Articles By: Bob Woelk

Second-hand store provides gem

A person never knows what can be found at a second-hand store. I was perusing the bookshelves at a local charity shop recently and came across an interesting paperback, “The Band Name Book.” Its pages contained just what one would expect in a volume with that title, a list of thousands of rock music group names. The original retail price […]

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Traveling brings plenty of knowledge

rSome people mistakenly believe that spending money on travel is a waste of funds. I certainly disagree. There is much to learn when one mounts a car, boat, plane, motorcycle or even a bicycle for a long-distance journey. A June trip to the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom was most assuredly a learning experience. Allow me to share […]

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Books, electronics can co-exist

I own books. I also own a Kindle electronic reader. Each has its particular strengths, and each has obvious weaknesses. I believe they can coexist in the modern world. Obviously, books were here first. Once Johannes Gutenberg developed movable type, the printed word took off. From the Bible to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” books have affected human lives in profound […]

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Sage advice usually inaccurate

The recent arrival of our twin grandchildren has started my thinking about what sage advice I can give them as they grow. I remember hearing plenty of interesting, though often inaccurate, maxims. Here are some of my favorites. Wait an hour after eating to go swimming. I was told I might get cramps as blood moves from my extremities to […]

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Some PA announcer wisdom

I have been announcing sporting events for, well, more years than I care to admit. I started while I was still in my 20s. And, I like to think I have learned a thing or two because, as the TV ad goes, I have seen a thing or two. So, as another basketball season has come to a close, by […]

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Musing about mysteries of life

Winter is a time to muse about the mysteries of life. Here are some unanswered questions I have been thinking about lately. Why does the lip balm I keep in my pocket always seem to be screwed to the top of the lid whenever I open it? Does the action of walking turn the knob at the bottom? If so, […]

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Reason eludes Trump’s base

If I’m not mistaken, I have put my disdain for Donald Trump in words only a couple of times since the 2016 election. The last time I attacked the POTUS was in June. I admit I have made a few disparaging comments about his style of governing and perhaps even his hair from time to time, but I have tried […]

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Infants represent a best future

Infants represent a best future

Rosaline Evelia and Dylan Jordan, brand-new twin grandbabies, born Dec. 6. As we study William Shake­speare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet,” I often ask my English I students if they believe in love at first sight. The responses are mixed. Some point out it takes a while for people to get to know each other before they can fall head over […]

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Give thanks, make a difference

Ah, Thanksgiving is upon us once again. The anticipation and joy that comes with the fall season is motivation enough to get into the mood. The aroma of pumpkin pies baking in the oven, of turkey and stuffing, along with sweet potatoes and all the fixings—it is a delightful adventure for the senses. The autumn air, the crisp crunching of […]

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Super PAC spreads fake ‘truth’

The fact that I am no fan of the conservative political agenda could be the worst kept secret in Marion County. But, I want to come to the defense of our Republican state Rep. Don Schroeder. I received a piece of propaganda in the mail the other day from Americans for Prosperity. Apparently, there is a branch of the super […]

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