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Thursday, July 31, 2014
For a small village in France, D-Day is much more than a date on a calendar
Posted Friday, June 6, at 5:30 PM
This 70th anniversary of D-Day marks another historical milestone of the June 6, 1944 landing in France when 73,000 troops stormed the beaches of Normandy during WWII. The men who plunged into the cold, icy sea with rifles high over their heads dragging heavy gear against the water's swift current are 90 years or older -- that is those who didn't drown or who weren't felled by a bullet...

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Vicksburg Church is gone, but the memories linger a lifetime
Posted Friday, February 21, at 4:13 PM

Memory is a child walking along the seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things. Pierce Harris, Atlantic Journal The building that had a lasting impact on my life is gone; the only trace is a cement footing where it once stood. ...

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Surprising food is unique to our area
Posted Monday, January 20, at 3:46 PM

I didn't know noodles, as we serve them here in southern Indiana, were only indigenous to this locality. As one of my favorite foods, I couldn't imagine that other people around the world didn't enjoy chicken and noodles. Much to my dismay when I moved to another state, none of my friends "up North" served noodles, not even on Thanksgiving or Christmas. ...

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Remembering a friend during her favorite season
Posted Wednesday, October 16, at 12:58 PM

She loved the fall of the year, and each of these cool, crisp days finds me thinking of her more and more. Several other close friends must be having the same thoughts. Even though October was Barbara Lehman's birthday month, that wasn't the reason she liked fall. Other than Christmas, it was a favorite time for her to decorate with fall colors, pumpkins, bittersweet and mums...

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Our county, state loses a friend
Posted Monday, February 18, at 1:46 PM

With the recent death of John Datena, Indiana lost an outstanding citizen and my family lost a wonderful friend. Even though Datena has not lived in Greene County for quite some time, no doubt there are many who remember John's easygoing manner, his concern for the environment and his passion for saving and protecting the forests...

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I'm looking forward to dancing the tango when I'm 90.
Posted Monday, October 8, at 11:30 AM

Alas! the fleeting years how they roll on. Horace All at once, I awoke one morning and those so-called euphemistic, golden years attacked me like a thief in the night. In this youth oriented world, I knew I would have to don a suit of armor and forge ahead with a smile through this safari expedition because it's much better than the alternative...

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It seems like women are being pushed back to rumble seat in New York City
Posted Friday, August 17, at 10:21 AM

"If the first woman God every made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, together women ought to be able to turn it right side up again." Sojourner Truth Hey, where are you, women out there who uphold the feminist movement? Where are all of us who applaud the Suffragettes who transformed society by campaigning for property rights, guardianship of infants, access to higher education, and equal pay and legislation for women (some of which are still on-going)?...

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Like superglue, the sacred dimension of friendships cement women together
Posted Friday, June 8, at 11:50 AM

In her recent book Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, Anna Quindlen describes the importance of friends: "Ask any woman how she makes it through the day and she may mention her calendar, her to-do list, her baby-sitter. But if you push her on how she really makes it through her day, she will mention her girlfriends. Sometimes I will see a photo of an actress in an unflattering dress or a blouse too young for her with a heavy-handed makeup job, and I mutter 'She must not have any girlfriends.' "...

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Mother's Day tribute: Her hands rekindle memories
Posted Friday, May 11, at 2:15 PM

I once read that a doctor can look at a patient's hands and diagnose certain health problems. Of course, an average person can't do that, but it is interesting to study people's hands that do reflect a person's life-- the rough callused hands of a laborer, the smooth hands of a socialite, the pink, soft hands of a newborn, and the red, chafed hands of a busy housewife...

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Love affair with tea started long ago
Posted Wednesday, May 2, at 10:50 AM

I don't know when the love affair first began. It was so long ago that I actually can't remember the moment I tasted that first cup of tea. It could have been at a very young age when I detested milk. My mother would let me have, what she said, was a cup of tea. But she didn't fool me; it was mostly warm milk colored with possibly a couple tea leaves...

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We must never forget what happened in concentration camps
Posted Friday, February 3, at 8:39 AM

"To forget the dead is like killing them a second time," Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor and author of "Night." Many days throughout the year are set aside for remembrance and celebration, but I was unaware until a few days ago that Jan. 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day...

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Out with the old and 'like' in with the new can be 'amazing'
Posted Monday, January 9, at 2:02 PM

The old man with the scythe crept out of 2011 without a whimper, and 2012, as new babies do, came charging in with noise, energy and optimism -- optimism for new administrations, new ideas, and a new presidential campaign. Even new vocabulary words have sprung up and are being added to the 2012 New Oxford Dictionary along with a list of words that should be deleted...

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Out with the old and 'like' in with the new can be 'amazing'
Posted Monday, January 9, at 11:19 AM

The old man with the scythe crept out of 2011 without a whimper, and 2012, as new babies do, came charging in with noise, energy and optimism -- optimism for new administrations, new ideas, and a new presidential campaign. Even new vocabulary words have sprung up and are being added to the 2012 New Oxford Dictionary along with a list of words that should be deleted...

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White Christmas lights provide a feeling of hope, peace, joy, love
Posted Wednesday, December 21, at 12:35 PM

I love Christmas lights, especially white lights. They make me feel happy; I keep a few twinkle lights burning all year long. And I'm not the only person who loves twinkling lights. At this time of year, houses throughout the nation are aglow with holiday decorations...

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70 years later: Locals remember where they were on Dec. 7
Posted Wednesday, December 7, at 9:39 AM

Tomorrow (Dec. 7), the United States is observing one of two anniversaries that can be recognized by only referring to a month and a number -- Dec. 7. The other date is 9-11. During the past few years, not much has been talked or written about the "day of infamy," the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After all, it happened 70 years ago, and many people aren't old enough to remember that Sunday in 1941 that was the beginning of World War II...

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Friends remember that special baseball field
Posted Monday, October 24, at 12:14 PM

Many years had passed since days spent on that baseball diamond in our little town. Here we were together again. We represented different teams from different times but shared the camaraderie of a common background. Some lived close by, but several had traveled from different directions to celebrate a friend's life...

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Time can change your priorities
Posted Wednesday, September 28, at 12:23 PM

I don't agree that the universe has a memory and stored in Akashic records, but I did smile and even chuckled at some thoughts and beliefs that Shirley MacLaine shared in her latest book, "I'm Over All That and Other Confessions." I do agree with MacLaine that things we thought important in younger years float quietly out the window like a soft summer breeze without a drum roll or a standing ovation...

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It's a shame Borders Bookstores are closing
Posted Wednesday, August 17, at 12:01 PM

The decline was evident, but it didn't prevent the knot in my stomach when I opened my e-mail and read the obituary. When visiting the last few times before the announcement, the atmosphere was somber and the shelves looked sparse, but who would have thought it would be this climatic?...

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USS Indianapolis was sunk 66 years ago
Posted Thursday, July 28, at 8:19 AM

Dr. H. Adrian Rehner's first love was the theater, but long before he came to Bloomfield to help organize a summer theatre, he was a player in one of the most tragic productions of the 20th century. The tragedy could not have been surpassed by any Greek or Shakespearian masterpiece...

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