Editor’s Word: Alzheimer’s Didn’t Win

On Thursday, Nov. 29, around midnight, surrounded by the people she loved most on this earth, my mother breathed her last breath. For over 12 years she struggled with Alzheimer’s, coupled with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Her battle was over, and even though this sinister and devastating disease viciously attacked her body and brain, it did […]

Outside the Walls: Go Fix the Problem

“Houston, we have a problem.” These famous words were spoken from aboard NASA’s Apollo 13, more than 205,000 miles from Earth, while the spacecraft was en route to the moon. All mission control personnel were called into the room to problem-solve as three astronauts’ lives hung in the balance. It became clear to engineers working […]

Comic Belief: Turning Over the Keys

“Finding Forrester” is a great movie. Sean Connery plays the part of a legendary writer who mentors a young man who has great potential as a writer. Connery tells Forrester to sit at the typewriter and begin typing — just type what comes to mind. Just start. Think of five frogs sitting on a log. […]

Wholly Healthy: Tackling a Mental Health Crisis

America is in the grips of a true mental health crisis. Depression and anxiety are epidemic in young and old alike. No matter how many medications the medical community prescribes, these diseases seem to increase in prevalence. People with more intense mental health afflictions like schizophrenia frequently have few available resources. Mental health clinics are […]

Guest Viewpoint: 2.8 billion Lost People & You

Have you ever stood face to face with someone who has never heard of the name of Jesus? If so, it is not an experience you will soon forget. Several years ago, a family from our church was serving as Christian workers in the mountains of China. After being on the field for about four […]

Outside the Walls: What’s Your Name?

You never know who you may run into at a Waffle House.  “What’s your name?” I asked our waitress as she gave us our menus. “Misty,” she said. We began to talk a little as I ordered a couple of cheesy eggs, and then I asked her how I could pray for her. Our waitress looked […]

Wholly Healthy: Older Folks Need to be Active

I don’t know how many times I see elderly patients in the emergency department who have family members asking them to slow down. They might have come in with a minor injury, or a cold or cough.  Their children or grandchildren look at me and say, “Doctor, she is 93 and will not stop going! […]

Comic Belief: Be Possible

The Rolling Stones sang a song that said “Time is on my side.” Then the backup singers would chime in: “Yes, it is, yes, it is.” Well, I want to tell you that time is not on your side — no it isn’t, no it isn’t. If you don’t believe it, look at your stomach. […]

Editor’s Word: A Christmas Eve Near the Moon

On Christmas Eve in 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders orbited the moon 10 times. During that historic day, they photographed the earth rising above the moon’s horizon. “Earthrise” would become one of the most iconic images of our planet. During their Christmas Eve lunar orbit, they read the first […]

Guest Viewpoint: Hatred, Racism, Forgiveness

Do you know the internal struggle of trying to forgive someone who has deliberately hurt you or someone in your family? Reverend Anthony Thompson knows exactly what that feels like. His wife Myra was one of the nine people murdered on June 15, 2015, at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Recently, I heard […]