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Jim Krumel: An extension of kindness among strangers

Jim Krumel: An extension of kindness among strangers

By Jim Krumel Jim Krumel The Sanders’ family headed into Lima for what was going to be a great evening. There were six of them, ages 95 to 6 months, representing four generations. All were smiling as they unfolded their napkins at the Casa Lu Al restaurant. Selma Tickner was the senior member. Then there […]

Jeff Gilliland: Christmas lights in March

Jeff Gilliland: Christmas lights in March

By Jeff Gilliland This column marks a milestone of sorts. It’s my 200th in this most recent series. What that means I don’t really know, except that I have more gray hair than when it started and maybe I should update that mugshot. But that’s enough of that because that’s not what’s on my mind […]

Gary Abernathy: Every dog should have a kid

Gary Abernathy: Every dog should have a kid

Gary Abernathy Staff Columnist We’ve all heard about the health benefits pets can have for people. Sometimes it works the other way around, too, especially when it comes to children and pets. Bela, our Great Dane, hasn’t been feeling too well lately. In fact, there was one night last week – Thanksgiving eve – when […]

Andrea Chaffin: Random things I’m thankful for this year

Andrea Chaffin: Random things I’m thankful for this year

Andrea Chaffin Every Thanksgiving serves as an opportune time to think about the things for which we are thankful. Common answers include family and friends, a roof over your head and a full belly, but I think it’s also important to be grateful for the little things we often overlook. Here’s my B-list of things […]

Giving thanks in my world

Giving thanks in my world

Frank Lewis Portsmouth Daily Times Lewis I have so looked forward to writing my Thanksgiving column this year. I have been chomping at the bit. This has been a year in which I have more things to be thankful for than any other year. It is no secret — my first love is preaching and […]

The Creek Valley Pied Piper

The Creek Valley Pied Piper

By Christine Tailer I know that the original Pied Piper lived during the Middle Ages in Lower Saxony, Germany, and that he was credited with playing his flute and luring the town’s rats to the river, saving the town’s people from suffering the plague. Well, we do not have any rats down at the creek, […]

Lora Abernathy: A Great Dane to be alive

Lora Abernathy: A Great Dane to be alive

By Lora Abernathy   Bela She was running toward us, as best as she could. Her large ears flopped with each hurried step, briefly covering her eyes and obscuring her view, and her oversized paws twice failed to keep her from sliding on the hardwood floors. The cheerful puppy recovered, unfazed by the betrayal of […]

Pamela Stricker: See a need, fill it; find a hurt, heal it

Pamela Stricker: See a need, fill it; find a hurt, heal it

A few years ago, I was on my way from Cincinnati headed north on I-71 to visit family in Canton. I was somewhere north of Columbus when I passed a man and woman who were obviously broken down along the side of the highway. My first impulse was to ignore their demise, whatever it was, […]

Kay Frances: Do you see what I see?

Kay Frances: Do you see what I see?

Sure, if you hold it a little closer. Now farther away. Now closer. By the time they reach middle age, a lot of people complain that their eyesight is beginning to fail. They lament that their arms just aren’t long enough to read menus and they have to invest in a pair of “reader” glasses. […]