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Finding peace through God’s word and the Holy Spirit

I found a wonderful meditation from “The Dance of Life,” by Henri Nouwen, that answers the question of how do we live in the midst of all this chaos: “When we keep the Bible and our spiritual books in one hand and the newspaper in the other, we will always discover new questions, but we ...

Cookbook focuses on anti-inflammatory dishes

With everyone giving different advice on how to eat healthy or what diets to try, it can be hard to find recipes to fit those guidelines. “The Anti-Inflammatory Family Cookbook” by Stephania Patinella, Alexandra Romey and Jonathan Deutsch is out now to help bring anti-inflammatory eating to ...

Time for all of us to come together

Another year rolled in and made a grand entrance on all our lives with many new changes hopefully for us and the entire world. Had we have asked someone five years ago even about what will be taking place in the year 2020 no one would even come close to guessing what is taking place in the ...

A Christmas visit with Santa

As parents and grandparents we know our children pretty much what they will put on their Christmas list except may be a few things that they may surprise us with when we see their list. How innocent and pure their little minds are and their Christmas lists are priceless. Oh, how I wish they ...

Get kids in kitchen with new cookbooks!

Now might be a great time to look for a kids’ cookbook as a present that will teach kids an important life skill and have fun at home as well! “The Everything Kids’ Cookbook” by Sandra K. Nissenberg, MS, RD, (Adams Media, $14.99) is an updated version that contains more than 90 recipes ...

More than one Grinch out there

Several Christmases ago I wrote an article “Why the Grinch Stole Christmas.” As we wrap up this year of 2020 I think there are actually many “Grinches” that are trying to steal Christmas. The “Grinch” stands for anything that is threatening to sabotage Christmas or otherwise steal ...

Cookbooks for young adults

Now that the holidays are here, perhaps a good gift for the young adult in your life that has just gotten their first apartment or house would be a cookbook. From Tasty brand comes “Tasty Adulting.” This book aims to teach young people how to cook with easy to follow directions, photos ...

Seasonal novels out now

The Five-Ingredient Mystery series gets a seasonal twist in “Gingerdead Man” by Maya Corrigan. While in an alternate world where there is no COVID, Val and her grandfather are taking part in the Dickens of a Holiday festival, complete with tea party and costumed characters straight from ...

Veterans Day: Answering a new call by sharing their stories

"Off we go, into the wild, blue yonder. Climbing high into the sun." Wednesday, my voice caught as I sang along with the Harmar Elementary students serenading veteran servicemen and women gathered at Settlers Bank. I grew up moving from station to station, wherever the U.S. Air Force sent ...

First Cruise-In a success, thanks to the community

What a fantastic evening we had at 700 Channel Lane Thursday, for our first Marietta Times and Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cruise-In. While the rain did give us a bit of a scare, we were fortunate to have good weather, good food, good music... and one heck of a turnout. It’s true, we ...

United Way sees positive response following Day of Action

What does impact look like? Last week on our annual Day of Action, we saw more than 350 of our neighbors out in the community giving their time and sweat equity to projects all over the community. They probably wore their shirts that said Live United. They were lugging shovels. They were ...

Along the trail

You find a lot of things along a trail. Sometimes they are tangible things, like a turtle. Sometimes they are a little more abstract, like a clear head. Sometimes you find yourself. A little over a year ago my doctor gave me a wake-up call to drop some pounds or face the consequences of ...

Plan ahead for giving, volunteering

Our United Way is a hub of volunteerism and intentional giving for this entire community. We field calls nearly every day as part of the process to match those who wish to give with the agencies and programs where the most impact can be made. Whether the “give” is time or a tangible ...

Books offer visual journey through area’s past

I’ve always been a history nut, particularly American history. While in college I took so much American history that I ran out of classes to take. When taking Ohio history a professor simply wrote “enough” across my multiple page answer to a question about the Ohio Company that ...

Depressed? There is hope and recovery

The term “depression” is much more prevalent in society than yesteryear. In the wake of recent suicides by such celebrities as Kate Spade (fashion designer) and Anthony Bourdain (celebrity chef and television host). Depression and other forms of mental illness doesn’t care if you are ...

Weighty issues: Alzheimer’s and Dementia

I am very excited to expand on my Weighty Issue column to include other health and wellness topics. Some of the topics will range from diabetes to depression to celiac sprue and so forth. Whatever the case, I would like to include similar experiences relating to that topics. I hope that it will ...

Gastric bypass to weightloss, the journey continues

Although my gastric bypass surgery seems galaxies ago, I am proud to say that “I’m truly a success story.” I remember that when I started this process, I was extremely anxious and couldn’t decide what to do — either have the surgery or do something different. Some people may think ...

Dodge Park improvement projects

In the center of the Village of Beverly is a two acre commons known as Dodge Park, named after John Dodge, ESQ., founder of the town of Beverly in the early 1800s, who generously donated the land from a portion of a land grant given to his father, Captain John Dodge, for his services during the ...

Honey Festival in 37th year

From staff reports The 2017 West Virginia State Honey Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at City Park in Parkersburg. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 7 to 12 years and free for ages 6 and ...

Smoot launches performing arts series with Beach Boys tunes

From staff reports The Smoot Theatre will open its 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series on Friday with a tribute to the Beach Boys. Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Smoot at 213 Fifth St. in downtown Parkersburg. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for ...