Daily Advocate- RSS OPINION Feed http://dailyadvocate.com/section/OPINION http://dailyadvocate.com/section/OPINION Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:46:45 EST 1800 Promises remembered … http://dailyadvocate.com/news/lifestyle-religion-opinion_columns/150930485/Promises-remembered “And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:47:08 EST What type of holiday is Christmas? http://dailyadvocate.com/news/lifestyle-religion-opinion_columns/150938405/What-type-of-holiday-is-Christmas A few may think my next line a bit strange, but please bear with me. Christmas has morphed from a religious celebration to a family holiday. Now with that said, here comes the disclaimer. I love Christmas, I love family. I can't remember every... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:06:06 EST Lucado writings enjoyed http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150938349/Lucado-writings-enjoyed I love the season of Christmas! Every year at Christmas I enjoy re-reading a book by my favorite author, Max Lucado. The book is titled 'Cosmic Christmas.' The writings of Max draw me so much closer to the heart of God and into the warm... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:04:04 EST As a snowflake flies http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150930513/As-a-snowflake-flies As a Snow Flake FliesThere are so many wonders this time of year. The twinkling lights, cheerful music, and joyful hearts. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:51:03 EST The season’s reason http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150932610/The-seasons-reason Many of us have had great fun singing the 12 Days of Christmas but have you ever wondered when the 12 days of Christmas began and why are there 12 days of Christmas? It appears that the 12 days of Christmas have been celebrated in Europe since before... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:00:07 EST A magical experience http://dailyadvocate.com/news/letters/150937641/A-magical-experience Editor: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:29:06 EST Loss of bird species http://dailyadvocate.com/news/letters/150937609/Loss-of-bird-species Editor: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:27:13 EST AC/DC http://dailyadvocate.com/news/letters/150937554/AC/DC Editor:No, I'm not referring to that famous musical group! I'm referring to the electrical current that makes the wheels turn in/and on almost every facet of human activity on this great planet. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:26:05 EST Anonymity for those involved in executions http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion/150937298/Anonymity-for-those-involved-in-executions A few months ago, I learned that state officials would not start executions again until certain protections were in place to keep the identity of those involved with the process private. What that means is the drug manufacturers and the physicians who... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:14:15 EST The Christmas season http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150863214/The-Christmas-season No matter how big a house is, it is never quite big enough for a large family during the Christmas season. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:44:08 EST To quote Tiny Tim http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150906134/To-quote-Tiny-Tim The woman asked if we had any bells. She was taking her grandchildren on The Polar Express that runs along Mt. Hood and wanted to give them each a bell. Well, Hallmark did a good thing in making a Polar Express bell. She took four. I made sure that... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:28:11 EST Christmas happenings abound http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion/150887992/Christmas-happenings-abound Cookie making, wrapping gifts and keeping secrets all abound this season. However, the business of the town continues and there is a need to fill two council seats. Sharon Lehman has stepped down from her council seat and Sandy Gary has been named the... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:13:10 EST Here comes Santa Claus! http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150862475/Here-comes-Santa-Claus Do you have a favorite Christmas song and wonder how it became a hit? “Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)” is a Christmas song written by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:28:04 EST God performs miracles http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150823545/God-performs-miracles In the Old Testament book of Isaiah you read these words from the prophet that written hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ … “The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call Him... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 03:15:08 EST Lasting influence http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150823433/Lasting-influence We had a day care in our home for 20 years. We never reopened after the house fire that sent nearly everything we owned, including the day care, up in smoke in the summer of 2008. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 03:12:09 EST Changes in the future? http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150780275/Changes-in-the-future It's difficult for me to focus on this week's column after having written last week's….about my son, Jamie, and his recent medical ordeal. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:59:06 EST There’s no place like home http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150847898/Theres-no-place-like-home We have had an interesting vacation the past few weeks. We have visited the home area where we grew up for the Thanksgiving holidays and spent lots of time with family and friends. The idea of “home” has a special meaning to most... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:53:04 EST A gift for all seasons http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150842055/A-gift-for-all-seasons I enjoy the tradition of searching for just the right Christmas gift to bring joy to an intended recipient, relishing the hubbub, delighting in the decorations, and having fun discovering the vast array of choices available. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:21:04 EST Citizen of the Year http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150851469/Citizen-of-the-Year The deadline for the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce's “Citizen of the Year” nominations is Dec. 27. In an effort to encourage others to write a nomination letter for the person they feel most deserving of this award I decided to... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:09:05 EST A letter to Marc Saluk http://dailyadvocate.com/news/letters/150854032/A-letter-to-Marc-Saluk Editor:To Marc:First of all, thank you for accepting me as a friend on facebook. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:29:09 EST