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Admit it, winter ‘snow days’ warm your heart

February 12, 2015

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The following column is a sneak peek of one appearing soon in Your Values magazine.   You know the routine when Old Man Winter knocks on our doors around this time of year. Middle-aged men haul out coughing and choking snowblowers, hurriedly crank, crank, cranking them into mid-winter health. Mothers rush into grocery stores buying […]

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Parents can’t bubble-wrap “fragile – handle with care” kids from life’s bumpy realities

February 7, 2015

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They’re called “free range parents.” Maybe you are one. In my younger parenting days, I was one, too, long before I knew about raising so-called free range kids. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, it’s back in the news thanks to a Maryland couple accused of being neglectful and irresponsible with their two young “free […]

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Senate Bill is a slippery slope into another muddied separation of church and state

February 7, 2015

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Indiana Senate Bill 127 is another glaring reminder that we live in a very conservative state, legislated for the most part by very conservative lawmakers. What bill? Read this sneak peek of my Sunday column and see if you agree that some faith-based state contractors should be allowed to discriminate in hiring based on religious […]

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Psychic weather predictions? Not quite, but….

February 5, 2015

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Our forecast calls for them to routinely predict the future I know that weathermen, um, meteorologists, um, atmospheric scientists, whatever, catch a lot of heat for not being able to correctly forecast each day’s weather with precision accuracy. But I can’t think of any other news department workers who are expected to PREDICT THE FUTURE. […]

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Lombardi’s timeless words: ‘Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.’

February 1, 2015

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Do you remember the time Ernie Banks recited the same belligerent line to dozens of reporters because he didn’t enjoy talking with media? Could you imagine Mr. Cub doing such a thing, even after his beloved 1969 team tragically tanked and missed the playoffs that fateful year? Neither could I. I couldn’t help but think […]

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Readers reminiscence about NWI’s dearly departed amenities

January 31, 2015

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Kiddieland in Schererville. Tolleston’s Dairy Maid. Wilco grocery store in Miller. Doyle’s Frozen Custard in Valparaiso. Glen Park Bakery in Gary. Celebration Station in Merrillville. Cruising up and down Broadway on Saturday nights. Do these ring a bell to you? In an earlier column, I noted AOL Money’s recent list of 25 things it wished […]

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Remembering my big brother, my only brother, Joe….

January 21, 2015

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I am pausing today to remember my big brother, my only brother, Joe, who passed away unexpectedly six years ago today. As anyone knows who has lost a loved one, their memory never entirely disappears amid the sands of time. It simply gets buried under the hustle and bustle of life until a special date […]

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