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Power-watching K-dramas

February 13, 2016 For the last few months, I’ve been engrossed in Korean dramas, “K-dramas,” as I’ve called them. Mainly I gravitate toward the “slice of life” romantic comedy show. more »»

On the porch …

February 13, 2016 Happy Valentine’s Day! The photograph featured this week is the cover of a vintage Valentine’s Day card from the museum’s collection. more »»

From butter, to leader

February 13, 2016 It’s not every student who has a likeness of their face carved into a block of butter. But then again, Sabrina Ley is not your average studen. more »»

Age and medicine

February 10, 2016 You can call me “old,” but don’t call me “elderly.” For some reason “old” seems OK, as it merely refers to a number of years. more »»

It’s all about food

February 10, 2016 The results of a recent survey were interesting and a bit shocking to me. more »»

Taking care of the heart

February 10, 2016 Diamond, flowers, chocolates or a hug for your favorite person. Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming up — a day set aside to tell those dear to you how much they mean to yo. more »»

The big day

February 10, 2016 Just when one Big Day — Super Bowl Sunday — is over, another Big Day looms ominously on the horizon: the momentous occasion known as Valentine’s Day. more »»

Childhood memories

February 8, 2016 Part I: Going through my keepsakes recently, I came across the following account written by my mother in the 1960s, describing her family’s move north in 1904 from a prairie farm outside Hanley Fall... more »»

Your Social Security benefit statement

February 8, 2016 It’s that time of year again: time to start preparing to file your taxes. more »»

Editor's column: Don’t underestimate the power of a good Buddy

February 6, 2016 It was 1991. I was a freshman in college. My plate was full — new friends, work study, baseball. Plus, I had my cool job as a sports writer at the Independent. My life was full. more »»

Merging finances when you begin a life together

February 6, 2016 When a couple makes the decision to bring their lives together, it’s inevitable that their financial lives will become intertwined. more »»

How to be popular

February 5, 2016 I was definitely not popular in school, especially middle and high school. I had glasses, braces, short permed hair my freshman year and was painfully shy. more »»

On the porch

February 5, 2016 A couple of days ago, Mary Peterson Grota emailed a photograph of her great-grandfather, Jacob Eastman. more »»

Theater on the move

February 5, 2016 SMSU will take its show, “The Near-Sighted Knight and the Far-Sighted Dragon,” on the road this month to area schools in an ambitious outreach effort by SMSU theater faculty and actors/actresses. more »»

Let’s ‘wing’ it

February 3, 2016 Super Bowl Sunday is filled with food, festivities and fun — not to mention watching football! Whether you are the hostess or the guest of the party, you can have a great time watching the game... more »»

Sometimes it is what it is...

February 3, 2016 We have the best of intentions, but...sometimes it is what it is. It’s that “but...” that I’d like to discuss with you. You know how it is. more »»

The lost boy

February 3, 2016 One Sunday morning when I was a youngster, we came home from church to discover that there was a lost boy somewhere out in our farmstead’s grove. more »»

Theater on the prairie

February 1, 2016 Part IV: Movies came into existence before World War I — they were interrupted in the 1940s by World War II — then in the 1950s they were shoved into the background by television. more »»

Editor's column: The Donald lured me in a bit, but I’m off the hook now

January 30, 2016 I tried. I tried to go along, at least a little bit, with Donald Trump. I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. I tried to tell people, “Hey, it’s good he’s speaking his mind — it’s refreshing. more »»

I’m a Barbie girl

January 30, 2016 Like most girls, I had Barbie dolls when I was younger. Mind you, I didn’t get too many new ones. more »»



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