by Teresia Smith
Brene Brown once told a story about a village where all the women washed clothes together down by the river. Later, when they all got washing machines, there was a sudden outbreak of depression and no one could figure out why. It was discovered that the depression was linked to the washing machines. It wasn’t having the washing machines that caused the women to experience depression; however, it was the absence of time spent doing things together with others. It was the absence of community. Why is community so important?
The habit of gratitude
by Terry Broome
It’s here at last! That wonderful season of Thanksgiving! I love this time of the year and the fact that so many say so much about the reasons for being thankful. The psalmist calls his people to “remember” the works of God in Psalms 105:1-5 (KJV) “Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;”
by Mike Gerry
The craze of the A-Rig has spread to other parts of the country with the fall and winter months being the best of the A-Rig fishing over the past several years. There have also been several fish on Guntersville caught on this bait, as it continues to prove it is a look that the fish and big fish like. In Tennessee there was several tournaments won recently with a huge weight capping off the tournament.
By Teresia Smith
They say that wisdom comes with age, and passed down wisdom sayings are supposed to give you better judgment. We could all use a little more wisdom to help us make it through life, but are they all really wise? I think most parents or grandparents are remembered for saying something frequently enough that it is remembered by their children. What are some old sayings you have heard over the years that are meant to impart wisdom but when truly examined, you find they are not always true? Examples are such as “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” or “kids will be kids”. There are many more to choose from like “the grass is always greener on the other side”, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. Though meant to impart some wisdom lesson, some of these sayings are just not helpful. Let’s look at a few.
America, God Shed His Grace On Thee”
by Terry Broome
In 1991, Carla Rohlfing wrote an article for Family Circle magazine (4/23/91, p. 24) in which she affirmed that “The newest ‘virus’ to sweep the nation has nothing to do with getting sick in the traditional sense. According to leading psychologists, Americans are suffering from an unprecedented ‘uncertainty syndrome,’ hallmarked by chronic, even crippling anxiety that threatens to have a strong–and negative effect on our family relationships.” Mrs. Rohlfing went on to blame the Persian Gulf War (our first invasion of Iraq after their attack on Kuwait) under President George H. W. Bush, along with the continuing recession, rising crime rate and other events of that decade. She observed: “What makes our current situation so critical is that as an individual, you have little, if any, power over events that could have a strong impact on your family–from further job cutbacks to the slump in real-estate values.”