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Sunday, August 30, 2015
  • Sunday, August 30, 2015 8:07 PM

    This week I want to focus on basic prevention and treatments for insomnia. If the cause is not readily identifiable, it is helpful to keep a sleep log for 2-4 weeks to share with your doctor. It should include sleep and wake times, naps, and actual time spent sleeping. You can download a blank sleep log at

    A lack of good sleep hygiene is one of the most common things I identify when taking a sleep history or reviewing a sleep log. Sleep hygiene is defined as “daily activities and habits that are consistent with or promote the maintenance of good quality sleep and full daytime alertness.”

  • Sunday, August 30, 2015 8:01 PM

    "There's someone at the door,” said my wife, which is never a statement of fact, but rather a request for me to go see who it is. Generally, I’d prefer that Mary Ellen not answer the door. She’s a softy and can’t say “no” to solicitors, which is why we have 20 years’ worth of garbage bags in the garage and every spring we donate 50 boxes of Thin Mint cookies to the local food bank.

    The young man at the door was very polite and asked if we would consider changing our cable service. As a creature of habit, I am not inclined to change anything unless something much better comes along…and I say that proudly after 35 years of marriage. I was in a generous mood, so I invited the gentleman in the house and asked him to give me his 60-second sales pitch. “I’m a bit nervous,” he said.

  • Sunday, August 30, 2015 7:56 PM

    When the U.S. stock market crashed on August 24 most media talking heads blamed it on China’s stock market crashing. But what they don’t mention is the fundamental reasons why both markets crashed: Currency manipulation by central banks in China and in the United States. Both have been essentially “printing” money (this counterfeiting is done electronically today) to prop up their banks, stock markets and economies, to push prices up and give the illusion that everything is rosy.

    But those high prices are an illusion. It’d be like playing Monopoly and at the end of every round taking a $500 monopoly bill, photocopies it twenty times and hand them out to each player. Soon players will pay $100,000 for Boardwalk. It’s not that Boardwalk has any more real value, it’s just that every monopoly dollar is worth less so it takes a lot more of them to buy the same thing. 

  • Friday, August 28, 2015 9:50 PM

    Rosie Lerner, an Extension Consumer Horticulturist at Purdue University, has given the following home, yard and garden tips to keep in mind!

    HOME (Indoor plants and activities)

    Prepare storage areas for overwintering tender flower bulbs and garden produce.

    Thanksgiving (or Christmas) cactus can be forced into bloom for the Thanksgiving holidays. Provide 15 hours of complete darkness each day, for instance, from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., for approximately eight weeks. Keep temperature at about 60-65 degrees F. Temperatures of 55F will cause flower buds to set without dark treatment.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:50 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    I would like to tell you that like our three MCschools, C’ville, North and South, I started out sizzling hot – nailed all three games and then followed up with perfection in the SAC.

    Actually, I’d love to tell you that.


    Unlike the boys in blue, orange and red, I stunk. For the week, I went with a mediocre, paltry, lowly, second-rate, run-of-the-mill, measly and miserable 4-4 record. I hate to say it, but there are coins out there that do better just getting flipped.

    And South? Oh boy, South! Did I really say they were going to lose by a hundred or something? I did indeed. You read it here that they were going to get whooped up on. Boy did those Mounties make me eat my words.

    You know what? Good for them. It’s a great thing to have a little attitude, a bit of a swagger. Show me now that you can do it two weeks in a row.

    And speaking of two weeks in a row. I read where Lori Poteet, photographer extraordinaire, said that all three schools winning their opener had not happened since 1994. Wonder when the last time all three started out 2-0?

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:00 AM

    Yesterday marked the 95th Anniversary of ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. This achievement on August 26, 1920 was a result of a 72-year effort by visionary and courageous women who lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied and organized demonstrations in support of suffrage for women.

    The fight for woman suffrage had its roots in the 1848 “Declaration of Sentiments” drawn up at the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. Early suffrage leaders – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Myra Bradwell, Zerelda Wallace (stepmother of Lew Wallace) and many more – worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage during the latter half of 19th century. Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite of Crawfordsville chaired the organizing committee for Woman’s Suffrage Association of Montgomery County.

  • Baseball all the way for this week’s guest
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:14 PM

    This week, I interviewed one of my super-interesting cohorts, but I didn’t meet him at The Paper. Instead, we met on a baseball field. I’m not sure how many years ago, but more than a half dozen. This young man of course played baseball, along with football, basketball and cross country in school. Luck had it that his sweet wife, Michelle, and Corbin, the nifty youngest of their two sons, also ate at Pizza Hut with us, thus it turned-out to be a fun-filled family affair. Funny, I tried to make plans several times to meet our guest this week, but he’s one busy fellow. Finally, we set a time. Then, I got a text saying he might be late because he was officiating a sixth-grade football game at New Market. So, believe me when I say I’m lucky to have caught Scott Smith for today’s article. 

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:55 PM

    At the outset it needs to be noted that whatever is called the social contract, it is not actually a contract which is “an agreement entered into by two or more parties with the serious intention of creating a legal obligation or obligations, which may or may not have elements in writing. Contracts can also be formed orally (parole contracts). The remedy at law for breach of contract is usually ‘damages’ or monetary compensation. In equity, the remedy can be specific performance of the contract or an injunction.”

    So then, contracts are legal instruments, means by which legally backed agreements are recorded and used to settle disputes about the parties’ obligations. The idea of a so called social contract is, actually, an oxymoron since most social acts aren’t legal ones. A better term for what is usually meant by “social contract” would be social compact, a plain agreement of some kind.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 11:32 PM

    Sending kids to college can be daunting.

    I just moved away from Butler, ironically, while all of the little freshmen were moving in. It got me thinking back to when I moved in. I had no idea what to expect. I also thought about the kids I have talked to from Montgomery County who are heading off to college soon. I have been lucky enough to talk to some athletes like Hannah Whicker, Grant Gaylor, and Michael Minks (Crawfordsville graduates) who are heading to their different colleges to play their respective sports. What struck me the most while talking to them was their excitement for a new chapter in their lives. It can be scary to leave friends and family behind, but the opportunities, especially in our American culture, are endless.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:38 PM

    Some say we are losing our sensitivity to crime. I think that, as a whole, that may be true of our society.

    People enjoy seeing crime portrayed in the movies. That's nothing new. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the earliest silent movies involved an explosion.

    One of my favorite TV shows as a young adult was "Barney Miller." It was a comedy set in a New York City police precinct station run by Captain Barney Miller.

    The main characters were all somewhat squirrelly. Miller was the sanest of the lot.

    Each episode dealt with the crazies that were arrested by the detectives in the precinct.

    The show was popular and entertaining but didn't really treat the victims of crime very seriously. 


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