Last week I began teaching 12th grade British literature for the second semester. As all readers know, the weather has caused many disruptions, and even on what was to have been my first day teaching, school was closed because of snow. So yesterday I went to school thinking, like everyone else, of the big snow's approach and had a lesson plan for my students over some more anticipated missed days.
In early '82, we met for lunch in the State Department's painting-lined Executive Dining Room. I was officer in charge of Berlin. Ambassador Shirley Temple Black was going there and wanted a briefing.
Whenever we hear of Winter Games, we generally think of skiing, snowboarding, figure skating and all the other events of the Olympic Games, which will be held this month in Sochi. And while I really enjoy these events, I also enjoy some other types of winter games even more: board and table games.
Your car's GPS system uses addresses to guide you from where you are now to where you want to go. With finances, people also need a system to guide their decisions and actions.
As I write this article, the valley is freshly coated with a new fluffy blanket of white. And aside from the inconvenience it causes to motorists, it is an amazing gift from God. Not only is it beautiful to the eye, but it recharges our water tables and aquifers, provides nitrogen to the soil and insulation to the ground, and it is a free fun medium for a multitude of winter sports.
A small notice in the Northern Virginia Daily this week caught my eye: Chris Chataway had died of cancer at the age of 82. Later I asked my wrestlers had any of them ever heard of him and was not surprised by their uniform, "No." But in my mind, Chris Chataway is the type of athlete every young person should know about and try to emulate for what he did on May 06, 1954 and the life he led afterward.
For a Christmas present, Mary Ann gave me a book titled "The Upward Path," which was published in 1920. It is a small, blue book with just 250 pages of text, but each page is packed with information still useful today.
Like many Americans of all faiths and backgrounds, I like to pray often. You probably do, too. We pray at church, over meals, at bedtime, before road trips and when life presents a need that only heaven can meet.
We are reminded on a regular basis to minimize our carbon footprints by making wise personal environmental decisions. Driving less, taking shorter showers, and reducing energy consumption are but a few of the myriad "environmentally friendly" suggestions we have been bombarded with recently. And while Christians should be the leaders in wise stewardship of God's creation, we must remember that there other aspects of life that are more enduring.
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Richard Hoover: Portrait provides clues to subject's identity
Jason Wright: Tender mercies take form of many things
Patrick Farris: Belle Boyd Cottage a significant historical structure
Roger Barbee: Lying to our children
Jason Wright: Not destined to be retained
George Bowers: Removing the bearing walls
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Jason Wright: Everything happens for a reason
Marshall 'Mark' Brown: Antique chase results in surprise finish
Jason Wright: Healthy living prompts queries
Patrick Farris: Remount Depot used as POW camp
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Jason Wright: Don't call him a hero
Patrick Farris: Depot trained animals for WWI
Roger Barbee: A little discrimination, please
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George Bowers: The body is a temple for God
Patrick Farris: Army chose town for Remount Depot due to proximity to Washington
Roger Barbee: The sweet memories of summer play
Jason F. Wright: Children launch project to send stuffed animals to tornado victims
Patrick Farris: May 23 was an important day in Front Royal's history
Roger Barbee: A shared event
Chastity Harris: Hatred, hope among human suffering
Karen Kwiatkowski: It's raining challengers
Mark Brown: War treasure rediscovered
Roger Barbee: One more fine morning
Jason Wright: Oklahoma tornado teaches valuable truths
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Jason Wright: Beauty is not in the brand
Patrick Farris: Rivers drew the first European explorers
Jon Robertson: Party animals have fun when lights go out
Mark Brown: You want to sell what?
Jason Wright: Woodstock couple accept call from God
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Patrick Farris: Dr. Blackford and Front Royal Hospital's heyday
George Bowers: Thoughts on the marriage debate
Jason Wright: Attack those weeds at the root
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Seth Coffman: Local land conservation fosters economic development
Richard Hoover: That's not James Bowie!
Roger Barbee: A valley eve
Theresa Gilson: Eat right, your way, every day!
Patrick Farris: Dutch families settled in Front Royal's Chester Street
Jason Wright: 42 things I love about my wife
Chalet Jean-Baptiste: Olympus has fallen, or has it?
Jeanne Ellen Russell: Local theater groups offer you opportunity to become part of the show
Roger Barbee: Unrealized potential
Patrick Farris: Railroads brought influx of Irish to area
Jason Wright: Let's examine the 'Youth Dance Ecosystem'
Karen Kwiatkowski: Local man vs. the 'machine'
Roger Barbee: A can of bent nails
Chalet Jean-Baptiste: Lack of happiness should not determine longevity of marriage
Mark Brown: Six things people hate/love about antiquing
Roger Barbee: An education for what?
Jason Wright: Hey dad, does God sit in a really big chair?
Roger Barbee: Blight on the valley
Chastity Harris: Loving life's roller coasters
Jason Wright: Late FBI agent continues to serve with spiritual rescue
Patrick Farris: Warren County gained land from unsuspecting Clarke County
Roger Barbee: The promise
Jason Wright: One life is saved, another ends
Richard Hoover: Engraving evokes ironies, questions
George Bowers: Celebrate Jesus' resurrection!
Jason Wright: FBI agent risks job, life to rescue brother
Patrick Farris: Frederick County's tax plan prompts change in valley
Roger Barbee: Harbingers of spring
Patrick Farris: Early attempt at forming county failed
Jason Wright: If it's delicious, tell the world
Mark Brown: You don't have to dig to find treasure
Roger Barbee: Parents and the education of their children
Patrick Farris: Area's earliest settlers were German, Scots-Irish
Roger Barbee: Those who came before us
Jason Wright: Heroes are those who put dreams in their proper place
Seth Coffman: Economic development plan balanced, innovative
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