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Saturday, October 03, 2015
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 12:48 AM
    Water on Mars could become a bigger discovery than finding life on other planets.
    Why? It gives us encouragement to reach for the stars again.
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:06 AM
    It's difficult to know how our decisions today can affect the future. 
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:54 PM

    This is the time of year when members of county councils in each of Indiana’s 92 counties put in many hours away from families and businesses, sitting in public meetings, discussing how your tax money is going to be spent in the year ahead in your county’s towns, libraries and how it will be spent on your county roads.

    If this year is similar to the past several years, there will be much frustration and maybe a few department heads will leave the county council budget hearings in tears.

    Government is a mystery to many of us. It is easy to question the common sense ability and, sometimes, the honesty of those elected to serve us and the people they hire to do the daily work. 

  • Tuesday, September 08, 2015 7:16 PM

    Heroes are all around us.

    They have names like Clint and Paul and Jake and Todd and Harvey and Sue and Mary.

    We can't bring back those brave men and women who perished on Sept. 11, 2001 but we can honor those around us who sacrifice so much to serve us.

    My first close encounter with a hero came when I was very young, shortly after I was born really.

    My first hero was Glen Zellers Jr.

    “Junie,” as his mother called him, was my cousin. He was about 20 years my senior and his children were close to my age.

    I remember marveling as he let his children swing from one of his upraised, muscled arms like it was a jungle gym. 

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015 7:42 PM

    September 11, 2001. 

    With each passing year it becomes more apparent how much our lives were changed by attacks on American soil, not by another nation but by those who hold another ideal. An ideal that we cannot accept. An ideal that is opposed to The American Way of Life.

    It has been 14 years and we continue to struggle to regain "normalcy." All the time we face the nagging fear that this is the new normal for America and the world.

    So, what was it like on Sept. 11, 2001? For every American, there is a different story to tell. Here is mine.

    My perspective is not much different than that of many reporters and editors.

    I was living in Waveland and had just started a new job as the editor of a daily newspaper some miles away. 

  • 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. 

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:37 PM

    When you get Windows 10 for free, it's worth every dime.

    It is a work in progress.

    When Microsoft offered Windows 10 for free as an upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 for the first year, I was skeptical.

    An optimist says a glass is half full, a pessimist says the glass is half empty. I want to know what's in that glass.

    When Microsoft began running TV commercials with cute toddlers and the company claimed those toddlers will still be using Windows 10 when they retire, that only fueled my skepticism.

    At first, I thought Windows 10 would get you hooked for a year and then Microsoft would threaten to pull the plug on your machine unless you paid money to keep it. 

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:49 PM

    It's amazing to search the Internet for one thing and then learn other things, things you really didn't care to know.

    Linda is at Amanda's this week. On Saturday, Joey Robert Kinzel was born, making us grandparents for the seventh time, counting Terry's two children. So, last Saturday, while the dog and cat and I were home alone I decided to look up toys I loved when I was a kid. I was looking for a set of Doodyville buildings from the "Howdy Doody" TV show. 

    I remember the buildings were printed in full color on the back of a cereal box. You cut out the pieces and put the tabs and slots together. 

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:39 PM

    Office pranks can be a source of amusement and often indicate good morale among the employees. My boss and my boss's boss are both on vacation this week so I thought this would be a good time to write about office pranks.

    I have been the recipient and the source of more than one office prank over the years. I remember them fondly. And, I have heard about others that I wish I had been in on.

    My prankster days go back to college. I was deeply involved in our school's radio station. As a freshman I had the idea I would attend the basketball games and every other event where attractive females might be in attendance. 

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:05 PM

    I learned something last week about an agreement that protects historic bridges in Indiana, such as the covered bridge in Darlington, which was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 28, 1990, and the covered bridge in Deer’s Mill, which is “eligible for the National Register of Historic Places,” according to

    It was while reporting (researching) a story about the historic bridge over Eel Creek at Bowling Green that I learned a bridge that is on the National Register of Historic Places cannot be moved without the agreement of the Indiana State Historic Preservation Officer and the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation of the State of Indiana. 


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