One of the most curious twists in modern history, which few people realize today, is the huge influence the American Revolution had on the later French Revolution. When the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776, the French became deeply involved in our stru…

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NEWPORT, R.I. – When it comes to America’s engagement in what is increasingly a globalized marketplace and security, a number of Hoosier statesmen set the compass points for many of us over the past generation.

With No. 5 son off to college, it appears that, for the first time since 1984, I won't have a single child of mine dressed up in a costume and ranging through my neighborhood in search of nougat.

I have heard it said that confession is good for the soul. I want to take that a step further and say confession is good for the body as well.

High-quality local infrastructure helps improve the economy, tourism and quality of life in our communities. In order to benefit from the various programs offered by the state of Indiana, it’s crucial local governments keep an eye out for grants and apply for them when appropriate.

Petroliana is defined as “antiques and collectibles related to gas stations and the oil business, with an emphasis on advertising.” This category of collecting, which includes old gas pumps and globes, oil bottles, fuel advertisements, enamel or tin signs, oil cans and road maps, has a large…

I’m sure lots of readers out there get a thrill from intelligent and entertaining writing, which sort of begs the question “Why are you reading this column?” But since I only want you asking yourself that while reading someone else’s column, let’s hastily move along to this week’s topic.

One of the curious things about the English language is the way words and phrases come in and go out of popularity from one generation to the next. Within my lifetime words like “jalopy” have disappeared altogether from common usage. My guess would be that the average high school student has…

CARMEL – Police stop a driver westbound on 96th Street in Hamilton County. They find less than an ounce of marijuana and this driver is arrested, complete with a stay in the county jail, facing thousands of dollars of legal bills, court costs, fines and a criminal record.

I was tootling along one day last week, quite focused on getting my business for the day done. In fact, I was feeling good about the progress I was making with my “to-do list.” Nothing is more satisfying to me than the sense of being in control of my schedule. I love checking off items on my…

This August, I set out on my Summer of Solutions tour, traveling Indiana and visiting more than 50 communities to speak with businesses and Hoosiers to discuss what’s most important to them, and to discuss solutions for the issues affecting Hoosiers every day, like health care, opioid addiction, jobs, education and the national debt.

As I write this, my beloved Chicago Cubs are not trying to get to the World Series. This is because they played sub-optimally during the regular season and didn’t even make the playoffs. It's a good thing I'm not superstitious or I might begin to think that I jinxed them by not writing enoug…

Forty years ago this year I took a chance and started a business to offer background and reference checking services to employers. It all started when Copeland Corporation came to town and needed someone to help identify a workforce for their new remanufacturing facility on Conrad Harcourt W…

Merriam-Webster: Aberrant (n) 1: a group, individual, or structure that is not normal or typical: an aberrant group, individual, or structure; 2: a person whose behavior departs substantially from the standard. Synonyms: (Adjective) aberrated, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, especial, exceedi…

What do you get when you combine your two MCM chairs, a Persian rug, a Wayfair chest of drawers and your collection of 70s art glass? Believe it or not, you have the components for one of the most enduring forms of decorating: Eclectic.

I was looking for some research that would support my belief that we could talk ourselves into a recession and, guess what? I found it! There’s nothing the left-leaning media would like more than to talk the nation into a recession before the 2020 elections and thereby derail President Trump…

The patriot came back home to Indiana on Tuesday. This would be Dan Coats, who began the day of Nov. 8, 2016, planning to retire, bounce grandkids on his knees and go to a Cubs game whenever he wanted. By the end of that year, Dan Coats had been swept into Donald Trump’s vortex, destined to …

In a small town, on a Saturday night in the 1970’s, farm kids and city kids, outgoing star athletes, and studious introverts, those from affluent families and those living on a shoe string would all come together with one common bond. It was the great equalizer that made everyone part of a b…

Everywhere I look these days people are obsessed with age. More products are sold today to make you look younger than anything else. Everybody desires to look younger than what they actually are. I think that is rather hypocritical.

This week I continue my reminiscences of our family’s trampoline, with this reprise of a not-so-excellent trampoline adventure:

Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight . . . Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; — Proverbs 3:5-6, 23 (NIV)

With the departure of No. 5 son for cawlidge, we have also parted ways with an item none of the kids use any more – but one which they all complained we should NOT part ways with: our trampoline.

Recently the current administration ordered Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to open the world's largest temperate rainforest to logging.

This week I want to share some memories of my grandfather with you – while there are still a handful of people around who may remember him. His full name was William Sampson Winship, but everybody called him “Bill.” He was born way back in 1883, the youngest of three children of Morris M. Wi…

Fall in Indiana is filled with festivals, beautiful foliage, fun for all ages and some of the best home cooking in the mid-west! With celebrations of everything from James Whitcomb Riley to Pumpkins, it was difficult for me to settle on one to write about this week. While they all well worth…

It’s not often that a day goes my way. Occasionally, I have a day that focuses on my desires and me.

So there was President Trump in the Oval Office on Wednesday, mocking his most recently departed National Security Adviser John Bolton as a "Mr. Tough Guy."

One of my prized possessions as a kid was a NellyBelle Willys CJ-2A Jeep pedal car. Dad had won it for me in a drawing at the grand opening of our new Marsh Supermarket in June of 1954 and being an avid Roy Rogers fan I instantly fell in love with it. For the next few years I spent many a da…

Last week I offered some suggestions to last year’s seniors who are now, or about to be, this year’s college freshmen. This week’s “lecture” is intended for members of the Class of 2020 – this year’s brand new seniors, especially the ones planning post-high school education. For those senior…

September is National Honey Month in the USA. And for you guy readers, don’t worry! – it’s not a month-long version of Valentine’s Day, where you’re expected to spoil and pamper your “honey” for 30 consecutive days! Even though there are many, many guys who do just that, month-in, month-out.…

Certain situation has been building in the Parsonage for the last several months. At first, I did not think it too serious but alas, we have reached a terrible impasse. Quite frankly, I’m not exactly sure what to do.

Can you believe it? Another school year started over a month ago. Seems like just a few days since the Class of 2019 was preparing to graduate, where did summer go? Sometimes it seems like summer lasts just a matter of days, instead of the traditional three months – at least between the end …

MICHIGAN CITY – In the wake of the new terror afflicting our schools, our Walmarts, our malls, our nightclubs, it appears we no longer have members of Congress and senators. In the House, we have cephalopods, elected every two years. In the Senate, squids, elected every six.

Do you remember a couple of columns ago, when practically my entire topic was trivial? Hmmmmm, wait, that might not narrow things down much, considering how many trivial things I pack into these screeds . . .

If fact is truly stranger than fiction, then why do so many myths evolve into “facts”? Take for example the many misconceptions surrounding one of the most popular of folk art staples, the quilt. There are dozens folklore stories surrounding the American quilt makers and their beautiful crea…

“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.”—Proverbs 16:31

Normally, I’m not a superstitious sort of a person. But then again there is a good case to be made that I am really not normal. If you stop to think about it, (and I have), the average person is a composite of everybody and the description ends up to be that of nobody. That is exactly what I…

First appearing in 1793, shortly after the first copper penny was minted in the U.S., the iron bank became an instant collectable for affluent children and their parents. Very few of the earliest banks survived the Civil War of the mid-1800s. The ones that did are found in museums or top ech…

Have you ever wondered how many days per year our elected representatives in Congress work! Well, I checked it out. The average number of days Congress is in session since 2001 is only 138 days per year. That’s fewer than three days per week! It actually figures out to be one day in three. T…

INDIANAPOLIS — For many Hoosiers, last weekend presented a gut punch when we learned that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring at the tender age of 29.

My wife, in what has become an annual ritual, will skip having a birthday this year. But this is the time of year when I think it used to be, and it still seems I ought to write about it.

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The pumpkins are carved, bags of mini chocolate bars are stacking up and the neighbors lawn is covered with cobwebs and tombstones. Yes, it is once again Halloween season!