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“Saturdays Were Special”

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews originally printed Oct. 28, 2001 I believe that the older one gets, the more he dwells on the past. I try to focus my thinking…

Be grateful for all things in life

Be grateful for all things in life

By Pat Farrell My husband and I recently moved and had to downsize our lives. While we sorted through and decided what to keep and what to throw away, I stopped…

A second lesson from His Second Coming

A second lesson from His Second Coming

By Pat Farrell “Be careful or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.…

Days of neighborhood stores passing us by

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed October 21, 1990 Remember when you used to go to the corner grocery store? There was one in every neighborhood back before the…

Recognizing two outstanding black leaders in the NRV

To the editor: As we come to Black History Month, I am reminded of two outstanding leaders in the New River Valley who demonstrated the possibility of unity in the…

The power of kindness shown to a stranger

The power of kindness shown to a stranger

By Pat Farrell There I was at the local laundry mat, dirty and covered with paint. I stuffed an oversized bedspread to be washed in the extra-large washer and was four…

When the task is not yours

When the task is not yours

By Pat Farrell Sometimes, you have this wonderful idea that involves something you want to do for the good of the community, an organization or your church. It may be…

The fortune of being attacked for beliefs

The fortune of being attacked for beliefs

I had the misfortune, or perhaps the fortune, to be attacked because of my religious beliefs the other day.  At first, when you hear the words and feel the anger,…

God can use your past to help someone’s future

God can use your past to help someone’s future

By Pat Farrell   “You have to help me,” she wrote. “I remembered you, and I need your prayers. It’s my daughter. She’s left home. She graduated from high school…

Journey to faith

Journey to faith

Hello Pulaski! My name is Pat Farrell. I am new to Pulaski and to the readers of The Southwest Times. My dear friend Desmond Barrett has been your loyal and…