Once again, David was in trouble! He was running and hiding in caves. In Psalm 25, he cries out to God over and over again! “Lord help me! Lord forgive me! Lord save me!” But then right in the midst of his troubles, he prays! …

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For the last two decades we kept two inexpensive, plastic Adirondack-styled chairs on our front porch, centered under the picture window.

In August, both houses of Congress passed a $3.5 trillion budget resolution to fund policies to help working families recover from a pandemic recession. Though the proposal is subject to further tinkering, the need for it is undeniable.

School boards are in the news again as culture-war battlegrounds and forums for public-school bashing. That’s good reason to make them stronger, not weaker or more fearful.

Last week we breezed through the migration of people into Indiana between 2015 and 2019. This week we speed up the process and look at the outmigration from Indiana with the resulting net- and gross migration figures.

Several years ago, I was in a nearby Walmart, looking for a cheap beer, when I ran into a neighbor. George and I were about the same age, and I knew that he’d just had some sort of surgery. I asked him how everything had gone. He said it went okay; then, in an almost angry tone, he told me t…

Carthage celebrated the BEST Freedom Festival in recent years on Sept. 11. The streets were lined with local residents and visitors all day! There were a plethora of activities to participate in, foods to try, vendors to visit, a silent auction to bid at, entertainment throughout the day and…

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…

As we have looked at our world, our nation, even our own county and city over the past few weeks, we have seen heartache and turmoil. It’s not a political plan that we need, nor is it a miracle drug that we need. All we need is Jesus!

One of the greatest gifts you can give is time. It is impossible to know the amount of time you have, which makes its value incalculable. There are people, though, who give it freely with no expectation of payment or regard for its unknown measure. Who are these heroes? Volunteers.

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.

Growing up in the 1960s, I was introduced to “Bizarro World” by DC Comics. Bizarro World was featured in comic books (now graciously re-named “graphic novels”) as a planet where everything and everybody is inverted.

Afghanistan: Is there anything we can do beyond the Finger-Pointing Olympics we’ve been witnessing?

Americans of divergent political persuasions found common cause to unite around President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because of the clear and present danger that al-Qaida posed to the nation. Political divisions began developing in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War, at w…

Afghanistan: Is there anything we can do beyond the Finger-Pointing Olympics we’ve been witnessing?

Growing up in the 1960s, I was introduced to “Bizarro World” by DC Comics. Bizarro World was featured in comic books (now graciously re-named “graphic novels”) as a planet where everything and everybody is inverted.

Americans of divergent political persuasions found common cause to unite around President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because of the clear and present danger that al-Qaida posed to the nation. Political divisions began developing in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War, at w…

It’s been a couple of decades since my wife and I took a trip to England, but what I remember most about it was a couple of incidents during the return trip. The first occurred when we tried to check in at Heathrow. A person behind the counter said we were too early and perhaps we should wal…

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.

Two months after basically declaring the battle against COVID-19 was over, President Joe Biden is answering a resurgence of the virus with a vaccine mandate that tramples civil liberties.

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…

‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) This verse is probably the most famous of all Scripture. Most people who grew up in church have memorized it! Only 25 words long in English t…

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.

It’s been two decades since that horrific morning when an assault from the sky caused New York’s two iconic towers to erupt in flames and left an entire nation feeling it was under attack.

The battle lines in the war on COVID-19 have been getting blurrier, as infections surge and studies offer changing and sometimes conflicting data on exactly how much protection vaccines provide. Amid the fog, we mustn’t lose sight of a crucial truth: Vaccines still work, and they’re still a …

Consider this an elegy for Roe v. Wade, a lamentation for the impending death of a law that has enabled millions of American women over the past half-century to control their bodies, their economic lives, their personal fates.

Then-President Donald Trump’s catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic last year has already secured his place among the worst presidents in America’s history. The one bright spot in the entire tragic debacle was his administration’s speed in developing vaccines against the coronavirus. Now,…

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

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…

Many years ago, I was a photographer. Processing a roll of film in my darkroom would leave me with a completely clean negative. Unfortunately, a few times I left a negative on a counter for several days, only to discover it quickly collected dust. I blew the dust off and put it in an acetate…

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…

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 …