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Peat bogs are found mainly in the boreal and temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere.  They are especially found in Europe, Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia and Russia where there is a regular … more
A few years ago on the TV show "Modern Family," a stepfather did something unexpected but kind in order to save the reputation of his stepson's biological father. Cancelling his own plans, he … more
There have been at least two times in human history when toilet paper might have been a big topic of conversation at coffee gatherings. The first might have been when toilet paper first appeared … more
Blue poison dart frogs are small, very bright blue amphibians that have royal blue limbs and a dark blue belly.  There is an irregular pattern of small and large spots covering the head and … more
Oh no! Misty would not get out of my car when we arrived back in Slippery Rock. After all the trauma she had been through I completely understood. But, what do I do? I was not going to try … more
If you’re here in Washington County this Spring, the word “storm” is very familiar to you…many of us would prefer never to hear that word again! First, we had the tornado … more
I ventured out to the movie theater and saw “Civil War” last week. I enjoyed it, but not because I'm super paranoid about another civil war happening in the U.S., or even particularly … more
Melatonin is a natural hormone that plays a part in managing your sleep-wake cycle. It is mainly produced by the very tiny pineal gland that is located in the center of the brain.  … more
The Siberian Husky is a very ancient dog breed of the Spitz genetic family. The Husky is a thickly coated, compact sled dog of medium size and possessing great endurance.  Around 3,000 … more
In a previous column it was mentioned how much ancient DNA technology has helped scientists revealing and understanding the past history of humankind.  Any organism can be identified by the … more
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12 It is amazing how a crisis like the tornado last week can bring out the best in people. We have seen amazing … more
There have been a number of historic events in the history of humanity, such as the Industrial Revolution, that have changed the direction and future of the human race.  Our early human … more
Last Saturday morning, I visited some of our parishioners who had lost their homes to the tornadoes. As I drove toward their homes – or what was left – it was a sad picture of houses … more
During a time of dramatic climate change some 200,000 to 300,000 years ago there is evidence for the first modern humans turning up in southern Africa. Fossil evidence shows that humans had later … more
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most fascinating and astounding creations ever made. AI is a branch of computer science that can simulate human intelligence. AI is implemented by machines … more
“We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us …” I John 3:16 It is no small thing to name Jesus the one who willingly and lovingly gives his life. It is a dramatic … more
One of the very important and significant natural treasures of North America that many people don't think about or recognize are the Great Lakes.  The Great Lakes are a series of five large … more
The 108 th Legislature’s Second Session has come to an end and with it, the combination of two years worth of work. Thirteen of the 26 bills that I introduced found support of the Unicameral … more
X-rays are a type of invisible electromagnetic radiation of a shorter wavelength than the visible light we use to see with. X-rays provide the medical field with a simple and effective way of … more
In an attempt to finish the 108 th Legislative session well, debate has moved along quickly with intentional conversations and negotiations to improve legislation that we can all agree on. I was able … more
The fire ant is a small (1/16 to 1/4 inch in length) dull yellow to red or black organism that is native to South America. They spread to North America when they were accidently introduced into … more
We just observed the greatest day in human history, Resurrection Sunday, the day that Jesus Christ rose from the grave. It could be argued that three days earlier, when Jesus was crucified and took … more
The Revenue Committee joined forces with the Governor’s office this year to put together a property tax relief plan that found a vehicle through LB 388. An increase in sales tax, levy caps on … more
Mountains are found at numerous places all over the Earth, and new mountains are being created all the time, although the process takes millions of years. Also, old mountain ranges are being … more
Athletic programs are often celebrated by entire communities as people gather together to cheer on their favorite team during various sport seasons throughout the year. Regardless of small-town … more
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