Opinion

Ask everyone what they’re getting the senior citizen in their life, and you’ll most likely hear: “I don’t know. They have everything.” This is true for many folks. When you reach the golden years, you’ve lived a full life and have amassed a lot of stuff. Buying Christmas presents can be difficult...
"Mom, I really like our Christmas tree. It's not like other people's trees... Ours doesn't match." ~ Ellen, age 8   Oh, the joys of Christmas! My little redhead is correct. Our tree does not "match." It will never be featured in a magazine. It's not much to look at, until you look closely. Every...
This past weekend I was at two events that featured Santa. There were many children who’s faces burst into wide grins when they saw him up on a fire engine from the New Prague Fire Department during the Santa Cruise Through New Prague or seated among trees and presents at Elko New Market’s...
There are definitely struggles for everyone when it comes to dealing with COVID-19. With all-school Distance Learning just starting at WEM, there are concerns from parents, students, and staff at how things will work. I know that the administration and staff have put in many, many hours trying...
With about three weeks before Christmas this year is likely going to be a very different holiday season. It will fit in well with the rest of 2020. The majority of the year has been different mainly due to the world dealing with a pandemic. This may be a year where instead of large boisterous...
I write to you from quarantine. My 8-year-old redhead and her classmates were sent home from school last week because her teacher tested positive for COVID. Thankfully, her teacher is doing well, and Ellen (and I) tested negative. Of course, like so many families, my husband and I are struggling to...
This Thanksgiving, like previous years, we will all give thanks. Unlike past years, this Thanksgiving is a time like no other. More than 55 million people worldwide have contracted the coronavirus, and more than 1.3 million people (almost 250,000 in U.S.) have died as a result of it. At this time...
This is has been a difficult year, there is no argument there. It has been a year that has tested people’s resolve, their good humor, and for some their faith. Even with everything that has happened this year there are still things to be thankful for. If you and your family are still in good health...
Those who have been reading this column often over the years know that I sometimes dip into a mixture of humor and seriousness about what is being observed each month. On the whimsical side, November is Banana Pudding Lovers Month and National Fun with Fondue Month. More seriously it’s Diabetic Eye...
The task can seem daunting. Staying positive during the COVID pandemic has felt - at times - like I am climbing Mount Everest. How can we expect to be positive when officials tell us the pandemic rages on? We can’t be with family during Thanksgiving. Our kids’ sports are cancelled, then started...

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