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Happy to be here — Observing with both eyes

A friend recently asked me about buying an inexpensive, fun telescope suitable for taking a first step into ...

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Happy To Be Here: Let’s talk about freedom of speech

Last August, author Salman Rushdie was attacked and seriously injured while onstage for a panel discussion at the ...

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Happy to be here — Standing on new shores

Here in Virginia, the opening years of the seventeenth century are probably best remembered for the arrival of ...

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Happy to be here — Keep distance from bears, despite the cute, cuddly look

Maybe you’ve seen amusing bear videos on the internet. There’s a cute one with a cub climbing onto ...

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Happy to be here: Bigger than any one of us

Among Christians, the prayer commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father is well known. I ...

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Called by a scammer

A few weeks ago, I received a disturbing voice mail message. The recorded announcement claimed that permission to ...

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Happy to be here — Waking up

I’ve been watching the world wake up. As the year turns from its winter slumber, it reminds me ...

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Multiple meanings

Many months ago, on page 42 of my reading ramble through Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, I encountered ...

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An unfinished project

A year ago, when 2021 was brand new, I set myself a challenge. I planned to read through ...

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Ladybug, ladybug

A couple weeks ago, I stepped out of my house on a warm, Indian summer day. A ladybug ...

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How much is enough?

I’ve recently seen several versions of a funny story about how much garlic should be used in a ...

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Agricultural teamwork

Last spring, my husband and I decided to transform part of our side yard into a meadow-like collection ...

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Column – Wondering why

Why is the sky blue? This common question is one I know how to answer, although learning the ...

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We are not all OK

When I was in high school, I lost a classmate to suicide. His tragic story incorporated some of ...

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Despite our heritage, we are all people of the United States

In normal times, the Fourth of July is marked with family gatherings, barbecued feasts and fireworks. The subdued ...

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Anticipating better surprises

I dislike surprises. I prefer it when life’s events align with expectations. I’ve noticed that the most common ...

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Honoring a mothering mindset

Mother’s Day arrives in the U.S. Sunday as the year comes into full bloom. In all 50 states, ...

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The hummingbirds are coming

Many people view the approach of April 15 with trepidation as the typical IRS tax deadline looms. Mother ...

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Reflecting on a year of isolation

When the words “coronavirus” and “COVID” first began appearing in every day vocabulary, my husband and I were ...

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Books can provide a break from reality

A couple Christmases ago, my husband gave me a coffee mug that declares, “A book a day keeps ...

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COLUMN — Waking up to a New Year

I am not a morning person. My husband can go from asleep to awake in an instant, but ...

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COLUMN — Let there be peace on Earth

Decorations have sprouted all around town, trees are erected indoors and colorful lights sparkle through the long nights. ...

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Searching for signs of intelligent life

When I get an opportunity to let people look at the night sky through my binoculars, their first ...

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Spider webs add seasonal ambiance

Mother Nature has been decorating my yard for Halloween. Because of her exuberant placement of spiders and webs, ...

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Journeying into the future means taking steps into the unknown

Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, Unsheltered, includes the story of a mother who suffers from fear and anxiety. The author ...

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Look to the sky for a show full of stars

I don’t know what’s on television tonight, but I do know this month is a prime time for ...

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Close encounters of the wild kind

During extra hours recently spent at home, I have turned my attention to working in the yard and ...

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