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Columns

  • Don’t be a holdout

     Some years ago a tailor phoned to tell me a man had bought me a suit as a gift. When I went to get measured and to select the cloth, the tailor said, “The man wants you to have the best,” and he showed me his most expensive cloth.

  • How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

    By Zack Van Zant

     What’s the reason for life insurance?

    The purpose of life insurance is to provide for the financial needs of your dependents in the event of your death. We often know why we need life insurance, but what is often unclear is how much. 

  • Oh, Cheri

    By Ginger Lumpkin

     When I pulled into the parking lot of Toys-R-Us, 8-year-old Hudson Charles excitedly admonished, “Hurry up and park!”

    “I’m trying,” I reassured. 

  • When you lose a pet

    By Sherry White 

    When your family or companion pet dies there can be overwhelming feelings of pain and loss. You are grieving. But few people recognize the death of a pet is a very real loss.  

  • The components of love

    The Trappist monk, Thomas Merton is one of my heroes. I had the pleasure of meeting him at St. Thomas Seminary when he came to celebrate the ordination of his philosophy teacher, Dan Walsh.  

  • The weight in your hands

     Stop and feel the literal weight of this newspaper, the gravitational tug at your fingertips while its bottom half is perhaps resting on crossed legs or a kitchen bar top.

    What you are holding in your hands is one of the most important parts of your community.

  • Contradiction, anxiety and accusation

     It is not fashionable nor politically correct to believe there is a devil in our modern world.  Fortunately, I don’t try to be either, especially when it contradicts the clear teaching of scripture.  

  • Possess a steady spirit

    Something I remember from yesterday is an old-fashioned pressure cooker, its handle clasped in my mother’s hands. Our lives often resemble that cooker, the pressure building and the whistle about to blow.  

  • Nothing scares a mom

    By Ginger Lumpkin

     I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane! I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to go skydiving, so, I finally took the parachute by the straps and made it happen.  

  • Faith for the whole family

    What is the most important thing we can give to our children?