Normally, I’m a rather calm, cool and collected person. Actually, my creditors trying to collect things from me, mostly money, are responsible for this and I have been officially collected. If I could only collect my thoughts, but the pieces are too small and too few.

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As we get the New Year started, it’s time to start thinking about what could be the most important resolution any of us could make. It’s time to start thinking about taking better care of ourselves this year. Physical health becomes even more important as time passes. Suffering from aches an…

Bernie Sanders is rising, and conventional wisdom is that a Democratic nomination of the Vermont Democratic socialist will play right into President Trump’s reelection wheelhouse. But look back to the faint echoes of 2016 here in the Hoosier State, and polling this week from Morning Consult …

Even though the holidays are officially over, I want to share with you an experience that deserves mention. On December 7th, Connie and I heard the Christmas Concert given by The Rush County Chorale. It was held at St. Mary Catholic Church. The concert also included a brass ensemble and feat…

It’s a good thing I’m a huge fan of the comic “Zits,” or I might not have reacted to a recent installment of the strip with a superlative level of calm and equanimity that’s hard to find these days (I’m talking about the kind of maturity and wisdom that’s utterly extinct in some places, like…

As I work with clients in preparation for downsizing, one of the most common things we come across are boxes of old postcards.

One of the frustrating things about living in Indiana is that we frequently have little voice in the selection of presidential candidates.

After months of planning and rearranging our schedule, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage finally organized a little vacation time for Christmas.

Since 1999 I’ve done an annual exercise, the Howey Politics Indiana Power 50 List, and this year’s version finds Vice President Mike Pence, Gov. Eric Holcomb and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at the top.

We’ve long been aware of the dangers of smoking — over 11,000 Hoosiers die each year — but vaping’s health consequences are becoming more apparent: four Indiana deaths from vaping have been among the 54 nationwide, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As longtime readers know, I’m the kind of person who doesn’t really mind, as the wise philosopher Poombah once said, “putting my behind in the past.” This palest of pale rationales is all you’re gonna get as I give myself permission to climb into my Way-Way-Back Machine and regale you with y…

The new year is here and what better time to refresh you home, and your spirit, than by giving your surroundings a “facelift”? Not a complete make-over, but a reset and refresh! If you are like me, you find these cold winter days the perfect time for indoor projects. Where do you start? Here…

This is my first column of a new year and a new decade. At the beginning of each year I usually devote my first column to a little prognosticating about what the New Year might hold in store. If the past year is any indication of what 2020 will be like, I think it’s pretty safe to say that i…

Since House Democrats impeached President Trump on a mostly party line vote late last month, I’ve been pretty outspoken that his future should be determined by the voters at the ballot box in November. A historic first censure of a president should become a viable option.

The Christmas frenzy is over, and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly are sitting back surveying our Christmas plunder. Only a few days ago, the house was ablaze with Christmas lights, and the rafters were echoing with Christmas delight. Now, much to my delight, quietness …

This is one of those rare occasions when my weekly column appears on New Year’s Eve. As a matter of fact, I don’t recall the last time this sort of thing happened, but I’m going to take advantage of it anyway. New Year’s Eve is one of those special days we all use to mark the closing of one …

If you’ve watched as many college bowl games as I have this year – I’m aiming for all 40 of them! – I hope you’ve captured – and will share with me – any trenchant observations by the announcers?

After a year of political division ending with the impeachment of President Trump, next year's election promises to be a political war in the making.

Styles of jewelry go in and out of vogue. The geometric rhinestone creations of the 1930s, the teardrop earrings of the 1950s, and 1970s love beads have all come and gone. But one piece of jewelry has endured for centuries. Valued by many as a family heirloom and elevated by some to the leve…

One great blessing of Christmas is presents. Of course, at my age, I am not too interested in what I am getting but rather what I am giving.

Of the many diversions we enjoyed on our trip out west to Way WAY-Away University, bowling was not among them. But this is the time of year when I just can’t resist going bowling! – college football bowling!

Tonight is Christmas Eve! It’s the day when the hearts of children are filled with excitement and anticipation about the arrival of Santa Claus. Most of us remember the wonderful poem written in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” According to Wikipedia, “Clement Clark…

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch continued on their historic reelection arc as the Indiana Republican ticket is poised to report a year-end balance of $8.35 million in combined funds.

We’ve heard a lot lately about the angry Democrats who hate the president so much they’re trying to drive him from office.

The gifts are gone from under the tree, there is scarcely enough ham left to make a pot of soup, and you now realize that you should have asked Santa for a new bathroom scale because the old one is weighing five pounds heavier that it did last month. Yes, Christmas 2019 is officially over an…

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who leads the Senate Judiciary Committee, has already made up his mind on the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.

It is believed that the first official “Christmas card” was the joint effort of two Englishmen, artist John Horsley and postal worker Henry Cole. Their three paneled card featured a center panel depicting three generations of a family raising their glasses in a holiday toast and two side pan…

If you’ve been reading the last several columns, you may be wondering if we EVER get No. 4 son back to Way WAY-Away University. We do, we do, but not before we enjoyed the delights of Yellowstone National Park.

As difficult as it may be to believe, Christmas is just a week from Wednesday – just one day over a week from now! In any case, it’s a wonderful time of year! There’s so much going on, so much to do, and so much to get ready for in anticipation of the big day! Presents to buy and wrap, looki…

“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded now lives in you also.”—2 Timothy 1:15

INDIANAPOLIS – Last Sept. 19 in my publication Howey Politics Indiana, I wrote the cover story “Double Dog Impeachment Dare.” It came just as the whistleblower had surfaced, flagging President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky. There were 146 Democrats (including Ind…

There are those Christmas traditions that we automatically repeat year after year, just like out mother's before us and their mothers before them. But, did you ever wonder where these traditions got their start?

INDIANAPOLIS – To use a well-worn-political phrase, is timing is everything. That may have prompted the latest change of the Republican guard at the Indiana Statehouse this past week where we saw State Rep. Todd Huston of Fishers take the House speaker’s gavel by acclamation from one of the …

When I was about twelve years old, I think my grandfather had enough of his sisters’ overindulgence of his grandson, me! I had been spared a lot of life experiences that were common-place among boys about to embark on their teenage years. So, one Saturday afternoon my grandfather and I were …

Between Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which is perched on the western edges of North Dakota, and Yellowstone National Park, which is perched on the western edges of Wyoming, as well as the western edges of my “Where would I rather be?” thoughts when I’m doing something boring. . .sigh. . .

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.

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.

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 …

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Billie Nell Leffler was born in Greensburg on May 16, 1940. Graveside rites will be held at Moscow Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020. Arrangements have been entrusted to Burns Funeral Home in Milroy.

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