January is here, and we all have high hopes for this year—especially after 2020. But here’s the thing about a new year: It’s still the same you. When midnight came on New Year’s Eve, there was no magic wand that transformed you and took all your problems away. The only way anything is going …

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The “normal” economy of 2019 is our launching pad for the post-pandemic world. We’ll be able to measure changes with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on wages for 725 occupations in each of the 50 states.

RUSH COUNTY – A friend of mine sent me a provocative email a while ago that I’d like to share with you. I can’t verify that it’s all accurate, but even if it’s not, it probably should be. Anyway, it’s interesting reading. It’s about the life and sayings of our third president, Thomas Jeffers…

For end-of-the-year columns, it’s customary to recap the events of the past 12 months, usually highlighting a mix of the good and the bad. Because this year has been dominated by health, in particular COVID-19, and my beat is health, it seems fitting to reflect on where we are. Where we are …

I have lived long enough to know that the only change that has any kind of reality is the change in my pocket. I keep track of that change with great supervision and count it every day.

Education for the women of the Victorian era was intended solely for the purpose of reinforcing their role as a wife and mother. While the Education Act of 1870 made elementary education for both sexes compulsory, it did little to help women develop intellectually. They were taught the basic…

Where is the sunshine? Are you as tired of these gray days as I am? They say there is a disease caused by lack of sunshine, and I think I have it very badly. At least I have my sewing machine set up with bright lights so I go there for therapy. My cousin in Illinois says that it is shining t…

No matter what we think about the past couple of weeks, we Hoosiers might remember that Indiana has a lot to be proud of. No, this is not, I repeat, not, a political column. It is a column about Hoosier pride or why Indiana has so many smart people!

The Covid pandemic inflicted sustained pain and hardship on too many for too long. The effect on our economy, however, is mixed.

Everybody has a story to tell. Some people share that story through words. Others use music or art to tell their tale. But for some, sharing their story takes a different approach. They have chosen to tell their story—and in turn create a legacy—through a gift to the local community foundation.

I participated in a PBS TV show last week – three General Assembly watchers and a host doing our annual legislative preview session – and it was a little unsettling.

Well, the new year has started off much as the old one ended, with one possible exception – and emergence of a new strain of the COVID-19 virus last December. Lots of questions have been raised as a result of this new strain of the virus. I found an article from the Johns Hopkins School of M…

For end-of-the-year columns, it’s customary to recap the events of the past 12 months, usually highlighting a mix of the good and the bad. Because this year has been dominated by health, in particular COVID-19, and my beat is health, it seems fitting to reflect on where we are. Where we are …

I apologize, but this is the time of year when I must do my annual beating-a-dead-horse ritual of imploring the Indiana General Assembly to go to every-other-year sessions.

A man visited a zoo where elephants were being trained to perform for visitors when he noticed that these 10 feet tall, 13,000-pound giants were being restrained by a small rope tied to just one leg.

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

GREENSBURG – We are starting a new year so it is time to take down the Christmas decorations and get ready for Valentine’s Day. The stores could hardly wait to get rid of Christmas before they start another season, but I guess that is part of retail.

GREENSBURG – You may not have time to read this right now, but I hope you read it when you do have time. It comes from Dr. Douglas Zipes, M.D., an Indianapolis cardiologist who wrote about it in the September-October issue of The Saturday Evening Post. I’m writing about what he said because …

Judy was really sick, and she didn’t get better. Finally, her husband, Kent, decided she needed to go to the hospital.

Dark. Depressing. Frightening. These are just a few of the adjectives people are using to describe 2020 as it passes into a bad memory for all of us. Most, though, will follow with a more positive statement about what 2021 is expected to bring.

INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday Jan. 6, the whole world will be watching Vice President Mike Pence. He will find himself in the most conspicuous set of circumstances that any Hoosier ever has.

RUSHVILLE – Each January, I try to do a little prognosticating about what the coming year could hold in store.

The door has closed on the year 2020, giving way to a New Year and new opportunities.

A Zoom call came through last week from the new kid, 2021. He was hurrying to get going with his Year.

Where do cowboys come from? In my family’s case, they came from a farm in Ohio. My cousins Del and Dana were raised on that farm but had an itch to go to rodeo school out in Texas. And in due time they became cowboys, the real kind, cowpokes who fix fences, brand cattle, and sleep soundly in…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

I was setting up a new computer monitor yesterday and the instruction for brightness was, “adjust as needed.” I moved the curser up, down, up again, and finally back down before finding my perfect color.

It is not that I am colorblind; I just am color indifferent. Red and blue and yellow are all the same to me.

In the midst of the pandemic that has made 2020 less than an outstanding year, we are also hearing some truly happy words. That’s right, there are many reasons to be happy.

I am not going to resolve in 2021 to exercise more or lose weight. Sure, I need to do both those things and will work on them, but I won’t take the cheap way out and declare them to be my New Year resolutions. They are too easy to make and even easier to break.

“I am just numb. It seems hard to believe, but it’s real. Jimmy went into the hospital last week, and developed COVID-19 and pneumonia. He passed away on Thursday morning. Of all our class members, he had perhaps the best zest for life and was a friend to everyone. It’s just unbelievable. … …

The past year has been challenging for everyone, but we are grateful for loyal readers like you who helped us get through it.

A Zoom call came through last week from the new kid, 2021. He was hurrying to get going with his year.

INDIANAPOLIS–The cab driver didn’t want to take me to the address Sister Helen Prejean gave me.

FORT WAYNE – Time magazine, demonstrating the legacy media’s continued decline into irrelevance, has deemed 2020 “the worst year ever.”

RUSHVILLE – Well, the most unusual year that I remember since the polio epidemic of the 1950s is about over and I’m about to say, “Thank goodness!”

It wasn’t supposed to be this hard. That last round of layoffs seemed to come out of nowhere, and now you’re floundering. You’ve spent too many weeks of job hunting without any solid prospects on the horizon and are losing hope.

As a child, I remember my mother going to Otasco Merchandise in Blytheville, Arkansas to buy our Christmas gifts. She’d get us every toy we could imagine and spend the entire following year making installment payments on it.

It's hard to believe, but another Christmas has come and gone. It comes so slow but leaves so fast. I guess I'll never understand that. This Christmas was probably the most unusual that I have ever experienced.

A good friend of mine, now sainted, was a professor of theology at our local Lutheran seminary. He had a brilliant mind that was manifested in a pastoral heart. He was known for his pithy statements, expressing profound points in a handful of words. Recently I was reminded of one such. It is…

I guess if there had to be a choice as to what was most enjoyed about the 2020 book that came out just before Christmas it would be page 28. I’d love to know your favorite. There are 128 pages and so many photographs. I love this book! One day I hope to share why it’s a favorite. I can tell …

Christmas 2020, a Christmas to remember! Not the same as usual, but we know the vaccine is one the way. That is good, but we still need to be social distancing and wearing masks. Maybe we can have some small family gatherings this Christmas.

With the holidays here, Hoosiers need to keep Christmas tree safety in mind as real trees begin to dry out and become fire hazards.

One of the most joyous weeks of the year is now upon us! Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be here before we know it! This year will be a little different from Christmases past, however.

As parents we are inherently nurturing. It’s instinctual to protect, feed, clothe, and care for our children from the moment they are born. Sometimes we make the mistake of expecting Christian character to be built in at birth.

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