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Andy Sullivan: Against the Grain

For my first column of the new year, I have more facts from one of my favorite AXS shows, Top Ten Revealed.  From Guns N Roses’ 1988 debut album Appetite For Destruction, their hit “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was written by lead singer Axl Rose about his then-girlfriend Erin Everly, daughter of ½ of the Everly Brothers Don Everly.  

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Patty Craig: A Slice of Time

I recently watched an ABC show that “reviewed” 2023 – basically an editorial of events during the year. This caused me to think about some things that I noted through the past year. I’ve broken my thoughts into categories below.

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Cheryl Hughes: A Step in the Wrong Direction

You know that place on the very top of the ladder that says, THIS IS NOT A STEP.  It isn’t.  I’m not sure if that’s what the step said that Garey stepped on when the ladder slipped, and he fell 12 feet, but that’s what it should have said.  That or TURN BACK or DON’T DO IT!  

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Jarrod Jacobs: “Noah Condemned The World By Faith”

How many times have we heard people say words to the effect, “If you tell me that there is only one way to Heaven, then you are condemning me (or my family, etc.).”? Is this a valid charge?

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Andy Sullivan: Against the Grain

It’s time for my year-end Big Dummy Awards.  This year, there is a twist on my awards:  times where Hollywood treated US the viewer like a big dummy.  We’ll start with tv shows with characters who inexplicably disappeared.  A few seasons ago, it was even the subject of an episode of Mo Rocca’s Mobituaries podcast.  Sure, television characters die or are otherwise written out of a series all the time.  Occasionally, they stop appearing with no explanation or acknowledgement whatsoever. Here are a few examples.

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Jarrod Jacobs: "Except The Lord Build The House..."

One thousand years before Christ, David wrote, “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Ps. 127:1).

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Senator Stephen Meredith: Merry Christmas

As we approach the holiday season, I extend warm wishes to each of you and your families and a heartfelt merry Christmas. During your busy schedules, I encourage you to carve out a few moments for family and reflect on the true reason for the season.

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Andy Sullivan: Against the Grain

You might think Eddy Goldfarb’s dozens of toy creations are nothing more than child’s play.  But as the following story taken from CBS Sunday morning correspondent Luke Burbank explains, he’s got the toys, and the years, to prove you wrong.  If you had a toy or game that you really loved anytime in the last 70 years, there’s a decent chance you have Eddie Goldfarb to thank for it.  When asked by Burbank if he was thinking about inventions even now, Goldfarb replied “oh yes, I’m working on two or three right now”.  

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Patty Craig: A Slice of Time

“It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready,” commented poet Sarah Kay. December is such a busy month that most of us won’t get around to considering the importance of 2023 until it has passed. We are busy making memories until the very last minute – as we should be.

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Jarrod Jacobs: "Ye Shall Know I Am The Lord"

When we read Ezekiel, God told him that by his actions, people would know there is a prophet in Israel (Ezek. 2:5). I find it interesting that God used a similar phrase in the book when referring to Himself. From Ezekiel 6 through Ezekiel 39, no less than 63 times, He told Ezekiel that the people would know He is the Lord.

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