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Divide and conquer, or unite and concur?

“United we stand. Divided we fall.” – Winston Churchill, among others Welcome to the final days of December 2023. For many of us, it’s a time when we look ahead […]

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The obituary I’m dying to see

“I will not be right back after this message.”  – Merv Griffin’s epitaph This etching on Merv’s tombstone has always struck me as the kind of “last laugh” I would […]

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More thoughts and prayers in an AR-15 world

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with [fill in the blank].” My late father was a minister. My oldest brother is a retired minister. […]

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Riding in the front seat of a squad car – Part I

By Paul Lockwood He didn’t have an “extreme burning passion” to get into law enforcement. He’s been with the Woodstock Police Department only since September 2019. He’s the second youngest […]

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Scintillating Sunday storytelling, seriously

“Telling stories and having them received is so important. That dialogue is everything. I tell my students all the time that what separates us as human beings is our ability […]

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Bringing Woodstock into focus

How do you think Woodstock could be a better place to live or work? What do you like about our community? What one word – other than “community,” “family,” or […]

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Appreciating the (four) paws that refresh

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Unknown Depending on the particular website, the quote above – or a variation of it – might have been said by Sigmund […]

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