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Local Columns

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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 was. It still didn't make any sense when he said it meant "before or formerly." Why didn't the song just say "where you ...

Connection between speakers

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.Those connections are always interesting to discover, and, in most cases, they open a new understanding about a person or an ...

Never have enough mom points

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 cable. (I am not old enough to have seen them in theaters, thank you very much.) I was familiar with them, but they didn't make as much of an impression as ...

Of thought questions and who are you

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.Now I know that probably sounds a little bit odd, given I have a weekly column space here that I fill from Sunday ...

Stroll down Smithfield memory lane

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.I have lived a hop, skip and a jump from the village limits of Smithfield all my life and have loved every walking mile of it.When I became part of the McHugh home, ...

Good things in our area

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.On Tuesday, our Dave Gossett reported that construction will begin later this month on a new ...

On the hunt for column fodder

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 libel.Certain family members are giving Grampy grief. A reminder: I've known you my entire life. I have changed some of your diapers. I ...

Perspective on events

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 significance.The formula that has worked very successfully, and we're hoping to build on that when ...

A calendar message for the season

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.This one is a calendar that offers a faith-based thought for the day.It was a Christmas gift from years back, an unconventional calendar in ...

Of Easter weather, hats and more

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. It was snowing on March 20, the first day of spring, and the poor daffodils and crocuses looked as if they were freezing their petals off.When ...