Viewpoints

Hyperventilating About The Migrant Caravan

A caravan of ragtag would-be immigrants is making its way through the nations of Honduras (per capita income $4,630), El Salvador (per capita income $7,540), and Guatemala (per capita income $8,000) to Mexico. The response in the U.S. (per capita income $60,200) — panic. Hyperventilation ...

Boss’ Affair Causes Business To Founder

Once again, rarely do former clients call me unless a crisis crops up. Therapists generally approach treatment with a plan that includes introducing healthy living skills. Difficulties coping with matters such as relationships bring clients to therapy to both identify areas where he (she) is ...

Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween

Halloween. A friend tells me it’s second only to Christmas from a retail point of view, and I believe it — I see major outdoor decorations from orange lights to large inflatable ghosts and witches. Synthetic cobwebs drape many porches and pumpkins line up on steps. Aside from Halloween, ...

Community Service Part Of Our Club’s Mission Statement

A couple years ago this column talked about an NFL fan club which has made community support part of its mission. This revisits that group. It isn’t a bragging piece. It’s more a perspective piece, a purpose piece, a piece to make people realize it’s more than a game to us. There have ...

Kitchen Cupboard Made Great Addition To Home

There is a cupboard in my kitchen that I dearly love. When we bought the little farm, it was there in the woodshed. When I saw it, I knew that it would make a good addition to our kitchen. The problem was to convince my husband. He looked at it as “just on old cupboard.” I looked at it as ...

A Frightful Story For Halloween

“Mom! You’ve got to write about this for Halloween!” My daughter, generations ahead of me on researching the internet, had found in minutes the mysterious bee-thing I had photographed. Certainly stunning enough to make me run for my camera. For my purposes I was happy it was in ...

Inside The Trump Rally In Houston

I happened to be in Houston last week for the Trump rally, and never one to pass up an opportunity to check out what’s happening in the world, I decide to get in line with the thousands of others who were betting on the slim chance they’d make it through the door. If there’s one thing ...

What Is A Libertarian To Do On Nov. 6?

“You will throw away your vote!” declaimed a City of DuBois official when, two years ago, I suggested that I might vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson rather than Republican (and winner) Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton. That same criticism is relevant these days as other voters and ...

Keeping Your Dog Indoors Is Best On Halloween

Hey, guys. I hope you’re enjoying your Friday so far. I don’t know about you, but I have been frantically searching for specific Halloween costumes for my two little boys. There seemed to be ‘something wrong’ with each costume they had looked at. Luckily, we ended up finding the ...

Write Now: Rough Draft Is Just That: It’s Rough

And so now you are at the next stage — rough draft. Previously I had written about prewriting and how you may have placed your thoughts on the page. Now it’s time to turn those thoughts into sentences and paragraphs. It’s time to make sense of your words and ideas, and place them on the ...

Brace Yourself, Sometimes You Have To Roll With The Punches

For anyone out there who has had an embarrassing/awkward encounter with your crush, I’m here to reassure you that you are not alone. Throughout my many years of flying solo I have had plenty of occurrences with the opposite sex that ended in absolute mortification and had me running for the ...

Joan’s Affair Proves To Be Opportunistic And Disruptive

The second of three articles reviewed a system of a family financial business complete with years of collaborative skills professionally and personally. Oscar, my client, is the leader of a Board of Trustees. He provided an overview that might be cause for envy. The married couple brought not ...

Growing Up, No Cable Television

When I was a kid growing up, and while we were home, family time was time spent talking at the dinner table (after the 6 p.m. local news on the radio ended at 6:15) and then watching the one television in our house that we sat in front of, viewing whatever program dad chose for the whole ...

Pumpkin Time

No hiding the fact, almost all the information in this column on pumpkins in folklore and pictures came off the internet. I am grateful for the sources. Cinderella would never have met her prince without the pumpkin-turned carriage. Almost as well-known, I suspect, is Linus’s waiting year ...

October Is National Cheese Month

Nearly everyone I know loves cheese. Often, we have cheese and crackers at church for our snack along with some fruit. It is also something that I frequently serve to guests as well. I remember my husband’s aunt and uncle who visited at his parents’ home. They would always spend at least ...

Village More Than Sum Of Its Woes

With the village of Lakewood in the news so often, I thought it might be a good time to throw some of the good news out there. People in the rest of the county probably feel like they’re tuning into “Days Of Our Lives” (cue the dramatic music, cut to the hour glass) when they read ...

Plenty Of Plans Available For ’19 Medicare Insurance Season

QUESTION: My insurance company sent information about my Medicare Advantage plan. My monthly premium looks to be the same. I don’t think I should change plans. I am happy with my current plan. What do you think? How would I know which plan to choose for 2019? ANSWER: The 2019 Medicare ...

Choose Your 2019 Prescription Drug Plan

QUESTION: I got a letter in the mail saying my insurance coverage will go up in price in the new year. What happens now? Do I have to change my drug plan? Does my supplemental insurance need to change as well? ANSWER: This question sounds very similar to the last question I answered, but it ...

Joan Tells All About Her New Husband

Last article we met Oscar, the head of a board of trustees representing a successful financial company. Country drives were an enjoyable activity. A city dweller, Oscar used country drives for clearing his mind. He’d been at a meeting in Pittsburgh and had added several days for unplanned ...

Sayings And Meanings

Have you ever wondered where some of the most (and a few we have just heard and wondered about) used sayings originated? There are so many in a variety of genres that are said and heard every day, but sometimes we just take them for granted as to where they came from and maybe how that were ...