My wife and I like to listen to Garrison Keillor on Saturday night if we are close to a radio. He is the author and storyteller who always begins his stories with, “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon.” Last week was anything but quiet and the week I am beginning looks to be even busier. I am not dreading the week, but I want to stay healthy for the holidays and I want to slow down and enjoy each of the activities. I want to make sure that I don’t rush through the week and miss the special time that I will get to spend with family and friends.
If you don't know by now that you should be shopping for Christmas gifts, you have not been watching television or handling three to four pounds of advertisements that are in every area newspaper. You have twelve shopping days left! If you can, try to shop locally and keep Thomasville alive.
We geek the holidays at the Thomasville Library. We geek movies and crafts and Christmas music and Santa! Make plans to join us in December for what you geek.
A couple of weeks ago our church presented a musical program. We have some very talented musicians and singers in our church. They did an outstanding program that included solos and songs where we were encouraged to sing along. It was upbeat and encouraging. Since the program I have caught myself singing the songs and enjoying the melodies again and again.
I hope you have enjoyed the beautiful colors of fall and the mild weather we enjoyed the first of the week ... but by the time this article is published, I hope you have your winter coat, gloves, and scarf handy. Winter is on the way. You know it is cold when I have my wife, Gayle, put the electric blanket on the bed.
Before the rush of the holidays begins, take advantage of one of many free programs the library is offering this month.
Oops! On the pumpkin paragraph in our last article we said to now look for the pumpkins at Memorial UMC. If we had only read our church sign, we would have had the correct date. But, the pumpkins have now arrived at Memorial United Methodist Church and are on sale daily until all are sold.
During our ongoing Geek the Library campaign we’ve gotten great feedback from the community about the library and the services we provide. Is there something we can improve or a service you’d like the library to provide? We want to know how we can serve you better because we geek you!
As Christians we are not supposed to say certain words. We all know them; they are right on the tips of our tongues. Go into any high school in America and you will hear those words used quite often. If the principal at any high school disciplined every student who used profane words, they wouldn’t do anything else all day long. My column today is not about those four letter words or their use in high schools, in music or in movies. We could all do a little work at guarding our minds and tongues in regard to those four letter words.
Goodness, where did September go? It is that time of year that everyone looks forward to – seeing the fall colors. The mountains will be crowded with "leaf lookers.” It sure would be nice if someone would ride by our mountain house and see the For Sale sign, fall in love with it and buy it.
This month our calendar is crammed full of classes, a movie, a video game tournament and our semi-annual book sale.
Last week I went to visit my mother. I hadn’t been there long when we decided to go see a neighbor. My mom is blessed with some great neighbors. One of them has a daughter who recently lost her battle with cancer. We both thought it was necessary to go and spend some time with them. We wanted to be there to love and support them in their time of grief.
With fall just around the corner, you will find the lawn filled with pumpkins. They will make good pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween.
With school supplies flying off the shelves and the dog-days of summer quickly making way for autumn, both children and teachers are nervously counting down to the “BIG DAY” when school finally starts. As the proud parent of teenage boys and a fourth and fifth-grade teacher for more than 15 years, I wanted to share some top tips on how to alleviate those back to school jitters, ease back into a structured schedule and help you and yours get ready for an exciting school year.
Our summer reading program is winding down so I want to thank our speakers who informed and entertained, our teen volunteers who helped make programs run smoothly and all of you who read or attended a program. Thank you for another successful summer!
Gardeners are facing challenges with the weather this year. It seemed like we were getting great conditions in April and May. The weather was warm and we were getting some good rains. Then sometime in June the rain stopped. It got so dry that I didn’t have to cut the grass. While I enjoyed the break, the garden was not happy at all. I was having to water quite a bit to keep the vegetable garden alive and growing.
Fescue goes naturally semi-dormant during extremes of hot and/or dry weather; it can survive 3 weeks without water. Water only when grass shows signs of wilt (footprints will show when grass is walked on). If it is extremely hot and dry, your fescue lawn will need some irrigation.
Can you believe high school football practice begins around the first of August, which is not too far away? i don't know how they can stand the heat. I love my high school football and am a member of the Booster Club.
My nephew is very good at web design. He runs a successful company that builds custom websites and they look great.
A photo of a lovely young lady stands on a windowsill of my office at the Thomasville Times. The image reminds me of my Thomasville High School days when girls wore A-line skirts, Peter Pan collars with circular pins and hair was teased to new heights. The pictured was signed by Sharon, Miss North Carolina 1965.
For the past five years or so I’ve been dealing with congestive heart failure, a disease that has certain issues to be dealt with. The short version of what to expect is multiple hospitalizations, extreme fatigue, irregular heart function, swelling and difficulty breathing.
Sunday morning, July 14, 2013, was sunny, warm and quiet. As I drove to church with the radio off, I replayed in my mind the words of the jury foreman from the George Zimmerman trial. “We the jury find the defendant not guilty on all counts.”
I am sure those were the sentiments of many of our youngsters within the last few weeks. Many years ago, I recall my dad scolding me for those words.
If given the chance to spend countless hours preparing for a rare opportunity to put your city on the map, would you do it? That is exactly what a number of individuals from the Thomasville community have done in rehearsing for this weekend's All-America City presentation in Denver, Colo.
Students in Davidson County are just days away from the first official day of summer vacation. In the days leading up to their absence from campus, some are pondering what the summer holds for them.