George Bowers Sr.: What Goldilocks can teach us
March 24, 2017
Most of us are familiar with the story of Goldilocks. This precious little girl went for an unsupervised walk in the woods and happened upon the home of three absentee bears. After sampling their porridge, she gobbled up the portion belonging to the baby bear because it was just right. His little chair also afforded her just the right amount of comfort, but sadly, it broke under her weight. When the bruins returned and discovered their forest sanctuary had been violated, they were none too happy to discover the young lady still sleeping in the baby bear’s bed, which had just the right amount of coziness. Thankfully she escaped harm by running away before they could consume her.
James Pinsky: The green-thumbed army
March 23, 2017
If you want to plant the seed of knowledge in a child, it helps to have a green thumb.
Jason Wright: A lovely problem to have
March 17, 2017
Some of you have noticed over the last few months, my columns went from weekly to not-so-much. Loyal readers have stopped me in Walmart, Sheetz and at church on Sundays to ask about the drought. (Hi Marilyn!) I’ve been asked if my laptop blew up, my pens ran out of ink, or if my muse was deported.
George Bowers Sr.: Antisemitism wears many cloaks
March 17, 2017
Last weekend many Jews celebrated the Festival of Purim, which remembers God’s miraculous deliverance of their people through the courage of young Queen Esther.
James Pinsky: National Ag Day is March 21
March 16, 2017
If the only thing that growls in your house is your pooch and not your stomach, you might want to thank a farmer. Actually, we need to thank a lot more than just farmers.
Richard Hoover: Those now forgotten potent symbols
March 14, 2017
Little that is antique intrigues more than potent symbols once revered but now forgotten. Take the liberty cap, that floppy, flame-red slave’s hat worn in Ancient Rome so that on the street one could distinguish the free from the enslaved. Some accounts describe the cap as the mark of the manumitted slave only — who really knows?
Jason F. Wright: Couple shares rich love, fierce heroin addiction
March 10, 2017
Savage and Jen live in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. In their early 30’s, the couple has a small, humble place to lay their heads, clothes on their backs and two undersized bikes that carry them from one side of the city to the other.
James Pinsky: Mother Nature has her limits, like any good parent
March 9, 2017
Conservation isn’t complicated. However, people are.
George Bowers Sr.: Loving children and their parents
March 3, 2017
We have had an unusually warm winter in the Shenandoah Valley this year for which we can be most grateful. Our monthly budgets are breathing a sigh of relief with an easing of heating bills as are the Virginia Department of Transportation’s snow removal allocations.
James Pinsky: Don’t run off just yet
March 2, 2017
There are lots of different kinds of run off. Some are better than others.
Jason F. Wright: Simple act of kindness creates friendship
February 26, 2017
On July 28, 2016, Rosie Gagnon laced up her running shoes for her daily loop up and down the generous hills of Shenandoah County. The air was thick and soupy and the thermometer was begging for a break by mid-morning.
George Bowers Sr.: Breaching a dam is dangerous business
February 24, 2017
Over the last few weeks, residents who live downstream from California’s Lake Oroville have endured fretful times wondering if their homes and families will suddenly be washed away. Reversing a drought that had plagued the area for several years, recent heavy rains have filled the lake to unanticipated levels and now, instead of deficiency, residents worry about devastating flooding.
James Pinsky: Water: The apple of our eyes
February 23, 2017
Can your water pass the apple test?
Tom Crosby: 2017 Toyota Tundra will maintain long-term value
February 22, 2017
The Toyota Tundra competes against two full-size pickup powerhouses – the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado – but it bests these perennial sales heavyweights with the highest resale rating after five years of ownership, according to companies that evaluate resale values.
George Bowers Sr.: Mom’s story: Preparation provided peace
February 17, 2017
This account was originally published in early 2015 soon after these events occurred. It is reprinted in honor of Mom’s birthday which was Feb. 19.
James Pinsky: It takes green to make green
February 16, 2017
Hugging a tree might be free, but saving them isn’t.
Jason F. Wright: The 365 things I love about you challenge
February 16, 2017
I confess: I was irritated. I’d had a silly squabble with my wife one morning and driven to my office in a fog of grumpiness.
Tom Crosby: Jaguar drives its first ever SUV into hot market
February 9, 2017
Jaguar has entered the lucrative sport utility market with its 2017 F-PACE crossover that incorporates the luxury and performance of a Jaguar sedan with the rugged off-road chops of a Land Rover SUV.
James Pinsky: Peanut butter and conservation sandwiches
February 9, 2017
For years my lunch consisted of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
George Bowers Sr.: Working for peanuts, and more
February 3, 2017
Most of us have enjoyed eating peanuts at a ball game, zoo, or theme park. Even more of us have satisfied our hunger with a sandwich smeared with peanut butter and filled with grape jelly, bananas, tomatoes, or other tasty additions. Peanuts are one of God’s great gifts to humanity that continue to bless and nourish us in many ways.