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From the Item Editor: It’s that time of year again, happy Halloween

By Shea Singley|

Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: Hilarious and heartfelt ‘Obvious Child’ packs a contentious punch

“Obvious Child” is a deeply political film that is all the more potent for its subterfuge as a crowd-pleaser. Dealing with an inflammatory topic – abortion – the film is bound to provoke strong responses from women and men alike. While it can be argue...

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  • Opinion

    Small Beginnings: These are a few of my favorite things

    I don’t know if this happens to you, but every now and then in the middle of my ordinary day a burst of extreme joy will just well up inside me and begin to overflow. Depending on where I am and what I’m doing I may suppress this emotion, but if I’m alone I may burst into laughter or even tears of gratitude for the simple joys of life. I began to reflect on some common things in my everyday life that I treasure, moments that bring a smile to my face and I thought I would...

    By Lisa Schappell Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: My country walks

    I’ve been taking short and long walks since my childhood days on the farm. I still enjoy walking---sometimes it’s for exercise, to drop off my mail at a postal box, or to pick up a few grocery items. My husband and I often walk together, taking turns telling of “our day” while we walk briskly along the sidewalks of town. Even on our vacations, upon driving through a quaint section of a town, we stop, park the car, and walk its streets. There’s something...

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: Culinary tricks and treats of the past

    As we look back more than 250 years of American history, certainly nobody thinks about the history of bread, certainly not Colonial bread.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

  • Columns

    Focus on the Family: Son needs to be pulled away from video games

    Q: Our teenage son is extremely intelligent. The problem is he only wants to play video games all day and night when he’s home. It’s a struggle to get him involved in any kind of physical activity or even just to read a book. How can I encourage him to do other things without completely taking his video games away?

    By Jim Daly Columnist |

  • Opinion

    From the Item Editor: The trick to taking a successful, relaxing vacation

    After this past week, I can safely say that I found the perfect way to take a vacation; visit old friends. Not only do you get to catch up with some of the people closest to you, but you can actually relax during your time-off. Or for at least as long as you can stay shut off from work.

    Shea Singley
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  • Opinion

    Small Beginnings: Mundane and profound questions, inquiring minds want to know

    Interlaced haphazardly with the mundane questions I grapple with each week appear some profound ones that can be quite the stumpers. An example of the potential thoughts that pass through my mind on a given day may look something like this… Do these pants make me look fat(ter than I actually am)? Did I pay that bill or did I dream that? If I were an atheist, how would I view this news story? Can I truly know the will of God for my life or am I just guessing? Why is my dog barking at...

    By Lisa Schappell Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: My Letters to Paul---Newman, of course

    Reprint: 2008 Lifestyles over 50

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Small Beginnings: Technology and travel meet together for a better experience

    I know that technology has an impact on everything we do and having just had a vacation I experienced the impact of technology during our trip as well. One significant way technology changed our travel plans was with the handheld GPS device we used to navigate among our many destinations. On nearly every other vacation involving a road trip, we nearly always employed the now antiquated road atlas and paper map techniques of finding our way around unfamiliar places. This time things were...

    By Lisa Schappell Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Transformers 4: Giving sequels, robots, movies, and numbers a bad name

    Whatever your opinion is on him, it’s probably not news to you that Michael Bay is someone who movie fans tend to have opinions about. A populist creator of excess that has managed to land two films in the Criterion Collection series, his movies make money no matter how much people hate them. Technically talented, though often reprehensible, Bay’s use of stereotypes and violence often rankles the mind. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (hereafter “Transf4mers”) might be his most offensive...

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  • Opinion

    Mind Your Body: Quieting your mind leads to increased awareness

    My primary teacher of yoga therapy used to say, “You can’t heal what you can’t feel.” This certainly offers a hint that awareness is an important key to our well-being.

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