As students at The University of Massachusetts in the early 1940's, they were inseparable. Unlike many of their classmates who were focused on football and frat parties, the Howard brothers and their best friend A Grant Holt spent their college days planning and dreaming of the ceramics busi…

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Not long ago – some of you may remember – New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the detention centers along our southern border are “concentration camps.” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has once again demonstrated how little she knows about lots of things, not the least of which are the re…

Recently the wife and I have been serving as substitutes in a Team Trivia “league,” helping out the team that our friends Caroline and Charlie belong to.

INDIANAPOLIS — “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to pinpoint a single event that changed the world? One, obviously, was the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but one could argue that Lincoln’s murder didn’t really change the world. It clearly changed the history of this country, however. Who can say …

From the talkies of the early 1920s to the Disney classics of the mid-20th century, movie posters are a top collectible for 2019. Recognized as both a collectible and a legitimate art form, sales are trending upwards with savvy millennials who see their investment potential.

It has been fascinating to watch Mike and Karen Pence orchestrate his ascension onto the national stage. It has been a meticulous crusade of control. As a congressman and governor of Indiana, Mike Pence rarely strayed from a tight set of talking points. His inner circle is constricted, calcu…

It is not that I do not like to travel; I just don’t like to leave home. I am quite comfortable at home where I have everything I need within easy reach.

It’s occurred to me, and perhaps to you as well, that all I’ve written about for weeks on end have been my travels this year, to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Disney World. However, I have yet to take a true “summer vacation” in 2019.

“Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord: keep watch over the door of my lips.”—Psalms 141:3 (NIV)

American tole ware stands as a bright and colorful tribute to the art and craftsmanship of the 19th Century. With a sheet of thin steel the artists of the early 1800s created art in the spirit of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Their wares have a great cross-over appeal in the world of collecting be…

I just discovered a very interesting publication called the “Congressional Pig Book.” It is published by an organization called Citizens Against Government Waste. The Congressional Pig Book contains “pork” projects that are line items in an appropriation bill that designate tax dollars for a…

INDIANAPOLIS - Perhaps on Tuesday, Aug. 20, we’ll find private citizen Dan Coats at Wrigley Field, taking in the Cubs-Giants game. Or, perhaps, he’ll wait for that day game on Aug. 23 against the Washington Nationals.

My wife has suggested that maybe I should stop sitting around mooning, which I do during the day, and daydreaming, which is how I spend my nights, about our holiday vacation to Disneyland.

When I first wrote about Pyrex five years ago I thought it would have its “day in the sun” and quickly return to the oblivion from which it came. Not so! It is is still going strong and if I had to name the number one vintage collectible for 2019, it would undoubtedly be Pyrex..

Not long ago I was reading an article in the paper about a recent wedding. I noticed that there were several bridesmaids and I started wondering about the origin of that term – bridesmaid. It’s a common term associated with weddings, but how did it come about? So, I started doing a little re…

BALTIMORE - There were no bombshells. There were no declarations of a “cancer on the presidency” that we heard with President Nixon during Watergate. If, somehow, some way an impeachment of President Trump clears the U.S. House sometime between now and the November 2020 election, there is ze…

One thing Robert Mueller made clear during his congressional testimony is that the Russians intend to keep meddling in our elections.

As we witness an event, what each of us sees depends upon our point of view or reference point. On Saturday, I witnessed an event through my eyes as Dad.

I do not consider myself lazy. I think of myself as an Energy Conservative. I am saving my energy for sometime down the road when I may need it, and who knows when.

This is turning out to be a disheartening summer when it comes to race relations in our country.

I had a nice moment with the wife this week. She said that, while reading my column last week about our vacation to Disney, she thought my writing was getting a lot better. But then she said she realized that all the good stuff in the column came from the “imagineers” who work for Disney World.

Thinking of myself as a sort-of military history buff, there’s something that has perplexed me for some time. During WWII there was a very clever device invented that was called a “flail” tank. The flail was made up of heavy chains that ended with a steel ball about the size of a softball at…

With the final shells fired, the Rush County Chamber of Commerce wrapped up another Rush County Fourth of July celebration. As a citizen and a volunteer for the fireworks show, I could not be more proud of the Rush County community. The weather was terrific. The Rushville Breakfast Optimist …

If you type Mitch McConnell’s name into a Google search, one of the first items that comes up is a link to a campaign donation site for the woman who hopes to oust him from the U.S. Senate.

It was one of those weeks when the more I completed, the more I had to do. These are not my favorite kind of weeks. So frustrating.

“David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might . . .”—2 Samuel 6:14; “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.”—Psalm 30:11 (NIV)

Collected by their designer, era of production, or for their aesthetic appeal, perfume bottles are one of the few forms of “glassware” that continue to hold strong in today’s soft market. Incredibly enough, while they can be extremely pricey, they can also be unearthed digging through box lo…

Today is the 9th of July. Throughout history there have been lots of July 8ths. Have you ever wondered what happened in the past on this date? Not just last year or the year before that, but hundreds of July 9s ago. I found a very informative web site called, interestingly enough, “On This D…

INDIANAPOLIS - By 2020, Indiana may become the so-called “middle finger” of Midwestern marijuana prohibition. Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational weed last month, joining Michigan. It’s on the ballot again in Ohio this November and likely to pass.

Now that summer is upon us, we can turn our back on those frosty days of winter. I like winter as long as it is in the past tense. Otherwise, all that cold tenses me up something terrific. Now that summer is upon me, I can sit back, relax and enjoy those crazy, lazy days of summer.

We charge you, King George, with “a long train of abuses” designed to “establish an absolute tyranny over these states.” Our 1776 Declaration of Independence was also a Declaration of Defiance, detailing the high crimes and misdemeanors of a tyrannical despot. The king was accused of “obstru…

For more than two hundred years the American flag has served as the symbol of our nation’s strength and an inspiration to millions. The beauty of the flag has been regaled in poetry and song. It is displayed on more homes and professional buildings than any other flag in the world, and I rec…

This week, I want to tip my cap to some unsung heroes in education; special education teachers. I have a soft spot in my heart for the men and women who choose this extremely challenging branch of the teaching profession. I don't think enough people really appreciate how much is put on these…

During all those many weeks that I recounted my trip to Asia in these columns – a trip that lasted only a couple weeks – I’ve been asked what the heck else has been happening in my world by a surprising number of people. That surprising number is zero. Not even my mom.

Every presidential campaign contains a share of pandering drivel. One idea that currently fits that bill is the idea of canceling the roughly $1.6 trillion of outstanding college debt. I will explain why this is a bad idea, and outline some of the real problems underlying college costs. Howe…

It occurred to me the other day that my natural tendency is to write about the background and significance of national holidays – like last month’s column about Memorial Day. With the 4th of July, or Independence Day, coming up I thought I would research some little known facts about the hol…

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Donald R. Jarboe, 80, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. Don was born April 19, 1939, to the late William and Lottie Mae (Gribbons) Jarboe. Don was a graduate of Rushville high School and after graduation, he played football for Calinga College in Ca…