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Grayson’s thank you note

Every day brings a hill of mail to the Rondarosa. Sometimes I beg Tink not to get the mail because I know it will...

The call to practice kindness

A few months after moving to a small town, a woman complained to a neighbor about the poor service at the local drug store. She...

Dad of little things

After losing our Dad two years ago, Father’s Day around our house is now a bittersweet event. While we were growing up, his influence...

A prayer for a simpler life

About a year ago, during a morning devotion time, I said, “Lord, I think I would like to live a simple lifestyle.” Now I had...

Provide your teen boy some ‘safe risk’

Question: Our 14-year-old (he’s going into the ninth grade at a public high school) has taken up with a bunch of kids that we...

Pro-life movement’s moment

Since 1973, when Roe vs. Wade ushered in what would eventually lead to abortion on demand, including partial-birth abortion and even the failure to...

Barr is asking questions media want to avoid

“I’m amused,” Attorney General William Barr told CBS News’ Jan Crawford, “by these people who make a living by disclosing classified information, including the...

Here are colleges that are committed to diversity

When you send your youngster off to college, you might not mind that they will have to walk on eggshells, respect taboos, snitch on...

Back to washing dishes

It occurred to me the other day that we lost more than we can imagine when we got kitchen dishwashers. Perhaps we throw some peace...

Ask Father Paul – Why did God accept Abel’s offering but...

DEAR FATHER PAUL:  The story of Cain and Abel is told in the Bible in Genesis, Chapter 4. Both were sons of Adam and...

An uncommon honor

This week I have been extended a tremendous honor. Over the years I have received a number of recognitions, plaques, certificates, and atta-boys. I...

A snowball’s chance

There’s a heat dome covering the South. Clear blue skies mean another day without rain and new record temperatures. The once lush, green, soft...

The painful problem of grown basement kids

When children were raised, reared, or simply brought up, they emancipated “on time.” Upon high school graduation, children went to college, into the military,...

No credit given where credit is due

The quote is attributed to President Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan kept it on his desk: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if...

Is the liberal hour ending in the West?

Hillary Clinton called them “the deplorables.” Barack Obama called them losers who “cling” to their Bibles, bigotries and guns. To President Jean-Claude Juncker of the...

Fading photos

One of my most memorable, enjoyable weekends occurred at least 10 years ago in the sleepy, time-frozen town of Selmer in west Tennessee. It is...

There is no such thing as burnout

I hear a lot about burnout in business, in my field as a counselor, and even in youth sports. People get in a rut...

Open letter to high school graduates — Part 4

The summer is here, you have graduated, and you don’t want to go to college, trade/technical school, or enlist in the military. What you...

Crawling around at 2 a.m.

Normally at 2 a.m., everyone at our house is fast asleep, but if you ever read any of my columns, life at our house...

But, Rosemond, experts don’t agree with you

Question: I appreciate your traditional, call it old-fashioned approach to child rearing, but I’m a tad confused and hope you can help straighten out...

What kilt him?

Not that it should have mattered. But I’m Southern so it did. It mattered a lot. As long back as I can remember, whenever someone...

Open letter to high school graduates — Part 3

Summer looms, you are graduating from high school, and the beach beckons. But then, what? Even though you are finishing at least 12 years of...

Tammy and the Time Capsule

It was a cool, cloudy Saturday morning when Big Brother James and I arrived at our old elementary school. The only evidence of the...

Turn parent-child relationship right-side up again

Concerning major behavior problems, parents often tell me they’ve “tried everything.” In more than 40 years of doing this “parenting expert” gig, I’ve never...

Back to the past with Joe Biden

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears...

Will ‘whiteshift’ save America from ethnic strife?

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to journalism in recent years — maybe not a good idea, but if you have —...

The power of a word that is kept

It was my junior year in college before I had the unfortunate experience of meeting, for the first time, a man who did not...

Rules and unintended consequences

One curse of human nature is that good intentions mixed with authority often result in the urge to crank out new rules that just...

An open letter to high school graduates — Part 2

So, you’re not sure you want to go to college? You won’t be alone if that is your decision. Of those who do decide...

Secret Giant Bubble Juice

Against the backdrop of a clear sky, colors of purple, silver, and blue chased each other, swirling over the surface of the bubble in...

Discipline problems require a firm hand, not a pill

Question: My 7-year-old son, an only child, is giving me fits. He’s overly active and will not cooperate in any instruction I give him....

Extra! Extra! Newspapers dying!

I know, I know. Fake news! Media bias! Intellectual arrogance! That’s my old profession, the newspaper business, as contemporary Americans understand it — assuming...

Remembering the pioneers

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new...

Dr. Calvin Hanrahan

You don’t forget a man like Dr. Calvin Hanrahan. At least I can’t. I wonder, from time to time, if he remembers me. Dr. Hanrahan...
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