If Pyle were alive and writing today as a 45-year-old journalist, he'd likely telling the stories of people on the front lines of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. "One thing he would certainly jump on is the first defenders — the nurses and medical people helping all the sick, the under-equipped and understaffed workers," said Gerald Maschino, executive director of the Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation.

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Several times a year the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) gets an update. The dictionary, almost universally accepted as the authority on the English language, has a team of experts and a stringent system in place to keep the words updated and flowing. First published in 1884, the dictionary …

The great American playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder was an enthusiastic and inspired walker. He once wrote that “…one day’s walk is productive of one fifteen-minute scene.”

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The classroom seemed lonely last night, the only room in the building with a light on. Six tables were arranged to a six-point star, housing 12 people in a room that on some occasions had held 60. Our small group met at the church building for a couple of hours on the quiet Tuesday night.

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With apologies to the many truly kind-hearted women named Karen, “Karen” is the code word among restaurant servers and other customer service workers for a customer who feels entitled and demands her own way at the expense of others. Karen behavior is often loud and obnoxious — “I want to se…

The last few months have been the most agonizing of my entire life. I don’t think I am alone in that. COVID has separated us physically, frightened the bajeezus out of us, and turned us into mask-wearing people no longer able to touch each other. The tension was already high because some ink…

A few days ago the heating element in our oven burned out for the second time in two years. I ordered a new one online, but it won’t get here until next week. In the meantime, we’re preparing food with stovetop burners and microwave. Like many things, an oven is something that you don’t real…

Congress continues to wrestle with finding the best way to stimulate the staggered giant of the American economy. Some suggest providing citizens with another incentive check. Others suggest that payroll tax cuts would help not only the workers by providing more take-home money in their pock…

The maddeningly bizarre social media food-fights over the value of face masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19 won’t end just because Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb mandated Hoosiers to wear them.

INDIANAPOLIS – A day after Gov. Eric Holcomb had to tamp down rumors relegating COVID-19 as a “hoax” and conspiracy, and President Trump finally asked “everybody” to wear a face mask, Indiana became the third state headed by a Republican governor to mandate the now-controversial facial coverings.

In this time of national nervousness, with pandemic fears and civil unrest widening our already vast political divide, I am just one of the little people waiting for the change our leaders have promised.

It is really uncomfortable. The thing restrains me too much. There are too many places where it doesn’t fit right. This really is an infringement upon my freedoms. I always forget to wear it. The government has no right to tell me what to do. Initially, their use was to be voluntary.

As a 33-year-old skater stuck in my parents’ retirement community since COVID, I love skateboarding Louisville’s Extreme Park. Recently, I was approached at the park by WDRB’s news anchor, Joel Shipper. He inquired if knew about the murder of 20-year-old Keith Cortez Malone, Jr. that occurre…

Personally, I haven’t noticed very many people wearing face masks in public lately. At the end of June, however, a Pew Research Center survey found that over 65% of Americans claimed that they wore face masks when visiting stores or other businesses. About 16% of adults, however, say they ha…

Sunday, July 12, 2020, was a different kind of day in Jeffersonville. As a police officer it had to be a pretty scary day. In their honor a group of well-intentioned citizens responded to a woman from another community reaching out to honor those in Blue. A counter statement to all those spe…

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We are turning our attention this summer to the two small epistles written by the Apostle Peter. Influenced by his own aggressive personality traits and the impact of the interaction with Jesus Christ, Peter has taken a significant role of leadership in the early church.

Everyone, from Gov. Eric Holcomb to parents, teachers, students and employers, yearns to reopen schools and universities within the next three to four weeks. But parents are consumers, and most want schools to reopen when it is safe to do so.

On the Fourth of July, the radio program This American Life repeated an episode that described the art of the deal for car dealerships. The show argued that the buying of a car was a quintessential American experience. The automobile industry is central to the economy and most Americans purc…

About a week ago, my grandson wanted to see a jar filled with fossils that I keep on an ancient pie safe in what once served as a breezeway. The deep green Ball canning jar I handed to him is one of a half-dozen I’ve filled with Indian beads and Lake Michigan beach stones, marbles and buckeyes.

Personally, most of the time the COVID pandemic remains a perplexing enigma. The effects are seen in how life unfolds each day. Business and industry have altered their schedules or closed indefinitely. Entertainment opportunities have changed. Even the way we celebrated Independence Day was…

My grandson lost his job at a ski resort in Colorado after early closure due to COVID-19. His employer paid each worker two weeks salary, and advised them to apply for unemployment. He wasn’t having that. Single, with no dependents and in good health, my grandson used his stimulus check to r…

During the COVID-19 pandemic a lot of people have been working from home using video conferencing. One of the most popular platforms, Zoom, has a lot of desirable features. The one, however, that people seem to like the best is the ability to pick almost any images or video clip to use as a …

I read an interesting article today on the economics of poverty; it was a guest column in another paper and it had some interesting points on the issue of race and poverty. From an economist point of view it made sense, many points I agreed with. I do believe we have a larger discussion on t…

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This morning as I added to my growing list of questions I’d like to ask God when I see him (“What do babies dream about?” Why love bugs — and fleas?” “What’s this coronavirus really all about?”), I remembered that God has questions of his own.

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