DISABILITIES By Daniel J. Vance, MS, LPCC

One Arm Softball Star Shines Part 1 I feature Katelyn Pavey of Lanesville, Indiana, this week and next. She and her improbable, feel-good story are well worth the read—and her can-do attitude over the telephone was infectious. Besides having been born 17 years ago missing her left arm from the elbow down, Katelyn made All-Conference […]

Thinking Out Loud by Greg Allen

Unprincipled Clan (s) Someone asked the other day if we’re close to another depression. I’ve done research on the Great Depression and things got quite bad. The Great Depression not only affected the United States, but spread worldwide – sound familiar? Commodities had to be rationed, banks collapsed, and a quarter of the population was […]

Miles of Memories by Brenda Miles

Losing those Last Five Pounds There it was in the mail…totally unexpected and leaving me totally unprepared. Two of the old gang from college had decided we needed to get together for another “reunion weekend” since we’d not seen each other forever. After graduation, we’d vowed to get together once a year. This was later […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“The End is NOT Near” Over at the VFW last Thursday night, Fernando Smedley drew some unnecessary attention to himself by planting his forehead into a large pile of mashed potatoes, nearly missing the Brussel sprouts and the chicken fried steak sitting on his dinner plate. Fortunately, it wasn’t a heart attack or a piece […]

Miles of Memories by Brenda Miles

“June Meant VBS and Revival Meetings” School let out the last of May but, for me, summer vacation didn’t begin until late June after Vacation Bible School and the Baptist and Methodist revivals were over. These required me getting up just as early as if I were still in school. There were three churches in […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

Viva la Femme Baron Hawkings Smedley issued his much anticipated Millennia Revelation, titled “A Good Man is Hard to Find!” last weekend. This publication summarizes the status of how the people of the world have fared in the last one hundred years as measured by the major issues of life – things like morality, justice, […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“There is NOW Peace in the Valley” It wasn’t looking good for either side in the recent national “Bathroom War,” a very contentious issue that rattled the cages of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender people (LGBT) and their well-intentioned supporters and the cages holding the morality-driven Social/Religious Conservatives (SRC) folks. Many states viewed the Federal […]

Miles of Memories by Brenda Miles

“CHOW CHOW & SWEET DREAMS” Mama helped Daddy in the store while I was young. The store was on the other end of the acre where our house was located. Willie Mae stayed with me during weekdays, but Mama often worked late at the store. Especially on Friday and Saturday nights when country people came in […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“Curiosity in the Forth Grade” “Raise your hand, please.” These are the words Mrs. Loveless spoke when she noticed Tommy Smith squirming in his seat located in the back row of her fourth grade classroom over at Shirley Elementary School. “All right, what is it, Tommy?” she asked after acknowledging Tommy’s raised hand. “I need […]

Thinking Out Loud by Greg Allen

Unprincipled Clan(s) Around the beginning of April, a friend of mine shared something that would later trigger an epiphany in me. He said: “Greg, my wife and I are Christians and neither one of us vote because we see no distinction between Democrats and Republicans.” Political ads then began to inundate our television sets and […]