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Wed
23
Aug
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Experiencing Washington’s eclipse

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I decided to experience the eclipse from Washington’s main street. I thought about driving north of Washington several miles, but I decided I would rather see what the town of Washington saw and experience it with other people. And I didn’t want to fight the “traffic.”

It was neat to see several people gathered outside their workplaces as they periodically put on their glasses to check out the eclipsed sun.

 

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Wed
16
Aug
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Never too late to try happiness

By ELIZABETH ROGGE

Some people think happiness is a matter of luck and circumstances, but happiness is a choice.

Choose to be happy. Control you feelings, don’t let them control you. Focus on the good things. Be grateful for what you have. Be sure your expectations are realistic and don’t be influenced by others. Be generous and give of yourself to a good cause.

 

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Wed
16
Aug
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Going through the remains of history

By JOE PHILLIPS

Stuff !

My parents were keepers. They didn’t keep everything, just threw away less than most. My mother stored “keepsakes” in her cedar chest. She kept my first Halloween costume. Mom sewed patches on my oldest jeans, turned me into a hobo and sent me out to join the Halloween parade. I won first prize, a box of candy, and gave it to my best girl — my mother.

There are baby shoes, little outfits, things related to my sister and me. She kept things connected to her grandchildren, lots of family pictures, MORE lots of family pictures and family history records.

 

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Tue
08
Aug
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Kobach, Trump on the right track with RAISE Act

By Dane Hicks

There is of course a huge difference in the public discussion of illegal and legal immigration and the impact of both on our nation, but the public debate confuses the two and confuses what should be the logical objectives of policy dealing with both.

The point gets lost in the woods. Why do nations have policies dealing with immigration at all? When we step back to answer the question the objective is obvious: Like any other policy our leadership would seek to pursue whether on defense, economics, highway infrastructure, etc., the target should be the benefi t of our nation and the people living in it.

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Tue
08
Aug
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On robo-calls and bench seats

By JOE PHILLIPS

I figured a couple of things out.

Every day I get calls from girls — Rachel, Heather, Amy. We are not on friendly terms but I hear her voice a half-dozen times a day. Or more. She is a character used by robo-calling businesses working under the name of “Card Services” and others.

Robo-calling is junk mail via telephone. I get calls on the home landline and my cell. The numbers are on the National Do Not Call List — but so what. Millions of calls can be made at once by computer and it is a numbers game because eventually someone will answer and respond.

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Wed
02
Aug
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No alcohol with animal by-products

By DAN THALMANN

I like to pretend I’m a bit of a foodie. Mostly because I like food and will try just about anything except livestock testicles and strange seafood. The guys at the Palmer Café mountain oyster fry peer-pressured me to try this fried “delicacy” once and it was fi ne, I just don’t like the idea behind it.

I do think we’re at a turning point for what we eat and drink in our culture. I believe American culture will trend back toward a more scratch-prepared menu within the next decade and we’ll continue to expand the variety of what we drink. We’ll all be eating what grandma used to cook three times a day, but I bet much of it will be pre-prepared at grocery stores or farmers markets.

 

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Wed
02
Aug
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Awkward photo, captured perfectly

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I really hate having my picture taken. Dan thought it would be a good idea to add a photo to the story announcing my return to the News, which appeared on the front page of the paper a couple weeks ago.

“Oh crap …” may have been my reaction to the request. I was less than thrilled. I don’t know why my photos always look so terrible. Why can’t I just look like a normal, halfway photogenic person?

 

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Wed
26
Jul
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Oops... ‘I love Mom’ not show ring attire

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I haven’t decided how frequently I will write a column. A weekly column would be ideal, but I don’t want to commit to a regular column because there are weeks when a column topic just doesn’t come to mind.

I wrote a weekly column for five years at the newspaper in Belleville. I was required to write one. The math comes to more than 250 columns over the years.

It can be very difficult to think of something to write about some weeks. My column was due each week whether I had an idea or not.

This led to a great many columns about my boys, my never-clean house, my beloved sheep and the weather.

 

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Wed
26
Jul
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Quack pills

By JOE PHILLIPS

There is a crime that is rarely “illegal” but nonetheless boils me. It is taking profitable advantage of trusting people who don’t know better.

This is so common in the area of pseudo-health care where products are sold as somehow better than similar products at a discount store.

Take something as simple as a pill of vitamin C. It is just ascorbic acid, that’s all. It doesn’t matter if the ascorbic acid came from an orange or a factory; it is still the same thing and your body can’t tell the difference. Both are used by the body in identical ways. However, if you were sold on the idea that a “natural” vitamin C is somehow better you have been swindled. The word “natural” as it applies to food supplements has no definition by the FDA. It means nothing at all or whatever someone wants it to mean.

 

Wed
19
Jul
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Done writing for a while to focus on the history book

By DAN THALMANN

I love writing.

It’s my favorite part of the newspaper life.

I especially love writing most of the type of content that makes up a rural weekly newspaper.

 

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