Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can sit back and recoup from the activity. I’m not sure about anybody else, but a holiday such as Thanksgiving takes a lot out of me. Of course, it puts a lot in me, but that’s another story.

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More tales from the trail westward, transporting No. 4 son to Way WAY-Away University.

I wonder how many people know what’s special about this coming Saturday, the seventh day of December. Well, 78 years ago, on a Sunday morning, at about 7:48 a.m. the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was this single event t…

INDIANAPOLIS – The spook’s eyes at the Londonskaya Hotel bar burned holes in me. Every time I glanced in his direction they were trained on me. I had entered Odessa, Ukraine as part of the last hurrah of Sen. Richard Lugar’s old Republican internationalist order in this pre-partitioned nation.

I remember a time when Christmas shopping meant scouring the malls and shops for “just the right gift” for friends and family. Painstaking hours were spent wrapping presents and topping them with bows and tiny adornments, creating a mass of small works of art under the tree. So, when did Chr…

As a child, my favorite holiday was Christmas, second only to my birthday. These holidays were important because of the gifts I received. Oh, did I look forward to those holidays and all the presents I was going to delight in. And delight, I certainly did to the extreme.

When I was young, the beginning of December meant the arrival of Saint Nicholas Day. In Belgium, we celebrated it on Dec. 6 by putting out our shoes at the bottom of the staircase the night before and leaving a carrot for St. Nicholas’ donkey. I didn’t yet know about reindeer. The bigger production, though, was at school. We were often dismissed from our classroom so we could go meet St. Nicholas in the big gymnasium. He was dressed in his Catholic finery: a bright white cassock, draped with a red stole, a bright red velvet cloak tied at the neck with golden ribbons, a miter on his head embellished with a golden cross, spotless white gloves, large shiny gold rings on several fingers and a staff of gold in his hand. He always had silky white hair and a long beard and when he saw him, we school children all involuntarily gasped. We felt a mix of awe, saintliness and excitement.

Thanksgiving is only two days away! My, how time flies! It seems like it was summer just a couple of weeks ago. Be that as it may, one of the best-loved holidays will be here in a couple of days. This year, rather than write about the history of Thanksgiving, or how it’s a time for families …

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff insists the Ukraine scandal is far more serious than the “third-rate burglary” that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon more than 45 years ago.

The problem with being me – well, one of the problems – is my easy distractability. That is, I get distracted. (I don’t think I distract others. Unless they realize after reading my column that they’ve just wasted a good five minutes distracted by my blather.)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Christmas holiday is fast approaching and with it the beautifully decorated trees of the season.

During the holiday season, we may find many settings where both food and conversation are plentiful. Gathering for meals and interactions with family members, especially those with differing opinions, can be wonderful opportunities to teach our kids the value of connectedness.

I cannot express how ecstatic I was when someone gave me a coupon for a free donut. Normally, I am not overly excited about “free.”

About a month ago I wrote a column about how words and phrases come into and go out of style from one generation to the next and how unlikely it would be for William Shakespeare to understand much of today’s English – despite the fact that Shakespeare lived in the 16th century and is still w…

INDIANAPOLIS – I’m tired of what’s his face, you know, the guy with the orange hair who lives in a White House in Washington sucking the oxygen out of everything. They’re trying to get rid of Mr. Orange Pushup with impeachment proceedings this week, and I’d rather write about anything else.

When news broke that a key adviser to President Donald J. Trump was a white nationalist, conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg captured the reaction of many Americans.

A couple weeks ago, I shared a bit about a cross-country road trip with No. 4 son and the wife, to deposit No. 4, and a vehicle for him to use, back at Way WAY-Away University in Washington. I hope you didn’t think that your faithful cockeyed columnist would write only one measly column abou…

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While that may be true in some areas of life, in collecting it has been my experience that falling prey to imitation is one sure way to end up with buyers remorse. Reproductions, revivals and fakes abound. Sometimes this is a pitfa…

My, oh my, how things have developed since I first wrote about the Red for Ed Action Day event back on Oct. 28.

I will not admit to being old, but I am older than I was 10 years ago. Those 10 years have been filled with all kinds of things helping me to get older.

Who knows what yesterday was? At 11:00 a.m. of the eleventh day of the eleventh month it was the 101st anniversary of the end of the First World War. Of the more than sixty-eight million men from all nations who took part in the war, none remain alive to tell about their experiences. The war…

INDIANAPOLIS – It would be trite to say the 2019 municipal elections were status quo, not with 17 defeated incumbents. But there are solid trend lines: Democrats dominated in the big cities, coasting to wins in Indianapolis by Joe Hogsett and Fort Wayne by Tom Henry and picking up council se…

I’ve made a regular habit of being self-centered in these weekly columns, writing about me me me, or things that happen to me me me, or trivial things that interest me me me. Not this column.

“You’re never to old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child”....Dr Suess.

A few weeks ago I was in Bloomington and had the opportunity to take a tour of the School of Informatics. The full name is the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. I am not ashamed to tell you I have no idea what informatics is. There was no School of Informatics when I was an …

It may be one of the most common gifts a man gives to his son. Perhaps it is not even so much a gift, as a rite of passage, a way of saying “now you are a man.” I remember when my husband gave our son his first pocket knife on his twelfth birthday. “This Case knife was carried by my dad, and…

I’ve been thinking about how many Veterans Days my dad observed as a veteran. Technically, since November 11 became officially named “Veterans Day” in June, 1954, it would be 56 days. But weren’t there thousands of ordinary days that he, not to mention my mom, siblings, and me, celebrated in…

Patented by British potter Charles James Mason in 1813 and heralded currently by HGTV as one of the top decorating ideas of 2019, ironstone is back in the spotlight as one of today's most sought after collectibles.

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” –Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (KJV)

You may recall that, in autumn 2017, I devoted a few columns to blabbering about the cross-country road trip No. 4 son and I took to get him to college. He matriculated to a school we’ll call WWU, which stands for Way WAY-away University.

One of the ways visitors judge a new community is by looking at the little things. Driving along Main Street the overall impression also matters; are the houses well-kept, are the lawns mowed, is the overall streetscape attractive? All those things matter. If the community is appealing enoug…

NASHVILLE – There have been three presidents with vivid Indiana ties. William Henry Harrison won the battle of Tippecanoe and served as a territorial governor. Abraham Lincoln moved to Spencer County as a boy within days of Indiana’s statehood in 1816 and became a man on the prairie, as poet…

At my stage in life, I have experienced a gazillion weeks. I thought about actually counting how many weeks I have lived, but I don’t have that many fingers or toes. It doesn’t matter how many weeks it is.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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Clarence Schrock, 84, passed away November 25, 2019,at Sarasota Fla. Born Jan. 2 1935, leaves behind wife May Schrock, 4 Sons , Dewayne, Devon, Lavern,and Norman; 2 daughters, Darlene Keim, LeEtta Wagler. Lived in Rush county 40 years, also lived in Sarasota in winter months. Burial in Locus…