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Americans once had an appetite for sentimental, some would say "sticky-sweet" stories, ones filled with human interest, which "tugged at the heartstrings." Hollywood and the media were filled with them. Remember "Lassie," "Ozzie and Harriet" and the "Reader's Digest," and how easily little Margaret O'Brien could turn on the waterworks? comments

Genesis means beginning and Hyundai's 2015 sedan by that name creates a new plateau of safety and comfort features for an affordable, mid-size sedan that keeps its price competitive fwhile seeking to exceed buyer expectations. comments

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Don't you just love commas? The little periods with tiny tails give great meter and rhythm to writing. They can do the same for speaking -- acting as a breath, the pause or that pivot from one audience member to another. comments


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How many times we've heard it quoted, "You can't legislate morality." This statement is usually thrown around as an excuse to reject proposed or existing laws because they might have some connection to Biblical or Christian standards. Combined with a badly twisted interpretation of a Jeffersonian letter regarding church and state, these two work hand and hand to oppose any legislation that seeks to recognize traditional morality. comments


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This past weekend Mary Ann and I were in my hometown to visit my elderly mother, and I was to give a short speech for my high school wrestling coach who, unknown to him, was receiving North Carolina's highest civilian award: The Order of the Long-Leaf Pine. comments


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Just for fun, Google this question: "Can I change my spouse?" comments


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We all have days or dates that are permanent parts of our psyches, such as Dec. 7, 1942. comments


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Fiat returned to the United States market in 2011 and has seen only minor changes since then. The spiffy base Fiat 500 hatchback remains mostly the same for 2014 (the passenger seat gets extra headroom.) comments


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John Johnson held a gun to the sleeping officer's head. His finger tickled the trigger. Johnson had been searching for this man's car. He'd hunted him. comments


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My son and daughter-in-law are leaving the United States on Monday to fly to Zimbabwe in Africa for a two-week mission trip with their church. comments


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This past Christmas we ordered through the internet some doll clothes for twin granddaughters. After receiving several catalogs from a company, Mary Ann was able to get removed from its mailing list. Today, our mailbox and senses were attacked again. comments


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As the ancients well knew, comedy has the power to transform what is grave and unfortunate into something light, even ridiculous. Humor! What a device it is in the tool box of a clever diplomat. The best example I ever saw took place in Cold War Prague, back in '75 or '76. comments


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The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport has a satisfying exhaust growl from the starting line that adds on-road sport panache to a vehicle that has the off-road DNA every Range Rover possesses. comments


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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark, the first mini-car made by General Motors, is perfect for navigating crowded urban streets, squeezing into tight parking spaces and has been successful with more than a quarter of million global sales since 2012. comments


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Every other week, the sermon from Antioch is rebroadcast on a local radio station. Because the typical sermon is longer than the allotted air time, our administrative assistant must use some sound editing software to pare it down to an acceptable length. comments


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The spring of 2001 was, in my memory, much like this one -- lots of rain and chilly. I remember it because it was when I purchased Red Hill, and it was when I met him. comments


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Honda gave its top-selling Accord a complete overhaul in 2013, winning numerous awards, ensuring its status as one of the most popular mid-size sedans sold in the United States. comments


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