Mama’s got no gun!

December 17, 2018 chris
As I previously mentioned, I had the opportunity to stay with my mother five days a week due to her complications with dementia. She was in a car accident when I was three years old, but has been able to live a normal life until a little over a year ago. Her life is an
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

December 17, 2018 chris
Sylvia Stewart’s Old Fashioned Light Fruitcake, Strawberry Crescent Bars and Sausage Dinner Quickie May this season be rich with the laughter of friends, With the closeness of family whose love never ends, May your hearts be content, May your spirits be light, And all of your holiday memories bright. Merry Christmas Sylvia Stewart’s Old Fashioned
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Jesus: He is the only name

December 17, 2018 chris
This week, my thoughts and readings in the Word kept taking me back to the importance of a name. Maybe, because this is the Christmas season and each year, in the midst of the business, of buying gifts, going to parties and preparing Christmas cards, I try to keep an awareness of the true meaning
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The Vagabond - New Deal projects in Gadsden

December 17, 2018 chris
New Deal projects were the domestic programs of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1939. The projects took action to bring about immediate economic relief, as well as reforms in industry, agriculture, finance, waterpower, labor and housing and vastly increasing the scope of the federal government’s activities. The program’s first objective was to
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Pious Bob - An Invitation to Imitation

December 17, 2018 chris
“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 NRSV). The church in Thessalonica received a good review from Paul,
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Frozen Christmas Salad, Millionaire Fudge, Christmas Jam Cake and Ada Lee Bishop’s Russian Tea

December 11, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell I know all of you have your favorite memories of the Christmas season, but mine is sitting in my rocking chair, holding my precious grandson and singing, “Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree” while looking at the Christmas tree lights twinkle. We changed the words from Christmas tree to Santa Claus! “Oh,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Keeping on the Straight Path

December 11, 2018 chris
“But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:6-21 NRSV). In Paul’s
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Of Skittles, water crafts and my friend Lashanne

December 11, 2018 chris
While living this thing called life, it is such a blessing to have family and friends. God has used some very special people to keep me from going totally off the deep end. I believe if I did, Lashanne Baker would be the one to go with me and our husbands would jump in to
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

November 16, 2018 chris
Mother’s Pecan Pies, Mother’s Sweet Potato Pies and Virginia Watts’ Chocolate Pie The South’s best soul food comes from our Southern kitchens! Two of my favorites to bake are cookies (which you all know I love to bake) and pies. My mother loved to bake pies and would always roll out her own dough for
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s ‘No’ means a greater ‘Yes’

November 16, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever received a “no,” or maybe a “no, not now,” response from the Lord concerning a prayer you had been praying for weeks, months or even years? This past week, our family experienced an answer like that. And although that answer at that moment made us sad and full of
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Pious Bob - Dying for the Love of All

November 16, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for
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The chaotic side of normal

November 9, 2018 chris
 By Vicki Scott As the Scott house assumes the chaotic side of normal for us, there have been a few changes along the way. My husband Alan has started riding his motorcycles again and I have returned to staying with my mom in Dadeville during the week. Mom and I planned to track back to
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Southern Cooking: Cafeteria Macaroni and Cheese, Nancy Wood’s Corn Pudding and Vanilla Wafer Cake

November 9, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell Once my family has decided what entrée we will have for Thanksgiving, the next step is figuring out what goes along with it. These are some of my favorites. Cafeteria Macaroni and Cheese 1 pound elbow macaroni noodles 4 eggs (4-ounces) heavy cream (12-ounces) milk (4-ounces) butter, melted (12-ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
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The Vagabond - Readers respond to Temple Beth Israel article

November 9, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week The Vagabond wrote about America’s worst Jewish shooting or bombing (until recently in Pittsburg, Penn.) that happened here in Gadsden. It was also posted on Facebook on the “Welcome to Gadsden” group page. The response about the incident that happened at Temple Beth Israel in 1960 was unbelievable with over
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Bearing God’s Fruit

November 9, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed…Therefore, my beloved, be
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Covenant, power and promises

November 9, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford As I have been reading the book of Joshua this past month, I picture it being divided in three parts. The first part (chapters 1-12) is Joshua completing the first half of his commission. He had conquered the enemy and was now in control of the land and the cities the Lord
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"Yes, you can vote for Craig Ford and still vote a straight party ticket. Here’s how…" - Rep. Craig Ford

November 2, 2018 chris
Several people have asked if it’s possible to vote a straight party ticket and still vote for me for State Senate. The answer is, yes! All you have to do is “Double Bubble.” First, you fill in the bubble next to your political party and then fill in the bubble next to my name in
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The Vagabond - Temple Beth Israel and the Jewish community

November 2, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover Jewish folks were living in Gadsden as early as 1900. Among these locals were Jacob and Bertha Nadler, Hugo Hecht, David Reich and Albert Hagedorn. By 1903, the entirety of the Gadsden Jewish population – roughly 10 families – decided to meet communally on Sunday mornings in order to provide a Jewish
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Southern Cooking: Cabbage Soup, Mexican Cornbread and Jane Cosby’s Banana Pudding

November 2, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell I love walking into the kitchen on a cold and rainy day and smelling a warm and inviting soup simmering on the stove. I love all kinds of soups. Some are thin soups with rich broths, hearty soups that are meals by themselves and many other homey and soothing soups. I also
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Pious Bob - The Working Faithful

November 2, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.” (James 2:14-26 NRSV). I’ve heard this debated hour after hour and year after year. Does faith or works save us? The apostles
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Inspiration from God’s Word: What is your fragrance?

November 2, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever thought much about another person’s fragrance or noticed how the environment shifts when someone enters the room? According to Webster’s Dictionary, fragrance is defined as a “pleasant aroma or a sweet smell.” If someone were to ask us what type of fragrance we are, I wonder if most of
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

October 30, 2018 chris
Russian Rocks and Orange Slice Cookies I think I say this every October, but this really is my favorite time of the year. Along with the beautiful colors of fall, we have the pumpkin patches, cornmazes, and so many wonderful events that happens in Alabama. Of course, we have our football and hunting seasons in
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The Vagabond: Mary Elizabeth Counselman Vinyard and The Leota steamboat

October 23, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently was standing on the Coosa River boardwalk by where the Alabama Princess riverboat was once moored. The boat is no longer owned locally or docked at the location. But The Vagabond’s thoughts were about all the old riverboats that once plied the river. One of these original paddle-wheel boats,
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

October 23, 2018 chris
Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake, Mandarin Orange Cake and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake If you have any hopes of being a good Southern cook, you need to be a great cake baker. I did not say that it had to be a cake made from “scratch” (as we say in the South), but a tasty and moist one. As far as
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Pious Bob - Lame Excuses

October 23, 2018 chris
“And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms…But Peter
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How you vote in November could decide whether or not you get to vote on a lottery

October 12, 2018 chris
By State Rep. Craig Ford The lottery has been talked about for decades in Alabama. There’s no question that the voters support it, but the state legislature has failed to pass a bill that would let the people vote. Two years ago, the lottery almost made it through the legislative process before it died in
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The Vagabond: The Gadsden Fault - an earthquake waiting to hit Gadsden?

October 12, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover This week, The Vagabond will discuss the Gadsden Fault, which follows part of the High Town Path around Gadsden. Over the years, The Vagabond often has admired the local stone formations that tell an exciting geological story. There are strange examples of wind and water erosion that have been carved during the
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... How Much Longer, Father?

October 12, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me. The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” (Luke 10:16-17 NRSV). One of the greatest feelings that a person can have
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Southern Cooking - Brunch Casserole, Eggnog Pancakes and Blueberry Monkey Bread

October 12, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s do brunch! Brunch Casserole 10 slices of bread, cubed (I don’t remove crusts) 1 pound of Dean’s Sausage, cooked and crumbled 1 (8-ounce) package cheddar cheese, grated 8 eggs, beaten 4 cups milk salt and pepper to taste Put the bread cubes in a greased deep baking dish. (lazy me uses
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A Lifetime of Praise

October 12, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford The last five Psalms – 146 to 150 – are considered “hallelujah psalms” that focus our attention on praising the Lord. Psalm 146 begins with a vow to praise God throughout life and is filled with hope as a result of all God’s promises to His children. In this psalm, we are
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