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First Things First Column The Family Column is a series of articles providing helpful information on families and marriages. It is published every Sunday in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Subscribe to our  Family Column RSS Feed.

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July 16, 2015 is a day people in Chattanooga and beyond are not likely forget. It's the day a single gunman opened fire on unarmed military personnel at two different locations; five died.
Most people live as if tomorrow will come for sure. But what if something tragic happened and you were no longer here? Who would inherit your house, your collectibles that have been handed down from one generation to the next or your pictures?
Among the character qualities most parents try to instill in their children, telling the truth is close to the top of the list because they know that dishonesty at any level creates an atmosphere of mistrust within relationships. Yet those same parents who are talking about the importance of telling the truth will turn right around and be dishonest in front of their children.
The Peters family was returning from Yellowstone National Park when their dad spotted some grizzly bears playing by the roadside. Dad decided to stop to watch and get some pictures. One of the bears wandered over to a car and began sniffing, then it crossed the road and came straight for the Peters’ car. The bear sniffed, tried to climb up on the hood and pawed at the windows.
Perhaps after reading the last two weeks’ columns, you believe that you or someone you love is addicted to pornography. While the temptation may be great to keep it quiet, there are resources available to help with recovery.