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Maggie’s Pantry

Maggie’s Pantry

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

By Maggie ConklinMonte CristoMonte Cristo is the name for a grown-up grilled ham and cheese sandwich on steroids. It is an Americanized term for what started in France (of course) as the Croque monsieur, loosely translated as “crunchy gentleman.”The classic…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditor When I need advice, I know where to look: the newspaper. No, not this one. Sure, we have columnists who tell us what to do, where to go and so on. I mean papers that carry syndicated…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20244 min read

If you are a Republican, the Democrat next door is not your enemy, nor vice versa. If you are pro-life and your neighbor down the street supports Planned Parenthood, he or she is not your enemy.  If you believe in enforcing gun laws,…

Mike’s Musings: Sport allows me to leave my troubles behind

Mike’s Musings: Sport allows me to leave my troubles behind

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20243 min read

Today’s a great day. I have a cold now running on 8 days, my bank account is in the negative, and my ex-wife has called for the umpteenth time- and it hasn’t even reached noon on my wall clock.But hey…

“Out and About” Cheaper prices, gas and saving money on fuel

“Out and About” Cheaper prices, gas and saving money on fuel

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20243 min read

There are at least five things that are or will be getting cheaper in 2024. They include: Gas prices. The colder months and lower demand from drivers are largely why there’s been much relief at the pump. According to the…

The Cycles of Earth

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20244 min read

by Larry-Michael and Becky Lynn Hackenberg A Weekly Almanac GuidePlan, Do, Finish, Rest.Living in Harmony With EarthWeekend of February 24-25, 2024 Earth-Sun-Moon NotesIn A Nutshell…The Full/Doing Moon occurs Friday, February 24 at 7:30 a.m. EST. The Potawatomi named it Mnokesis,…

Postcard from the Pines: Yikes!! Ice!!

Postcard from the Pines: Yikes!! Ice!!

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20244 min read

Great Ice Storm 2-22-1922 Up Carland from Main 442-10 On Wednesday, February 22, 1922, Marion, the rest of the state, and a large swath of the Midwest, awoke to a glittering, ice laden, and broken world. Just outside the door…

May I Walk with You? ACCEPTANCE AND REJECTION

May I Walk with You? ACCEPTANCE AND REJECTION

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20243 min read

Can I love someone and accept them, even if I don’t like how they believe and act? Good question for today. Once, when I was preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) the priest made this comment, “God loves the…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Valentines and Birthdays

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Valentines and Birthdays

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20244 min read

Valentine’s Day is over.I miss my old buddy Al. He used to proofread the paper every Thursday. And every time I wrote a column about family, love or anything like that, he would be sitting at his desk behind me…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorTransitionsThe Black Death is back, and about time too. Guess who caused an Oregon man last week to be diagnosed with bubonic plague?Illegal immigrantsThe cancel cultureBiden, Trump, Fauci or some other popular scapegoat currentlyHis catCat owners can’t be…

Humor: MARDI GRAS

Humor: MARDI GRAS

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

HOW does this mean good luck?! You never know what you’ll see in Walmart The staff put on a parade Last week Mardi Gras rolled into the Old Folks Hotel. I’ve been all over the world (that’s an exaggeration, I…

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Presidents’ Day has come and gone but I can’t help but reflect on two of my favorites, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.Washington was our first president. He led an army of rag tag colonists of victory over the well-trained, formidable…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Step back in time to midsummer in Paris, 1945. After five years of German occupation, the war in Europe had ended. Paris had been liberated the previous August.At first the city was full of joy again. Despite the Bavarian corporal’s orders,…

Maggie’s Pantry

Maggie’s Pantry

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20242 min read

By Maggie ConklinCheesy GarlicBiscuitsI tripped over an old recipe card given me by a coworker more than a decade ago. Now, I try to eat healthy and refrain from fatty breads, but we were going to a potluck and this…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorIndivisbleI build barriers. Fear invasion? My walls fend off (choose one or more):MexicansMongolsGermsGermansChineseFluCovidOvidWeatherOr notIn-lawsOutlawsEx-esExcess options With U.S. taxpayers housing, feeding and transporting 5 million illegal immigrants (Them) all over the country, what percentage are young males looking for…

Humor: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART

Humor: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

My heart made it 91 years without any problem. No outside assistance, pacemaker or meds, were needed to keep the clock ticking. I’m 95 now, so that means around 2020 things started to go south. Dr. Holmes, the renowned cardiologist…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

One day, after a salesclerk said, “Have a nice day,” I turned towards her with my bleakest expression and replied, “Thank you, but I have other plans.” When I bought a couple tomatoes from her later, she said, “Have a good…

Mike’s Musings: Stop Electing Representative Who Have Spent Their Lives as Politicians

Mike’s Musings: Stop Electing Representative Who Have Spent Their Lives as Politicians

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

I’ve written about this many times, but as we prepare to vote this year, I would ask you to be mindful of this- we keep electing leaders that have long past the age where we receive social security checks. Age…

“Out and About” Household hints, Ice Breaker, and some quotes

“Out and About” Household hints, Ice Breaker, and some quotes

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20243 min read

“I believe in America because we have great dreams and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” -Wendell L. WilkieIn past columns, I’ve mentioned a few household hints. I even listed other uses for coffee filters…

The Cycles of Earth

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20244 min read

by Larry-Michael and Becky Lynn Hackenberg A Weekly Almanac GuidePlan, Do, Finish, Rest.Living in HarmonyWith EarthWeekend ofFebruary 10-11, 2024 Earth-Sun-Moon NotesIn A Nutshell…The New/Resting Moon on Friday, February 9 at 5:59 p.m. EST, gives us cosmic permission to rest. The…