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Who doesn’t like a Girl Scout Cookie?
5/13/2021 9:19:27 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder   This week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage made a little slip. To her, it was a little slip, but to me, it was a big mistake. It is not always that she makes mistakes that I can profit on. I don't make this public, especially within her earshot, but there are times that she makes a mistake, and I'm always on the lookout for those times. When it comes to me, I'm always making mistakes. I'm not sure that I can make a little slip because mine are much bigger. And the problem with this is, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage always...

Note to Hollywood ‘thought-leaders’: #UncancelMel
5/13/2021 9:05:38 AM

By LRon Brooks   THE HINTERLANDS—Blacklisted blockbuster movie star and auteur director Mel Gibson has been popping up lately on the periphery of his former Hollywood haunts, in straight-to-streaming junk [ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6491178/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_10  ] that for the most part doesn’t even try to capitalize on his participation in its marketing efforts. It’s like his career is living some kind of tragic Benjamin Button life-cycle, just about to peter out with a whimper when it otherwise ought to be in its prime. Pop Quiz! How many remember...

A shortcut is not always that short
5/6/2021 10:43:09 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder   I have always appreciated shortcuts in life. If I can find a shortcut, I will take it because time is valuable to me. I take pride in coming up with a shortcut that actually saves me time. However, not all of my shortcuts have really been that short and I have paid the price. Last week, for example, I had to go clear across town for my appointment with my eye doctor. Somehow I think they try to figure out where to place a doctor's office, so it isn't easy to get there, especially when there's a time element involved. My eye appointment...

SERVING AMERICA: IN WHAT CONTEXT?
5/6/2021 10:26:20 AM

By Oscar H. Blayton   In 1735 when the French colonists of Louisiana pursued the Natchez War against Native Americans, they mustered free and enslaved African Americans into two military companies that came to be known as the Corps D'Afrique. The soldiers of the Corps D'Afrique fought against Indigenous People as well as against Africans who had fled slavery to live in freedom among the Natchez. The paradox of Black folk in America standing on both sides of a conflict where white supremacy plays a part spans the entire history of this nation. During the American...

SAVVY SENIOR - Should You Prepay Your Funeral?
4/29/2021 11:28:43 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I have been thinking about preplanning our funerals now so our kids won’t have to later, but we would like to find out if it’s a good idea to prepay. What can you tell us? Living on a Budget   Dear Living, Planning your funerals in advance is definitely a smart move. Not only does it give you and your wife time to make a thoughtful decision on the type of service you want, it also allows you to shop around to find a good funeral provider, and it will spare your family members the burden of making these decisions at an emotional...

What would the world be without apple fritters?
4/29/2021 11:23:34 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Stress is not something new in my life or anybody else's, for that matter. The thing about stress is that you never get used to it, or at least I don't. I don't know what I would do if one week I had no stress at all. When that happens, I'll let you know. This past week has not been one of those stress-free weeks. Starting on the very first day of the week, stress poked its nose into my business. On Monday, as I sat at my office to begin the week's work, I opened up my laptop, and I could not turn it on. It would not accept my...

Still not resting
4/29/2021 11:03:40 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   “Another life taken. Another public lynching. Another news story. Another act of recorded Black death . . . [This death] is not an anomaly, but a historical pattern of behavior that binds every American to an unexamined history of our nation.” These lines are from the opening scenes of the “sermonic film” Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and Co-Pastor in Residence of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute for...

Savvy Senior - Could You Have Prediabetes?
4/21/2021 5:13:14 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about prediabetes, and how can you know if you have it? My 62-year-old husband, who’s in pretty good shape, was recently diagnosed with prediabetes and didn’t have clue. Could I have it too? Wondering Spouse   Dear Wondering, Underlying today’s growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes is a much larger epidemic called prediabetes, which is when the blood sugar levels are higher than they should be but not high enough to be called diabetes. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as...

Thank You, Sister Simone Campbell!
4/21/2021 5:08:45 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   In March Sister Simone Campbell stepped down as Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, the organization she led for 16 years that educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. Many people got to know her work during the debate over the Affordable Care Act when she drafted the “nuns’ letter” to Congress supporting the bill that was signed by 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters. The support played a key role in getting the Affordable Care Act passed, and...

That’s why doctors call us patients
4/21/2021 4:33:06 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   For the past month, I have been engaging with my eye doctor. I've had two cataracts removed which isn't a serious thing in itself. But what goes into this surgery is what baffles me. I've often wondered why doctors call us patients. I have figured out that the doctors are not patient, so they expect us to be patient. I need to work on that. I had two cataract surgeries two weeks apart. It took a whole month to go through the process. After the surgery, it'll take another 4 to 6 weeks to get the proper glasses I need to read. Talk about...