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Archive By Author - Joan King


King: When the lights come on, what will our earth look like?

When the lights went out, I was in the bathroom sorting through the various medications I take each day - little round pills that can roll under the claw-footed bathtub if they spill, small ovals that bounce goodness-knows-where if they're dropped. One false move and I would knock the whole kit-and-boodle all over the floor and spend the next hour trying to finding them ... when the power came back on.

April 22, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: How random — and friendly — is our universe?

I have a note taped up over my computer that reads: "Be prepared for synchronicity in your life. It grew out of some unnamed force somewhere in the universe. Acknowledge it when it appears. Be grateful and give thanks, for if you think deeply, you will find it is not random at all."

April 08, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Can we always tell 'good guys' from ‘bad guys?’

Confession time: These days I read my horoscope, printed on page 2 of this paper. It's all nonsense, of course, but sometimes it can be downright spooky.

March 25, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Too many still deny reality of science

No joke. There really is a Flat Earth Society. Conspiracy theorists are everywhere these days, but I really did think the idea of a flat earth died out years ago, especially after our astronauts took those beautiful photos of our planet from their space capsules. But then the flat earth people say that too is a conspiracy, a hoax by NASA.

March 11, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Push-polls disort issue ideals

At one time or another we've all received a survey from an organization or a political campaign.

February 25, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Is birth control issue a debate or a discussion?

What's the difference between a discussion and a debate?

January 28, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Peace is the only sane option

It started with a quote my brother found in a book he was reading, "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes: "History, that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation."

January 14, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Learning to accept our doubts

The idea of God is endlessly fascinating, but I am not a "believer." In fact, I do not believe "believers." We all doubt, but doubt scares many individuals to a point where they willingly surrender their critical faculties and accept whatever they're taught.

December 31, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Choosing the good or evil paths

Morphine and heroin are basically the same substance. Both are derived from the opium poppy.

December 17, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Big Boys Club stays exclusive

As of this writing, six world powers have reached an agreement with Iran that would prevent that country from developing nuclear weapons.

December 03, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: In the presence of mine enemies

I love the 23rd Psalm. It resonates with believers and doubters alike. Hardly a day goes by that I don't meditate on its words, for surely I have been led beside the still waters and made to lie down in green pastures.

November 19, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Pain from a few hard-liners

You've heard of the "pain factor." It's a political term, the pressure a relatively small but impassioned group of individuals can inflict on a politician, especially around election time.

November 05, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: What if mankind is done for?

When National Public Radio does a series on life after death, you know the question of what happens to us after we die is more than just a religious matter.

October 22, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: US science lag doesn't add up

The man in the checkout line bought a six-pack of beer, a gallon jug of cheap red wine and a frozen eggplant Parmesan casserole. An interesting combination, I thought. Apparently the young fellow bagging the items recognized the man, who had done some tutoring at the local high school.

October 08, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: More guns don’t make us safer

Again ... another mass shooting. Again ... the shooter is killed. We will never know exactly why he did this awful thing. Apparently he was mentally ill, but that alone is not an explanation.

September 24, 2013 | Joan King | Community columnists


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King: Pilgrims seek spiritual fire

The Public Service Commission meets today for a semiannual review. I'll be there. I'm anxious to see what the commissioners have to say about cost overruns at Plant Vogtle, Georgia Power's nuclear facility near Waynesboro.

December 16, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


King: Missouri ruling reveals our own biases

I spent a good bit of last week trying to pull together a column on the riots in Ferguson, Mo.

December 02, 2014 | Joan King | Community columnists


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