Some backyard birds, like cardinals and bluebirds, are becoming more colorful right now for a reason. Males of many species take on brighter, more eye-catching plumage in spring for a single p…

Several years ago I remember reading the newspapers and watching on television with real interest in the developing story of the rescue of gray whales that attracted worldwide attention. One o…

In the seven years since the new Aiken County Animal Shelter opened, thousands and thousands of dogs have passed through its doors. Dogs of every shape, size, age, condition, breeds, and mix o…

It is known as Kintsugi. And its origin is based on legend, centuries old, Japanese. It’s the technique of mending broken items – especially pottery – with gold. And in this way, the broken th…

By this time, you are probably working on your New Year’s resolutions. Hopefully, you are on track to meet your goals. Whether they are health related or not, it is likely that your goals focu…

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, diamonds are formed deep within the Earth, about 100 miles down in the upper mantle. As you might imagine, it is quite hot in that part of the planet, an…

I am not sure whether younger elementary children still have “show and tell” time in their classroom, but when our daughters were that age, such sharing was a weekly event. I recall how it som…

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Blood types were discovered over 100 years ago by Karl Landsteiner in 1901. You may not be aware of your blood type even though there are only a few of them. The human blood types include A, B…

I love the Wise men. There are a multitude of ways in which we can identify with them. But there is one way which I want to lift up this morning and that is that they followed the star.

Since all of us like to receive non-taxable income, here are a few basics on the second stimulus package that the president finally signed early last week.

I have had more than one patient tell me that although they have no specific plans to kill themselves – they sometimes just wish that they had never been born. They are so depressed and hopele…

One of my favorite “Hollywood star gazing” stories concerns a woman from Texas who was visiting her sister in Los Angeles. One warm summer day, while out shopping, they went into an ice cream …

Now that the holidays are behind us, you still have time to address some important end-of the-year financial moves you can make before the end of 2020.

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Note from Mike: This column was first published in 2013. My kids are now 17 and 20 and well beyond this stage. But I hope it either still rings true for you, or has a new special meaning for t…

Since Christmas is this week, our attention is naturally focused on Santa Claus. Have you ever wondered how Santa gets in shape for his yearly sleigh ride to deliver gifts to good boys and gir…

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Long hours of sedentary time, particularly sitting, have significant negative health effects. Those who sit for longer than eight hours per day are at increased risk for early death from all c…

The maximum Social Security benefit in 2020 for a person reaching their full retirement age is $3,011 per month and $3,790 if you are 70 this year. Those amounts seem staggering when one consi…

“When we offend everybody, it’s because we’ve taken on the truth mantle without grace. When we offend nobody, it’s because we’ve watered down truth in the name of grace.” — Randy Alcorn

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