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Emerald’s Gem Box: My Mom – My Blessing

My mother has always been one of the most Christian, caring, sweetest and generous women that I know. I am confident other people who know her would say the same thing. While my brothers and I were growing up, she rarely raised her voice to/at us, she never cussed (at all), never argued, and never spoke badly of anyone. She didn’t drink or smoke. She always told us, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all” and “Do unto others as you would have them do…

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From the sunny side… Remembering Herbie

I have been very blessed in my life to have had the opportunity to meet some very fascinating people. People from literally all walks of life, from all over the world. I remember very well the first time I met Herb Allen. “Herbie,” as most of us knew him, was one of those fascinating people who could make an instant and lasting impression on anyone whose path he crossed. A man of immense talent, Herbie was the first musical director for the international group, Up With People. As some of…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: The boiling frog affect

I have watched and listened closely these last several weeks about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and all the discussions about gun control since then. I cannot possibly understand the hurt and loss that these families have right now. Most of us, in all honesty, cannot fully grasp that. But, I do understand that they hate guns and feel as if guns took their children away. Since their children died by guns, that is where their anger lies. There is no changing that! No matter what is said…

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Passing Parade: The Last Ounce of Courage

Nelson A. Pryor: Guest Columnist Everyday heroes! Yes, that describes the four chaplains and their sacrifice. It was on Feb. 3, 1943, that the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, a military transport ship carrying 902 American servicemen and civilian workers, was torpedoed by a German submarine. The Dorchester was about 100 miles off the coast of Greenland. And it took about 18 minutes to sink below the frigid sea. On board, panic had ensued. The sailors who were not killed in the explosion or trapped below rushed to the decks, where some of…

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