RAPID CITY, S.D. - Just months after he was vanquished in the 1940 election by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Wendell Willkie became his emissary, traveling the world on his behalf in a show of American unity during World War II. At Teheran, he gave the Shah of Iran his first airplane ride…

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I don’t know how many boomers out there want to (or CAN) remember 1967 and its big “Summer of Love” thing. Well, here comes another groovy memory-jogger: June 16-18 is the 52nd anniversary of the famous Monterey (California) International Pop Music Festival, widely considered the most impres…

This week I’m going to tackle a very difficult subject to understand – The Electoral College. Most people, I think, assume that presidential elections are decided by whoever wins the popular vote becomes the president. The truth of the matter is that when we cast our votes for president we’r…

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I arrived home from our vacation late Tuesday afternoon.

Beautiful stained glass windows graced the homes of the affluent in mid-1800’s America. Revered as an art form, they stood as a symbol of wealth and prominence well into the 20th Century. But as we moved into the into the post-war years of the late 1940’s these once cherished works of art we…

True story here: a long time ago, a young woman from Cincinnati daydreams of growing up and meeting a nice man, getting married, learning to cook, having two children, etc. etc.

Did you know that in New York, Washington and California we’re called “fly-over people”? As the author, Robert M. Leich, put it in his novel, Not My Father’s War, “Inhabitants of the East Coast think that the Great Plains start somewhere just outside of Philadelphia and have only heard of Ch…

IOWA CITY - If you had to conjure a living version of the word “improbable,” look no further than South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. When he launched his presidential exploratory effort in January, even some Hoosier Democrats thought he was overly ambitious.

I’m not one who gets excited about holidays. If up to me there would be one holiday per month, and that’s it.

“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”—2 Corinthians 5:1 (NIV)

During the 2019 legislative session, I authored Senate Enrolled Act 460 to address the growing disparity among rural communities and their urban and suburban counterparts. SEA 460 establishes a rural broadband grant program to ensure that unserved and underserved communities have access to a…

Every year, around this time, I write about my mom, because of Mother’s Day and her birthday, which aren’t far apart. This always causes her to do a lot of “Aw, shucks”-ing, because my mother is at the very front of the line of People Who Would NEVER Call Attention To Themselves.

Did you know that once, very long ago, there were at least two species of humans? Neanderthals were one species and Homo sapiens (ancestors of modern man) were the other. That means that at one time there were at least two types of humans on this planet. The differences are explained in one …

In rare public remarks this week, special counsel Robert Mueller made clear that his report had not exonerated President Donald J. Trump.

One pleasure the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and myself enjoy is going out for a quiet dinner together. It does not happen often, at least not often enough. When it does, it is always a delightful time and we try to take advantage of it.

Have I ever mentioned that traipsing around Southeast Asia with my No. 1 son was an all-around awesome adventure (ah! – and, additionally, alliteratively auspicious!)? Well, I’m ready to stop reminiscing about it and start paying attention to my real day-to-day life again. Except for one mor…

Less than a year from the 2020 gubernatorial primary, Hoosiers find Gov. Eric Holcomb in a historically strong position for reelection, while the anemic Democratic Party may be on the brink of a new wave of aspirants.

Memorial Day was yesterday. Other than having a day off, I wonder how many people bothered to reflect on the meaning of the day. I also wonder how many people know the history of Memorial Day and how it came to be. About this time every May I write my column about the origins, meaning, and s…

Content as we may be to curl up with our favorite blanket and a good book from October through March, let the temperature creep up above 70 degrees and we who love junking’ are out the door.

As circumstance would have it, and I like to give circumstances due credit, I was visiting my grandchildren without the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage.

My son majored in oceanography in college, studying the geography of . . . anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Why, the answer, of course, is he learnt all about oceanographs! Whatever those are. Then he got a Masters Degree in Marine Geology. So he likes rocks and sediments and suchlike.

Have you ever stopped to think how much daily life has changed since, oh, the local courthouse was built? Waiting for an inspiration the other day, I was idly looking out my office window and noticed a guy walking down the sidewalk wearing a golf shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes. Can you imag…

INDIANAPOLIS - On a gloriously warm and sunny afternoon, the people of Indiana and the family handed Richard Green Lugar to his maker and into the pantheon of Senate statesmen.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren describes Alabama’s new abortion law as “dangerous and exceptionally cruel.”

Like many people, I try planning and arranging my week so I can accomplish as much as possible.

One of today’s most popular forms of collectible glassware is often one of the most misunderstood.

Last week I regaled you with the legacies of the Senate lions, the late Birch Bayh and Richard Lugar. Their passing occurred just months after Indiana’s newest senator, Republican Mike Braun, followed in their giant footsteps.

To maximize our immersion into Hong Kong on the last leg of his month-long sabbatical, No. 1 son and I went both high and low.

I subscribe to a monthly publication called “Harvard Men’s Health Watch” published by the Harvard Medical School. It contains lots of good information about the latest medical developments that should be of particular interest to males. The latest edition for this month features a lead story…

In our world today, it is difficult to find anything good, let alone anything good to say about anything or anyone.

Each Spring I start my evening walks. Living in an old historic neighborhood affords me the luxury of viewing incredible architecture, beautiful homes and gardens filled with every imaginable type of flower and foliage. Yet, the thing I look forward to the most are the treasures to be found …

On our second day in Hong Kong, No. 1 son and I indulged our interest in nature. More accurately, he over-indulged my interest in birds, by joining me for an excursion to the Mai Po Nature Reserve.

INDIANAPOLIS — History is fascinating because of the ironies produced. Man declares the first unsinkable ship will be built, and it plunges to the Atlantic floor on its maiden crossing. Or this, on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson who wrote the docume…

Here’s a story recently sent to me by a friend. While I can’t verify the validity of the story, the message it contains is still worth reading.

As a young boy, my father tried drilling into my brain that laziness was not acceptable in his house. If I wanted to be lazy, I had to go outside. He provided a wonderful role model for me because if my father was anything, he was not lazy. He tried to encourage me not to be lazy.

Last fall, when No. 1 son and I were talking about where we’d like to go in Southeast Asia, most of my suggestions were natural in nature. That is, I floated ideas that would have us doing outdoorsy things in the outdoors.

In the fall of 1927 John Frank left his home town of Chicago to accept a position at the University of Oklahoma as a professor of art and pottery. It had been his life long dream to be a college professor, but fate was about to step in.

Some things in our society are simply disappearing. Like the Studebaker Lark. Space Food Sticks. RadioShack. Blockbuster. And, of course, Hoosier Democratic county commissioners and gubernatorial contenders.

I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading lately on whether or not the Quran promotes peace or hatred. Unfortunately, whether it does or not depends on what you happen to be reading. First, however, it might be useful to have a basic understanding of exactly what the Quran is. Here is the for…

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Obituaries

Darlena Fay McQueen, 77, of Greensburg died June 15, 2019. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Burns Funeral Home, Milroy Visitation 12:30 - 2 p.m. prior to the service.

Joyce E. Karns, 73 of Avon passed away on June 14, 2019. She was born November 18, 1945 to Vera and Graydon McFatridge in Rushville. She graduated from Rushville High School and attended Hanover College. From there she received her Master's degree in Library Science from Indiana University. …