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May 22, 2009

Executive Order 10730: Desegregation of Central High School (1957)

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EXECUTIVE ORDER 10730:

DESEGREGATION OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

 (1957)

Ashley

       Since the beginning of time, every social group has had to fight for its freedom.  Regardless of whether the injustices the groups fought against pertained to religion, nationality, gender, or race, they were injustices all the same. African Americans were one of these groups that have had to endure injustices since the beginning of time. Around the 1950’s (more…)

March 24, 2009

God’s Message to the World

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GOD’S MESSAGE TO THE WORLD

Joe F. Stierheim

 

      Dona-el called to the brethren. “Come! Come here! Quickly!”
     The brethren ran up. “What is it?” they asked breathlessly.
     “I’m talking to God!” Dona-el answered.
     “What?” The brethren wondered—had Dona-el gone mad?
     “I don’t see God,” one of the brethren said. “Where is He?”
     “There,” Dona-el said, pointing at the sky. “In that cloud. He spoke to me out of that cloud.”
     The brethren stared at the sky, at the cloud Dona-el indicated. It was just a cloud.
     “I don’t see God,” said the brother. “It looks like just a (more…)

February 7, 2009

LAUREL HIGHLANDS

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LAUREL HIGHLANDS

Dale 

    

 
     Some mountain men in the Laurel Highlands continue to distill their own moonshine in copper pipes and pots. During prohibition, they used this product as a way to survive, either by bartering or for cash. Those visitors who had reason to intrude on their property found themselves threatened by (more…)

January 31, 2009

THE SWEETNESS LASTS A LIFETIME!!! An Adoption Reunion Story

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THE SWEETNESS LASTS A LIFETIME!!!

AN ADOPTION REUNION STORY

Fran

     1964, a warm June day when my daughter began life. Placed in my arms, the sweet face, dark hair, such tiny feet and hands. All five pounds of not much of anything.
But such an impact on my life!
     As I sat there after she was taken to the nursery, I realized that her life was to begin anew, with someone else to love her, care for, and raise her to adulthood. Not my choice, but at age seventeen, with no support, and no way to provide a home, I knew, deep in my heart that she needed (more…)

August 8, 2008

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 2

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DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION   Part 2
—by Kathleen Clark

(to read Part 1 click on DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1)

GETTING PERSONAL
Personal church attendance spans many years. My parents always accompanied me, shepherding my Christian upbringing, though I don’t recall Mom or Dad as being particularly religious. We went rather consistently, but they weren’t strict. Sunday School was standard and when I became older (more…)

August 6, 2008

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: God and Fashion Part 1

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DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION   Part 1
—by Kathleen Clark

Sunday dressing. Wearing our best! When and why did it all begin? It’s a practice derived from the long held belief that giving and getting God’s best extends to how we look, especially on the most sacred day of the week.

Actually the specific day isn’t so important, because people worship on different days, but looking good for the service is. A broad spectrum of the Christian community; Protestant and Catholic alike, adhere to principles of “wearing our best.” Thus, conforming or not conforming to a particular set of accepted dress rules is sure fire way (more…)

August 5, 2008

SHOULD INFORMATION ON AN ALLEGED CHILD ABUSER BE PUBLICIZED?

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SHOULD INFORMATION ON AN ALLEGED CHILD ABUSER BE PUBLICIZED?

While writing for newspapers in various communities I developed a relationship of trust with a key local officials, including law enforcement officers, emergency medical professionals and Army National Guard leaders. As a result, they often confided information to me, “off the record.”

In one case I heard about a serious threat made by a young man, who stated that he intended to visit the local diner and commit suicide, taking five others with him. Because it was told to me in confidence, I had no choice (more…)

May 19, 2008

DEFINING GOD

—written by Joe F. Stierheim

For thousands of years man has believed in a deity (or deities). The beliefs have taken many forms but all have hinged on one concept and that is that man can successfully define God. Before one can worship any entity, one must decide of what that entity consists. The first definitions were probably of obvious things—a tree, a mountain, the sun. They could have been natural phenomena, perhaps storms or earthquakes.

When man began to conceive of God as being less a physical object or phenomenon and something that is more ethereal such as an intelligence or source, definition got trickier. That didn’t stop man. He poured his (more…)

May 14, 2008

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!!

—written by Fran

Being a caretaker for a loved one is challenging, life-changing and a lesson in finding joy in the simple things. It is riddled with medical crises, often accented by runs to the emergency room. Below is a page from Fran’s journal—written on a particularly calm day, March 31, 2007.

5:00 Saturday morning….  Time to get up, BC (our cat) has the insane idea she is hungry and now is the only time that will work for her!!

5:20 – Coffee, hot, creamy, and absolutely divine….I am now awake and going.

6:30 – All showered and ready for the day.  Time to check on Jim, get him his first of the 35 pills he takes each day.

7:30 – Help Jim get dressed, he decides on breakfast, we eat.  It’s a pleasant time to “chat”.  No (more…)

May 6, 2008

THE VIEWING

—written by Robert A. Woodall

You left me here in love, now I must find
Some solace in bereavement, heaven sent
To wash away the pain that grips my mind
And shrouds my heart in doubt. My strength is spent.
Can I, in faith, yet glorify His ways?

Your lifeless hand would touch away (more…)

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