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...

May 13th, 2019 updated: May 13th, 2019. |  


Help us honor others

Help us honor others

It almost does not seem possible that it has been 10 years since Pam Stricker walked into my office and told me The Times-Gazette needed to start a Hi...

May 10th, 2019 |  


Hoping for an ‘endless’ summer

Hoping for an ‘endless’ summer

I don’t remember much about my last official day of high school — and probably not just because it was, quite literally, more than half a ...

May 9th, 2019 |  


Just fine in ‘our little world’

Just fine in ‘our little world’

The other night while watching YouTube I heard a song by country singer Tom T. Hall called “Our Little World.” He sang of the tranquility ...

May 8th, 2019 |  


Civil forfeiture should end

Civil forfeiture should end

Our nation has some pretty absurd laws. For example, the federal government has declared the importation of crocodile feet to be illegal if done in op...

May 7th, 2019 |