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While writing 2016 Year in Review recaps from every sector in our reporting scope, I find, of course, that notable victories as well as painful events threaded the year.

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When your family tree becomes an orchard, it’s called “adoption.” And, oh how grateful I am for my multi-generational orchard.

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As the freakishly tall, handsome man in dreadlocks entered the church auditorium, I wondered who he was. Kanda Kabangu, as it turns out, is a former professional French basketballer. He and his beautiful Parisian wife, Maite, were with a mutual friend of ours visiting Zambia where I was earl…

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I’ve driven past the same old tree a million times since I’ve lived in Shenandoah, but on Sunday, I actually saw it for the first time.

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Haley sauntered into the living room the other evening wearing her winter footie pajamas. You know the type – the kind you wore as a toddler that zipped from ankle to neck? Hers happen to be turquoise, not red with button drop-drawers, and are adorned with snowflakes and penguins.

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As I sat in the movie theater last Friday watching The Rock’s latest movie, Central Intelligence, my skin crawled. The audience screamed with laughter when a cross-eyed girl popped into a scene — but I wanted to throw up.

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Grandmama turned 90 on 12/12/12 and died the next day.

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Bacon, eggs, toast and hash browns cooked just the way I like them by food magician Alan Armstrong at Lu & Al’s Café are just some of the Shenandoah things I missed while working in “the city” for more than a year.

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I’m grateful I got to spend Christmas with at least half of my four siblings, our families and our parents. I hope you got to down one or two of your Grandma Gertie’s pies, Great Aunt Bertha’s stuffing and play cards with your rich Uncle Pete. Maybe you even got to catch at least one showing…

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It’s not summer or fall, or even spring that’s my favorite season – it’s wrestling season. No time of year affects me the way wrestling season does. Christmas season, of course, is always outstanding – with all of its meaning, the nostalgia, family gatherings and excitement created for the h…