Henry County Art Center: open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 218 S. 15th St., New Castle. Masks required. On display: permanent collection pieces up through December. Information: 529-2634.

2020 – What can I say about 2020? Nothing that has not already been said. We have all suffered in one way or another, be it financially, medically, emotionally and mentally.

I always knew when the day came to write this column, it would be hard. I just didn’t know how hard.

Christmas is always a busy time. But strip away the hustle and bustle, the trees, cookies, and extra pounds; get rid of the reindeer, the dancing snowmen, and the jolly ol’ elf; remove the pageants, programs, and parades.

Henry County Art Center: open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 218 S. 15th St., New Castle. Masks required. On display: permanent collection pieces up through December. Information: 529-2634.

It goes without saying how much my family and I love The Cake Bake Shop in Carmel. Owner Gwendolyn Rogers and I have become friends over the years and it amazes me to continuously watch her grow and expand her business. She is multitalented to say the least.

The greatest sermon on Christmas night wasn’t preached in a temple, a synagogue, or a cathedral. Rather, it was delivered by an angel to some lowly shepherds in the Judean hills.

A great hymn of the Church that I love is called “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” The first few lines don’t offer the most promising words of Longfellow, words like, “And in despair I bowed my head. ‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said, ‘For hate is strong, and mocks the song of peace o…

I saw Santa at the Children’s Museum with a feather of a child pleading her case. They were locked in discussion, a confessional of sorts, as she entered into detail of her every Christmas wish.

“Miracle on 34th Street A Live Radio Play:” directed by Evan McGrew, Guyer Opera House, downtown Lewisville; tickets are available for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 show and the 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets can be reserved at guyeroperahouse.com, $12 for adults and $8 students. To hel…

Students make the grade at Olivet Nazarene University

I have known Cindy Shelton and her family all my life, but it was not until a few years back that we really got to know each other.

KNIGHTSTOWN — While reading early minutes of the Major Hugh Dinwiddie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), I come across some interesting bits and pieces.

Over the phone, my wife was offered a $775 certificate for a cemetery plot. The next day a man with a briefcase arrived, handing her the nontransferable certificate, with the statement, “You have to use this within fifteen days!”

Wilbur Wright Birthplace Christmas Walk: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Some 50 decorated trees to enjoy viewing free. Donations welcome to help support the museum complex. Will offer chicken and vegetable soup dinner with dessert and drink for $5. Museum and birthplace also open free to enjoy. …

As I reflect on 2020, it certainly was not what I thought it would be. I had looked forward to the year with the two twenties with much anticipation.

When slamming a baseball, there’s a “sweet spot,” the perfect place to connect. In bowling, it’s about targeting the center pin. If shooting an arrow, the aim is for the bull’s eye. In just about everything, it’s important to find “dead center.”

Stockings for Soldiers: Available through Tuesday, Dec. 1, pick up Christmas stockings to decorate and fill with Christmas cheer for overseas soldiers. Return by Friday, Dec. 4 and they will be shipped. Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, New Castle location, 3406 S. Memorial Drive and Knightstown…

I first introduced everyone to my friend Amee Gregory of Mooreland in my Nov. 7 column. If you are joining us again for our second part, thank you. If you missed out, where have you been?

2020 will go down in the history books as one of the toughest years of our lives. We’ve seen everything from violence in the streets to hurricanes on the coasts to wildfires in the deserts. And, oh yes, a global pandemic!

I have a prediction for the Christmas season just ahead. I think we will see more seasonal outdoor lights than we have ever seen. I think people will put up more indoor trees and adornments than they ever have.

Stockings for Soldiers: Through Tuesday, Dec. 1, pick up Christmas stockings to decorate and fill with Christmas cheer for overseas soldiers. Return by Friday, Dec. 4 and they will be shipped. Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, New Castle location, 3406 S. Memorial Drive and Knightstown, 7355 S. …

At a time when the disciples of Jesus were worried about the possible lack of the necessities of life, He said to them, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Friends of the Library Noteworthy Performance: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, New Castle-Henry County Public Library Auditorium. Concert features Kraig Kenning, contemporary folk and acoustic blue artist. Concert will also be live-streamed on library’s YouTube channel. Go to: nchcpl.librarycalend…

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Landmarks and The Penrod Society invite the public to join Ken Turchi, author of “L.S. Ayres and Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America,” for a delightful discussion of Christmases past, present, and future at the historic building on the corner of Meridian an…

Henry County Art Center: open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 218 S. 15th St., New Castle. Masks required. The Watercolor Society of Indiana exhibit, through Nov. 20. Information: 529-2634.

The Kiwanis Century Club presents its second-annual report. With the second year over, the club put shoes on over 500 Henry County kids.

Harvest season is the greatest time of the year when you are part of the farming industry. The joy of reaping the crop, whether plentiful or meager, is always first in the minds of farm families. Farming is more than an  occupation; it is what we love and cherish. It is who we are.

y wish is that you are reading this near or during the holiday season and preparing for the holidays without needing a Christmas mask. However, I fear that I am just being hopeful since this is edited in September.

I had the pleasure of meeting Amee Gregory through my Instagram page. She is one of the kindest, sweetest women I know, and I am so thankful to be able to call her my friend.

Paul warned young Timothy, “Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cyn…

I work crazy hours. I'm on-call 24/7. My "co-workers" are demanding, loud, and at times, just plain rude. The pay is non-existent and I don't get many breaks. But I think that's a fairly typical job description for a stay-at-home mom.

A while back when I called out for women business owners and entrepreneurs, I was delighted to see community cheerleaders Carrie Barrett and Christy Ragle share my column, encouraging women to contact me. (Thank you both.)

I have always admired entrepreneurs who started from scratch to make their dreams come true. Gwendolyn Rogers is a shining example of what it takes.

When I submitted my first column to this magazine in March and naively shared where I was looking for joy in retirement, we didn’t know that we were living at the end of an era, the days of pre-COVID.