Today's Opinions

  • Soothing Yourself

    Sometimes a problem looks and feels severe when I am hungry, exhausted, overwhelmed or stressed.  It’s hard to trust who I am when I feel pushed around by my own moods and emotions.

    Knowing how to soothe myself can radically change the situation.  Soothing yourself is a skill that is easily learned but must be practiced.  It switches off the response in the brain that produces a racing heart, limited thinking, tense muscles, sweaty hands, sleeplessness and even panic, anxiety and depression. 

  • Eat your veggies!

    When I was a child there were quite a few vegetables that I didn’t like. My parents often told me to sit there until I finished eating my vegetables or worse yet no dessert until I finished eating everything.  

    How about those poor starving kids in China or Africa?  

    I was able to learn which vegetables my dog would eat under the table.  I also learned ways to hide the vegetables under the plate, in a napkin, or in a pocket.  

  • Now Open: Fall Beau Hunting Season

    Hubby recently asked, “Have you ever gone bow hunting?” 

    “Oh, certainly!  It used to be one of my favorite pastimes.”

    “Really? I didn’t know that.”

    “Yes, I went every weekend; sometimes with a group of girlfriends and sometimes by myself. I loved the thrill of the hunt!  I would get the prey within my sight, and in no time flat, I had him bagged.”

    “I don’t understand.  If you were such an avid bow hunter, how come I never knew about it?”

  • Conservationists in Action

    In a year when the monarch butterfly population is at its’ lowest in history, it was doubtful I would have been able to offer the Monarch Butterfly Program to area school children without the help of some very giving individuals. 

  • Cautionary Tale
  • Disappointed with coverage

    I am sorely disappointed in the coverage that these papers have given to our local school’s marching bands lately!

    We have three high schools in our county, two of these high schools have competition marching bands.  

    Do you realize what these remarkable young people in our county accomplish?  

    Do you understand the hours of practice,the number of hot days of band camp in the summer or the dedication that these youths devote to this pursuit?

  • A Killer Among Us
  • Schools, students perform well

    The leaves are turning and fall break is just around the corner — I can’t believe how quickly the first two months of school have gone by. I have to give credit to our teachers and staff for their amazing ability to quickly get students back into the swing of things. From day one, they hit the ground running and got students engaged in learning. I am so thankful we have that kind of staff. 

    I also owe a debt of gratitude to our parents and community who provide endless support to students both inside and outside the classroom.