For those who know me, you’ve figured out I’m an eternal optimist. Lately, I’ve found myself somewhat down. I’ve prayed about my pessimistic attitude, and I believe that I understand what my life is missing. Some of the things I love most are temporarily absent. I love smiling at people when…

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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1: 17, NIV

Have you ever heard the song “Happy Days Are Here Again?” A reader, who chose not to be identified, (but was a Trump supporter) sent something last week that started all kinds of memory awakenings for me. Odd how a particular song can bring memories from 75 years ago.

CINCINNATI, OHIO – As the nation continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we care for the physical and mental health of the most vulnerable, including older Americans. But while most seniors wouldn’t hesitate to see a doctor for physical symptoms, that’s not the …

It seems that nothing ever changes when it comes to hawking insurance to fill the gaps in Medicare coverage for seniors. The fervent sales pitches, the misinformation, and the incomplete and deceptive information continue to proliferate.

It was one of those weeks. It seems that every week of mine is “one of those weeks.” Just when I think everything was looking fine, I discovered I was looking in the wrong direction. I should know better than thinking.

“He preached as a dying man to dying men.” Rev. John Burns’ congregation in Lawrence, Massachusetts, knew he was suffering from a fatal kidney disease and was in his last days on earth. “As the taper of life grew shorter, he preached the gospel with all the grace of novelty.”

FORT WAYNE – Her name was Judy – no point in making up a protect-her-privacy name for her at this point.

Now is the time of the year to think about giving rather than receiving. I see our Extension Homemakers clubs are giving to various needy groups rather than gifts for themselves.

Indiana has lost three townships since the 2010 Census. Their departure was not widely broadcast beyond the borders of their two counties, Boone and Delaware. No sympathy cards are expected.

GREENSBURG – You may have noticed how difficult it is these days to hold a business or general discussion without the phrase “…then COVID…” coming up in the conversation.

RUSHVILLE – Thanksgiving Day this week is going to be a little different than Thanksgivings in the past.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care month. Our Hospice of South Central Indiana is an incredible resource in our community that provides treatment and respect to those coping with a life-limiting illness and support for their families.

As far back as I can remember, every time I would leave the house, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage would say, “Be careful. Drive safely.”

1 Peter 4:10 says: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (NIV)

Indianapolis attorney Phil Goddard grew up in Greensburg, son of Judge John and Alice Goddard. He asked about the origin of the name Greensburg.

RUSH COUNTY – Now that the election appears to be over, a couple of points seem worth reviewing – not that either will make any difference next time around.

I have had a certain dream many times over the years. Of course, it might lean towards being a nightmare if it does not come true.

Today’s topic may not seem so spiritual, but it is necessary as many are working from home. I developed these tips to help all of us get through a difficult time. I hope you find them insightful.

Well, it is getting close to Turkey Time! I can’t believe it is time to think about Thanksgiving already. We have many things to be thankful for, even with all the distractions. The election is over and I hope everyone will try to work together for a better America. I know the virus has prob…

I moved to Decatur County in December 1958 and began meeting truly wonderfully kind people. I met an older woman named Elizabeth Bailey and her sister Isabelle Batterton. Betty’s only child died in 1932 when a teenager. For years, I wondered how on earth she kept going after that tragedy. Wh…

I’m taking a break from brooding over the latest COVID-19 surge and cursing the chaos of the presidential race so I can properly mourn the passing of longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.

GREENSBURG – Veterans risked their lives to protect our country’s freedoms. We all must take time and remember the many sacrifices these heroes made to keep us safe. This Veterans Day, let’s honor all of our veterans, past and present, for bravely serving our state and nation.

Reports are already coming in of tree stand accidents here in Indiana. Despite warnings from enforcement officers and explicit instructions from manufacturers on placement and usage, tree stand related accidents head the list of severe and sometimes deadly happenings afield.

Have you ever started something in your life, and it didn't feel right, but you kept trying? Our world has established a set of rules for living that conflict with the ultimate guide for our lives created by God. We've become creatures that dwell upon the obsessions in our minds, and we will…

I have learned in my life, and probably just one thing: things have a way of catching up with me. I can’t get away with anything.

“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong …”

Have you ever had what you considered was a good idea, only to have it backfire? Something that happened recently because of the Covid virus is a case in point.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Tuesday was election day. In recent weeks, there has been nothing on the TV and Facebook but people telling how good they are and now bad the other guy is. We may or we may not know, by the time you are reading this, who won. I wish there…

This is one of those unusual weeks when something of national significance is actually going on at this writing. We are in the process of electing or re-electing a president of the United States.

This past week was one of the best weeks I’ve had in a long time. I got everything completed, as well as some overdue projects.

“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord.” – Exodus 14:10, NIV

A new half-mile ADA-accessible trail will help introduce visitors to Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) thanks to a partnership between DNR and the Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF), and a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, which provides more than $2 million annually in c…

It seems more like fall each day; the leaves are falling and it’s time to mow the grass once more and clean up the yard and garden. The rain was great for the wheat and gave farmers a rest for a day or so. After that they can continue their harvest, which seems to be very good this fall.

Lou Alexander, Class of ‘65: In the 1950s, my family lived in Osgood and my deepest memories of Halloween are from there. The season started with the hunt for a perfect mask. In those days they were made of thin, hard plastic with eye holes and a mouth hole. They were kept in place with a bl…

The five friends gathered for lunch at their regular spot in the old high school. They always ate together, but Halloween was only a few days away, and they were meeting to plan their activities. Matthew spoke first.

FORT WAYNE – I know what you’re up to, all you early voters. But I have to say I don’t think it’s going to work out the way you hope.

We recently found the number of jobs in Indiana declined by 91,100 between March and August 2020. This decline was attributed to the pandemic. Now let’s look at the output and income effects experienced by Hoosiers.

RUSHVILLE – I was resetting the time on my watch the other day and noticed that the numbers were all displayed as Roman numerals and, despite looking at the time a hundred times a day, I began wondering why we still use Roman numerals and whether or not we still teach them to kids anymore. S…

If you were hoping that this was going to be the year of government action to lower prescription drug prices, I’m here to say that is not going to happen – even though the House of Representatives passed far-reaching legislation almost a year ago that would allow Medicare to begin negotiatin…

For several weeks, or has it been years, I’ve been waiting for an important package to come through the mail. I don’t know why they call it snail mail because I have seen snails crawl faster.

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