Learn to recognize the signs of domestic violence, and grow to care enough to help

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and that is a wonderful, worthy cause. I also want you to be aware that it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week, a group of us came together to […]

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”

This editorial column written by Dr. Bob Hayden was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. Someone once said, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Well, I think someone said that. If no one said it, consider it said now because it’s clever. It also has much to do […]

Sexual assault: We must all speak up to stop the horrors

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy appeared in the previous print edition of The GRIP. I read a news story this morning regarding Harvey Weinstein. I was shocked at the allegations against him, sure, but what shocked me even more was that this has been an ongoing issue for years in Hollywood and nobody […]

Whatever you do, DON’T. GIVE. IN.

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle was previously published in a print edition of The GRIP. For the past six months, I’ve watched a very close family friend navigate through his third bout with cancer….his second with bone cancer. For those of you who’ve experienced or watched someone go through this kind of pain, […]

Don’t be the dinosaur your children’s lives

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy previously appeared in a print edition of The GRIP. My seven-year-old acted out at the sitter’s house the other day. She was angry, and she was screaming at the sitter. When I got home, I addressed the situation with her. I wanted to make sure she understood that […]

Decide what, who, how and do it

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle appeared in a recent print edition of The GRIP. Decide. The word decide came alive for me not long ago. I was sitting up in my bed, scrolling through social media and came across a video on positive thinking posted by a dear friend. In the video, several […]

Silence is just as damning as hurtful words

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy was previously published in the print edition of The GRIP. I have seen post after post on social media regarding the removal of the General Lee statue in Charlottesville. Many people are glossing over the real issue and focusing on the statue removal. If you look to Facebook, […]

Gray hair in medicine: Declining doctors

This editorial column written by Dr. Bob Hayden previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. You may have heard the expression, “Choose your doctors young, and your lawyers older.” I think that means that medical knowledge was (hopefully) continuously advancing, so doctors less distant from graduation would be more in tune with the […]

A health care solution must be found

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. In the days prior to my Dad’s unexpected death, he spent five days in ICU at a hospital in Florida. You see, my dad had a heart attack on Monday, June 26. It was allegedly a “minor” heart attack. […]

Parenting. It only gets better.

This editorial column was written by Dusty Takle, and previously appeared in print. Before I began parenting during the teen years, some parents told me, “Just wait. You think parenting is hard now…..” I always wanted to respond, “Do you not remember what it is like parenting two- and three-year-olds? That’s hard.” I never responded, […]

Like life to be a well digger

An editorial column by Dusty Takle We live on a farm in a very rural area. We have satellite internet (oh, the humanity); we have dirty cars because of dirt roads; and we have a well. I’ve adjusted fairly well to rural living and often remind myself that the reward is greater than any inconveniences […]

Don’t underestimate your value

The following is an editorial column by Maria McCoy that appeared in the last print edition of The GRIP. This is going to sound harsh. I don’t intend for it sound that way but I DO hope to get through to someone. I see and hear it every day. Most of the time it’s a […]

You aren’t invisible; I see you

Editorial column written by Maria McCoy I see you. The one who takes a few minutes after parking to get out of your car because you want to avoid the crowds at the grocery store. The one who walks slowly, leaning on the cart because the pain is too much to bear. The one who […]

Embrace each of life’s “last times” – the moments that will never come again

MARIA MCCOY – COLUMNIST ::: The funny thing about “the last time” is that you rarely ever get the opportunity to know, understand and appreciate that it’s the last time. One minute, you’re buying Iron Man dolls off of a Christmas list and by the same time the following year, you are looking at a […]

Discipline your mind to destroy those thoughts not from God

DUSTY TAKLE – RELIGION COLUMNIST ::: I have moments where I worry just like you. I let my thoughts run wild. I don’t discipline them, and before I know it, I find myself awake in the middle of the night doing the exact opposite of what I tell other people to do. Anxiety fills me. Fear […]