The Motion of the Body through Space by Lionel Shriver is a fascinating story of a marriage as a couple, Remington and Serenata, age and encounter significant life changes. Remington has lost his job at a point in his life that he would be considering retirement. Serenata is still working an…

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You may have heard someone say, or even thought it yourself, that this pandemic we are going through is God’s punishment against the wicked. We heard the same thing during Hurricane Katrina, that it was God’s punishment against New Orleans, and the same things were said about the AIDS virus,…

The “normal” economy of 2019 is our launching pad for the post-pandemic world. We’ll be able to measure changes with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on wages for 725 occupations in each of the 50 states.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who headed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under President Donald Trump until 2019, was one of the first experts to call out the slow development of COVID-19 testing in the United States.

The Purdue Extension Master Gardeners of Shelby County is here! Our mission is to work with the Shelby County community to expand the horticulture knowledge of its residents. Purdue Master Gardeners have successfully completed the 12-week intensive classroom program sponsored through Purdue …

Every so often, I develop a recipe that I absolutely love and then find myself re-developing that recipe and creating an even better version. Now, it does not happen very often, because before I share a recipe with anyone, either on my website or here in my column, I make sure the recipe is …

My brother-in-law Tom gave me a generous gift for Christmas, an Apple Watch Series 5. Tom is a techie kind of guy. He once worked at an Apple Genius Bar and got a promotion for thinking on the job. I once worked at a bar and was fired for drinking on the job.

When he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden knew if he won the election, he would be facing enormous challenges: curbing a deadly pandemic, reviving a struggling economy, alleviating the hardship of jobless workers, combating racial injustice and restoring the world’s …

On Jan. 6 and 7, for the 59th time in our representative democracy’s history, Congress counted and accepted the Electoral College vote, making Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States. This was despite a relentless and unprecedented effort by the sitting president and his allies, wh…

Here is a proposal to help bring us back together after this week’s bizarre inauguration. It involves restraint and precision in the use of our words, something that George Orwell encouraged in his “Politics and the English Language.”

The United States is under serious threat of a terror attack from within. That statement is not panic or hyperbole but is based in the very real attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 and messages monitored by federal law enforcement and security officials about follow-up actions contemplated for t…

As a retired nurse, I have advocated for statewide health and well-being throughout my tenure as a state senator. The COVID-19 pandemic has been detrimental to the mental health of many people throughout the state, but programs like the Be Well Crisis Helpline serve as excellent resources fo…

In the next few columns we’re going to address one of the most pressing and persistent issues in our world –suffering. A global pandemic has now killed millions of people. In another part of a world, a typhoon kills tens of thousands. Closer to home, a child is born with a life-threatening d…

One of my favorite children’s books is “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. There’s a scene where the main characters are driving through a lush green landscape. They comment on the view, saying that it’s beautiful, but then a new character chimes in and says, “If you happened to like d…

I called my friend yesterday. “Hi, Bob, it’s Dick. I have a weird question to ask you. Mary Ellen and I disagree on what most people do. When you are finished brushing your teeth, do you rinse and spit or just spit?”

It’s been about a year since we first began to hear about a new virus that was invading us humans. Exhibiting a hubris that has plagued kings and potentates since ancient times, some world leaders denied the dire predictions of scientists who foretold the coming plague. But by the time the w…

On Jan. 6, we saw a president incite violence against our nation’s Capitol in his abject refusal to accept a clear electoral defeat. It was a terrifying final act of norm-busting in a damaging and unbalanced presidency. Distrust in our government has never been greater, and with good reason.

I have several banana pudding type recipes on my website, including one for chocolate banana pudding and even a banana pudding cake, but I do not have a recipe anywhere for traditional banana pudding. Which really came as a surprise to me, especially since I have quite the history with the dessert.

It was up and away for the Boeing 737 Max on Dec. 29, the first commercial flight in the U.S. since the fleet was grounded in March 2019 following two fatal crashes. American Airlines flew the once ubiquitous plane, an industry staple, from Miami to New York and back again.

I should have reviewed this movie three weeks ago, when it was #1 in the country. But my weekend work schedule was just too tight, and I had to settle for reviewing On Demand release “Greenland” instead. I wrote at the time that “Greenland” should have been released in theaters, and now I ca…

The Covid pandemic inflicted sustained pain and hardship on too many for too long. The effect on our economy, however, is mixed.

The most frequent question I am asked by people who know that I write a weekly column is “Where do you get your ideas?” One writer who was asked that question answered, “Ideas are easy; writing is hard.” That’s as good an answer as any. I get lots of ideas that I think might make an interest…

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell is a fictional account of William Shakespeare and his family. A very young Will Shakespeare marries Anne or Agnes Hathaway who is several years older and socially and economically his superior.

President-elect Joe Biden could largely avoid the quagmire of political turmoil he’s about to inherit by following a thoughtful course of action. Here’s a three-step plan that could pacify the entrenched partisan divides:

Trump, you are FIRED by the greatest number of votes ever cast by the American People. You have been an Acting President, accepting NO responsibility. Since your very questionable Putin Puppet election in 2016, you have accepted Putin over the advice of your own party.

This week, Americans watched a mob storm the U.S. Capitol. They saw images of shattered windows, ransacked offices, and bloody clashes between rioters and Capitol Police officers.

President Donald Trump’s decision to skip President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony disrupts yet another tradition in this country’s historic, peaceful transition of power. In this case, it is a tradition worth breaking to avoid the distraction and potential security risk Tru…

Everyone has a favorite character from the Bible. Some admire David for his great leadership, while others identify with the impulsive Peter or the courageous Paul. One person that I’m drawn to is one of lesser-known figures in the Bible who is mentioned only a few times in the Gospel of Joh…

Indiana has been hard at work distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to our frontline health care workers, first responders, long-term care residents and long-term care workers.

President-elect Joe Biden has called for 100 days of mask wearing starting on the day of his inauguration. I’m pretty sure that I’ve been wearing these things for at least 100 days now, and I’m happy to go another 100 or more if it will help stop the spread of this horrendous contagion. But …

My first thought in response to Wednesday’s events at the Capitol Building in D.C. was that the media failed.

As a nurse practitioner for over 13 years, I have cared for and loved numerous patients throughout my career. Never would I have imagined a world where loved ones were hospitalized alone, without a loved one or advocate.

The mammoth pandemic stimulus and spending bill Congress passed last month includes billions of dollars to expand solar, and wind energy. These are good measures to address greenhouse gas emissions. But the bill also contains a rider that would undercut those efforts.

Although opioids – especially oxycodone and fentanyl – dominate addiction news, another deadly drug has been lurking in the background, causing tens of thousands of fatalities: methamphetamine.

I’ve missed doing a number of things this past year. I used to love going to the movies with my wife, going out to dinner with my wife, and going food shopping WITHOUT my wife. She is meticulous about what she buys and spends more time squeezing a melon then I spend picking out a new car. Wh…

Time magazine, demonstrating the legacy media’s continued decline into irrelevance, has deemed 2020 “the worst year ever.”

When the Indiana General Assembly reconvenes in January, it will be tasked with the essential duties of adopting a two-year state budget and redistricting legislative and congressional boundaries based on the 2020 decennial census. Recent news has buoyed optimism that the state has successfu…

A Zoom call came through last week from the new kid, 2021. He was hurrying to get going with his Year.

We have not heard much from the 44th president of the United States during the last four years. Now he has reappeared.