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02
Jan
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Along the Way

I enjoy listening to YouTube talks by some of the world’s most brilliant Christian apologists. One of those apologists is Dr. John Lennox, a Northern Irish mathematician who is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He holds two doctorates — one in mathematics and another in philosophy. Dr. Lennox has spoken in many different countries on Christian philosophy, debated famous atheists such as Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, and published numerous books on Christian apologetics.

Recently, on a video I was watching, Dr. Lennox was asked this question: “Do you ever doubt that you might be wrong about all the beliefs that you hold about Christianity?”

Here, I want to share with you the response by Dr. Lennox:

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Wed
02
Jan
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Hey, Let’s Talk! A Christmas Miracle by Van Reech

I’m having a real good Christmas week – one of the best ever – and I hope all of you are, too. M y Daughter and Granddaughter came down with friends to share presents and Christmas Eve Dinner. I did my standard roast turkey and Mama’s cornbread dressing but the kids brought scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, spinach soufflé and a big ham. Whow! Surprisingly we had few leftovers because several guests stopped by to “snack”. That’s just fine because now I need to start getting ready for New Years with another ham, boiled cabbage, a big pot of “Hoppin’ John” blackeyed pea jambalaya and, of course, a good skillet of cornbread. I may do ‘hot water cornbread’ this year?

Thu
20
Dec
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Christmas Loot!

Remember when you were a kid a t Christmas and how excited you were about Santa coming or wondering what kinda presents you had waiting under the tree? Well, that’s sorta how I felt last weekend but I first want to report in on the Baked Chicken Tenders and Catfish recipes we talked about last week.

Brenda Hall and Trever Montgomery both told me they were gonna try these because they sounded so good and healthy because they weren’t fried. I found on the Baked Tenders that they needed to be cooked in a hotter oven (on broil @ 500 ) and a little longer (10 to 12 minutes ). And after trying the catfish I thought that dusting them with just plain cornmeal adding only salt and pepper didn’t get them spicy enough. The one fillet that I had sprinkled with some Crystal Hot Sauce before dusting tasted the best.

Thu
20
Dec
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Along the Way

As a child growing up on the outskirts of Mansfield, I helped my mom make homemade pralines and fudge each year on Christmas Eve. Well, I don’t know how “helpful” I was, but I loved to watch and “lick the bowls.”

She would put the pralines and fudge out on Christmas Eve, which for us was a bigger, more thrilling day than Christmas Day because the whole family came over to our house. And honestly, “whole family” just meant our two first cousins, aunt and uncle, and grandparents. But it seemed like a large crowd to us.

Mom always put out several gifts for us to open on Christmas Eve, and then the rest were put out by “Santa” to be opened on Christmas morning. Well, my sisters and I used to wait until Mom went to the store and then we would carefully unwrap our gifts that were under the tree. We would inspect them, and then meticulously tape the wrapping paper back on.

Wed
12
Dec
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Did You Know?

By Raymond Powell

Few people have lived through the Great Depression but everyone has read and heard about it. This writer not only lived throughout the Depression but experienced some of its hardships. If you will bear with me some researched details will be presented to set the stage.

On Friday October 24, 1929 the U.S. stock market crashed which started the 12 year economic disaster known as the Great Depression. On that “Black Thursday” everyone knew the sudden massive sell off of stocks was bad but no one knew just how calamitous the results would be. Given the last two months prior to Oct. 24, 1929 it was thought things were going along as fine as they always had.

 

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Wed
12
Dec
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Baked Chicken Tenders

By: Van Reech

A few years ago before I learned the “Thick Black Iron Pot” trick of frying Catfish up right I used to coat the fillets with Tabasco Sauce and dust them in the prepared cornmeal mixture and bake them in the oven. They were very close to the fried fish I loved and we ate them at least once a week so when I saw Alison Roman’s recipe for Baked Tenders I knew I had to try them.

Wed
05
Dec
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Did You Know?

By Raymond Powell

During the Civil War there were spies on both sides in the North and the South. It has never been determined exactly why they risked their lives to spy on a certain side. Women were the most successful spies and today’s article is about a woman form New Orleans who spied for the Union. She was known as “Crazy Lou”, Lou Arness that is, who was from a wealthy family that had actually owned slaves but like many southern slave owners they were being given their freedom even before the war began.

During the war Lou’s home became a hiding place for escaping Union prisoners and runaway slaves. They were housed in the attic with a secret trap door for them to come out at night. Many of them were able to escape to freedom. Horses were confiscated by the freed slaves and convicts. Of course, both Union and Confederates went through town and the countryside looking for horses that were stolen.

 

 

Wed
05
Dec
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Hey, Let’s Talk! The Highest & Best

By: Van Reech

As I was reading Emily Weinstein’s blog on the NYT Cooking Section a portion of her talk on Thanksgiving leftovers struck me. I had been visiting with you about the same things but she said it so much better, “(…) but I feel in my soul that the highest and best use of Thanksgiving leftovers is in a sandwich.” AND I so agree! In my column towards the end of October I said something like the best use of turkey leftovers is a big ole sandwich with lots of mayo and a big slice of Swiss cheese. Emily and I both agree that this turkey sandwich should also have a slice of cornbread dressing in it and, she adds, “(…) Especially the cranberry sauce, which makes it sing.” I’m all hungry now ….

 

 

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Wed
05
Dec
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Kennedy Decides Not to Run for LA Governor in 2019

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor and Constituents:

Last month, three of my Senate colleagues, two of my House colleagues, and I met in Beijing with Premier Li Keqiang, the second ranking Chinese government official, and others to discuss several issues. The State Department asked us in particular to lobby China to stop Chinese citizens from exporting synthetic fentanyl and the ingredients to make it to Mexico, from which fentanyl enters the United States. We hammered hard. This weekend, President Xi Jinping, meeting with President Trump, announced that China would designate fentanyl a “controlled substance” subject to the maximum penalty under Chinese law. Fentanyl killed more Americans last year than we lost during the entirety of the Vietnam War. Much of it came to the United States from China. The credit for this breakthrough goes to Presidents Trump and Xi, but it sure made me feel like our trip to Beijing was worthwhile.

Wed
28
Nov
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Hey, Let’s Talk! A Forest Interlude

It was such a pretty Saturday with temps in the 60’s a light breeze from the southwest and a partly cloudy sky. The perfect day to do some Autumn yard chores before the wet cold Winter arrived. I’ve been cutting up the four fallen trees and chopping them into firewood and after several loads I decided to take a break about midafternoon on the back patio and hydrate with a frosty adult beverage.

My remaining cat, an adolescent black and white male I call Mr. Tux, came around to visit and while we sat soaking up the warm sunshine I noticed that he’d become very still and had stopped purring. Slowly without turning my head I shifted my eyes to my left and into the edge of the woods behind my house. At first I didn’t notice anything but after a quick movement I made out two deer, a doe and a spike about 20 yards away and right at the forest boundary. Almost majestic and solemn - How quiet they’d been coming up.

 

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