I recently attended a workshop on healthy boundaries. The denomination I serve requires people involved in active ministry to attend such an event every several years. The purpose of the workshop is to prepare and remind people working in the church to recognize and honor the boundaries of o…

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Call To Action – CARES Act Money not appropriated correctly by the State of Indiana

Call To Action – CARES Act Money not appropriated correctly by the State of Indiana

I’ve been thinking lately about gardening. Perhaps it has arisen out of the article I wrote a week or so ago about gratitude. Perhaps it is because in the spring an old man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of sunshine and a warm breeze upon his face. Perhaps it has to do with a more primal …

In uncertain times, the Y is still here

I came across a poem on Facebook the other day. The poem is “Seed” from “Mysteries of the Home” by Paula Meehan. It caught my attention because the subject is the early spring garden. I fancy myself a gardener, but if that title is bestowed based on the efficient production of abundant produ…

Paying attention to “social media” has revealed to me that many of you have spent your time at home cleaning out closets, attics and/or basements. In the process you may have discovered your “Mother lode” of family photographs taken over the years by family members. Possibly, some of them we…

There is an ancient blessing that works equally well as a curse: “May you live in interesting times.” We live in a time such as that. It has come upon us quickly and relentlessly. In December there were small stories of a deadly disease half a world away beginning to spread and now that same…

While these past few weeks have brought fear, uncertainty and isolation, we all owe the people risking their health for our benefit more than we can imagine.

As a retired physician I have been following the developments of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic with interest. I think there will continue to be great disruptions to our economy for the short term. We are all becoming familiar with the obvious disruptions to our “old normal” routi…

February 26th was Ash Wednesday. It marked the beginning of the Season of Lent, which is the 40 day long season on the Church calendar that leads up to Good Friday. Ash Wednesday sets the tone for the season with a reminder, that “we are from dust and to dust we shall return;” a somber motto…

Donald Trump has been insisting for years that our country has been too economically dependent on China, so it is sad that it took a global public health crisis to prove he was right all this time. When he began imposing strategic tariffs on China in response to its long history of abusive t…

Congratulations to Judy Sheets, precinct committee members

If you commit acts of government corruption like wire fraud, tax fraud, or lying to the federal government you might get a pardon.

Indiana’s economic future will be primarily determined by the share of Hoosier adults who graduated from college. If that share remains low, our economy will languish, our incomes will continue to fall further behind the national average and our best-educated citizens will relocate elsewhere…

Since the end of the Great Recession, more than a quarter of economic growth in Indiana has been swallowed by ballooning healthcare cost growth. Our healthcare spending is a clear national outlier, ranking only behind Alaska. Since the end of the Great Recession, increased healthcare costs a…

I was shocked to read a headline that concerned a small church in rural (transitioning to suburban) Minneapolis. The headline from the Twin Cities Pioneer Press read, “Cottage Grove church to usher out gray-haired members in effort to attract more young parishioners.” Once my sexagenarian bl…

Trump is destroying truth