The woods are mostly quiet. Every now and then, a full gust of wind grabs the top of the trees and shakes them down, but I can hear the crunch of my footsteps in the snow. Snowflakes are coming down thick and soft like someone just shook out the lining of a feather pillow.

The music of this past Christmas season — on the radio, at church, in shops and even carolers at my apartment complex — turned my thoughts to the subject of music in global faiths.

I find it very hard to admit this but, I may have officially crossed over into over-the-hill-fuddy-duddiness. I find it hard to believe because even though I entered another decade, and in many cases qualify for senior citizen deals, I’m young at heart and mind. I still think I’m in my 30s.

Congratulations on making it to 2019! Undoubtedly, you’ve made it through the holiday season stress free and ready to take on the New Year without a worry in the world. Ha, that was a joke, as many among us were more likely hobbling, bedraggled and dragging tinsel behind toward the New Year’…

A brand-new year lies before us! What does it hold? Last year brought us two more grandchildren who bring us joy. But Joe and I each had a brother pass away unexpectedly, which brought much sadness into our lives. We need to remember God is in control and to fully put our trust in Him. He kn…

I was once asked, “What is vinegar?” Here is the scientific definition: when a naturally fermented alcohol such as sherry, wine or apple cider is attacked by a type of airborne bacteria called acetobacter, the alcohol is converted to acetic acid, creating vinegar. If you are a wine maker, yo…

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If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve gathering, you’ll probably end up going one of two ways. Either you’re going hardcore minimal effort: chips and dips, salsas, maybe a cheese and cracker tray, or you’re looking to impress and will go the homemade delicious, but labor-intensive, hors d’oeuvr…

Christmas 2018 is now history. We hope you all had a blessed Christmas with loved ones and remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season! Our wish is for God’s blessings on each of you in the coming New Year, 2019 and always.

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Nearly 10 years ago (next March) I was asked by then-Goshen News publisher Jim Kroemer and editor Michael Wanbaugh if I would be interested in writing a gardening column for them. They lacked this particularly interesting topic (everyone loves gardening, right?) and were interested in adding…

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As darkness slowly crept down the mountain, the snow started falling, first in soft, small, spiraling flakes, then in a thick, swirling curtain. We were driving up to our Christmas destination in the Rocky Mountains. Until now, the road trip had been uneventful and the road clear. But as soo…

Whether you’re hosting a holiday dinner or showing up to someone else’s, time-saving and delicious recipes are key this time of year. Hosts have their hands full with all or most of the dinner prep and guests don’t want to show up empty-handed, but also, you know, don’t really want to cook. …

Believe it or not, there are other things more important around the holiday season than Black Fridays, perusing the stores for last-minute gifts for the young ones, or remembering that favorite meat and cheese gift for old Uncle Harry. It is safety in our hurry-scurry world that is often for…

The Christmas season in my house has always been a time of wonder, mystery and excitement. From the fresh boughs of pine branches to the smell of extra special baking, the glow of candles and the sounds of the season, my senses are at their height. My ears seem more attuned, my eyes are taki…

There’s a popular chocolate-hazelnut spread that you’ll find on typical store shelves, in snack and dessert recipes, and even on menus at some restaurants now. It’s been around a long time, since 1965, but originated in Italy, so it’s not been as well known here until maybe the last 10 years…

Even as I chew and swallow, as I drip juice from a hamburger onto my sweater, I try to learn something. In the food realm, you can constantly learn something, whether it’s a new technique, a new recipe, a new favorite ingredient. So here are five lessons from my year. With the exception of t…

This Christmas season churches across this land — and other lands — will again see the rereading of the Matthew and Luke Nativity narratives. And at other times, Christians hear the story of Jesus brought to the temple at the age of 12 for his “bar mitzvah.” And now and then we hear the stor…

Other local briefs include: • IV therapy for hangovers, flu offered • Retreat adds naturopathic provider • Free classes for caregivers • Sign up for childbirth course • Riley launches fund-raising campaign • Hosts needed for blood drives

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The holidays are so much about food and family traditions. There are certain foods that family members always expect and many times this is the only time of the year that these foods are prepared. It is important to use your family’s favorite recipes as now is not the time to try new ones; t…

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The snow squall turns the daylight into dusk as our car follows the winding road out of town. Oblivious to the weather, it rolls along as intent as we are. Like a horse, it seems to know its way to the Amish woodshop where we are headed and, when we arrive, it seems as happy as we are. I rea…

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I think the snow on the ground is lovely this time a year. I will most likely feel differently by say, February. But since the winter season is just gearing up and the holidays are coming, I’m in a celebratory mood.

DEAR DR. WELDY’S: My husband and I recently purchased a Great Dane puppy. The breeder we got him from said we have to be careful of him bloating when he gets older and we may want to have a surgery done to prevent it. What exactly is bloat and is this surgery necessary? — Faithful Reader

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We have visited Chicago during many holiday seasons to take in everything seasonal, including a play. A favorite is "A Christmas Carol," and we’ve seen this classic at several venues. We always stay on North Michigan Avenue so we can easily wander the beautifully decorated avenue to admire w…

I’m sure all readers of The Goshen News are aware of the death of John Chau in connection with his attempt to be a missionary to the inhabitants of the North Sentinel Island off the coast of India, whose people remain hostile to outsiders. The Indian government has decided to respect the wis…

ELKHART — Dennis Miller of Goshen was in his late 50s when he realized it was time for him to explore other vocational possibilities.

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Have you heard the name John Allen Chau yet? He was a young 26-year-old American missionary who took an unusual interest in a non-domesticated tribe of people known as the Sentinelese. They live on a remote island in India’s Andaman and Nicobar island chain. Chau was told about two fisherman…

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Every year about this time of the season I get calls and inquiries about care for Christmas cactus — where to place them; do they prefer warm or cool; will they thrive in direct sunlight; do they need repotting; do I fertilize it; and what happened to it?

You may have heard me mention from time-to-time (or yelled from a megaphone) that white processed sugar is evil. Most types of sugar are terrible for your body, just awful. The best substitute for using sugar is not to, at all! But we, as a people, seem to have a collective sweet tooth and a…

America and most other countries of the Western world have freedom of religion. It is enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Many Muslims have come and are still…

INDIANAPOLIS — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

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