Sunday a gentleman came in the office to get a copy of a recent edition of The Gazette-Virginian, and he mentioned that most of the familiar faces that he once knew were gone. 

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years to the date since America was turned upside down by a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

When I first started my job here at The Gazette-Virginian in September of 2013, one of my first assignments was to cover a Halifax County School Board meeting.

I recently saw a quote that said, “thank you for being the dad you didn’t have to be.”

The other week I was lucky enough to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine thanks to Sentara and the health department so I thought I’d share my experience.

Stores like Walmart with their explosion of red and pink balloons, flowers and gifts, and ads on Facebook for flowers and gifts surely won’t let anyone forget that Valentine’s Day is approaching.

I was watching the live broadcast of the governor when my friend messaged me saying the protestors in D.C. had made their way past the barricades and into the Capitol. 

I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions. You likely won’t hear me talking about losing weight, getting more active or eating healthier — even though I’m sure that’s something I need to do.

This year for Christmas I won’t be able to see everyone that I’d like to, but I’m grateful that I’m able to say they’re still only a phone call away.

Recently my family has been getting into the holiday spirit by putting up the Christmas tree, wrapping presents, getting Christmas cookies to decorate, riding to see Christmas lights and watching Christmas classics as well as some newer Christmas movies.

Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, the day where individuals are encouraged to give back on the day following the weekend shopping extravaganza that includes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

At Bethel Baptist Church on Sunday, the Rev. Kevin Moen read from Psalm 100 that says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month an armistice was signed in Compiegne, France to cease fighting in World War I between the Allied nations and Germany.

We’re six days away from Election Day, and the last time I checked with the local registrar, a fourth of county voters had already chosen to vote early or absentee in the upcoming General Election.

Monday morning I found myself having a case of the Monday blues with a 2-year-old who didn’t want to get ready, fog for as far as I could see when driving and a growing checklist greeting me at work that seemed never-ending.

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