Local Columns

Promising to make spouse spoon happy

Once or twice a year I threaten Better Half or promise him or reaffirm a vow, whatever the appropriate verb is I’m not sure. I tell him I’m going to start making him happy. He just smiles a fake smile and always shoots me a look of disbelief when I announce this. The old “yeah, ...

Summer season’s here

There have been a couple of items that have appeared in our newspapers during the past couple of days that remind us that the start of the summer season is right around the corner. One was the section in Thursday’s edition that provided a comprehensive preview of the Summer Concert Series ...

Guest column/Remember the sacrifice of officers

As National Police Week comes to a close, take time to recognize the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our law enforcement community. Words are insufficient to express the gratitude of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, but words are sometimes all we have. Federal, state ...

Today brings a different Mother’s Day

I was invited to the Mother’s Day luncheon at Martha Manor. Attendance at it had been a tradition in the nearly four years that my mother had lived there in a nurturing environment of caring and compassion. But I didn’t go. I was asked to speak at a mother-daughter banquet this ...

Big win in Indian Creek

Of all of the results from Tuesday’s election, the one that will likely have the biggest impact on our area was the decision of voters in the Indian Creek Local School District to pass their bond issue. Because the 6.1-mill issue passed, the district will be able to generate $45.7 million ...

Some things I heard that made me smile

Something. Nothing. Or a surprise. Those were the three options I gave Better Half when I was stalling for an answer to that same old Groundhog Day question we cycle around to every 24 hours or so — what’s for dinner? Better Half gave that trio of choices a moment’s thought, ...

An interesting election

We’re nearly halfway through the presidential election cycle and, unlike many in mid-term elections in recent memory, those who cast ballots in Tuesday’s election will have several decisions to make. There’s been a lot of attention paid up to this point about traditional voting ...

Being low maintenance into sixth decade

There are low-maintenance women, and there are high-maintenance women. I fall in the low-maintenance category, lucky for Better Half, who has a different opinion on this self-assessment, of course. But I ask you, in my own defense, what woman on her 60th birthday has high on her to-do list ...

Some lessons in faith

There are times when you read about big-time intercollegiate athletics and you have to wonder what is going on. There are too many stories about things that have gone wrong — coaches and players taking money from equipment manufacturers, programs that allegedly incorporate sex as a part of ...

Shadowing with restrictions could work

I remember years back when Take Your Daughter to Work Day was observed. I think it was in April, so maybe that’s why it was on my mind recently. It has since evolved, I believe, into taking your child to work, but at the time, it was a girly-girl thing and me being all goey-goey about ...