On communities, hearing and news media

On communities, hearing and news media

Mark Kelly, of Independence Township, dead at 63. The news from friends that our mutual friend, Mark P. Kelly had passed, presumably peacefully in his sleep, shocked me. Like with the passing of any person, it’s not only a loss to loved ones, family and friends. When any person passes the community loses something, too. […]

I miss Noah, the one-eyed groundhog

I miss Noah, the one-eyed groundhog

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when reporting local news for a community newspaper was a heck of a lot easier. A few decades ago really were simpler times. While I understand times do change and folks have to roll with the punches or get run over, I can still […]

An interesting Word of The Year

An interesting Word of The Year

The year is almost a month old already and I have laid another birthday to rest and as I sit here and type my fourth Don’t Rush Me column of 2022, I remembered I haven’t written about my Word of The Year . . . yet. As a refresher to regular readers and to fill […]

A town without its own newspaper?

A town without its own newspaper?

I think I’m on a mini “roll” lately. Last week I hopped up on my soapbox and proclaimed what the role of a community paper is. I waxed philosophically about informing, educating and entertaining and your community newspaper. Community newspapers also help local businesses promote themselves. After writing that, I took a deep breath and […]

New(ish) year same mission: observe, inform, etc

New(ish) year same mission: observe, inform, etc

Gosh, we’re into the second week of yet another year, and I just figured out, we have only 50 weeks left to make all of our goals — personal, financial and in business. As I pondered how far I am already behind schedule this year, far above me I heard familiar voices. From somewhere in […]

It’s Christmas week and I look for hope

It’s Christmas week and I look for hope

It’s here. Christmas week and despite all that happened a few weeks ago, I will look for hope. It’s the season of hope that propels me to tap, tap, tippity-tap, tap on my keyboard. For so long it didn’t feel like the Christmas season and then it snowed on Saturday — about three inches of […]

As the nation turns its eyes to Oxford

As the nation turns its eyes to Oxford

By now there’s nary a soul in the entire United States of America who hasn’t thought of the Oxford community and the victims of a school shooting which left four students dead plus six more students and one teacher wounded from the gun fire. Our community newspaper The Oxford Leader was already ready for press […]

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for lots of stuff

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for lots of stuff

Every night I tend to reflect on the hours I was awake that day. Did I fail, hurt or belittle any person, situation or entity (on purpose or unintentionally). If I answer to myself, “yes” I figure out what needs to happen the next day to make things right. (Most nights, thankfully, the affirmative answer […]

There was a little kerfuffle down there

There was a little kerfuffle down there

This past Sunday I watched the The Mexico City Grand Prix (previously known as the Mexican Grand Prix) and aside from the vehicles, what I found most entertaining were the (I am guessing) British announcers. Not only did it show they were super excited to be in the broadcast booth, but I loved their vocabulary. […]