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Marital advice to newlyweds

Recently I asked several people, family and friends, to send me their marital advice. This advice was collected as a wedding present to my daughter who recently got married. I received many wonderful pearls of wisdom; lessons learned from first hand experience that were learned through ...

Take your children to parade

Tomorrow is the day of the annual Easter Parade in downtown Parkersburg. So this is your chance to get your children out of the house, away from the television and their cell phones for the afternoon. The parade starts at 2 p.m. at 13th and Market Street and goes all the way down Market ...

Faith will see us through

“Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” reads Hebrews 11:1. I didn’t grow up in the church, but I was taught to believe in God. When I met my husband, I had been praying for God to bring someone like him into my life. Friends warned me away, ...

Is our resolve too shaken this time?

This time last year was the last normal week pre-pandemic and we didn’t know it. This time 10 years ago, a literal earthquake washed a wave over my shore and changed the trajectory of my life. Those 10 years have passed as swift as the great wave which tossed trucks like toys in a ...

Rewind to the last time

Thrice in recent days, I’ve been struck by the gravity of the words before me. The first occurred when I was watching an old episode of a series. I was caught off guard before the frame froze in black and white. The son is speaking with his father; they’d had their first straightforward ...

Building the strength to find peace

Last week, I knelt behind a pew and prayed. For clarity of mind. For strength of spirit. For the patience and compassion to teach with firm fairness, no matter the anxiety or irritation caused by my timely lesson or experienced myself while teaching. As the sermon echoed between the ...