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Things people never say in the hospice

Four years of my professional life were spent working in hospice. Director of bereavement and pastoral care. Simply put, four of the best years of my life. Creative, energizing and a daily learning curve. A downer? Absolutely not! Quite the opposite. More hopeful, inspirational, meaningful.

Faces of Faith — What we are celebrating this week

A little boy was sick on Palm Sunday one year and stayed home from church with his mother. His father returned from church holding a palm branch. The little boy was curious and asked, “Why do you have that palm branch, dad?” “Well you see son, when Jesus came into town, everyone waved palm branches to honor him, so we got palm branches at church today.”

Voices of Faith: What should we think of original sin?

The Rev. Joe Nassal, Precious Blood Center, Liberty, Mo.: Watching the evening news recently, there was one disaster story after another, from the Malaysian airline that disappeared to the mudslide where one minute people are going about their daily grind and the next minute they are buried.

Pain, physical and otherwise

I fell in love with basketball at a summer baseball camp at Northern Arizona University. I was 8 years old. We happened by the gym during “free time,” and I found myself in a pickup game. It was like I’d played this game in a previous life. I became impassioned.

Giving exercise the time of day

If I could pick the top three things you can do for your health they would be: stop smoking, eat better and exercise. We’re going to focus on exercise in this article. We all know that exercise is good for us. So why don’t we do it? Well I guess there are lots of reasons — not enough time, not enough motivation, other health problems like joint and low back pain, along with you name it other obstacles.

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Wife is hurt over being ignored by husband’s dad

Dear Abby: I have been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years. My father-in-law, “John,” has always been a man of extremely few words with me. He mostly just ignores me when I’m around. I have mentioned it to my husband and mother-in-law over the years, and they say he’s just “weird.”

Roy Vataja — Why you don’t see cows in downtown Aberdeen: The Cow Ordinance of 1905

Before there were lumber mills, canneries, or even commercial fishing, the primary industry in what is now Aberdeen was farming. When Sam Benn settled here in 1867, he cleared a pasture, brought in some beef and dairy stock, and supplied butter to Olympia and the sparsely populated Puget Sound region. It would be another 17 years before the arrival of the A.J. West family from Michigan and lumbering began to take hold. The town was platted, streets were laid out and a business section grew along with the population, and cows, descendants of Aberdeen‘s first industry, continued to wander whenever and wherever the mood struck them. By 1905, the free-roaming cow was Aberdeen’s most divisive political issue.