Local Commentaries

I live for my daughters

On Easter Sunday I watched that new Casey Anthony three part special on Investigation Discovery. I tend to like old lady television because I may be 33 physically but cognitively I’m approximately 72. Every memory of my maternal grandmother I have involves either David Attenborough or the ...

No man is an island

Have you ever heard the song “No Man Is an Island”? The words remind us that no matter where we live, where we work, where we go to school we are never alone. Recently I heard a story on the radio that made me sit up and take notice. The story went like this. A pastor was seated at a ...

The tornado

When it comes to ‘grandma-ing’, I’m fairly laid back. I’m all about imagination and learning. Clutter takes a back seat to creativity. Translated this means that William dismantles the livingroom on a fairly regular basis. His latest hobby is building ‘haunted houses’. He uses ...

Afterthoughts

New tricks Social media has its uses. The main one, of course, is keeping up to date on what people are up to. Recently, a LinkedIn alert reported that one of his connections, a long-time teacher, had added a skill. It was not a surprising skill, but he was surprised to see it on the list of ...

The Old Rugged Cross

“The Old Rugged Cross” was my grandfather’s favorite hymn so every time we sing it I am reminded of him. I remember something funny about my Aunt Mae singing it. She did not understand all of the words and made up her own words. When I was young our church had hymnals with words but ...

Happiest day of the year

Birds will be singing, peepers will be peeping, flowers will be blooming. Or, we will get 8 inches of heavy snow. No matter, the opening day of trout fishing season is the happiest day of the year, rivaled only by the opening day of deer hunting season. But unlike the opening day of deer ...

3 little words

“Three Little Words” is a musical from about 1950. It starred such luminaries as Fred Astaire, Arlene Dahl, and Red Skelton. It was in Technicolor, too! I don’t recall ever seeing it, but I’d sure like to. With those stars, it sounds like a fun show. In the title song, the “three ...

A powerful fool

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” When you think of fools you probably think of fumbling nitwit twittering around juggling duckpins on his unicycle in a weird, jangly hat. The truth is that court jesters — fools — were chosen for their ...

Are those eggs?

Imagine two scenarios. Its spring and a group of young kids are outside with an adult leader. They have had a lesson about animals that lay their eggs in water in the spring. They’ve learned about salamander, frog and toad eggs and are now out to see if they can find any evidence of those ...

Ding-a-ling-ling

Recently , we watched “The Music Man” for our evening’s entertainment. I hadn’t seen the film since it came out in the early 60’s and as much as I thought I’d remembered the plot, it was all about the music. Surprising myself, I was still able to sing along. My memory of the ...

Back to My Future

I was in my gasoline-powered non-flying car the other day and had what passed, on a disappointing day, for an epiphany. The future isn’t as awesome as I’d hoped. In 1989, Back to the Future Part II presented an image of life in 2015. I hope my vision of 2015 wasn’t formed too ...

Afterthoughts

An occasional collection of vignettes from events and public meetings in Warren County that never make it into news stories because...well, you’ll see. Hello, Wilbur At meetings of the Warren County Commissioners, the commissions like to welcome visitors. At a recent meeting, as a ...

Take care of your teeth

My grandpa, a tough old German, used to tell me that if I were going to choose one piece of advice from an adult to actually take heed of, it would be to “take care of your teeth.” He told me often to take care of my teeth. Over and over. Whether I wanted him to or not. He’d had ...

First day?

People ask me all the time: “Where do you get ideas for columns?” They come from all over the place. At any given time, I’ll have four or five or six started. Maybe just a paragraph or two. Some sit on my desktop or in my “unfinished columns” folder for weeks, months, or even years. ...

‘We do not make keys… We make memories’

This is not my usual perspective on everyday situations we go through. But this is my perspective on something that means a lot to me. I have been a part of this great student service organization for the past two years, going on my third. Key Club. I have no words to describe the love ...

Worms more signs of spring

You know it’s spring when you see worms. Last week when I walked out to get my newspapers in the early morning hours the driveway was filled with little pink worms crawling across the blacktopped expanse. I had no idea where they were going or why they were moving, but they were inching ...

Liar

When I picked William up from school, he was uncharacteristically quiet. I figured that he was probably tired and he was sporting one heck of a knot on his forehead from a classroom collision with a chair. “Are you feeling okay, mister?” I asked as I buckled him in. He said yes in a quiet ...

Spring drive follows tradition

Years ago when taking a drive was a bigger deal, one of the best drives would be the first spring drive. In those years ago times, the drive often would be out Hearts Content Road, which then was a dirt road. Deer and porcupines were the most commonly seen wildlife. Occasionally we would see ...

Peep peep, it’s spring!

They say you know spring is here when the peepers start peeping. That’s the Spring Peeper I’m talking about. As you could probably guess they are named the Spring Peeper because they are one of the first frogs to emerge and start calling; and after a long winter their song is like a herald, ...

Soon we’ll hear the hum of the bees

I have long been fascinated by bees. Our family has a long history with the beekeeping process. It all started with a swarm of bees found in our pasture. We had gone to a family wedding and when we returned the men had chores to do. My husband discovered a swarm of bees in a hollow ...