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Vatican envoy who invited Kim Davis to papal meeting retires

April 16, 2016 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his ambassador to the United States who was behind Francis’ controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail... more »»

Of flowers and forecasts and running

April 10, 2016 I’d never heard this forsythia and forecast theory before. But what older sisters tell you, you’re inclined to give some credence to, I know from past experience. more »»

Connection between speakers

April 10, 2016 There are many times in our lives when we are surprised to learn that some things or events that we never dreamed could be related have a connection to each other. more »»

Guest column/April, Donate Life Month, is a chance to help others

April 10, 2016 One choice can create a wide ripple of change, much like the decision to be an organ, eye and tissue dono. more »»

Back from Myrtle and on with news

April 10, 2016 Where ‘ere you may wander, there’s no place like home. I heard that in a song long ago and thought they were saying “where air” you may wander until my dad explained what it wa. more »»

Never have enough mom points

April 9, 2016 The Little Professor is a big fan of the Star Wars movies. I am not. I don’t remember when I first watched the original trilogy; probably on cabl. more »»

Of thought questions and who are you

April 3, 2016 Believe it or not, I hate filling out forms or doing resumes where you have to write about yourself, mainly because who you are doesn’t always necessarily translate well onto paper. more »»

Good things in our area

April 3, 2016 Opportunity, growth and the willingness to look into the future were the themes of this past week, and when you add up what we have learned, you see there really is a lot going on across the region. more »»

Stroll down Smithfield memory lane

April 3, 2016 There is a billboard coming down Sunset Boulevard that tells us that we should “love where we live.” I say a big yahoo to that. more »»

On the hunt for column fodder

April 2, 2016 My father, Grampy Grumpy, has accused me of slander. I refute this, because the truth is the best defense and, also, you can’t slander someone in print. It’s libe. more »»

Perspective on events

March 27, 2016 Each of the presentations in the Herald-Star Speaker Series has proven to be a interesting experience and has helped residents of the Tri-State Area gain new perspective into events of historical... more »»

A calendar message for the season

March 27, 2016 There’s a calendar on my desk at work, but it’s not one that I look to as a reminder of what day of the week it is or as a blueprint for the day’s demands. more »»

Of Easter weather, hats and more

March 27, 2016 Since I am writing this column four days before Easter, I have no idea what the weather will be like for one of the greatest religious days of the year. more »»

Last week was interesting

March 20, 2016 Thoughts on a busy week: ¯ Ohio was smart when it decided a while back to move its primary to March in presidential election years. more »»

‘I wasn’t paying a bit of attention’

March 20, 2016 “I wasn’t paying a bit of attention.” Better Half shook his head as he verbalized what was a harsh reality for me to hear. more »»

Guest column/Making a difference by combating heroin epidemic

March 20, 2016 At a recent town hall in Darke County, I asked those in attendance how many of them had family members or friends who had been impacted by addiction. More than half the hands went up. more »»

Connecting with readers’ feedback

March 20, 2016 I get a warm feeling when one of my Boomer stories strikes a familiar note with readers, such as an e-mail from Marlyn Klee, a Smithfield High School graduate who said she received my Harperville... more »»

Guest column/Reducing painkillers right prescription for W.Va.

March 20, 2016 The drug problem in West Virginia is complex with many moving parts and seemingly few concrete solutions. more »»

Finally mapping the eggs

March 19, 2016 It’s a break through, y’all: Grampy Grumpy has finally conceded that he needs a map for the annual family Easter egg hunt. more »»

Questions heading into Tuesday

March 13, 2016 We might not always realize it, but numbers make up a big part of just about everything we do in life. That’s something to keep in mind as Tuesday approaches and Ohioans head to the poll. more »»

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