I recently went walking with my wife. Mary Ellen had gotten a hundred feet ahead of me because I had to stop at one point…to catch my breath. She encouraged me to hurry, and when I put my stride into another gear (from neutral to first) I tripped on some rocks and plummeted to the ground. Pl…

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In his new book, Premonition, Michael Lewis shows us that there were people who predicted the pandemic we have been experiencing and had suggested ways to mitigate the toll it has taken. However, the unsung heroes who could imagine the scale of the pandemic and what steps might be taken were…

While political pundits are focusing on the massive amount of money that is going to be spent on the 2022 midterm elections, money in itself won’t determine the fate of the election and, ultimately, control of both the House and Senate.

Partisan gerrymandering of legislative districts has been a uniquely American problem since our founding: As long as we’ve had politicians, they’ve exploited the power to pick their own voters before the voters get to pick them.

‘I tell it like it is,” Donald Trump told an interviewer in May 2015, and over the next months and years that boast would find a lot of takers. The perception of his forthrightness was a major political asset. In the South Carolina Republican primary held in February 2016, voters who said th…

Who knew growing a delicious juicy apple was so complicated to grow, not to mention, labor intensive? Johnny Appleseed, today, would be arrested for malpractice! Not the same thing, you say. You are right! Today there is simply a lot of science, knowledge, and labor involved in growing a goo…

It is a joke between some friends of mine and I that in the Midwest a “salad” usually means something smothered in cheese and or mayonnaise and I have to laugh because sometimes, actually more times than not, I find that to be the case. Flip through any old Church or community-based cookbook…

In college, my Humanities professor made it very clear he would not check his email after 10 p.m. or before 8 a.m. That time is for his leisure.

Where are all these new people coming from? Throughout Indiana, folks are asking this question. Now we have answers covering the last half-decade (2015-19) from the American Community Survey. After gathering data from 17.7 million (15 percent) of 120.7 million households nationwide, the Cens…

(Somewhere outside of Wimberley, Tex.) — I’m sitting on the deck at the Roadrunner Ranch, my brother’s place in Hill Country, Texas.

The neighbors are beginning to talk. Kim said her husband Ken was wondering who the weird guy was standing on the shore of the neighborhood pond every day, whistling. Several others had seen and heard this, as well, from their backyard decks. “I think he’s harmless, but he is technically tre…

Brian and I were married in 1978; then started housekeeping in a furnished mobile home. Once my husband earned his school-administration credential, then landed his first related position, we moved to a new community and rented a farmhouse.

I am always on the lookout for new side dishes! It seems that my go to side dishes are usually a potato of some kind, or rice and then either green beans, peas, carrots or corn. I think I have taken every type of vegetable you can imagine and either boiled it, scalloped it, blanched it or sa…

We all love the beauty of a fat yellow daffodil and that perky little crocus, but, until recently I had never considered whether they served an actual ecological purpose. I have always considered daffodils as minor miracles, but realizing that most of these bulbs are not native to North Amer…

The marvelous Broadway musical and theatrical film “Fiddler on the Roof” begins with a Jewish peasant named Tevye singing the song “Tradition.” “We have traditions for everything,” Tevye says. “This shows our constant devotion to God.”

I am always on the lookout for new side dishes! It seems that my go to side dishes are usually a potato of some kind, or rice and then either green beans, peas, carrots or corn. I think I have taken every type of vegetable you can imagine and either boiled it, scalloped it, blanched it or sa…

Can you tell from the following three summaries which groups of Americans are being described?

The 20-year Vietnamization of Afghanistan, a slo-mo epic, ended in a calamitous rush of mistakes that made America look to all the world like a stumble-bumbling superpower that just can’t – or won’t – learn from its mistakes.

As we celebrate Labor Day and “essential workers” amid a viciously resurgent pandemic, we ought to match our rhetoric with some concrete protections for these workers – you know, all those warehouse employees, meatpackers, farmworkers and supermarket staff that industry groups love to thank …

There are eight of us, all women, all physicians who take care of the sickest children in the nation in Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) in the Midwest, the East Coast, the West Coast and the South. Some of us work in community hospitals, and some of us work at nationally rated hospita…

When I was nine, we moved to Bucktown and I began spending many summer afternoons along the Whitewater River – fishing, swimming or just exploring the woods that grew on its banks. We Bucktown kids assumed that the west side of the river between the 5th Street bridge and the B&O railroad…

Ed Asner, probably best known as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has passed away. I had the pleasure of doing an interview with him in the early ’90s when I was hosting a morning talk show here in Indy. Here’s a behind-the-scenes story.

1992’s “Candyman” was ostensibly a horror movie about an urban legend come to life. Characters who uttered the name “Candyman” five times while looking in the mirror would meet a swift, brutal end… unless Candyman had even more diabolical plans in mind. But the urban legend stuff was just th…

Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger is a prequel to his multi-volume series with central character, Cork O’Connor. The setting is the small town of Aurora, Minnesota, near the shores of Iron Lake, in the summer of 1963 when Cork is a 12-year-old boy. His father, Liam O’Connor, is the sh…

Joe Biden’s defense of his choice to leave Afghanistan gets more vehement with each speech he delivers. Every passing day might confirm that it was a bad decision with worse implementation; nevertheless, the president refuses to give an inch. He decided and, for better or worse, the rest of …

For months after the coronavirus vaccines were released, many Americans who refused to take them cited the fact that they were initially approved by federal regulators on an emergency fast-track basis rather than under the normal drug-approval process. That fear, never fully valid to begin w…

Often seen on fertilizer labels are a series of three numbers representing N-P-K. For those that never took chemistry or tried to put that class behind them many years ago, N-P-K is the shorthand chemistry notation for Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium. These are the main nutrients in soil ferti…

As we prepare to observe another Labor Day weekend, it is fitting to recognize and give thanks for the role of work in our nation. We especially admire those who have overcome difficulty or poor circumstances through hard work. “The price of success is hard work,” football coach Vince Lombar…

I love recipes that you can use as a breakfast recipe, dessert or even a snack! I remember a few years ago coming up with a peach muffin recipe and I had every intention of marketing the recipe as a “breakfast peach muffin”. Well, I had readers from all over writing in telling me that they l…

Yogi Berra, whom I consider the 20th century’s pithiest philosopher, once reputedly said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Unfortunately much of what Yogi is credited with saying he never actually said, at least if you believe what Yogi himself claims in the several books published about …

The National Bureau of Economic Research is our quasi-official umpire of recessions and expansions. Last year it marked the peak of the last decade’s expansion as February 2020. In July it marked the trough – the economy’s low point – as April 2020. That made the pandemic recession the short…

President Joe Biden’s bid to placate far-left members of his party by extending a moratorium on evictions has, predictably, crumbled following last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring the moratorium unconstitutional. St. Louis-area courts quickly followed with orders for sheriffs to r…

On the one hand, the little kerfuffle at Fort Wayne’s Northrop High School is too trifling to make a big deal of.

Last week, House Democrats under Speaker Nancy Pelosi approved the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which was intended to restore the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 to its former civil rights glory. The vote fell along partisan lines with all 212 House Republicans voting against…

The 2020 Census tells us Marion and Hamilton counties accounted for 40 percent of the state’s population growth of persons 18 years and older with 37 percent of Indiana’s increase in occupied dwelling units from 2010. Meanwhile, over the last decade, Delaware and Grant counties led the state…

I’m a respiratory therapist. With the fourth wave of the pandemic in full swing, fueled by the highly contagious delta variant, the trajectory of the patients I see, from admission to critical care, is all too familiar. When they’re vaccinated, their COVID-19 infections most likely end after…

In recent weeks, parents in districts surrounding Indianapolis have gone to school board meetings in droves to voice their opposition or support of masks in schools.