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We often receive admonitions to show kindness to others, and few doubt the need for more kindness in our world. In reality, practicing kindness makes us feel better, and researchers believe kindness reduces our anxiety and pain. Being kind is not always easy, however; it requires patience an…

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Several years ago, I wrote nine simple statements in my journal. Most of them are biblically based truths that I like to keep on the forefront…

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Olfactory memories involve a smell or scent triggering the recall of something from our past. On an early morning walk, I caught a distinct wh…

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Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and author of the new book "Necessary Noise: How Donald Trump Inflames the Culture War and Why This is Good News for America." Readers can respond to Star's column by emailing star-parker@urbancure.org.

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America has faced incredible challenges since March. As we continue to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, I am grateful to see extraordina…

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¿Cuándo fue la ultima vez que fallo en el deporte? Que por más inténtenos, siempre terminaba igual.

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As I joined family members enjoying the ocean, I marveled at the strength of the waves. I watched one young person gradually improve his skill…

Summer tends to hang around in East Texas like a lingering house guest who should have taken the hint when you started freely walking around the living room in your underwear. In fact, our hottest weather often rears its glistening, blistered head right around the time we all start to go pumpkin-spice wackadoodle and break out our fall wardrobe – even though we'll soon be wringing vats of sweat out of our flannel and corduroy.

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Sometimes I need a brief trip to the mountains. The beautiful landscapes in our upstate and beyond have a way of providing inspiration and rel…

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On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, announcing all persons held as slaves within the rebellious areas are and henceforth shall be free.

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As our communities work to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and we continue to carefully reopen our country, it is important to remember …

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On a visit to Texas, a city-slicker from New York City decided to try his luck at a local fishing hole. He stopped by a weather-beaten old bai…

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“Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed … When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy ...“Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go!” — Matthew 26:40-46 NIV

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In 1985, the population of the United States numbered 238 million. Today the figure is near 330 million. A stamp cost 22 cents in those days c…

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I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. Do you? Waiting is hard work and, at times, can really test our faith. It’s especially difficult when t…

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