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About making and keeping friendships

“A friend is a gift you give yourself.”  – Robert Louis Stevenson When I was growing up, I moved multiple times. Just during my lifetime, my United Methodist minister dad […]

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The Mary-est of sitcoms lives on

Sue Ann Nivens:  “I was lying in bed last night and I couldn’t sleep, and I came up with an idea. So I went right home and wrote it down.” […]

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The Return of the annual Qwistmas Quotes Quiz!

Two years ago, this column gave readers something they could have fun with, especially for that time after the family has shared a Christmas meal together, opened any presents they’ve […]

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Thank you for being a friend

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” – Thomas Aquinas “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim […]

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The power of empathy in our lives

“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.” – Meryl Streep “When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive […]

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Larry Lough

Larry Lough

Larry Lough is editor of The Independent and reports local news.

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Janet Dovidio

Janet Dovidio has been a freelance correspondent for The Independent for eight years.

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Susan W. Murray

Susan W. Murray wrote for The Independent, covering various beats, from 2005 to 2008.

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