This Week In Our Small-Town Police Blotter: Colloquialisms In the Police Report

Our weekly newspaper often uses colloquialisms in their news stories about local law enforcement activities.  Of course the law enforcement officials themselves may use these words in their official police reports, and the newspaper may simply repeat what is in the reports.  Regardless, people from other parts of the country might not understand the stories.  An example this…

Earthquake !!

I was sitting in our front room last night watching an episode of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on TV when it sounded as if several people were stamping their feet on the front porch.  My rational mind told me no one was on the porch, but we do live in a rural area, and I was…

My Journey Into the Land of Obamacare, Episode Two: Yippee! I Signed Up

WARNING: It’s an insurance company that’s messing things up here, not the government.  If you are one of my friends or acquaintances who dislikes the Affordable Care Act or, in fact, dislikes everything about President Obama, read at your own risk.  It might change your mind… Back in November I wrote about my need for…

My Journey Into the Land of Obamacare

Lost and Found In 2011, I lost my employer-provided health insurance when I decided to stop working full time.  The pace of a full time teaching job, with its long hours and coming home at night to spend several more hours grading, became too much.  I have fibromyalgia, and my hands are slowly becoming crippled…

This week in our small-town police blotter: An unexpected ride to jail

There were six stories in the police blotter this week: one about an attempted break-in; four about thefts or attempted thefts of a lawn tractor, a weed trimmer, a hot water heater, and household items including guns; and this one about an unexpected ride to jail… “A deputy responded to a report of a woman…

Make All Places Sacred…Make All People Holy

The Sikh faith is the 5th largest religion in the world.  It is a monotheistic religion, founded in the 15th century in the Punjab region which today straddles the border between India and Pakistan. One of the major principles of the faith is equality of all people regardless of caste, color, class, culture, gender, wealth, or…