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Elijah, our little boy who was a baby but yesterday, is getting ready to celebrate his third birthday on Sunday. In his 2-year-old mind, it didn’t make any sense why the rest of us were all celebrating our birthdays during the summer and fall, and his turn simply would not come. Now at long … Read more

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Elijah, our little boy who was a baby but yesterday, is getting ready to celebrate his third birthday on Sunday. In his 2-year-old mind, it didn’t make any sense why the rest of us were all celebrating our birthdays during the summer and fall, and his turn simply would not come. Now at long … Read more

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I’ve spent several days over the past month providing economic forecasts on Zoom. In this pandemic year, I gave a forecast for the five states of the Great Lakes region and seven metro areas. This is a broad set of forecasts, but the pandemic makes the forecast easier to explain. The evidenc… Read more

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I’ve spent several days over the past month providing economic forecasts on Zoom. In this pandemic year, I gave a forecast for the five states of the Great Lakes region and seven metro areas. This is a broad set of forecasts, but the pandemic makes the forecast easier to explain. The evidenc… Read more

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While enjoying the beauty of our snow-covered landscape and the warmth of family and friends, Allen County Partnership for Water Quality (ACPWQ) would like to challenge residents to make sure that they are keeping local waterways in mind! This might seem like an odd request as waterways thro… Read more

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A common belief I hear repeated often is that too many young people go to college, and that more should go into the trades where they can avoid the wasteful debt of college and still earn a good living. The problem with this argument is that the few parts that are true are largely benign, an… Read more

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A common belief I hear repeated often is that too many young people go to college, and that more should go into the trades where they can avoid the wasteful debt of college and still earn a good living. The problem with this argument is that the few parts that are true are largely benign, an… Read more

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We approach a full year since the start of the COVID recession. So, it is timely to assess where the recession has turned out differently than seemed likely at the start. Some of the developments are happy, while others are not. Read more

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Even though President’s Day, Feb. 17, is officially to honor all of our former and present U.S. presidents, most everyone thinks of it as a commemoration of our two most popular and best known presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the first and 16th. In fact, in some areas of th… Read more

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St. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, is probably the happiest special observance in this country. It encompasses people of all ages expressing their affection by sending nice messages … valentines. There’s no pressure like at Thanksgiving and Christmas to get family together, prepare meals and buy … Read more

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The sun is shining, ah how wonderful. Yes, it’s cold and breezy, but the sun is shining. After months of minimal sunshine, each cheery day in the great outdoors is quite welcome. The children love curling up inside the south kitchen windows as the gentle rays kiss their cheeks, giving them a… Read more

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The new year might mean that, for some, it’s time to declutter. When selling used items, the quickest and most efficient way could be an online forum like Craiglist or Facebook Marketplace. But, instead of buyer beware, sellers should be on the lookout for scammers attempting to buy and over… Read more

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Julia came bounding in the back door on her return home from school. She enjoys her short trek through the woods that separate us from our little country school. “Mom, this is my memory verse for the week!” she exclaimed, proceeding to read it off to me. Read more

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Of all the reflections and reactions from the Jan. 6 attack on Congress, the most transcendent harkens back to Sept. 11, 2001. I can’t help but think of Todd Beamer and all those passengers aboard a hijacked jetliner. They knew they were about to die, but they fought their way into the cockp… Read more

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When starting a fitness journey, many consumers begin with finding a new gym, but 2021 may be different for some. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a concern, many consumers are looking at achieving their fitness goals from home. Read more

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After having a week off, I’m ready to get in touch with you all again. Why not have a seat in my kitchen and join me as we chat over steaming hot chocolate? These days I keep thinking of life and jigsaw puzzles. You know how you keep straining your eyes, positive that there must be a missing… Read more

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Every time I get ready for bed I am reminded of the importance of every breath I take. I have sleep apnea and use a BiPAP machine at night. The sleep apnea causes me to stop breathing in spurts without the assistance of the BiPAP machine. One of the nightly rituals is to fill its water tank … Read more

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In making New Year’s resolutions a good scripture lesson to keep in mind is Romans 12:2 — “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Read more

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Summary: Our hospital monopolies are financially damaging to Indiana’s economy and Hoosier families. On Dec. 13, I sat in front of the TV a few extra minutes basking in the Colts victory. Much to my delight, the venerable “60 Minutes” teaser announced they’d profile the civil anti-trust case… Read more

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Read more

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This week I will introduce you to the most beautiful lady I spoke with on our trip to Ohio. Her name is Mary, she is 88 years old and a grandmother to my husband, Daniel. True beauty shines through her entire being as she kindly and tenderly visits with those around her. Though her hearing i… Read more

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On Christmas Eve 1822, Santa Claus was born. Yet in various parts of the world, a man known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Abbot of Unreason, Julenissen and many other names had been associated with the Yule season since the fourth century. Read more

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If you missed last week’s column, it was an introduction to Indiana townships. That topic is continued this week and will appear several more times before the year ends. Read more

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As consumers continue to check items off their shopping lists, BBB encourages them to keep small businesses in mind as the place to shop. COVID-19 has had the largest impact on small, local businesses, so this holiday season is the perfect time to show your support. Read more

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The COVID recession played havoc with America’s labor markets as well as the official statistics that we use to describe them. This generated plenty of misunderstanding about the state of the economy. With the passage of time and supplemental surveys of workers, a clearer explanation is now … Read more

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Hank Hoosier explains his low income by saying, “We have a low cost of living in Indiana, so our income doesn’t have to be as high as elsewhere.” He pays no attention to me telling him, “Your low income is why your cost of living is low.” Read more

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Grandparents have always held an exulted position in families since the beginning of time. But it wasn’t until 1978 that they officially gained the special recognition they deserved. Read more