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When to check out of the discourse
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Will Smith smacked Chris Rock at the Oscars — you could live in a cave and still know about this, and be subject to the blizzard of opinions about it. more
Riding Along in My Bookmobile…
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One of my favorite books of 2019 was Kim Michele Richardson’s “Book Woman of Troublesome Creek,” the story of one of the pack librarians who rode a mule to deliver books to the … more
Religion, and getting your butt in gear
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 I’ve heard some incredibly intelligent people say that they are going to let their children “learn about God on their own.” more
Never underestimate a pound cake
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It's time for a little comfort, and here is a sweet fix. Pound cakes are the pleasing plain-Janes of desserts: figurative no-nonsense confections that provide a welcome pick-me-up without wandering into sugary oblivion. more
Your finances are all in order and your bucket list is complete. You are officially ready to retire, right? Not so fast. Research has shown that we need to be concerned about more than just money … more
Someone had to say it
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In Michael Kinsley's immortal definition, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." By that standard, the term would definitely apply to Joe Biden's recent condemnation of Vladimir Putin.  more
Biden’s blunder was no Reagan replay
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President Joe Biden set off international alarms over the weekend when he committed the United States to the goal of regime change in Russia. "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power," Biden … more
Earning money as a kid in Pittsburg, part 1
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During the Covid shutdown, former Pittsburger, Dick Shaw, decided to write his life story. The following is the first of two excerpts from a chapter on ways he made money from 1948 on taken from the resulting book, titled “Tales from the Professor: Life is a Hoot!” more
Mushroom-hunting season is starting, and you may feel the itch to get out and find mushrooms of your own. more
An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business, generally taking on more risk than average to do so. I believe that learning and practicing entrepreneurship at a young age is key to developing the workforce of tomorrow. more
When it rains, it pours
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A few weeks ago, finding a book that interested me was an exercise in futility. Nothing — not even a WWII novel — caught my eye so I turned to magazines, sudoku and word puzzles, and HGTV reruns to pass the time. more
Join us in celebrating Doctors' Day
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After our experiences with COVID-19 in our communities, it is clear now more than ever the critical role our Ascension Via Christi and community physicians play in our region’s health and wellness. more
Meet the Morning Sun’s new ownership group
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Six months have passed since the Pittsburg Publishing Company, LLC, became the owner and operator of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. It is time for an update to the subscribers and readers on the state of their local newspaper.   more
Please pass the fried potatoes
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I’ve been studying a little Latin. The verb “tradere” means “to hand over.” We get a couple of English words from it: one is “trade” and another is … more
If this isn’t nice, what is?
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I was walking with the Labradorian past Westside Elementary around 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning when I saw a young woman park, open the rear passenger door, and gather up a large bag. Obviously, a … more
This is an odd line to read in The New York Times:   In "a still-emerging story" (exciting, no?), Project Veritas "worked to expose personal information about the Biden family at a crucial … more
The lesson of Judge Jackson
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Elections have consequences. Just consider two numbers: 234 and 3. The first is how many federal judges Donald Trump appointed during his four years in office. The second is how many of them now serve on the Supreme Court.   more
While much of the political world focused on the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, across town in Washington on Monday, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, delivered a speech that could reverberate through the next two election cycles. more
Gut check time
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Who are we as a nation? While the answer may lead to policy debates, a serious consideration of who and what we are about is critical to getting out of ideological silos and actually making coherent … more
All aboard!
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The following essay by Terry Bartlow is about love. Train love. Although I’m not a model railroader, passion for trains and railroading is something we share. more
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