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Stop falling on your face

When a mother giraffe gives birth, she will do so while standing up. So her calf’s first act is to fall six feet to the ground, crash landing on his face. Then, as if such an arrival wasn’t harsh enough, the youngling’s mother will continually knock him down when he attempts to stand. Only when completely exhausted will she allow him to stagger to his feet.This isn’t cruelty. It is the youngster’s first and most necessary lesson, a tough lesson for an ...

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Religion Calendar

Aug. 23— St. James United Holy Church of Council will be celebrating their pastor’s anniversary August 23 and 24. On Saturday, there will be a banquet at the church cafeteria at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 11 a.m. the speaker will be Elder Larry C. McLean. Everyone is invited to attend.Aug. 24— The deacons of Sandhill will celebrate their Men’s Day at their 11 a.m. worship service. Sandhill MBC Pas. Donald ...

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‘The Preacher’ stood above all else

I grew up with a lot of religious rules. To violate these rules was to subject oneself to the judgment of God. If you had a fundamentalist upbringing, you may be familiar with some of these restrictions. No drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no playing cards or going to the movies, no mixed-bathing (a prospect that intrigued my teenage mind), no Sabbath-breaking (though we did not actually gather on the Sabbath), and absolutely no questioning of religious authority.

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The man behind the curtain

What do Kenosha, Wisc., and Cape Cod, Mass., have in common? Besides the fact that they are both splendid, waterfront communities, probably not much. Except this: Seventy-five years ago this week, these towns were the first public release points for one of the greatest films ever. “The Wizard of Oz.”Few movies have had such a prolonged, impactful history. It is consistently voted into the top ten of any “Greatest Movies” list, has been preserved by the Libra...

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Give the Wonderful World a chance

This coming week marks the birthday of a man who Bing Crosby called, “the beginning and the end of music in America.” Born in the sweltering heat of a New Orleans’ August, the grandson of former slaves, and suffering abject poverty, that man was Louis Armstrong.It was starvation that drove young Louis to the streets where he learned to sing, scat, and play trumpet, all to earn a few pennies each day to feed his hunger and stay alive. From those hardened streets he...

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