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New Year's Keys to Peace

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published January 2014

The decorations have been taken off the tree, the stocking are down from the mantle and the presents have been unwrapped. Once again the holiday’s have come and gone and another year is upon us. New resolutions, new goals and new beginnings are all proclaimed this time of year, but instead of broken resolutions and frustrated emotions I give you peace. Peace that only comes from the peacekeeper.

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About Christmas Carols

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published December 2013

As far back as I can remember Christmas Carols have always been a big part of celebrating Christmas. I remember singing them in our elementary school plays, singing them at home while my mom played the piano and singing those favorite carols on a hay ride through town. I did some research and found that Christmas carols have been around for a long time, but haven’t always been as they are today.

The definition of “carol” is a song of praise or joy, especially for Christmas and can refer to a round dance often accompanied by singing. The word carol, or carole, is a medieval word of French origin. It is believed to mean a dance song or a circle dance accompanied by singing. Carols express religious joy and are associated most with the Christmas season.

Carols originated in the 14th and 15th centuries and were most popular in the religious song form. The themes often revolved around a saint, the Christ child or the Virgin Mary. It was considered art music. They made very elaborate arrangement for the carols and they were considered an important contribution to English medieval music.

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Thankful for Blessings

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published November 2013

I have once again called on my Facebook family to help me with my column. In keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to know what their biggest blessing has been in 2013. I asked them, what has God done in their life?  Here is what they said:

Todd Harrell—He (God) keeps me going day after day after day. We can always and forever thank God for giving His sons life for us.

Sandy Stockton Adcock—So many blessings; new marriage, new career, healthy kids, healthy pets and so many good friends that make my life wonderful.

Charity Wise—My son, Braxton.

Chelsie Schmidt—New house and better job.

Tara Hohensee Ellisor—My baby boy Kade.

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A Frightening Holiday

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published October 2013

It was dark. I was walking up to a house—alone, I think. I felt scared. My hands were sweaty, my heart was racing and I didn’t want to be there. I rang the doorbell and waited. Slowly, the door creaked open. Cobwebs everywhere.  I looked up and saw something. I didn’t know what it was. I stood there helpless, unable to move. Then I heard screaming, more screaming, and finally realized it was me doing the screaming. Somehow I was able to make my legs move and I turned and ran to the car. I jumped in and grabbed my mom, holding on for dear life. I was crying uncontrollably. She was telling me it was okay, but I couldn’t stop. I looked up through the front windshield of the car and there was that monster again! I screamed. The monster hit the windshield with his fist and I looked up. He began removing his mask.  It was a man. A man I had seen before.

I don’t remember what house it was, I don’t remember what I was wearing, I don’t remember how old I was, I just remember it was the scariest moment of my life. It was Halloween night.

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Loving Fall

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published September 2013

Welcome back, fall! Welcome back, Friday night lights, new season of TV shows and my favorite—fall fashion. The kids are back in school, the weather is cooler and I love it. The fall season is one of my favorite times of year. I love how the leaves begin to change color, from green to bright orange, red and yellow. The heat of summer begins to dissipate, leaving us with crisp cool mornings and countless stars and constellations to fill the night sky.

I love to dress for fall weather. I know we don’t usually have the typical fall weather like some do north of us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make a fashion statement. I love the changing colors that fall brings and the changing colors of the fashion palette, too. I love the deep shades of orange, gold, red, rust, the purples and the greens. These colors help us express a range of moods, with hues representing sophistication and structure to those bringing vivid life and excitement.

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