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Columns

  • PUBLISHER: Community is more than a word

    Community is a word too often thrown around without much thought to its meaning in regard to the human element it connects.
    NBC television launched a sitcom called “Community” to parody the humor of small town America and the typecast personalities often found among elected officials, neighbors and local businesses.
    It seems to me that the rest of the fast-moving “big world” defines community as a thing of lore or of some black and white rerun of a fictional Mayberry.

  • SUPERINTENDENT: 2012-13 school year off to a great start

    The 2012-13 school year is off to a great start. We are into our first full month of school and we are pleased with the smooth beginning to what promises to be a successful and exciting school year. 

    The professionals at every level of our organization are to be commended for the hard work and attention to detail that resulted in a tremendously smooth opening of school this year. 

  • PUBLISHER: You don’t have to go it alone

    The human eye tells more than it actually records. It was the look in my new family doctor’s eyes that telegraphed the seriousness of what he had just shown me. 

    On a desk below, a computer screen showed a CT scan. The white image in my body was not supposed to be there. 

    My soul sunk into fear and a mental gasp of “Oh my God, no.” 

  • GINGER: Stupid or just being funny?

    Hubby arrived home on Friday evening from a three week business trip to Tokyo. 

    I was unable to join him, but we did give the option to our three teenage children. 

    They all chose to forego the trip, citing fear of radioactive fallout as their number one concern. 

  • BOB MUELLER: Here's the way life works

    To draw a picture of the average life is not difficult. 

    We begin early in life looking forward to what we want to do, what we want to accomplish and what we want to possess. 

  • GINGER: Chocolate makes the road less rocky

    I am filled to the brim with Mackinac Island fudge, and yet I am still going to eat one more sliver. Then another. Then another. 

  • GINGER: Sharing Jesus Juice with youngsters

       “I really want that juice,” my 3-year-old son whispered as the communion trays were passed.

  • BOB MUELLER: The three elements of a personality

    The human personality is a constant interplay of three elements – inertia, energy and harmony. 

  • GINGER: And God said, ‘It’s not about you’

    In all the years we’ve been traveling to Central America, only once have I had to go to a hospital.
    Our daughter had developed an unusual rash on her arms and I needed to make sure that it wasn’t serious.
    We wouldn’t be back in the states for another month, so I warily proceeded to the local emergency room.
     It was dismal, to say the least. It was similar to what I imagine U.S. hospitals were like in the 1930s, only not so clean. The sounds reminded me of old, scary movies set in asylums.

  • BOB MUELLER: Lead by empowering others

    It’s probably easier to herd fish in the open ocean than to lead people effectively. This is proven by the mountain of books on successful management techniques and the popularity of leadership seminars.
    I don’t agree with modern advisors that people need to be managed or controlled. Do people really need to be managed? Who on earth wants to be managed? How many people want to work like a chicken in a coop that will be turned into a stewing fowl if it fails to lay an egg a day?