Category: Opinion

Picking a door is no simple decision

“I am thankful for doors. Those we close forever and for new ones we have to open.” Of all the things I want to fix up or change around in my house, I find the one that creeps into my mind most often isn’t necessarily the most urgently needed. But there it is, presenting itself to me multiple times a […]

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Hospital story will have twists and turns

Stories like the series of stories we are publishing about the Hillsboro Hospital’s financial troubles are never easy or enjoyable to write. It is never easy to find people to comment or give context to something that has people in the county both frustrated and afraid. Two paragraphs in and I haven’t even talked about the employees of the hospital which […]

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No kitchen time after big mess

Listen to this. I have been officially banned from our kitchen by my wife after my attempt to make Russian pancakes for supper the other evening. I must be getting clumsy in my old age as I made quite a mess of the kitchen. I wasn’t believing the mess but she said there was flour in about a half dozen […]

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Spending a night gazing at the stars

Star Light, Star Bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might…Like many people, I’ve always been fascinated by the night sky. Learning to locate the North Star, naming the constellations and discovering their stories and tracking the Milky Way across the sky were all fun lessons that I’ve been happy to pass along to […]

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Fifth grade reporter sends greetings

I have a large stack of cards from last year that never got stuffed, addressed or sent. The photo is stellar and professional, thanks to my photographer sister-in-law, so that wasn’t the problem. The problem was the time factor and the realization that sending Christmas cards stresses me out. I promise I’m not a season’s greetings hater. I like to […]

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Social media causing a world of outrage

I have grown to hate social media more and more every day. My general distaste for the product, no matter the format, isn’t how they work or how much of my time it takes up at work, but rather what it has turned people into. One of my favorite quotes is “The internet is the single best and worst thing […]

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Easy bars can help you have a ‘berry’ Christmas

I bought a very large bag of fresh cranberries recently. This led to a lot of Internet searching to decide how to incorporate all of them into several delicious recipes. The one I’m sharing with you this week for cranberry bars was requested by Joey, who said he thinks bars are an underappreciated dessert medium. I agree. After all, it’s […]

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Letters to the Editor (12-12-18)

Good News of Great Joy “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid for I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’” Luke 2:10-11 This announcement, made by an angel to the shepherds, is […]

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Vision, leadership all that Marion Co. needs

Recently I was asked to speak at an event hosted by the Texas Center for Community Journalism in Fort Worth, Texas. The event allowed me to get out of town for a few days, see my sister in Texas, and catch a basketball game while we were there. What the trip also allowed me to see was the Oak Cliff neighborhood […]

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There’s room for everything under the tree

“Magic is something you make.” ~ Keegan Hall I grew up in a Catholic home, part of a family that went to midnight (literal) Mass every Christmas Eve. Year after year, I was one in a long line of kids wearing a robe and silver pipe cleaner halo, grasping a tiny candle as we marched up the aisles of the […]

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