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.

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Holiday Bazaar at The House: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at South 15th and Grand Ave. New Castle. Handcrafted home decor, handmade baby items, hair bows, leather earrings, ornaments, embroidered sweatshirts and shirts, cemetery saddles, Color Street Nails, beaded jewelry, Scentsy, han…

I shared in last week’s column that I have purchased my 2021 planner-calendar. I optimistically bought a larger one than I had for this year. Turns out I didn’t so much even need the small one.

I’m suppose I’m complacent. When answering questions like, “Where should we eat?,” “What should we watch on TV?,” or “Which pair of shoes should I wear?,” my answer is usually the same: “I don’t care!”

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 is on display through Friday, Nov. 20. Information: 529-2634.

LifeStream Services is now offering a new caregiver program for grandparents raising grandchildren and other adults providing kinship care. Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA) is an educational and support group developed by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

A classic text of eschatology is 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them i…

Do you remember waaaaayyy back when, in a land called 2019 BC (before COVID), we glanced somewhat longingly, perhaps, to the 2020 calendar. 2020 was to be the year of perfect vision.

A classic text of eschatology is 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them i…

KNIGHTSTOWN — The beginning of the Major Hugh Dinwiddie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) started in 1920 with Mrs. Craven, state registrar for the DAR, asking Mrs. Elizabeth (Roger) Wagoner of Knightstown to take up the work of forming a chapter in Knightstown.

Memorial Park Fall Festival: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, costume contest 5:30 p.m.; pumpkin painting, free pumpkins, trick-or-treat through the park, fishing contest, games, bounce house, crafts and more.