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Your Best Life - Strength and Power

Many people believe strength and power to be the same thing. They aren’t. The word “strength” is described as the ability of a muscle or muscle group to exert force and overcome maximum resistance in a single effort. The greater the resistance, the stronger the individual. The stronger the individual, the greater the work they can perform. Power is the ability to generate usable strength as quickly as possible. So, one can become more powerful by either doing more work or doing work in a shorter period of time.

‘We Are Your Friends’ predictable but not without scruffy charm

You know you’ve aged out of the target demographic for “We Are Your Friends” when during the triumphant pool party to christen the house up-and-coming DJ Cole Carter (Zac Efron) rents with his buddies — a blowout complete with booze and drugs, thumping music and topless girls — all you can think about are their poor neighbors and whether those homeowners will have some sort of recourse through their HOA.

Afraid of God?

Is God angry with you? Is he watching and waiting for an occasion to punish you? Many have spent their entire lives afraid of God, afraid to approach him. God has gone to great lengths to show us that he’s not mad at us.

Conflicted feelings natural when children leave home

Q. Recently, my husband and I dropped our youngest child at college several hundred miles away. I have felt so depressed since then. We were actively involved in our son’s sports teams and with his friends for the past five years. My husband seems OK, but I feel lost. Please offer some tips for surviving the next few months.

Your Best Life - Music can have great impact on exercise

Music has an effect on physical activity in human beings. Profound statement, huh … bear with me. For many elite athletes, fitness buffs and weekend warriors, music isn’t just a happy add-on — it’s essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout. And for those of you new to the workout game, music may end up being the variable that keeps you going. Let’s investigate.

God wants to use you

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord’.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 New American Standard Bible.

Pine Bluff going forward

About 12 years ago I returned to Pine Bluff, my hometown, after spending nearly 40 years living elsewhere. One of my favorite preoccupations from the start has been the writing of letters and guest columns to The Commercial .

The class of ‘69 had its dreams, too

I received a special honor this weekend. I was asked back to give the keynote speech at the El Dorado High School Class of ‘69’s 45th reunion. I taught English IV that year. I was a bit apprehensive at first. Yet, at the end of the speech, I enjoyed a standing ovation and was “over the moon” because of the “Thank-you-for what-you-did-for-me” remarks and the student who asked, “You goin’ with anyone right now?” before slapping Freemon on the shoulder. The following includes portions of that speech …

“School days/school days”– again

So many things have changed since I began elementary school back in 1949. First, we did not go to kindergarten. It didn’t exist. We never used 20-pound backpacks slung over our shoulders to carry everything from books to cell phones to clothing. We carried our sparse needs in book satchels. They were plastic, light-weight, some decorated with pictures of heroes of the day. There was a little pocket in the front for items such as colors and lunch tickets.

The benefits of attack ads

Negative campaign ads appear to be on the rise with the approach of this fall’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign. Hardly anyone has a good word to say about them. The standard critique — that they demean our democracy, deceive voters and cause disgusted voters to stay home on Election Day — has the ring of truth. But this exaggerates the negative about negative ads while obscuring their benefits.

College cost isn’t big problem for poor students

To judge by this summer’s banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won’t address the greater need: Getting more kids from poor families into college, the key to moving up in an increasingly unequal society.