Toes are meant to be seen and not housed

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life My toes are always the first to come and the last to go. As the seasons change, and the weather warms in the spring, I can’t wait to get rid of my real shoes in exchange for sandals. Weeks before the warm weather actually arrives, I polish my toes in…

This is Sunshine Week

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The weather this week may not reflect it, but this is Sunshine Week in America. Not the weather kind of sunshine, but the light that America’s newspapers shine on local government, in particular. Studies show that towns without active local newspapers tend to pay higher taxes. Why? Because there is…

Exercise your right to know, during Sunshine Week and beyond

By Ray Cooney, The Commercial Review Sunshine is great. But it only matters if you take advantage of it. The following situation has played out at public meetings recently: Concerned resident: “I’m upset because I had no idea this was going on.” Public official: “Well, we’ve had announcements on the radio. And information has been…

Let’s aim for better than ‘normal’

Jean Matua “From the Heart It’s been one year since the world shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Back then, most of us thought it would only be a few weeks of disruption to our lives. Boy, were we wrong. Whether we acknowledge it or not, the pandemic affected every aspect of our lives.…

Stepping forward

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” I’m still struggling, but I know I have to step forward on a path I wouldn’t have considered six months ago. Because it didn’t exist six months ago. The rest of the world is business as usual. People all around me are walking on the paths of their choosing. I…

You’ve got this

By Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” We all have something that seems just out of reach, just beyond our grasp. Whatever it is – you’ve got this. To the 4 year old who just wants to ride a bike like her 6-year-old sister, but despite being in training with dad running behind for the last…

Finding the meaning of life on aisle 10

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” Today a strange man approached me. Well, he wasn’t actually strange as in green ears and three arms; he was just strange to me. In other words, I didn’t know the guy. But there he was, walking straight in my direction, giving obvious eye contact, in aisle 12 at the…

When I wasn’t looking

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” It’s been nearly two months and I still keep his phone charged. I check it each morning. We didn’t share the same thumbprint, but I knew his password, as he did mine. It was like that between us. We shared almost everything. I know taking his phone off the account…

I’m not strong

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” Lately people have been telling me that I’m strong. They admire my strength. They don’t know how they’d do it if they were in my shoes. “You’re so strong,” they say, often with admiration. Except I’m not. I’m not strong. And although I appreciate the sentiment and the compassion behind…

Time for a new New Year?

Jean Matua “From the Heart” With all things as they are, perhaps this is the year to add something new to your New Year traditions. It certainly can’t hurt, right? For some reason, I started thinking about the different ways in which people around the world celebrate the New Year, and that maybe there are…