One afternoon a couple of weeks ago, as I revisited the a few of the family files I’ve kept over the last 30 years of my genealogy pursuits, most handwritten and/or printed email correspondence from the 1990s, I happened across one sheet that took me back a good 20 years—an email I sent to my wife (née Ream from the German Riehm) in Texas about one particular intrepid exploit, a 225-mile drive from Columbia, MD, northwest to Kit-tanning, PA, in a 1988 no-frills Ford Escort with a poorly working heater and a proclivity for shutting itself off (usually while on an interstate highway). I said more than one prayer while chugging through the Allegheny Mountains. There was snow everywhere and it was very cold. The following is an excerpt from that email sent Sunday, February 1, 1998:
AUSTIN — Texas is more invested every day in promoting increased and thorough hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and social distancing to reduce cases of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Dick Morris, former adviser to Bill Clinton, last week published an editorial in which he strongly suggested that Joe Biden has been exhibiting “gaffs” that are sufficiently bizarre and numerous to indicate real mental decline. He then goes on to present a petition for readers to sign demanding that Biden submit to several tests to determine whether he is suffering from any one of several types of dementia.
I believe the power in the Holy Bible is most effective when the reader connects what he is Biblically reading to the life he is living. Faith can find its beginnings, or its enhancement, in such circumstances. When the Bible “speaks” personally and individually to the reader, all kinds of spiritual possibilities become possible. As long as God seems far away and
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement to urge constituents of the 15th District of Texas to reconsider travel and offer guidance on testing: “As your Member of Con