The sun always comes up. Her story.

The sun always comes up. Her story.

And, now for the exciting conclusion — Part 2 of a two-part Don’t Rush Me column.  If you missed Part 1, click HERE — Don * * * As I write, I’ve been sitting on this, mulling things over in my head for seven days. What would I write? How can I complete the circle […]

Shirley Rush, 84

Former Independence Township resident Shirley Anne Rush passed away Aug. 31, 2021, with family nearby. She had battled heart and kidney issues for the last few years. Shirley was the beloved wife of the late Donald W. Rush; loving mother of Donald P. Rush, Barb (Jeff) Felker, Patricia Wallace, and Nancy (Alex) Piper; devoted grandmother […]

The unforgiven

The unforgiven

You know, I am not a hateful man. I am not one to hold a grudge. I find it a waste of time and energy to hold anger in my heart towards another human. I reckon somehow the part of the prayer which goes, “ . . . forgive us our trespasses as we forgive […]

Weather for the wicked and baseball

Weather for the wicked and baseball

The other Wednesday (Aug. 11) the heavens opened, the winds raged and the rain poured. By Thursday morning area residents woke to the rumble of generators and the roar of chainsaws as their neighbors powered up their homes and started the long process of clearing trees and debris from their homes, cars, property and roads. […]

Boy, how time has changed me

Boy, how time has changed me

Yeah. I like to think of myself as this stoic, unmovable rock — someone folks can rely on for common sense, strength and security. Mr. Consistency. I project this image as the unchanging sage, and yet I looked inward and saw it’s all an illusion. I’m a smackin’ frackin’ mockery of that strong rock. Like […]

Thoughts here one second, gone the next.

Thoughts here one second, gone the next.

I was pondering a thought the other day, and like most days when I ponder thoughts I got distracted. Like the famed dog who is calm and all lovey-dovey until a squirrel is seen out the window, when I am in deep, intellectual thought, introspection or reflection, something will zip across my thought-scape and everything […]

Kathleen Coates, 92

Kathleen Marie Coates died peacefully in her home at age 92 on July 9, 2021 in Melbourne, Florida. Kay was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, James Coates, (who had recently passed this last March), her parents William and Grace Katke, and her brother William Katke, Jr. (Barbara). She is survived by […]

Life is like baseball

Life is like baseball

Baseball. For the past few months a thought has been bouncing around inside my noggin’ like a game of pepper before a game . . . baseball . . . . . baseball . . . hardball . . . curveball . . . it ain’t over . . . fat lady singing . . […]

Forget CRT. It’s time for some good ol’ CDT!

Forget CRT. It’s time for some good ol’ CDT!

This whole Critical Race Theory (CRT) seems to be a spectacle in the making — a mud-slinging contest which could go on for years. So, why talk about it now? Why get bent out of shape for something “they” say “isn’t” taught in elementary and secondary schools? Why? It came to me the other evening, […]

Township resident, author Warner passes

Township resident, author Warner passes

Local mystery/thriller author B. David Warner passed away earlier this year at the age of 77 Mr. Warner lived in Independence Township in the vicinity of Walters Lake. He was born on August 6, 1943 to Ruth and Dr. Bernard Warner. He passed away on April 3, 2021. His two novels, Freeze Frame and Dead […]