Informercials are everywhere on television and the Internet these days, and you’ve probably seen hundreds of them. A common format is to have a host interview an “expert” about the benefits of the product. In one such informercial, an expert touting a product to improve sexual performance ma…

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There will never be another Pat Keener. This dear friend of the Wolfsies passed away two weeks ago. Even if her name is not familiar to you, her lifelong dedication to the health of our state – indeed the country – should not be forgotten. Among a score of accomplishments, this dedicated ped…

In a twist worthy of director M. Night Shyamalan, his latest movie “Old” pulled an upset at the weekend box office, beating out “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” for the #1 spot. I’m glad this happened, as “Snake Eyes” was unoriginal franchise garbage that may prove detrimental to the career of…

Can anyone else believe that Christmas will be here in just a few short months? I, personally, am still not over last Christmas! Time really flies when you get older, that is one thing for certain. Whenever I think of Christmas, especially Christmas in July, I start thinking about traditiona…

The Body by Bill Bryson is subtitled “A Guide for Occupants.” I have wanted to read this book ever since it was published, but the length of the book made me keep putting it off. However, it was well worth the time spent with so much information, written with the style we would expect from B…

Did you know that most of my life I hated bacon? I literally could not stand the smell of it, the taste of it or even the looks of it. My brother, Damon, loves bacon, as does most all of my family, so when I would cook bacon, I would literally have to leave the house afterwards! I am not rea…

I enjoyed Before She Was Helen by Caroline Cooney for many reasons, not the least of which is that our protagonist is a senior citizen living in retirement community in South Carolina. Before she was Helen, she was Clemmie, who has many secrets. To her neighbors, she is a kind, elderly woman…

Watching “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” a question kept nagging me: Was “Space Jam” from 1996 this annoying? Both movies starred a professional basketball player who couldn’t act, both movies found a convoluted way to pair them up with the classic Looney Tunes characters in order to win a basket…

This the 10th anniversary of the most humiliating moment of my life. Even though a decade has passed, I am still looking for the man to whom I owe a long-overdue apology. If he is reading this, I’d like for him to contact me. It’s about time we let bygones be bygones.

You don’t have to look far to see examples of environmental degradation in America. Garbage litters our streets, erosion damages our land and waterways, and carbon emissions are an ever-present threat.

We’re barely a month out from the Colonial Pipeline hacking, perpetrated by the Russian-speaking hacking group DarkSide, which left thousands of Americans without gas, preventing many from accessing food or medicine. Not long after that was the attack on JBS, the world’s largest meat supplie…

Overdose rates are higher in areas where people live in poverty and even higher among people of color living in poverty. In the last decade in Maryland, the proportion of opioid-overdose deaths involving Black people has continually risen, while the proportion involving white people has decl…

Here’s a simple step – but not an easy one! – that President Joe Biden could take to fight vaccine hesitancy as it spreads across the U.S.: Enlist the support of former President Donald Trump.

We are blessed to have many brave men and women in law enforcement who choose to put their lives on the line each and every day to protect and serve our communities and state. This session, I was proud to vote in favor of several new initiatives to support our law enforcement officers across…

When was the last time you went to the Indiana Supreme Court’s website? When was the last time you just stumbled across a link on a government site and thought, “Oh! That’s about me!”

I’m gonna steal one out of Blaise Doubman’s book and share with you a recipe my boyfriend and I invented for an obnoxiously large pot of potato soup.

We are coming up on yet another anniversary of one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. July 20 marks the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, when for the first time, in the words of Shakespeare, man “slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.” …

A few weeks ago a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease hit the market. The FDA announced it had approved aducanumab marketed under the brand name Aduhelm by the biotech company Biogen. Predictably the Alzheimer’s Association, a patient advocacy group, hailed the news as a “victory for peopl…

This week I continue my look back at how I have wrestled with new technology over the past 20 years, and I’ll provide updates on my recent progress.

One Two Three by Laurie Frankel is the story of Bourne, a small town whose residents have literally been poisoned. Belsum, a company owned by the Templeton family, built a plant in Bourne after diverting the small river that runs through the town. Because they needed a water source at the fa…

My Grandma Barbra and I used to talk about trying to find the perfect salsa recipe. We tried for years to duplicate the salsa we loved at our favorite local Mexican restaurants but just could not find the right flavor combinations. My Aunt Rosemary was the closest in trying to help us on our…

I can’t believe it, but it’s that time. My internship here at the Shelbyville News is nearing its end. All of this started because I decided to shoot an email to our editor Travis and ask if there would be summer opportunities for me here, and boy were there plenty.

In Homer’s “Iliad,” the story of the war between the ancient Greeks and Trojans, the Greeks used a secret weapon, the Trojan horse, to vanquish their enemy at the close of a brutal 10-year conflict. In the battle against COVID-19, our own Trojan horse is vaccination.

When my eldest son started high school, our whole family looked forward to the new experiences he had ahead of him. Imagine our disappointment and concern when he told us that his first three weeks of high school had been marked by numerous invitations to vape with some of his new classmates.

Thank you, Simone Biles, for pulling me out of the funk I’d talked myself into over sports.

There are 23 total movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so this was definitely not an easy choice. I decided to rule out all Avenger movies as well as Captain America: Civil War because so many characters are involved that it can be challenging to compare what one hero can accomplish in …

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris covers a time period and circumstances that I have rarely read about in fiction. The Civil War has ended and men are straggling home, some of them having deserted. Slaves have been freed, but now they and their previous owners are trying to find their …

Whenever I visit my doctor’s office, I have to fill out paperwork. But now, with Obamacare and the Pandemic, things have gotten complicated. The staff starts by confirming that my insurance hasn’t changed, which I think is just medical jargon for: “Has your coverage been dropped?” Before my …

Although Republicans recoiled when President Joe Biden unveiled his sweeping infrastructure plan in March, a bipartisan group of senators has thrown its support behind one of the less conventional ideas in the package: making a massive investment in broadband networks.

Independence Day with all the red, white, and blue has reached completion. Now, all that is remaining are the red, white, and blue sale items. The urge to save the many red geraniums remaining on the outdoor “sale-item” shelves is calling my name. Geraniums are also known by their botanical …

A couple of years ago, I attended a workshop on church renewal here in the area. During the course of the presentation, the main speaker asked those in attendance if their churches were still singing gospel music on Sundays. One rather elderly man, a pastor at a church, raised his hand. “The…

Back in 2017, we were introduced top Ted Templeton aka The Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin). The character, an infant with a personality somewhere between Baldwin’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” character and his Donald Trump impression, was a fictionalized version of the younger brother of narrator Tim Tem…

I have always loved making and serving cakes in the summer months that center around a particular fruit. Strawberry cake, blueberry cake or even apricot cake, are all big hits around my house during the summer months. There is something about serving some type of fruit flavored dessert in th…

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision reversing Bill Cosby’s conviction reminds us that even those who commit despicable crimes are protected by the Constitution. The Pennsylvania court’s ruling is disturbing in allowing Cosby to go free notwithstanding his sexual assault convictions, bu…

Many technological advances in the world have stumped me over the past couple of decades. In each of the next few weeks, I will revisit some of the columns I wrote in the last 22 years where I shared my frustrations and will update you on how my techy skills have improved … or not.

As we prepare to celebrate another Independence Day this weekend, it’s a good time to think about how God figures into our political landscape. Our current climate seems to be one of extremes, with people believing that our politics should be either completely guided by Christian principles …

Next to home ownership, the cost of college is one of the biggest investments for Americans. People are either trying to pay for college for their children or they are trying to attend college themselves. It is the crux of why many are questioning the value of a college degree. When calculat…

Spring has officially come and gone for 2021. Summer blooms are filling the air with color and fragrances; hopefully luring the pollinators that we talked about last week. Summer focus is on maintenance. You want to keep your flowers blooming, insect damage at bay, veggies producing, grass g…