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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:05 PM

    I learned something last week about an agreement that protects historic bridges in Indiana, such as the covered bridge in Darlington, which was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 28, 1990, and the covered bridge in Deer’s Mill, which is “eligible for the National Register of Historic Places,” according to

    It was while reporting (researching) a story about the historic bridge over Eel Creek at Bowling Green that I learned a bridge that is on the National Register of Historic Places cannot be moved without the agreement of the Indiana State Historic Preservation Officer and the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation of the State of Indiana. 

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:55 PM

    Many of us remember the TV commercials starring Orville Redenbacher. He was always seen in his striped shirt and bowtie.

    “Hi, I’m Orville Redenbacher from Valparaiso, Indiana,” he would say.

    That line rankled some folks who knew he was born in Brazil, Indiana, a town that had a Popcorn Festival dedicated to his memory each fall.

    For the past several months I have been corresponding with one of his grandsons, Kevin R. Fish, an author who contributed to “Indiana’s 200,” to be published by the Indiana Historical Society in November.

    In one of our exchanges, Kevin wrote the following and gave me permission to make liberal use of it in this column:

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 8:45 PM

    The headline called it a "fiery crash" and a few people expressed their outrage that a newspaper would put photos of a burning car and firefighters working to rescue a person from his wrecked truck (the person in the truck could not be seen in the photo).

    Meanwhile, nearly 3,000 people looked at the photos, following the link from the newspaper's Facebook page to the newspaper's website.

    That raises the question (to paraphrase a line from a "Star Trek" move), "Do the desires of the few outweigh the desires of the many?"

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 11:05 PM

    One of the things my fellow Rotarians remember about me is that I used to ride a motor scooter to the meetings and all over town and much of the county, in fact.

    "Still have your scooter?" is a question I am asked from time to time. I can never tell if it's asked out of curiosity, derision or envy.

    Yes, I still have it but when I started working out of the county several years ago, it stayed in the garage. Occasionally, like twice in the past eight years, I would start it up and go for a spin down our county road.

    I remember the last time I spoke with Jim Dressler, a retired newspaper editor who was so good to me.

    "You had a lot of fun on that scooter, didn't you?" he asked.

    I did. 

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:32 PM

    It was a really big piece of ash. It was still glowing a dull orange color when it floated down to a few yards in front of our car. It landed exactly where we had been sitting on a blanket just a few minutes before.

    Mom, Dad and I had attended the fireworks show in a nearby town when for some reason — it was probably windy and a little chilly — and we had retreated to our car to watch the rest of the show.

    For some reason we had been able to park close to the area roped off for the viewers’ safety.

    Oops. The ropes should have been back about 6 feet further.

    This is the time of year when we sing about “the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air . . . ” even if we do not do so any other time.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 7:26 PM

    After a few decades on this planet, I am surprised that I have not yet come to terms with talking about my faith, what I believe deep down inside.

    Oh, if you ask me, I can give a reason for my faith, but I don't like to talk about what I do about my faith.

    Some people are rather glib when talking about what they do at their church. I am not.

    It's not that I am ashamed of my faith or my church. Quite the opposite. I'm thankful the Lord found me and I'm thankful I found our church.

    I think it has more to do with an honest humility about who I am compared with Who God Is. 

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:35 PM

    Ahh, summer, the season of sunshine, warm breezes, lots of ice cream and festivals!

    Yes, the community festival season is upon us. There are more than 600 festivals held in our state each year, according to the Indiana Festival Association. So, if you missed one, there are plenty more to enjoy this summer.

    Why go to Indiana’s festivals (don’t forget the county fairs and the Indiana State Fair)?

    There are more reasons than you can shake a buttered ear of sweet corn at (one of my favorites.)

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015 7:21 PM

    Everyone needs to write.

    Not everyone will be the next famous writer. Not everyone will pass high school English but for your family’s sake, you need to write.

    It’s important you tell your family, your children, your grandchildren, about your life. It’s important to them. If you don’t want to write, try dictating stories that you remember into a recorder. Most cell phones have the ability to record sound, and if you have a phone you don’t mind talking into it, do you?

    Today I visited in the home of a 90 year old lady who recently made a very generous donation to a local non-profit group. 

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015 9:56 PM

    It's good to say, "Yes!" when the request matches your priorities and abilities.

    This is the third and last in this series of columns about priorities.

    We’ve talked about the importance of realizing your limits when it comes to authority, talents and priorities.

    It’s also good to say “yes” without being asked sometimes.

    How’s that?


  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:22 PM

    Last time in this column we talked about saying, "I don't know" if we really don't know. It's also OK to say no when a request doesn't fit in with your priorities.

    What the heck does that mean?

    I think I'm getting a grasp. It's about organization.

    We can try to do everything. That's a common desire of youth. I recently heard students who were in the top 10 of their graduating class talk about their student activities. Many were in a number of clubs and on sports teams in high school.

    One said, "I think I have been in other clubs, but that's all I can remember." 


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