Written by Elva Suderman Tuesday, 25 November 2008 14:01Editor’s note: Dale Suderman, a Marion County native who made his home in Chicago, wrote a popular column called View From Afar in the Free Press from 2001 until April 2008, when he suffered a severe stroke. With our encouragement, Dale’s sister wrote this essay on the seasons of their close relationship.
Dale, you have finally achieved one of your goals when you moved to Hillsboro from Chicago recently. Our thanks to Dan, Tim, Doug and Ben for bringing you back.
Written by Steve Britton Tuesday, 07 April 2009 14:08
Dear Readers of Pork and Beings,
Due to ongoing illness and the circumstances surrounding it, I must tell you I am currently unable to continue drawing the strip. It is my plan, however, to come back in about six months.
To those of you I have met face to face and to all who have laughed out loud or cut one out and put it on the frig door, you have made my world and I thank you. You may e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime!
See you soon!
Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:24Getting paid to do what you love is one of the world’s greatest things, but this column has been so much more than a side job for me these past seven years.
This column is the space where I have refined my worldview, processed the shift from high school to college, spoken out about rape and patriarchy, complained about Internet trolls, realized the depth of my love for my family and contemplated the meaning of “home.”
This column is the space where I championed my first tangible identity as a writer: “I am a columnist.” Sharing written thoughts and receiving responses from readers is incredibly validating and I don’t think I would have had the guts to pursue additional forms of writing and self-expression, had this column...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:58I think—maybe—spring is finally showing itself, which means it’s time to go out and play.
Younger people might want to play in the park, enjoy a game of baseball, go swimming or even catch lightning bugs. It was a neat thing to do at night and only required a jar, holes cut in a lid and grass.
For the more grown-up crowd, planting a garden, taking a walk, riding a bike or sitting on a porch swing and reading a book could be entertaining. Thought-provoking conversations with neighbors is always fun.
Those who know me, know how much I like to talk and, in the spring and summer, some of my best chats with buddies in the neighborhood are the impromptu ones.
For husband Randy, anything outside is fun. He can be working on a car...
Written by Bob Woelk Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:11Perhaps the legendary musician and philosopher Bob Dylan said it best: “The times, they are a changin’.
The seasons are also supposed to be changing. But winter has stubbornly hung on for far too long. Some area high school seniors will be graduating within the week, and we are still seeing frozen precipitation. Are we beginning to witness the effects of climate change? I hope this wild weather of the past couple of years is not going to become the new normal.
A positive change to the community is the arrival of the best ice cream on the planet, Blue Bell, to Vogt’s Hometown Market. While I am not in the habit of dishing out free product plugs, you owe it to yourself to give this frozen treat a try.
I know it is more expensive...
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