Kaelyn's Korner

Weekly column by Kaelyn Pfenning


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Since this week is Pet Appreciation Week and most everyone seems to love pets these days, I have decided to share some of my own pet stories.

Most of my growing up years, I remember having a pet or more.


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As many of you, I’m sure, I remember where I was on the day terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field.

My family lived in Vermont where I attended eighth grade at a small Christian school.


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Kindness is sometimes an overlooked trait.

Yet a kind word or act can change the course of the day for any number of people.

On the radio last week, I heard the story of a college girl who bought a homeless man food, clothes and shoes.

After that, she returned her own recent purchases to pay her credit card bill.


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Honesty can be hard.

But at the end of the day, it is more simple than trying to figure out how to cover up the truth.

Even if we are ashamed of our actions, taking responsibility is the best course of action.


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With the 2016 Olympics coming to a close and school starting back, fans are ready to jump back into the football season.

Not everyone likes sports, but most of my family and friends follow at least one team to some degree.

The enthusiasm is fascinating.

First day of school

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It’s that time of year again. As I reflect on my own first days of school, one stands out from the rest.
The summer of 2002, my family moved from Vermont to South Carolina before my freshman year of high school.

Road trips

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The other day, as I drove to work, I noticed the left blinker start on the vehicle in front of me.

I slowed down.

Soon after, that vehicle pulled into the right-hand lane to pass the vehicle now in front of me.

Smiling, I said to myself, “Nice try, Dude.”

Home of the brave

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Risk, by its very nature, involves danger.

History is marked by risk. Heroes are born out of risk. Countries rise and fall by the risks of their leaders.

Risks often involve standing firm in opposition to a crowd, sticking with principles regardless of the cost and staying true to core values.

Value of a free press

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In history, governments have used media outlets to promote their ideologies.

In response to these tendencies, the founding fathers of America sought to preserve the freedom of the press through the Bill of Rights.

One of the responsibilities of media outlets is to hold public officials accountable to the people who elect them.


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When tragedy strikes, we look for something or someone to blame.

It is a natural reaction.

Some blame circumstances; others blame the individuals involved. Some blame the things used to cause the harm; others blame those who share what happened.

Many are asking “why” questions.


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