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Forming a lifelong alliance

Before there were reality television shows that allow participants to form alliances and kick people off the show each week, there was my fa…

Chase the dark clouds away

I believe that all of us have been overwhelmed by so many tragic events in the last few weeks. Not one, not two, but three hurricanes striki…

Life is messy

As I sit here this morning with little bits of bird formula in my hair, on my clothes and speckling my glasses, I wonder ... why?  Why have …

Bureau County is full of heroes

After the Las Vegas shootings, many of us struggled to come to terms with how out-of-control this world seems. It feels like almost every da…

Pointed in the right direction

Hunting season is upon us. This is the time of the year when men (mostly), decked out in camo, spend an incredible amount of money to go fre…

Be kids while raising kids

Writing doesn’t start on a blank sheet of paper – it starts in the head. Yeah-yeah, I know those who know me well are in doubt about that on…

Black and white fright

While I'm a known film lover, I'm not the biggest fan of horror. I've seen many of the classics from each decade, but lost interest as the m…

PES’ new grading system a bold move

Princeton Elementary School recently broke with tradition by ditching the longtime 100-point grading scale that many of us grew up with. In …
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