As tragic as Parkland school shooting is, it could have been worse

It’s become an all-too-common phenomenon to see reports of school shootings etched in our newspapers and splashed on our television and computer screens. It has been an increasing wave in the last 20 years. The latest tragedy in Parkland, Florida, has sparked anger and a call for action, and with the incredible reach of the …

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Signs were there, but steps weren’t taken

While many folks generally have passing thoughts about Florida, it’s usually because the weather down there is much warmer, and we’re wishing we were down there. However, our thoughts of Florida have gone from envy of endless beaches and warm winds to sorrow and anger as yet another school shooting has taken place, this one …

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Getting her own star doesn’t go to Minnie Mouse’s head

After 90 years, a grave injustice has been remedied, and many folks are wondering what took so long. No, someone wasn’t vindicated of a crime he or she didn’t commit. It was more a case of giving someone her just desserts, and in this case, it was cheesecake—heavy emphasis on the cheese. On Monday, Minnie …

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Authors have to take a stab at evolution when writing

People who read series enjoy seeing the characters evolve, grow into something, make improvements, suffer setbacks and more. Many of us evolve in real life—not all, but many—so it makes sense that our favorite fictional characters do the same. I just finished the first draft of A Murder Shatters Peaceful Valley, and in taking a …

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Polar bear plunges bring out newspaper columnist’s frigid personality

How many of you have participated in a Polar Bear Plunge? For those of you who haven’t even heard of the concept, it involves jumping into frigid water in the dead of winter. It’s a tradition in many Wisconsin communities. For those of you who love to participate in the plunge, I’ve got something to …

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