few inches and mow down the kids like so much grass. Normal humans can’t even summon a thought that grotesque, and will only realize the possibility because it has happened elsewhere in the world. The horrible thoughts of another person’s life snuffed out like some unimportant candle, and all the heartache experienced by those who love them. The answer of course is a sociopath…someone incapable of empathy. Someone who doesn’t care about your pain or suffering. Someone who will terminate a life and even sacrifice theirs, simply for a little notoriety. The thought is infuriating.

Thu
07
Jun
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Walls to Build

By James Decker

My friend Lee Burton is a ranch manager in Albany. He’s also one of the most thoughtful people that I know, in all facets of his life. He spends as much time thinking about the restoration and renewal of rural communities as I do. Recently, he proposed this analogy and I’ve not been able to shake it from my mind.

I have long been inspired by the character and leadership of Nehemiah in the Old Testament. If you aren’t immediately familiar with the details, Nehemiah was a Jewish exile in Persia. While serving as cupbearer to the Persian king, Nehemiah heard from some travelers that Jerusalem was a wreck. The people who remained there were in trouble. The city wall was broken down, its gates burned by fire. Nehemiah was greatly troubled. After a lengthy period of mourning, fasting, and praying, he asked God for guidance on this situation. After a conversation with the king, Nehemiah departed with a mission to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.

Thu
31
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway

Well, by the time you read this we will be home in Aspermont, texas, and let me tell you we are in Texerakana tonight and we were never so glad to see Baymont Inn, we are two tired people,. We have had a good trip across though we left Mayfield at 8:00 this mroning and got here at 4:00 so we made good time. We came across 412 to Kennett,Missouri, and followed it to 67 Arkansas, that way we had a 4 lane highway to Little Rock, and didn’t have all that Interesate traffic on 40, sure made a difference on mine and Joe’s nerves!!!!!! When we left Mayfield the corn was knee high, but they couldn’t plant the tobacco, it was too wet. We got one and half inches of rain Saturday evening in an hour, beats all I have ever seen, the rain just comes down.

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Thu
31
May
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A REASON FOR MEMORIAL DAY

By Scotty Daniel

Not too long ago I was in a business, talking with a customer service representative that I knew quite well. It was V-J Day and we were discussing what that day meant to America. Another customer in-line behind me asked, “what is V-J Day?” Appalled by that question from a grown man in America, I realized that history is no longer taught in our public schools and that is probably one of the reasons why America is in such a great state of decline.

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