Sweet days of long ago

Sweet days of long ago

Not so long ago one of the columnists we publish regularly in this newspaper wrote about a book his sister, Rita Haley Butcher, authored. It is called...

May 24th, 2019 |  


One of the greatest gifts of love

One of the greatest gifts of love

The natural human instinct is to run away from danger. That panicky, heart-pounding urge to turn tail and flee is often good — it’s part o...

May 23rd, 2019 |  


Can we go home again?

Can we go home again?

Memories are embedded in our minds, but people and places change.Someone once said, “Attempting to relive childhood memories is an exercise doom...

May 22nd, 2019 |  



All gave some, some gave all

All gave some, some gave all

A bullet pinged past the soldier’s ear as he crouched behind bushes near the frontlines. A soldier near him suddenly lurched forward, letting ou...

May 21st, 2019 |  


It really wasn’t that great

It really wasn’t that great

If we are honest with ourselves, our psyches become stuck in a period within our lives that we have found to be most pleasing, or most formative. For ...

May 20th, 2019 |  


‘Dear student’… a few words of advice

‘Dear student’… a few words of advice

Dear student,This school year seemed to go by more quickly than all of the others. The older you get, the more you’ll realize that yourself. I&#...

May 17th, 2019 |  


Thanks, mom, for a lifetime of stories

Thanks, mom, for a lifetime of stories

Once when he was very little my brother asked my mother if the iron she was using to press my dad’s shirts was hot.“Why don’t you to...

May 16th, 2019 |  


It was murder … we thought

It was murder … we thought

It was a little before midnight, and the credits for Raymond Chandler’s movie “Farewell, My Lovely” had just rolled as my wife, Bren...

May 15th, 2019 |  


Gathering at the death of a goose

Gathering at the death of a goose

It was Josh who said we can usually ignore this stuff, but not when it happens at our front door.That’s where the Canada goose died late the oth...

May 14th, 2019 |  


Be prepared for life

Be prepared for life

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt delivered the commencement address at the University of Wisconsin-Madison over the weekend and delivered what I...

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