THE NATURALIZED MID-AMERICAN: Conference reveals simple solutions to sustainability
Last week I left home for two days to go to Bloomington for the winter conference of the Indiana Urban Forestry Council. Yes, there really is such a group, and no, you shouldn’t be surprised, because every profession and every industry now has such a group.
WHOLE FAMILY: Bright-idea people sometimes can’t take charge
Bright ideas! Ever known someone who seems to have them all the time? He or she is the kind of person serially declaring, “You should try this” or “That would make a good project” or, dreamily, “It’d be neat if we did this.”
GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: The ‘cruiser sandwich’ of parental church policing
Driving along, I felt it. There we were, sandwiched between two, one in front and one behind.
Why was it that the mere sight of a cruiser could strike instant guilt in a person’s heart, even if you were doing nothing wrong? Why was tapping one’s brakes an instinctive reaction for a law-abiding citizen like me?
WHOLE FAMILY: Why does your nurse seem to keep her distance?
Do not feel sorry for me when I tell you this. (After all, I do not feel sorry for myself about it.) I do not have very many friends. Really, I don’t. Oh, I have a lot of acquaintances, colleagues, even “fellows,” I suppose you’d say. But just a few people I’d consider “friends.”
SHADES OF GREEN: Fresh water contaminated by everyday chemicals
Our freshwater resources face multiple challenges ranging from overconsumption to various types of pollution.
Brides can do one-stop perusing at extravaganza
A Bridal Extravaganza will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne.
‘Average’ people can do amazing things when God wants
It was a rare occurrence. With every account caught up, I stood at the counter, mixing cookies.
Grinding oatmeal in the blender, I smiled, thinking of the boys’ delight. They’d be surprised, seeing the counters full, and they’d head straight for the milk.
WHOLE FAMILY: Handling miscarriages isn’t easy for mothers
According to the American Pregnancy Association, it happens in as many as 10 to 25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies. The baby doesn’t make it to 20 weeks, and the mother suffers a spontaneous abortion — a miscarriage.
NOT THAT YOU ASKED, BUT ...: Plenty of things to make you go ‘Hmmmmm’
I have an enquiring mind. That’s a good trait for a journalist/writer to have. It does help the interview process go smoother when you have questions to ask. It also helps in the creative writing process, too, as being inquisitive leads to researching which usually leads to more story ideas!
DIRT ON GARDENING: Will spring arrive early? Maybe yes, maybe no
According to Punxsutawney Phil we’re going to have an early spring, and that makes me somewhat happy. One surely wouldn’t know it from the likes of the freezing temperatures outside at this moment.
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