Category: Musings

Musings

Bringing my ego under control

Of all my nasty habits, and I have many, ego was and is the most self-destructive.  My ego ruined friendships, hurt too many and let others down. Ego is a partner of conceit, which Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, calls “excessive appreciation of one’s worth or virtue.” “The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one,”

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Good newspaper memories

Facebook brought back pleasant memories of the past on this Saturday morning. One was a wedding anniversary note from Martha Weeks Boswell, a great lady honoring her 45 years together with the husband she loves.  Martha Weeks is an old friend and former classmate from our high school days. We were good friends and did

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Dealing with a bitchy problem

Mother Nature is a mythical creature based on the Greek Goddess Demeter, whose daughter was abducted by Hades as his Queen, which brought wrath on the Earth and her control of Natura (all things around her) in the Middle Ages. She is a creation of an ancient time and exists today in discussions about weather,

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Using God to sexually abuse children

Wife Amy grew up in a Catholic family in Belleville, Illinois, a moderate-sized city across the Mississippi river from St. Louis. This week, a report from the Archdiocese of Chicago, identifies 22 priests from the Diocese of Belleville as child sexual predators. One is Father Garrett Neal Dee, who served in Belleville from 1974-76 and

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Spring & a very busy weekend ahead

Spring officially arrived at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday as our area moved into a weekend with dry weather, highs in the 50s and sunshine by Saturday. With the arrival of Spring, the list of things to do and place to go increases. Looking for something to do?  Check out the selected events below, provided by the

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Who reports what happens when newspapers die?

“Newspapers have been dying in slow motion for two decades now,” writes Douglas McLennan and Jack Mles.  “A once unimaginable scenario has lately become grimly conceivable.” In 1994, some 60 million Americans subscribed to daily newspapers.  Now, less than 35 million do and the past 24 years of decline is increasing.  Newsroom employment fell 40

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America, thankfully, is not just white

A lot of social media comments this weekend on the killing of 50 Muslims in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of footage of the carnage and Mia Garlick of the social media giant says they continue to “work around the clock to remove violating content from our site, using

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Is religion dying in America?

Statistics say religion is dying in America.  In a rural area like Floyd County, such a predicted death can, and will, be discarded by what, those of faith say,  remains a healthy collection of church goers. But parking lots at area churches seem less crowded.  Restaurants open during Sunday church hours contain large crowds.  They

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‘Polar bear plunges’

Some years ago, back in my single days while reporting for The Telegraph in Alton, Illinois, I had a girlfriend who talked me into a “polar bear plunge” in Lake Michigan in Chicago. “It will be fun,” she said enthusiastically. “And just think of the great ways we can warm up each other afterwards.” So

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Mother Nature’s last snow job?

The snow that arrived Friday looked for a while like it might be something to worry about but turned into more of a non-event with accumulations of just over an inch in most places and even less in some. So, with a pleasant Sunday with highs in the 60s and 50s and 60s for most

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