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Good news: God never leaves for vacation | Church Corner

Ahh...summertime! Hopefully most of us will experience a change of pace (slower) and perhaps a change of scenery (more time in the great outdoors) and maybe even a vacation! Time away, and time to play! All of us need time for refreshment, in order to recharge our batteries.

  • Jul 8th, 2016

ESPN’s 30 for 30 on O.J. Simpson is worth watching | Point of Review

The brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman took place seven days after my 5th birthday. My desire to learn more about the trial of Simpson started with the 10 episode FX show "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" and peaked with ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary "O.J.: Made in America."

Do extraordinary things through ordinary tasks

On June 12, my Sunday began like every other Sunday. The alarm went off at 6 a.m., followed by my habitual tap of the snooze button. As I slowly woke up, I began thinking about all the tasks I had for the day. Nothing out of the ordinary for a pastor on a Sunday: preparations for morning worship, reviewing my sermon in my head, remembering that day's guest teacher and the meetings I had scheduled for that afternoon. Again, nothing out of the ordinary for a pastor on a Sunday morning.

  • Jul 3rd, 2016

How do lunar rovers work?

How do lunar rovers work? -Pedro, 10

  • Jul 2nd, 2016

How Do lunar rovers work?| Ask Dr. Universe

When I got your question, I started to imagine what it would be like to drive a rover on the moon. As we bounced along craters, we could kick up moon dust and stop to gather samples of moon rock.

  • Jun 28th, 2016

Do extraordinary things through ordinary tasks

On June 12, my Sunday began like every other Sunday. The alarm went off at 6 a.m., followed by my habitual tap of the snooze button.

  • Jun 28th, 2016

Our external freedoms cannot free us inwardly

1620: People flee to our shores to escape the religious persecutions in Europe.

  • Jun 26th, 2016

What is the deepest spot in the ocean? | Ask Dr. Universe

What is the deepest spot

  • Jun 25th, 2016

Our external freedoms cannot free us inwardly

Imperfectly implemented and often tragically late in arriving, nevertheless, the freedom for which our country is known is a rare thing in world history and has often inspired (and sometimes pressured) other nations to follow suit. Consider, for instance, both that monumental “thumbs up” from France that stands in New York’s harbor and, at another end of the spectrum, the fact that Saudi Arabia finally granted women the right to vote only seven months ago.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

What is the deepest spot in the ocean?| Dr. Universe

Deep underwater, not too far from Guam, lies a crescent-shaped canyon called the Mariana Trench. It is home to the deepest known spot in the ocean: the Challenger Deep.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Michael Dion to be ordained during Seattle ceremony

Deacon Michael Dion, from Enumclaw, will be ordained to the order of priesthood during a 10 a.m. ceremony June 25 in St. James Cathedral in Seattle.

  • Jun 19th, 2016

Scriptures add water to the spiritually dry | Church Corner

It is a good thing that we have a good gardening column in The Courier-Herald with the capable Marianne Binetti giving us good advice.

  • Jun 19th, 2016

Breaking down relationship barriers in French film | Point of Review

We all build walls around ourselves.

Breaking down relationship barriers in French Film | Point of Review

We all build walls around ourselves. Sometimes we build these walls because it can be healthy to compartmentalize different parts of our lives. But these walls can just as often hold us back or even harm us, or the people around us. We can become so concentrated on what is inside our walls that we are blind to what happens outside of them.

Scriptures add water to the spiritually dry | Church Corner

It is a good thing that we have a good gardening column in The Courier-Herald with the capable Marianne Binetti giving us good advice. I usually consider myself a pretty good gardener and certainly not a beginner, but I am flunking hanging baskets! I received a really beautiful basket from my kids for Mother's Day and it is in very sad shape. The hot weather has taken its toll; the flowers are sagging and the leaves are wilting. Well, you get the picture.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

Why does crispy rice pop? | Ask Dr. Universe

Hi Dr. Universe! When I was eating breakfast today, I came up with this question. Why does crispy rice make a popping sound when I pour milk over it? It makes me as curious as a cat! –Allison, 11, Pullman, WA

  • Jun 13th, 2016

Why does crispy rice make a popping sound when I pour milk over it? | Ask Dr. Universe

My ears perked right up when I got your question. Like you, I’ve heard the sounds crispy rice cereal makes. But the truth is, I wasn’t entirely sure why it happens. There was only one way to find out.

  • Jun 13th, 2016

Don’t be so quick to judge your dandelions | Church Corner

This year, spring began with my front lawn studded with countless dandelions adding color to my struggling grass. Now, thinking about those dandelions, I am reminded of one of my favorite parables of Jesus: "The Weeds and the Wheat."

  • Jun 12th, 2016

Don’t be so quick to judge your dandelions | Church Corner

This year, spring began with my front lawn studded with countless dandelions adding color to my struggling grass. Now, thinking about those dandelions, I am reminded of one of my favorite parables of Jesus: "The Weeds and the Wheat."

  • Jun 8th, 2016

Are there creatures on Earth with one eye? | Ask Dr. Universe

Are there creatures on Earth with one eye? -Elena, 7, Vancouver, Canada

  • Jun 5th, 2016

Goal is to keep trees, shrubs looking natural

Now that the fruit trees have been pruned and are beginning to excite you about the summer and fall harvests, it is time to think about the ornamental shrubs and trees. Most will complete their new growth between now and mid to late June. As a result, some of your landscape plants may need a summer haircut.

  • Jun 4th, 2016

Are there creatures on Earth with one eye?

The animal kingdom is full of amazing eyes. And yes, there are actually creatures on our planet that have just one.

  • Jun 3rd, 2016

Goal is to keep trees, shrubs looking natural

Now that the fruit trees have been pruned and are beginning to excite you about the summer and fall harvests, it is time to think about the ornamental shrubs and trees. Most will complete their new growth between now and mid to late June. As a result, some of your landscape plants may need a summer haircut.

After tough times, there’s grace | Church Corner

May 5 marked my daughter's 12th birthday. She passed away several years ago, but we celebrate still.

  • May 29th, 2016

After tough times, there’s grace | Church Corner

May 5 marked my daughter's 12th birthday. She passed away several years ago, but we celebrate still. In the heart of tradition, our family gathers 'round. Hands joined. Heads bowed. Tears escape. Prayers whispered. Balloons released. Quiet.

  • May 27th, 2016

Tuning to Eternity | Our Own Expressions 2016

The following was written by Rachel Quick, a junior at Covenant High School. Her poem, titled "Tuning to Eternity," won third place in the 11th and 12th grade poetry category in this year's Our Own Expressions art and writing contest, hosted by the Pierce County Library System.

  • May 17th, 2016

A.I. | Our Own Expressions 2016

The following was written by Amelia Day, an 8th grader at Lakeridge Middle School. This short story, titled "A.I.," won second place in the 7th and 8th grade short story category in this years Our Own Expressions art and writing contest, hosted by the Pierce County Library System.

  • May 17th, 2016

LDS creates website, encourages all to serve | Church Corner

The scriptures tell us to serve one another. Jesus Christ taught this commandment through his doctrine and by his example. Serving our fellowmen is part of being a disciple of Christ and following him.

  • May 15th, 2016

LDS creates website, encourages all to serve | Church Corner

The scriptures tell us to serve one another. Jesus Christ taught this commandment through his doctrine and by his example. Serving our fellowmen is part of being a disciple of Christ and following him.

  • May 13th, 2016

What is the Kuiper Belt? | Ask Dr. Universe

What is the Kuiper Belt? -Zaara, 7, Deep Bay, Australia

  • May 8th, 2016

So much to be thankful for | Church Corner

"Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep…etc, etc, etc." Many of us learn that bedtime prayer early on in life. Some of us learn as well the Lord's Prayer, "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…"

  • May 8th, 2016

Dexter: TV show vs. book series | Point of Review

A few months ago, I had just finished watching Parks and Rec for the third or fourth time on Netflix. When I can't find a new show to watch, I go back to an old favorite. And it's usually a comedy. I asked for suggestions from friends and one of them suggested Dexter.

  • May 6th, 2016

What is the Kuiper Belt? | Ask Dr. Universe

You might say the Kuiper Belt is the frozen frontier of our solar system. Out beyond Neptune’s chilly orbit, this saucer-shaped region is home to Pluto, billions of comets, and other icy worlds.

  • May 6th, 2016

Dexter: Television show vs. book series | Point of Review

A few months ago, I had just finished watching Parks and Rec for the third or fourth time on Netflix. When I can't find a new show to watch, I go back to an old favorite. And it's usually a comedy. I asked for suggestions from friends and one of them suggested Dexter.

So much to be thankful for | Church Corner

Thursday, May 5, is the National Day of Prayer. Folks will be gathering at noon on the steps of Enumclaw City Hall to pray. People will also be gathering all across the country, even in Washington, D.C., and saying prayers.

  • May 3rd, 2016

So simple and so powerful | Church Corner

When was the last time you said grace? I'm not talking about that brief prayer of thanks at mealtime. When was the last time you actually spoke grace to another person?

  • May 1st, 2016

Why is there iron in my cereal? | Ask Dr. Universe

Why is there iron in my cereal? Is there iron in other food? –Phillip, 11, Pullman, WA

  • Apr 30th, 2016

Why is there iron in my cereal? Is there iron in other food? | Ask Dr. Universe

Iron is found in buildings and skyscrapers. It makes up most of the Earth’s core. It’s even found in the Sun and stars. And yes, it’s also in a bowl of cereal.

  • Apr 29th, 2016

So simple and so powerful | Church Corner

When was the last time you said grace? I'm not talking about that brief prayer of thanks at mealtime. When was the last time you actually spoke grace to another person?

  • Apr 29th, 2016

Talking bridges and backups | Church Corner

I don't know about anyone else, but I have been enjoying the recent warm, sunny days. Largely because I indulged myself in a toy – 1980 motorcycle! So my mode of transportation on these nice days has been missing since the early 1980s. Enjoying the feeling of the sun, the wind and the power of the bike has been great...with a few exceptions.

  • Apr 19th, 2016

Talking bridges and backups | Church Corner

I don't know about anyone else, but I have been enjoying the recent warm, sunny days. Largely because I indulged myself in a toy – 1980 motorcycle! So my mode of transportation on these nice days has been missing since the early 1980s. Enjoying the feeling of the sun, the wind and the power of the bike has been great...with a few exceptions.

  • Apr 19th, 2016

Do we drink the same water dinosaurs drank? | Ask Dr. Universe

Yes. The water on our Earth today is the same water that’s been here for nearly 5 billion years. Only a tiny bit of it has escaped out into space. As far as we know, new water hasn’t formed either.

  • Apr 19th, 2016

Do we drink the same water dinosaurs drank? | Ask Dr. Universe

Yes. The water on our Earth today is the same water that’s been here for nearly 5 billion years. Only a tiny bit of it has escaped out into space. As far as we know, new water hasn’t formed either.

  • Apr 19th, 2016

Class will focus on aging well

The Enumclaw and Buckley senior centers are offering a free, innovative, 10-week health and wellness program to residents 55 and older.

  • Apr 17th, 2016

God hopes we’re a source of mercy for others | Church Corner

I think there are three questions at the very center of faith: Who is God? Who are we? And what does God want from us? Everything else seems to follow from there.

  • Apr 17th, 2016

God hopes we’re a source of mercy for others | Church Corner

I think there are three questions at the very center of faith: Who is God? Who are we? And what does God want from us? Everything else seems to follow from there.

  • Apr 15th, 2016

Listen to the words, get behind grace and truth | Church Corner

Russell Wilson, popular quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, has come out with a new clothing line, Good Man Brand. Evidently he wants guys to dress like he dresses – casual elegance. I guess Ciara likes that look! Clothes say something about a person, don't they?

  • Apr 10th, 2016

“Dark Places”: Difficult read, slow movie | Point of Review

As I sit here writing this book versus movie of "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn I need to be honest with you, I did not finish the book. I only read one third of it.

  • Apr 8th, 2016

“Dark Places”: Difficult read, slow movie | Point of Review

As I sit here writing this book versus movie of “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn I need to be honest with you, I did not finish the book. I only read one third of it. And so this is where I will begin my review. The reason behind me not finishing the book is how it was written.

Listen to the words, get behind grace and truth | Church Corner

Russell Wilson, popular quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, has come out with a new clothing line, Good Man Brand. Evidently he wants guys to dress like he dresses – casual elegance. I guess Ciara likes that look! Clothes say something about a person, don’t they?

  • Apr 5th, 2016