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Facing reality, finding hope

Even though we were shocked and nervous, Michelle and I slept well on the night after testing positive for COVID-19 the day after Valentine’s Day. But as we woke up around 5 a.m. the next morning, reality began to set in.

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New legislative session begins

I recently returned to Columbia to kick off the 2021 legislative session. With masks and other precautions in place, we had a productive start to the year. It was great to be back at the Statehouse!

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Outside Advent

Just after school resumed this past September and before leaf-watching traffic descended upon the southern Appalachians, an old friend and I rode our loaded bicycles along the length of the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway from Front Royal, Va., to Cherokee, N.C., a trip covering 14 days, 575 miles and 63,000 feet of climbing.

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Pain is worth the gain

With COVID-19 cases rapidly increasing, it is exciting to receive Moderna’s 94.1 percent efficacy and 100 percent effectiveness against severe COVID-19 news, since I am a volunteer participant in their vaccine clinical trial.

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Jesus and the election

I think this is almost invariably (note the tiny escape clause) an accurate statement: Lutheran pastors do not tell parishioners how to vote.

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