In violation of the separation of church and state, American tax dollars are funneled to fundamentalist private schools teaching peculiar things — such as a claim that Noah probably took two baby dinosaurs onto his ark.

The morning sun shone through my windshield, warming my face as I drove east on I-64. Had it not been for where I was going and why, I might have been rather dazzled by this unseasonably warm Jan. 13 morning. Instead of today’s 56 degrees, we usually have snow, sometimes of blizzard proporti…

Many folks think the beginning of a new year is the time for new beginnings, and that will work if you stay on the right path. It is great and heartwarming to know that “new beginnings” can begin at any time. When a person comes to the place in their life that they are completely disgusted a…

The old year, with all its happenings, has limped out. It seems that our minds go back to all the things that we encountered, good or bad, over the past 12 months. We need to be thankful that God has brought us through, and is still with us as we enter into another year.

Statistics show that 8 in 10 people suffer from anxiety, and in today’s world it’s even affecting our children. Listening to the daily news programs, I can understand why. I can only tolerate so many morning news segments until I flip the TV channel to “Leave it to Beaver.”

I may be one of only a few people who listens to Christmas music and watches Christmas movies for days after the holiday is over. I enjoy my decorations, too. We’re the only family in our neighborhood who turns on the Christmas tree lights every evening until New Year’s Day.

While sitting around after our Thanksgiving feast, trying to fight off the effects of the natural sedative some believe turkey contains, my grown children began talking about their growing up years — in this very house. One of them said, “We loved Thanksgiving, but the best part was — it mea…

The woman was little more than a girl — and tired, so tired. She swayed slightly on the back of the plodding donkey, and the older man who walked beside her reached out a steadying hand and said encouragingly, “Be of good comfort, Mary, we will soon be to Bethlehem.”

Another rainy and gloomy day descends upon our hills, while we beat in the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The younger generation is anxiously counting the days until Christmastime comes, while the shopping places are full of gifts to buy, and advertising their wares in colorful and…

Can you remember when you were 14? I can. I was going to change the world. There wasn’t anything I wouldn’t attempt. Especially if someone told me something was impossible. There was the time my brother drove across a bridge and saw me in line waiting to jump off with my friends who were swi…

A lovely December day opens up before us, with blue skies and sunshine blessing our hills. It is such a privilege to live where the seasons do change, with each one with its special beauty and benefits. Some folks are hoping for a blanket of snow to cover our brown landscape, while others lo…

A few years ago, we hired a young man to do some work in our home. As I watched him work, we enjoyed friendly conversation about our families, our interests and finally, the impending holidays. That’s when the conversation went off the rails!

Funerals for Monday, January 27, 2020

Davis, Valerie - 11 a.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Hamrick, Leonard - 1 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Hughes Jr., Denver - 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Keen, Cora - 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Lazear, Elizabeth - 7 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Masters, Delores - 1 p.m., Glen Ferris Apostolic Church, Glen Ferris.

Milroy, Miller - 11 a.m., Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Petro, Edith - 11 a.m., Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Phelps, Herbert - 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Stanley, Gary - 1 p.m., Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Stewart, Donna - 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, South Charleston.

Walker, Iva - 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Wilkinson, Catharine - Noon, Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor Chapel.

Williams, Joseph - 3 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.