When parents become locusts — the Easter egg hunt tragedy

It’s a sad state of affairs when you find parents acting more childish than the kids. It’s really bad when they do it during a holiday. I was sitting at home on Easter, recovering from a nasty cold, when I came across a story about an Easter egg hunt gone horribly wrong. The Pez candy…

New Peanuts movie keeps spirit of creator’s vision alive

I’m a sucker for the classics, for originals. I like many of the things I saw and experienced from my childhood, and I always feel a little bit of trepidation when there’s an announcement that something is going to be redone, revamped or rebooted. Those terms are usually code for “We’ve seen it done this…

The presidential election ride, where no one can hear you scream

It’s just under eight months until the general presidential election, but it feels like a neverending story—a neverending horror story. Primary elections have been underway since early February, sometimes one state at a time, sometimes multiple states on the same day, engaged in a shell game to win a magic number of delegates. Not many…

Fact or fiction? The inner workings of the reality in novels

This week, schools are celebrating “Read Across America” with a wide variety of reading activities. Definitely a positive thing, in my view, as it promotes lifelong reading, which is good, as no readers in the world would result in my life not having any meaning. I don’t write a lot regarding the intricacies of crafting…

Pledge of Allegiance alive and well in schools

You hear the old-school patriots bemoaning the fact that the Pledge of Allegiance is no longer recited in school. They should come to Shawano and see the holes in their argument. This morning, I walked outside to start up my car and allow it to warm up before heading to work. I always bring my…