• Overcoming adversity with grace

    Anyone who has faced true adversity must make a decision. You can harbor resentment against people with “all the breaks,” or you can move forward with your head up, knowing that you will receive neither accolades nor acknowledgement for the quiet, hard work you put forth each day just to survive.

    It all comes down to overcoming adversity with grace. It’s about learning how to pull strength from the struggle instead of letting it scar you.

  • Fond 4-H Memories

    By Grace Bingamer

    The 4-H Fair was the highlight of the summer when I was a young 4-H’er and when I mentioned this to my husband recently he had the same recollection. So I thought I’d share some of our memories, although some may find them a bit dated, ok, quite a bit dated.

  • Gavel Gamut: Emancipation

    Every year of my public education my classmates and I received instruction in American history. The themes were perforce the same for twelve years. 1492 was usually the date given for our “discovery”; 1776 was our birthday; and 1861 – 1865 was when we became the United States.

  • Bank fishing is nearly a lost skill

    By Phil Junker

    Bank fishing is the way the majority of anglers pursue their sport, however there are people who say they can’t fish because they don’t have a boat.

    A few years ago, I met Jerry Phelps at Kentucky Lake. At the time, he had a relatively new bass boat, but hadn’t used it for two years. He’d rather fish from the bank, and says he catches more fish.

  • More than a little creepy

    By Grace Bingamer

    I think my computer has been taken over by a modern day Big Brother and it’s been more than thirty years since 1984. Seriously, during my formal education I was required to read, study and attempt to understand the best-selling book by George Orwell published in 1949 and titled 1984. Perhaps you did too.

  • The class ring

    My mom had certain philosophies that were non-negotiable. Rites of passage were to be celebrated. Milestones were to be acknowledged. Traditions were undisputed. I suspect these ideas came from my grandparents, so I won’t question them.

  • Independence Day the founder's way

    By Grace Bingamer

  • Gavel Gamut: Actions and reactions

    Dylan Roof attended a prayer meeting at the Charleston AME Church. He brought a gun. Twenty-one year old Caucasian Roof murdered nine praying African Americans. In the white heat of their grief, the victims’ families forgave Roof and prayed for his soul. The national media were shocked.

    Twenty men died committing the murders of 9/11. The national media fanned the flames of revenge against unknown someones.

  • Dog days (& nights)

    Our dog, Haley, is seventy-six years old. That is, she would be if she actually were a person as Peg treats her. Special food, multiple medications, frequent doctor visits, sweaters over her fur coat, help with climbing up stairs and into vehicles and accidents on our white carpet have replaced cute antics and usefulness, such as barking at unsolicited solicitors.

  • What is a friend?

    By Grace Bingamer

    What is a friend? There are hundreds of quotes, songs, and stories of friends and friendships, but it is defined as a person who you like and enjoy being with, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. I feel that definition is quite lacking because I think friends are so much more than those simple words. True friends are those that are not only there when times are fun but they are the ones that get you through the tough times in life.