Opinion

04/10/2018 - 3:04pm
Twelve weeks sounds like a long time to take off of work. But I can tell you, it just flies by when you’re at home, soaking in that new baby smell, the sounds of coos and the sight of baby’s happy smiles. And so, here I find myself, back in my office, checking my email, setting up interviews and marking dates on my calendar. As with many things the third time around, coming back to...
09/13/2017 - 9:23am
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the publisher of the newspaper where I was working asked me to write an article about the relief efforts of a group he was heavily involved in. I made a few calls, learned about the group’s disaster relief kits, which included a number of items that I wondered if they could be sourced...
07/18/2017 - 1:32pm
Every now and then, while I’m proofing the paper, I come across a line in an obituary that stops me in my tracks. Years ago, at a daily newspaper in Ohio, it was a mention that the deceased woman had been a World War II pinup girl. The accompanying photo backed up the claim – she was a stunning looking woman, in full pinup makeup. More...
07/05/2017 - 8:13am
A few weeks ago, I attended a Board of Adjustments meeting in the Calhoun County Courthouse basement. These meetings are infrequent, scheduled only when someone wants a zoning variance or thinks their building permit shouldn’t have been denied. Rarely, if ever, is anyone from the public there, aside from me. But at this particular meeting,...
05/02/2017 - 11:37am
Nine months ago, I spent the entire first day of school crying, off and on, as I thought about my baby sitting in kindergarten. I knew he was in good hands, but I still teared up. What I didn’t know was that he was actually in great hands. The things he has learned since entering Kris Nicholson’s classroom amaze me. Just as the things...
03/08/2017 - 8:41am
As I sat in the basement of St. Francis Catholic Church Tuesday afternoon, I watched as two women were told they couldn’t donate blood during the LifeServe blood drive. It’s not an unusual situation – I was even one heartbeat per minute away from being rejected that afternoon. I told the LifeServe employee doing my health...
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