Reflecting on the past

Reflecting on the past

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one in a series of outreach columns from the Champaign County Board of Developmental Disabilities.It is officially 2022! ...

January 11th, 2022 |  


The tiring part of retirement

While I was teaching, I rarely entertained the thought of retirement. I did, however, observe those latter years of life as my parents experienced the...

January 11th, 2022 |  


Back to the future going forward

Regular readers know I have fairly untraditional ways of poking around on the internet for intriguing nuggets of historical information. I most often ...

January 4th, 2022 |  



On the wings of a song

Annually anticipating The Kennedy Center Honors as the old year closes out, I thoroughly enjoyed the return of the star-studded program last week in a...

December 28th, 2021 |  


Merry Christmas, even if you’re a dog

Merry Christmas, even if you’re a dog

(Translated from meow to English by her servant.)I’d rather be hiding in the dark woods right now under a pile of brush listening to the neighbo...

December 23rd, 2021 |  


How my father and I shared Cnristmas

Years ago my father, for the first of several times, quietly stated to me: “Christmas was spoiled for me the year my mother asked me to put the ...

December 21st, 2021 |  


Seeking happy smiles and peaceful reflection

I keep stressing about situations over which I have no control. Leaders of world powers are rattling their sabers all over the globe. Too often we can...

December 14th, 2021 |  


Counting the hours

Like most of us, I spent the requisite twelve years in public education learning to read, multiply fractions, and write complete sentences with end pu...

December 7th, 2021 |  


Global censorship is a direct offense of our freedom: Here’s why

Censorship comes in many forms ranging from book banning/burning, to blocking social media platforms and online sources, to physical means such as imp...

December 1st, 2021 |  


Picturing Thanksgiving

Following the Thanksgiving tableau that formed in my living room on Thursday, I found myself comparing our celebration to those of other times and pla...

November 30th, 2021 |