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Guest Column | Getting Back to School Safely

After being in distance learning mode most of the last school year, we are excited to have students, teachers and staff back together in our school communities. It’s something we’ve all missed deeply, and we understand how vital in-person teaching and learning is for...

Window on the World Column | Olive and Mabel, Mary and Tony

During the last several months of Covid — or the ongoing lifetime of this pandemic, depending on how you feel about it — people and dogs seem to have become even closer. Record adoption levels at shelters were noted the world over. People needed...

Window on the World Column | Rocket Man

It had been a long time coming. Our newsie friend moved from California a few decades back and had been asking us to come and visit for the longest time. There was always a reason we couldn’t make it. Why couldn’t we make it?...

Window on the World Column | A Rare and Crazy Adventure

It all begun in regular fashion. You are getting ready to go on a trip; so, therefore, things get really het up at work — not in a good way — and you are putting out fires, like California in summer — why does...

Funny Papers Again Column | Note to Founding Fathers: ‘You Didn’t See This Coming, Did You?’

It’s 3:17 a.m. early Wednesday morning, nine hours before deadline for this column and I haven’t 1,000 cohesive words anywhere in my head: not a scintilla of theme. This is not often the case when offering this column on a weekly basis (or is...

Funny Papers Again Column | If Fiction Were Real: A Study in Human Emotion

Below is what happens when a writer is somewhat confined to his immediate surroundings; that writer reads a lot of books and views a lot of documentaries and then sits down at the keyboard and just lets the fingers go where the imagination, and...

Funny Papers Again Column | ‘Buddy, Can You Spare Some Time?’

There is an ancient writing wherein one of the main players, thee Main Player for many, upon His exit from this earthly realm exhorted his followers to “occupy ‘til I come.” So for the past 55 years I have occupied myself in more fields...

Guest Column | Take Steps to Achieve Fitness Resolutions

Statistics show that nearly 3 in 10 Americans actually make New Year’s resolutions in an effort to hold themselves accountable. Such a practice is not new. Some 4,000 years ago, the ancient Babylonias made annual promises to the gods to pay their debts and...

Window on the World Column | Destiny Arrives in Funny Ways

I nearly broke into tiny irreparable shards, when there was nothing more we could do to help him and my horse was finally laid down to his eternal sleep at Solace. It was April 2, 2019, early in the morning. As the strong medicine...

Guest Column | A Heart Shape Defines February, But Let’s Look Beyond the Emoji

The obvious symbol for the month of February is, of course, the heart. This ideograph — represented by an anatomically inaccurate shape, by the way — appears on greeting cards, love letters and ever-popular, emoji-filled texts. Yes, February is all about love, especially romantic love,...
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