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This time of year always brings illness, normally it's sinus and colds. Some of it is allergies and some of it brings the contagious kind such as the flu or worse, the feared Covid-19 virus. Regardless, we seem to nurse ourselves back to health on the same diet of soups. As a kid when you be…

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Today a melancholy mood came over me as I watched dark rain clouds gather. I felt for

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Confessions of a Baking Queen : Episode 3 : Pumpkin Muffins • Columnist Kristy Cole brings some of her favorite recipes to life in our new video series, "Confessions of a Baking Queen" which is also the name of her column appearing each week in The Mountain Advocate. • In this week's episode…

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Memories are like precious keepsakes stored away in a safe place deep within channels of our minds. Our lives are like plot lines in a novel with good and bad. Our past is like an art gallery. On the walls are all yesterday’s pictures: our home, our childhood, our parents, our heartaches, ha…

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Schools are starting back and summer seems to be quickly fading. Actually, this isn't true, summer weather can cling on into early October here in Kentucky. One thing is for certain, the rain has definitely dampened my spirits this year among other things. Being stuck at home due to Covid, I…

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At one time or another all of us, I believe, hear the call to solitude. It can beckon us at any moment, under any circumstances. How do we find solitude? Why is it important to our lives? I find that having a quiet mind unravels my many thoughts, but it takes effort. Some studies says that t…

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One of my favorite topics to share with young people is on the subject of time. While it is hard for them to grasp the concept of the brevity of time, I try to help them begin to see its value. And the older I get, the more valuable time becomes. I recall, even at this moment, a friend of mi…

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Most of us can't help but feel summer is almost over. We safely took whatever vacation we had planned or we hit the pool trying our best to social distance, but it's been a different summer for most of us. School supplies fill the shelves at stores, and yes, school will be back in session de…