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Finding a way during harsh winters

Resourcefulness appears to be one of the common threads that run through the tapestry of life. I remember well the frigid, blustery and wind driven snows during the winters of my youth back in the Depression days of the mid 1930s. Our family farm home was located in the Boston Hills of ...

Finding a delicate balance with solar

Many believe solar power is better than using fossil fuels for energy. They argue solar technology has the potential to help the environment and make communities more energy independent. Federal and state incentives have also made renewable energy very attractive to developers. As with any ...

There’s still time for more time for damage

Begging your pardon, but I fear President Donald Trump is not done with his yet. There is more chaos to come. Trump began using his pardon power very early in his term. One of the first was “America’s toughest sheriff” Joe Arpaio, known for his cruel treatment of immigrants. Trump ...

In pandemic, pets add some love

I was raised on a dairy farm and so living with animals was a part of my growing up. Back in those days, we had a relatively small number of milking cows — 30 to 40 — and so each one had its own name. My favorite cow of all time was Doris. She was a large, mostly white Holstein who was ...

Mother’s challenges taking a toll

Ramon and Marla came for family counseling. They had spoken with their family physician a week earlier. Marla presented a frightful story about her mother, Cicily, who resided with them. I barely explained privacy laws when Maria burst out crying. Ramon held her tight in his arms. He whispered ...

On New Year’s Eve, I’ll remember mom

Back when I was in my early 20s, I started a tradition with my mother. I would call her right after midnight on New Year’s Eve and wish her a Happy New Year. No matter where I was, what I was doing, or what time zone I was in. Over the past 30 years, my wife Kelly and I have celebrated ...