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Everyone should learn to live alone. Family households do not last long these days. Spouses are separated by careers, divorce, and death. Children leave home for school, jobs, and marriage. Retirees abandon work and professional involvements.

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I wonder about national enemies and why they exist. When a country is invaded or attacked, the enmity is obvious. Verbal attacks, insults, and disrespect shouldn’t count. Sometimes war and threats of war are elsewhere and optional. It is not always necessary to join an ally in defensive warf…

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An eighteenth century American diarist, William Byrd, mentions most mornings that he danced his dance. This occurs often after his breakfast of milk, sometimes still warm from the cow. It’s not definite but I assume he is recording his bowel movement each day as a feature worth noting. Refer…

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During the twelve days of Christmas I ponder how differently people celebrate during these days. Some religious communities rehearse various stories about the birth of Jesus. But most people think about Santa Claus, bright lights, and fir trees, which have nothing to do with the Christ in th…

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Editor’s Note: William Morosko is a 9th grade student at Athens High School with an aptitude in writing movie and music review. He has also directed and written short films that have appeared on Athens Community TV. The Messenger has agreed to publish occasional reviews from William as a new…

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Why do people write diaries? What do diaries do, especially for the writer and other readers? Maybe they are just ways to remind one of what has happened before the memory fades. Recently, notes on important conversations have been helpful when people were interrogated about politically sign…

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One theory about the growing population of allergy sufferers is that children are being protected too much. Keeping danger away sounds good but we might not develop resistance if there are no enemies. A sterile world is too safe. The immune system needs to identify invaders and build armamen…

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Of course people use money to procure the necessities of life, but even this involves choice. Nutritious food and reasonable accommodations can cost more or less depending on other factors that are not matters of necessity. I am thinking, however, about how we spend so-called discretionary funds.

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“Eugenics” is, in my opinion, the dirtiest word in the English language.

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It sounds silly to promote modesty, and even more ridiculous to recommend humility. We are used to encouragement in terms of pride, excellence and accomplishment.

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Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. So, with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, it is a good opportunity to practice fire safety in the kitchen. First, let’s discuss some statistics:

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Our age has been called “post-evolutionary” because our bodies are increasingly changed by artificial adjustments rather than natural developments.

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Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment of a series of regular columns designed to report to the senior citizens of Athens County items of interest from the Athens County Council on Aging (ACCOA).

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A history marker telling the story of Lord Dunmore’s War and the writing of the Gower Resolves was dedicated Nov. 10, 2019, in Hockingport. Indicating the approximate “Site of Fort Gower” is significant because it was there, at that small bivouac in the wilderness, that the Gower Resolves we…

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Ohio University’s Athens campus is beautiful. Part of that is the conformity of most buildings to the red brick and white pillar style associated with the 18th century.

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, 62 percent of home fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms or where smoke alarms are not working. Many people believe they will wake up if they smell smoke, but smoke inhalation can cause a person to drift into a deeper sleep an…

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Most of us like trees. They look wonderful in summer and provide many benefits like shade and oxygen.

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CO is a deadly, colorless, odorless, toxic gas, which results from the unfinished burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers also produce CO.