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I write to you from quarantine. My 8-year-old redhead and her classmates were sent home from school last week because her teacher tested positive for COVID. Thankfully, her teacher is doing well, and Ellen (and I) tested negative. Of course, like so many families, my husband and I are struggling to...
This Thanksgiving, like previous years, we will all give thanks. Unlike past years, this Thanksgiving is a time like no other. More than 55 million people worldwide have contracted the coronavirus, and more than 1.3 million people (almost 250,000 in U.S.) have died as a result of it. At this time...
This is has been a difficult year, there is no argument there. It has been a year that has tested people’s resolve, their good humor, and for some their faith. Even with everything that has happened this year there are still things to be thankful for. If you and your family are still in good health...
Those who have been reading this column often over the years know that I sometimes dip into a mixture of humor and seriousness about what is being observed each month. On the whimsical side, November is Banana Pudding Lovers Month and National Fun with Fondue Month. More seriously it’s Diabetic Eye...
The task can seem daunting. Staying positive during the COVID pandemic has felt - at times - like I am climbing Mount Everest. How can we expect to be positive when officials tell us the pandemic rages on? We can’t be with family during Thanksgiving. Our kids’ sports are cancelled, then started...
In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is a finite sequence of well-defined, computer-implementable instructions, typically to solve a class of problems or to perform a computation. To put it in layman’s terms, an algorithm is what keeps us addicted to our electronic devices. Like...
Have you ever been hurt in such a way that it needs a long time to heal? I’m not talking about the type where, as a kid, you wiped out on your bike on the street and you ended up getting this big gash that eventually scabbed over and healed by itself until the scab came off. I’m talking about...
A few weeks ago, my sixth grader, Anna, had to report to her class on a current event. She needs to report on one local, one state, one national, and one world headline throughout the school year. The students present their findings on a rotating basis, so the classroom gets a few “top news...
Sunday, Oct. 25 was a special day. After long and careful instruction, Bonnie’s and my son, Mecca, along with 11 others, were confirmed in St. John Lutheran Church. The “affirmation of baptism” is a big event. It was supposed to be witnessed by a lot of family at the church and at home. However...
Sunday, Oct. 25 was a special day. After long and careful instruction, Bonnie’s and my son, Mecca, along with 11 others, were confirmed in St. John Lutheran Church. The “affirmation of baptism” is a big event. It was supposed to be witnessed by a lot of family at the church and at home. However...

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