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THOMASVILLE — The coronavirus pandemic may have rained on Thomasville’s much-celebrated Memorial Day activities the past couple of years, but the skies appear to have cleared for this year’s events.

I received the opportunity to speak at church last week. When I started to plan what I might say, I reached back into my past. The more I prayed and thought about it, the more I felt like the Lord was leading in a different direction. He wanted me to talk about things that I was currently wo…

Okay that is a misleading headline. As I often say, “Perfection is Elusive” but you can still seek it. Nevertheless, here are some good pointers and practices that you can use to enhance your life and interact with your landscape through the use of plants.

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HIGH POINT — At 66, Audrey McLaurin isn’t exactly your typical Double Dutch jump roper.

Here is the poser for this week: What invaluable organization has the motto, “Great futures start here”? The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point held its signature Stake and Burger fundraiser at the High Point Club recently, and it was filled with good news.

I was putting a few things on the calendar the other day when I realized that we are almost in June. That can’t be possible. It seems like we just had Valentine’s Day and Easter. I haven’t gotten my garden in. Come on calendar … slow down!

Q: We see my husband’s 9-year-old son every other weekend and two weeks in the summer. He has major issues in school with both behavior and doing his work. He’s well behaved when he’s with us, but his mother lets him get away with a lot. Also, she thinks teachers should punish for school pro…

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HIGH POINT -- Like so many of us, Jared Grimes didn’t know what was going to happen to him after the COVID-19 pandemic began to subside. He just knew that, whatever it was, he would be ready for it.

I have long admired Daniel Lubetzky, founder of KIND Snacks (You may have also seen him on TV’s “Shark Tank”) and so excited he was the 2022 HPU commencement speaker. In essence one act of kindness toward his father led Lubetzky to lead a life filled with gratitude and kindness. The kindness…

Q: Our sons are 6 and 4. When their same-age cousins come over they all go down into our basement to play. Invariably, within 30 minutes my youngest comes upstairs crying because his older brother is causing the cousins to gang up against him. I end up going down into the basement every half…

All the major religions of the world have some version of the Golden Rule, which can be summed up to be a guideline of how to live harmoniously with others. One religion may call it the “law of reciprocity” and another may say “treat others the way you want to be treated” and another “Hurt n…

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TRIAD -- Fifty-four years after finishing his tour of duty in Vietnam, Darrell Freeman still remembers the wisdom of a sergeant who warned him he should wear civilian clothing for his return to the United States.

It was two years in the making! At long last, the Rotary Club of High Point celebrated its 100th anniversary (which was in 2020) at the High Point Country Club.

Sweltering days are coming, and we'll soon be looking for those cool-down, eat-on-your-back-porch-with-the-fan-on-high meals. A good place to shop for fresh, hydrating foods is the local farmers market.

I came home from the grocery store last week to a surprise. My wife said that she had caught something in our house while I was out. I helped put away the groceries and then went out on the back steps to discover what she had caught. It was a large hornet.

A recent online article concerned a mom who refused to pay her teenage daughter for doing household chores. A poll of readers found that an overwhelming majority of them agreed with the daughter.

There is very good news on the economic front. Thanks to Loren Hill, Piedmont Triad Partnership’s economic development director for The Carolina Core (and former president of the High Point Economic Development Corporation), I was invited to the Piedmont Triad Partnership breakfast meeting h…

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THOMASVILLE — Gary and Alma Smith were born and raised in the South, where the distinctive smells of the region — from sweet tea and Georgia peaches to magnolia blossoms and freshly harvested tobacco — are as familiar as an old friend.

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Many years ago, when I first stepped into the community foundation world — actually leaped might be a more accurate description — I was told that the community foundations do three things; raise money, manage money and give money to worthy causes. While this is essentially correct, what I ha…

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Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” I often worry we have so neglected funding education that we hinder children from the bright futures God has planned for them.

I was lucky to be able to spend some time with my family on Easter day. The food was excellent and the weather cooperated. We spent the day outside, catching up with each other. It was so good to see my parents and siblings and to spend time talking with them. It was nice to take a deep brea…