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 By Julie Elick    Opinion    January 22, 2022 

Keep your lamp lit!

Thinking again about home remedies I remember Vicks VapoRub as a child. The smell, sigh, I am still hooked. I have a jar in the car, and a jar in my store bag (which is always carried to work). I also...


The Past, The Present and The Future,

I was reading the other day about memories, because of recurring thoughts which were constantly invading my mind. Whether these memories are formed in a person as an adult, or their childhood, they...

 By Julie Elick    Opinion    January 8, 2022

Strategy plus a personal goal, equal purpose and Angels on assignment

Joe and I are still a team. He is in heaven, and I am here on earth. Henis there, and I am here, we both still have the same goals. The "New Year" definitely will impact the familiar things in my life...

 By Julie Elick    Opinion    January 1, 2022

I Believed Therefore I Have Spoken

There is nothing like meeting a positive person who shines with joy, confidence and hope. You know the moment you meet them that they run on a different power source. No one can be positive all the...


Love: (Week 4 of 4)

The topic of this fourth week of Advent is love. Excerpts of my column are taken from the book, "Unwrapping The Names Of Jesus." Written by Asheritah Ciuciu. We have been studying the names of Jesus,... Full story


Joy: (Week 3 of 4)

The Names of Jesus which can give you GREAT JOY. Great High Priest The most prestigious spiritual leader in Israel was the High Priest. He was the only one who could enter the Holy of Holies which was...


Preparation: Waiting can be so difficult (Week 2 of 4)

Last week a candle was lit. It was the first week of Advent. This week we light another. Why do we light a second candle? The second candle reminds us that the prophets waited for a Messiah to come...


Hope: Week 1 of 4

A friend gave me a wonderful gift with which to ponder with this Christmas season. It was a book written by Asheritah Ciuciu, who grew up in Romania. The name of the book is “Unwrapping The Names Of...


Turkey, lutefisk, and sweet potatoes

We would switch from my grandmother's house, to my Aunt June and Uncle Audy's house. We usually had 16 people attending. One long table with a card table set up for some of the little people. Often... Full story


Joe's Choice

It happened so fast. Joe had a stent replaced in his kidney, oh the pain! And then because of the pain the bladder began to spasm. His bladder more or less said, "I've had enough of this trauma so I w... Full story


Golden Nuggets

Joe has gone to heaven. A funeral service for Joe will be held on Saturday (next week), November 20, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Roseau Evangelical Covenant Church. Visitation will be held on Friday, November... Full story


Let There be Kind Words, and Kind Hearts

Joe is still with us. He is in the Life Care Hospital in Roseau, under Comfort Care. He is in no pain and sleeps most of the time being very weak. A friend asked the other day, "Why doesn't God take h... Full story


It's Happening

My greatest fear all my life was thinking about losing a loved one to death. I am not going to get deep into this because I know that a lot of you have the same fear. What does it take to deal with... Full story


While I was Sleeping

Sleep is so important. I have difficulty with this at times and have often started my day at 4 a.m. Two Tylenol PMs will usually start my night, then an Aleve might join in. I have tried Melatonin, a...

 By Julie Elick    Opinion    October 9, 2021

Waiting is soooo difficult

Maybe if I helped things along, things would go much easier. Someone once told me when you pray for wisdom, or whatever you need, give God 72 hours. Why can't he do it right away? Like I said, I...

 By Julie Elick    Opinion    October 2, 2021

Once you let go it's really hard to pick it up again.

Joe and I thought the above phrase would be a good title for a column, namely mine. Often we start with an idea and it just mushrooms into something to think about. I am not a procrastinator I don't...


The Still Small Voice:

So, this is the rest of the story..short form. Sunday morning I was really stressed because Joe wanted to get to church at 10:45, they were starting the service at 10:15. The service was centered...


Our House in the middle of the block

It is good to remember the "good olde days." Daily patterns, I remember watching my mom sweep the kitchen floor every morning. I remember, seeing my mom ironing sheet tops on a ironing board. Wow, I...


What are you going to do and who are you going to believe?

Here is my question for the third week of September. "Do we miss blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?" A Thought Provoking Prompt: Write what the verse Jeremiah 33:3 is saying to yo... Full story


It happened this way!

I loved to read as a child. After listening to the story of "The Black Stallion", I would dream about owning a horse. Then as I got older I was infatuated with Nancy Drew Mysteries. Today I own the... Full story

 By Julie Elick    Opinion    August 28, 2021

At the waters edge

Update on Pastor Joe. Chemo has been delayed. Joe is on a break for maybe five or six weeks. The last CT Scan showed no visible impact on the cancer and some possible flakes in some areas of fluid which can possibly be drained. He will receive a PET... Full story

 By Julie Elick    Opinion    August 21, 2021

Summer was full of sunshine and helpfulness

Remembering the Roseau Flood of 2002. What a mess. It happened so fast. It wasn't like we hadn't filled sandbags before, we did that. Many times, we did everything we could do, or tried. But then it...

 By Julie Elick    Opinion    August 14, 2021

Bailey the monster kitty

It is all Pastor Joe's fault. Yes, it is. Bailey has turned into a monster beggar kitty. She is relentless. I get up very early in the morning around 5 a.m. I make my chocolate coffee in my transparen... Full story

 By Julie Elick    Opinion    August 7, 2021

Down to earth and my head in the clouds

A positive attitude is very important to succeed in life. I am not a Pollyanna who always only thinks positive, although some may think that I am. A critical, cynical attitude can make you sour...


A true story about good neighbors

A friend, Randy Larson posted the following personal family story in Facebook on July 23 at 10:06 p.m. He wrote, "I was just thinking back when I was a kid and an odd but humorous memory. My mom and... Full story


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