My Grace-Full Life: Meet Tyler Tankersley

In almost three years of writing My Grace-Full Life, I’ve never interviewed someone for this column. So this month has a bit of a different direction than normal.  But it’s something I’m so excited about…  It’s my tremendous honor to introduce our readers to my new pastor, Tyler Tankersley.  Tyler Tankersley and his family are the […]

Tami’s Devotion: HOMEWORK

When my kids were younger, homework was our least favorite part of the school year. It felt like we could not get through a weekday afternoon without a homework meltdown.  What used to frustrate me most was when one of the kids asked for help and then argued with me about the advice I gave.  […]

Paid in Full

The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  ~ Romans 6:23 When someone gets paid for the work they do, the money they get is called “wages.” Have you ever helped Mom with a special job in the kitchen, like cleaning out the […]

Susan Braden: The Woman Behind “Because I Can, Sir”

In March 2015, Susan Braden heard the words no one wants to hear, “You have cancer.” After the initial shock of learning that she had cholangiocarcinoma, Susan’s determined spirit and creative drive were set in motion.  She found a way to give her cancer a purpose and to inspire others. It started with her journal. “I […]

Local Eagle Scout Awarded

According to, there were 52,160 Eagle Scout rankings earned in 2018 nationwide, which equate to 6.49% of the Scouts eligible for the award. North Carolina ranked #5 for the overall highest number of Eagle Scouts across the nation, a two-level jump from 2017. Andrés Rafael Pérez-Hernández, of Scout BSA Troop 731, joined this group recently in […]

Why I Loved My School Lunchbox

BY LAUREN SEPHTON With a new school year in session, there shouldn’t have to be the added stress of having to create a healthy, yet tasty lunchbox every day. Using the simple guideline below, you can assemble the ideal lunchbox without the headache! Step 1: Choosing the Main Dish The very first step in creating […]

It’s A Grand Life – Starting Traditions, Keeping Traditions

It is not uncommon to hear people talk about their traditions, but what is the meaning of “tradition”? According to Webster’s dictionary, it is “The handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc. from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice; something that is handed down; a long-established or inherited […]

The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”~ Wayne Dyer Summer is officially over and school is now in full swing for the new year. This year, however, is different for my wife and me than the last fifteen […]

Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center Horses Are Good for the Mind, Body, and Soul

Throughout history, humans and horses have had a close relationship; they work together with an ease that is hard to explain unless you’ve experienced the bond with a horse. In today’s society, horses are typically found on ranches or farms, where they are either ridden for work or for pleasure; however, horses also have another […]

The Vision of the Modern Playground

The first American playground, built-in 1867, included swings, slides, and a wooden carousel.  In 1907, one influential man had the vision to help every state and school create a safe location for children to exercise and play games.  More than a century later, President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision continues to inspire conversation beyond the traditional definition, […]

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