No better way to spend an afternoon than with authors

Have you ever spent an afternoon with the authors? I realize this might conjure up images of Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King getting together to play a game of poker, but such a concept exists. Since 2015, the Shawano City-County Library has hosted its Afternoon With the Authors, giving the…

Writing book not the end of an author’s journey

You’ve written your book. You’ve put it through rigorous editing and gone through all the hoops needed to get it published. Now what? Putting “The End” on a novel does not mean the process is finished. You’ve written an amazing story, but unless you shout that news from the top of the bell tower in…

Go hug your family in memory of those who can’t

I think the next time I see my two nieces, I’m going to hug them a little tighter. It’s the least I can do after finding out two friends of mine from high school will be hugging one of their sons for the last time. Most of you who’ve read my blog know about Kris…

Cute puppy photos? I’ll show you cute puppy photos!

It’s fairly easy to take photos of people. Lump them together and snap the shutter, and you’ll easily capture an image of friends and/or family for all to see. You might have an occasional grump who doesn’t want a photo taken, but otherwise, there’s not a huge challenge. That’s not the case with puppies. Oh,…

LGBT community shamed enough without help from its own brethren

There’s a saying about lies, damned lies and statistics. Television ratings are statistics, and they’re believed to be the barometer to indicate whether a show is a success. On Monday, the miniseries “When We Rise,” which chronicles the rise of the LGBT movement, debuted on ABC. There were 2.94 million viewers who watched the program…

Maybe we need a ‘Day Without Police Officers’

As I was watching the news this morning, there was an item that reminded me of the Old West. I’m not talking about wagon trains and dysentery. I’m talking about an attempt to take the law in your own hands. What if we didn’t have police officers to keep our streets safe? What if we…

Bible more than what ‘LGBT News’ bogus description claims

The civil rights struggle has been a long one for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. To move forward and find common ground, it’s important to not be judgmental of the other side. For the longest time, religious organizations were the biggest impediment to equal rights when it came to marriage, adopting children, etc….

A visit to the animal house, or life on the lamb

Growing up on a farm, I was constantly exposed to animals. Dogs and cats roamed through the house. Chickens wandered through the yard, rabbits were resting in cages, and horses made their paths in the pasture. One thing I never saw when I was growing up were lambs in the house. Under most circumstances, they’re…