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Faces and Places

  • Jewelry box still a treasure

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is of my father and the last Christmas with him.

    Every Christmas my brothers, sisters and I were allowed to choose one thing we wanted for Christmas. I wanted a Cinderella watch more than anything.

    When Christmas Eve came we went to bed at 5 p.m. because we were told Santa would not come until we were asleep. I could not sleep because all I could think about was the beautiful Cinderella watch I was going to get. My older sister had to read to us to help us to go to sleep.

  • Children reveal Christmas magic

    I have my share of Christmas memories, and these are ones I recall about my children, Caroline and Jackson, in their childhood.

    When Jackson was a youngster, one Christmas Day I asked him about Christmas Eve night. I asked if he slept well with all the anticipation of the big day with Santa’s visit to our home.

    Jackson said he did wake up during the night and peered out his window.

    To my surprise, I wondered aloud what he saw out on our lawn.

  • Phone call gave family sense of peace

    One of my favorite memories of Christmas was December 2002. Each year, when my family gets together on Christmas Eve, we have a small memorial service for our family members who have passed away. We read a special poem, say their names aloud and light candles for each member. It is very emotional and special.

  • Memories made at parade
  • Living 'Moment by Moment'

    “I’m just committed to living my life moment by moment according to the principles in God’s word.”
    That simple but profound sentence, spoken by Lee Anne Genix at a Sunday school class in 1999, drew Ben Barry to his future wife. Freshly divorced, Ben was not looking for love that day but still felt drawn to her.

  • Can binge watching be good for you?

    It’s time for me to face facts, I’m the very definition of a television fanatic.
    It’s been that way since I was a child, growing up during the 1980s and 90s, watching all sorts of TV shows and made-for-TV movies with my parents.

  • Good music, food & cause

    Today I am going to include four card exercises for men and women, because at some point in our training we all fall short of understanding how important it is. 

    Most reasons are the same, universal excuses we all use. 

    I hear you saying it now – “I don’t have the time” and the famous line – “It is so boring to walk on a tread mill. I hate it.”

  • Cardio tips for everyone

    Today I am going to include four card exercises for men and women, because at some point in our training we all fall short of understanding how important it is. 

    Most reasons are the same, universal excuses we all use. 

    I hear you saying it now – “I don’t have the time” and the famous line – “It is so boring to walk on a tread mill. I hate it.”

  • The fifth sense

    When counting blessings, it’s easy to take for granted the five senses – taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing – if you’ve never been without one of them. Lancaster resident Tara Steele is counting having restored hearing in her left ear as a huge blessing, thanks to a surgery performed back in May.

  • Add a boost of flavor to beans

    A staple side dish at my summer cookouts is baked beans. I have a traditional recipe that my family loves, but lately I’ve been trying to switch things up a bit. I think these baked bean recipes may be just what I’m looking for.

    Every parent knows, it can be hard to please the taste buds of everyone at the table. But, it seems like Cindy Ferguson does just that with her Spicy Apple Baked Beans.