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Memories keep the past from going past its prime

Major news stories tumble on top of each other like newborn puppies, and there is a new litter every week. How’s that for a simile? Remembering what and when becomes more challenging the older we … more

National Small Business Week celebrates entrepreneurial spirit

It was 1963 when President Kennedy issued the first Small Business Week proclamation, announcing to the nation the critical importance of local small businesses in our communities. Here we are 56 … more

Talk about gun rights must acknowledge gun wrongs

“Don’t look down,” the volunteer firemen were told. The ones who were charged with removing bodies at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Every time I hear about another gun-related … more

‘Livin’ the dream’ can become the real deal

“Livin’ the dream” could be one of the greatest replies to the question, “How are you doing?” The problem, as most of us who use this reply know, is that we really don’t mean it. It is … more

Local event marks Older Americans Month

Since 1963, our nation has been celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM) in May. Originally designated as Senior Citizens Month, OAM is a time to honor the wisdom, experience and contributions of past … more

This legislative session has been disappointingly different

I mentioned in my last column that the Democratic Party has a majority in both the House and Senate and holds the governor’s office. Therefore, Republicans like me do not have nearly enough votes … more

Teach yourself to speak the language of success

Have you ever had a desire to learn to speak a foreign language? Some, if not many of you are already bilingual or multilingual, if that is you, you have my deepest respect as you can communicate … more

There’s a lot to be said for running out of coffee

Please don’t squeeze the shaman. As someone once said, “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” Never say never. Where there’s a will, there’s a relative. Life’s a horse race, … more

Science shows that vaccinations save lives

Measles vaccinations almost wiped out the disease from the United States in 2000. Elimination meant measles no longer spread, because most people were vaccinated. However, in 2019, instead of … more

Voter-approved funds go to buildings, programs

Following the passage of the mill levy override (MLO) and bond initiatives, I committed to providing you with regular updates about how that money is being utilized. Here’s the latest on how … more

The people factor in a people, process and technology solution

It seems like this statement, “People, Process and Technology,” is the go-to response for many companies and organizations when asked about how they are planning to improve or grow their … more

World lost in selfies is not a pretty picture

A waiter goes back to a table and asks a young couple, “Is your food OK? You haven’t taken a picture of it yet?” When the time comes for this decade to be characterized, it will be a snap. It … more

A reminder to focus on financial literacy

The United States Senate designated April as National Financial Literacy month in 2003. This was designed to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and … more

Islands of success don’t all have palm trees

For some of us an island of success immediately conjures up the idea of living on a tropical paradise somewhere, removed from our worries and obligations, and living without debt or drama. We imagine … more

Do something by the book and don’t

Don’t. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Don’t run with scissors, spit into the wind, or put your jeans in the freezer. Someone who thinks I am officious sent me a book: “Don’t: A Manual of … more

When our sail is attached to someone else’s boat

Too often we seem to attach our sail to someone else’s boat, don’t we? Or, we hitch our wagon to someone else’s horse and let others control or dictate our direction in life. Their goals … more

Internet shows that you can’t spell ‘antisocial’ without ‘social’

Every day, every single day, maybe on the hour, someone is shamed, chided, ridiculed, put down and disrespected because of an image of them or a comment they made that was posted on social media. And … more

Compile family health history to help guide care

Genetic testing for cancer risk and other conditions has advanced rapidly in the last few years. It is more widely available and affordable now, thanks to changes in technology and competition among … more

His comedy gives black-and-white conversation a new hue

Comedian Sam Adams had just finished auditioning for a commercial the afternoon of Aug. 22, 2018, when he saw the text from a friend: “Dude, you are blowing up Facebook.” A video showcasing a … more

Have faith, keep the faith, share the faith

When you read the headline on today’s column you might have felt like we were going to dive into a religious or spiritual conversation. And you might have been right. But if the headline of the … more
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