George A. Bowers: Children who will never be president
January 20, 2017
Yesterday half our nation rejoiced when a new president was sworn into office while the other half mourned. Although many are disgusted with the new leader, this is not the first time nor is it likely the last. We do pray for healing and unity in our land and that our leaders and media both will work together toward that end.
George A. Bowers Sr.: What shoveling, forgiving have in common
January 13, 2017
We’ve had our first snowfall of the New Year here in the Valley, and if all the rest are like the first one, we should be in good shape. Aside from a few minor fender benders and school cancellations, we escaped relatively unscathed. I’m also thankful that I didn’t have to break out the snow shovels as I was able to move the dusting with my broom.
James Pinsky: Planning for the future
January 12, 2017
Chances are saving the world won’t happen by accident.
George Bowers Sr.: The importance of turning right
January 6, 2017
Every morning when I leave my home to head to work, I have to turn right out of my driveway onto Sherman Road. It may not seem like a very big deal and by now it has become a habit, but the necessity of doing so each day is still important. Even if I turn right most days of the week, but decide not to on Fridays, my trip and my travel time will be impacted.
James Pinsky: Do overs, conservation style
January 5, 2017
Folks, we’re just getting started on a brand spanking New Year. In fact, 2017 is so new we might still be able to return it for a full refund.
Richard Hoover: Why did officer wear a turban in his portrait?
January 2, 2017
Let’s try and bring him to life– this turbaned fellow bought from a Brit on eBay in 2004. The description was almost poetic: “a bust portrait (18″ in diameter) of a man wearing a turban. He has a young face with a soft expression and the colors are warm and rich. The white turban is highlighted while the background is dark. A very beautiful portrait.”
Jason Wright: What a tree branch can teach about Christmas miracles
December 30, 2016
This is the story of how a tiny evergreen branch reminded me that God lives, that he loves us and that miracles are real.
George Bowers: Comparing our before and after photos
December 30, 2016
As we prepare to kiss 2016 goodbye and welcome in the New Year, exercise and diet commercials abound.
James Pinsky: Time isn’t renewable, but our world is
December 29, 2016
And, it’s 2017. Just. Like. That.
George Bowers Sr.: Make room for Jesus at Christmas
December 23, 2016
We’ve probably all heard the disappointing words before: “there’s no room.” It may have been a full car heading to a party or ball game or it could have been the exclusive club or fraternity that wasn’t accepting new members. In other instances, it might not have come in those exact words, but the message was essentially the same when we failed to make the team or squad. It could have been the overcrowded restaurant you had set your palate on, but had to settle for something less. For still others, it was the neon “No Vacancy” sign at the motel or campground you hoped to stay in for the night, but had to keep driving till you found one with openings.
Jason Wright: Always together in everything they did
December 23, 2016
Larry and Sharon Corsini began their 54-year love affair in 1962 at a movie theater in Idaho Falls. Sharon was selling tickets when the handsome Larry, a Massachusetts transplant, caught her eye and her heart. They were married that same year.
James Pinsky: My Christmas wish
December 22, 2016
Christmas comes but once a year
George Bowers Sr.: Is there an elf on your shelf?
December 16, 2016
One of the more popular children’s gifts in the last few years has been the Elf on the Shelf. This money maker involves a storybook and doll combo that has recently expanded to include additional accessories that mines even deeper into our wallets. In addition to the Christmas version, birthday variations of the nosey gnome are also now available.
James Pinsky: Supportive parents are important
December 15, 2016
If you’re going to save the world, it helps to have supportive parents.
George A. Bowers Sr.: The lesson of the mistletoe
December 9, 2016
Here we are in the month of red and green with indoor trees and outdoor lights! What a special time of year to celebrate the birth of the Messiah with family and friends.
James Pinsky: Want to work from home? Join the district
December 8, 2016
Some people are blessed to take one simple, focused and amazing path through life. I am no such person. Or so I thought.
George Bowers Sr.: Salt’s preserving influence
December 2, 2016
Today marks the end of another rifle season for deer here in the Shenandoah Valley. Although there is a late muzzleloading season yet to come, if a deer has escaped his hunters thus far, he has fairly good odds of surviving another year if he can avoid the automobiles in the meantime.
James Pinsky: Teamwork is essential among conservationists
December 1, 2016
Being alone can be useful. It’s certainly cheaper.
Tom Crosby: 2017 Kia Sorento SXL has luxury in abundance
December 1, 2016
Kia’s Sorento, a big mid-size crossover SUV that received a major makeover last year, has added technological advances and safety features this year to help boost sales in a red-hot SUV sales market fueled by yearlong low gas prices.
George Bowers Sr.: How to avoid head-on collisions
November 25, 2016
Although my grandfather, Beecher Bowers, died when I was fairly young, I was fortunate to have heard some of his stories before he passed away.