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January 14, 2015

In recent days, Chesterfield County Police have received several reports of residents being defrauded of money by unknown suspects asking that bills or fines be paid with prepaid money cards. In one incident, which occurred on Jan. 8, 2015, unknown suspects called the adult female victim and claimed to work for the Internal Revenue Service. The suspects claimed she owed several thousand dollars to the IRS and would be arrested if she did not pay.

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A glass half full – cheers!

When people say my glass is always half empty and theirs is half full; I tell them the problem is that someone is always drinking out of mine. I’m working on filling my glass half full, but it’s hard to do when there is so much to complain about.

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Journey of Firsts

As many of you know, I have just returned from my sixth journey to Africa, since 2009. You would think that there would not be so many first time experiences, after being there six times, but wait until I share these. We are going to Africa, sharing the gospel with a people group known as the Pedi, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

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Try looking for clues in Latin names

As I began preparing this column a week or so back, we were treated to our share of wintry weather precipitation, which really is not very uncommon for this time of the year; with sleet falling since wee hours of the morning and continuing for a good part of the day including the following night

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Arthritis

Though not proven scientifically, the cold weather often seems to exacerbate arthritis pain in many individuals. Arthritis is the general medical term for any type of inflammation in a joint. Most individuals that suffer from arthritis pain have osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, DJD).

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Super Dogpound

Hello and welcome back to the super world of the Dogpound. Yep, the Super Bowl is here, and at the time of this writing I know who is going to play in the game but no idea who is going to win. Nor do I really care since the teams I wanted to be in the championship game fell to the wayside many weeks ago.

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“The inside of a church”

In my adult life, one of the most difficult challenges has been dealing honestly with my personal lack of religious faith.

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Hunting in Transylvania

Our path was glazed with glistening icicle shards, and the fog was so thick it could be cut with a knife. Frozen spider webs dangled from the briars, and the drone of traffic sounded like wind howling.

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