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About six months ago, I chose my word for the year, an activity I do annually instead of making New Year’s resolutions. My word for 2015 actually chose me on Christmas night, when I sat down to the piano after what must be 40 years. I was … more
The stakes keep getting higher. The “players” keep putting more tax dollars on the poker table and raising the ante. They feel the pressure to “bring home the bacon.” The game is economic development, the “players” are six members of the … more
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind) has been up for reauthorization since 2007. Currently, the U.S. Senate has a bipartisan reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177),that is expected to … more
For a few hours last year in Washington, D.C., I was Eva Levine, born July 6, 1916. I saw what she must have seen, and I understood — like a punch in the gut – what she must have experienced as she was being transported first to Ravensbreuk, a … more
Certainly newspapering and telling stories is a circular process. Back in 2007, when I wrote (what I thought at the time) was probably my last column for a certain newspaper, I mentioned the basic … more
My first paying job in the newspaper business was folding the Dolores Star as it came off the press when I was six years old. It didn’t pay much – unless you can count the experience and … more
Hospice care, palliative care, end-of-life care — no matter how the phrase is turned, it rings with finality. For pet owners, the terminal diagnosis of a pet is fraught with conflicting emotions, confusing information, and confounding decisions … more
Ben Franklin, an old newspaper man himself, noted that is “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” In the midst of questioning authority, and generally … more
I grew up on a dairy farm – a farm which also grew grain crops. Every year we prayed for a good crop so we could get new clothes for school. Through it all, the farmers worked from sunrise to sunset. Sometimes a hail storm would wipe out the … more
Last weekend, my family had the pleasure of seeing “Wicked” at the Buell Theater. It was my first time for this particular show, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sets are amazing, the production value is off the charts, and the music, by the … more
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