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Saturday, October 23, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021

You are fortunate and can afford a new computer. Windows 11 is coming out on all the new computers and you want one. Just like me. (As far as wanting a new computer maybe, but not wanting to afford one.) You want to give your computer to someone else to use and enjoy. It works well and has n…

Saturday, October 16, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021

The temperature is staying in the low 60s today. Leaves are falling and it’s a typical fall day. Yesterday the mercury almost reached 80 degrees, and it was a lovely day with the laundry drying very well.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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The new Windows OS has been masterfully been named “Windows 11” and it started a very slow rollout on Oct. 5. Windows Operating Systems according to Net MarketShare research shows that 88.5% of the world used Microsoft Operating Systems for the past year. The next closest is the Mac OS at 8.…

Thursday, October 07, 2021

The phone rang came on a Sunday evening, just as my family and I getting into the car.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

My name is Ruth and I am a longtime “English” friend of Lovina. She asked me to write the column this week because she is busy preparing for the wedding of her daughter Loretta and Dustin this Friday. The wedding will start about 9 a.m. and they will be married about 11:30 a.m. After the wed…

Monday, October 04, 2021

Have you ever wanted to help a friend on their computer? Maybe something simple, like how to log on to Gmail or Instagram, etc. And then they ask for your help? Then you think, “Well, I could show them but not talk them through it.” OK, then how do you walk them through it?

Saturday, October 02, 2021
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One fall afternoon, as I was sitting on my front-porch swing, a large white-and-black insect went zipping by. I knew that it was either a moth or a butterfly, but it flew so fast that I couldn’t get a good look at it before it disappeared.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

When I woke up the morning after my Oct. 6, 2006, surgery, I was in a room with a huge picture window to my right, overlooking treetops and mountains.

Monday, September 27, 2021

You know, many years ago, I was a banker. Every year, we went through a couple of audits. They were always nerve-racking. Not due to anything done disreputable but because you knew those people were pros at dotting the "i" and crossing the "t" to the nth degree. Because of a conversation Jim…

Thursday, September 23, 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021

You know the scoop. You must have a different password on every site, your email, the places you shop, your computer, your bank account, the DN-R, WSVA, your insurance company, your log-in to GrayHaired.Tech, etc. But if you want to stay very safe online, different passwords are a need. But …

Friday, September 10, 2021
Thursday, September 09, 2021

Another week has passed by since my last column. We made it to Kentucky and Tennessee for both weddings and are now back in Michigan. We were thankful for safe travels to and from the weddings. Dan’s (who died in the accident with son-in-law Mose) wife Jodi was our driver and she did a wonde…

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

We have entered September. Today is the first, so we are only a month away from daughter Loretta and Dustin’s wedding day. Time does not stand still. We had a break in the humidity and heat. Nights are cool which makes for nice sleeping weather. My gardens are emptying out with only tomatoes…

Saturday, September 04, 2021
Friday, September 03, 2021
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One October day in 1996, I attended an outdoors writers’ meeting in Warrenton. As I drove from Crozet early that morning, I saw hundreds, if not thousands, of Woolly Bear caterpillars on the roads. As fall begins, these furry reddish brown and black caterpillars become a familiar sight in Virginia.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Several weeks ago, I wrote parts one through three of this four-part series and ended it by saying, "If none of these suggestions worked over the past three articles, next week I have one that is guaranteed to work by Microsoft but not me."

Sunday, August 29, 2021
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Asner, the burly and prolific character actor who became a star in middle age as the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later in the drama “Lou Grant,” died Sunday. He was 91.

Saturday, August 28, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021

We had a good soaking rain during the night but also some lightning and wind. I am so thankful when all is OK after a storm. After our last storm, we think of it more. The sun is shining this morning, but it feels like it’ll be another hot, humid day.

Here we are at summer’s end, the start of the school year, when our lives typically return to “normal.”

Monday, August 23, 2021

You know, if you have read my articles in the past, that I like the Google system. I like Gmail, Google Docs, Google Search and many other Google features. However, you also know that I do not completely trust it keeping features and apps going. It has gotten us dependent on different applic…

Thursday, August 19, 2021
Monday, August 16, 2021

I have been a tech geek for many years. I have also been waiting for things guaranteed to me as a kid. They were supposed to be here by the year 2000. You know, flying cars and self-driving cars. Of course, we now have both to a very limited extent.

Saturday, August 14, 2021
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A dollhouse full of tiny cats, a lighted coffee table that plays tunes and a musical clock in the shape of a flamingo at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community’s Park Gables Gallery are just some of the works on sale for a new program of the Harrisonburg Music Teachers Association (HMTA) — …

Thursday, August 12, 2021
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It is with a heavy heart that I write this column. Brother-in-law Jacob (sister Emma’s husband) was admitted to the hospital while we were at the Outer Banks. We were able to talk to him and Emma on Thursday night, but Jacob was very weak and losing out fast. He was airlifted to a bigger hos…

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Monday, August 09, 2021

Several weeks ago, a reader asked me an excellent question, so me being me, thought I would share it with you today. Now, reader, if you are reading this today, it is not all that you wrote me and I have pulled together other reader questions to make it. Sort of like “The Waltons” TV show co…

Saturday, August 07, 2021
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From the outside, Earlynn Miller’s home of over 20 years looks like a typical ranch-style house, but the inside is filled with creativity and memories from a lifetime of travel and artistry with a special emphasis on folk arts.

Thursday, August 05, 2021

We enter August with some much cooler than normal temperatures. We painted sons Joseph’s and Kevin’s bedrooms last week. Our next project is to paint the bedroom daughters Loretta and Lovina share. Loretta has moved a lot of her things over to Dustin’s house, so now with the room emptier, we…

Wednesday, August 04, 2021
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Today, July 27th, is grandson Ryan’s second birthday. Three little boys in our church share this date: Austin turns 3, Ryan turns 2, and niece Emma and Menno’s son, Menno Ray, turns 1. Happy birthday to the three little boys.