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Opinions

Marie Croy

Marie (Wray) Croy, 88 of Solon, died Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Solon Nursing Care Center.
Memorial services were held Sunday, April 19, at Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, followed by a reception for family and friends at the funeral home. Visitation was on Sunday at the funeral home. Burial took place after the service and luncheon at the Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty.

Am I lucky or what?

Food For Thought

For the largest part of my life, I’ve been just plain lucky. When I was a child, I believed my good fortune was a combination of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and my parents– pretty much in that order. I guess I outgrew the Tooth Fairy first. After all, we have only so many baby teeth to lose and then the shiny dimes no longer appear under the pillow.

Go fly a kite

Food For Thought

My mother used to tell me and my sisters to do just that quite often in early spring. She wasn’t telling us to go away, however, she meant that we should get outdoors, get some fresh air and exercise and literally FLY A KITE.

April fool!

Food For Thought

My mother used the same April fool prank every year– and I always fell for it. She’d come bustling into my room, full of her usual, early-morning energy and sing out, “Time to get up. And dress warm. It snowed in the night!”
I’d struggle up out of the depths of my deep sleep, totally unaware of what day it was, and squint toward the window, seeing nothing but sky and a few bare tree branches. With the fog beginning to clear in my brain, I tried to remember if it was a school day. Did I have to get up so early, or could I just acknowledge the news and go back to sleep?

Room for disagreement

Is there such a thing as being too civil?

Is there such a thing as being too civil?
I argue there can be too much civility when it comes to boards of government officials elected to represent a wide range of constituents.
Once, someone I highly respected told me we should value those who ask hard questions and don’t accept easy answers. (Shamefully, I can’t remember who offered this maxim, but I repeat it frequently, yet fail to attribute it. Please, if this sage advice belongs to you, come forward and let me recognize and thank you.)

A spicy tale

Food For Thought

Winter seems to be conducive to browsing and learning.
I suppose that’s a throwback to my childhood days when I resisted joining my sisters in some of those damp and chilly outdoor activities in favor of curling up in Dad’s big chair with a good book.

Facebook friends and foes

Walkin'

“Are you a socialist?” a Facebook friend asked me recently.
He’s very much a right wing, Limbaugh to Hannity to Fox, kind of guy. Not only does he hate liberals but he’s sure liberals, even the president, hates America.
To me there is no logic to this belief, and it makes me angry. I served four years in the Army; you can eat poison and die if you think I hate this country. And it’s as likely that Obama hates America as it is Steve Jobs hated computers.
“It just doesn’t track,” I want to shake them and yell.

Just wondering….

Does anyone else marvel at the things many of us, as citizens of the United States and members of the work force, take for granted?
Nearly every day, I catch myself in a mindset of entitlement, expecting that my tap water should run clear, my toilets should flush away things to a place where I never have to see them again, my roads should be travelable and I should be able to publicly express personal beliefs without being caned.

About that box of chocolates

Food For Thought

A heart-shaped box of chocolate-covered candies is one of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts, along with red roses, jewelry and anything heart-shaped.
I was lucky enough to be at a Valentine’s Day party where we were served some incredibly delicious desserts, one of which was a white chocolate mousse. It was so delicious that I consulted my favorite cookbook, hoping to find a recipe for something similar. In the process, I discovered that white chocolate isn’t chocolate at all—but a product of vegetable fats, coloring and flavors.

The Aussie snake diet

walkin'

Sit down because I have something shocking to tell you about our recent trip to Australia: I lost my appetite.
I can hear you pleading, “say it isn’t so, Brian,” but it’s true, I simply wasn’t hungry in the land down under.

Growing pains, growing gains

Dear City of Tiffin; you’ve come a long way, baby.

Getting over it

Food For Thought

“Does one ever get over loneliness?” asked my friend Richard whose wife of 62 years had died about a year ago. That long-lived marriage between high school sweethearts had survived all the usual hurdles of life including the tragic death of their only daughter. I could relate to that, I’ve learned that some things can’t be “gotten over” and that we simply must get accustomed to them and keep going.
Two of the kindest people I’ve known in my lifetime, they chose to stay right there in the hometown where we all went to kindergarten together and graduated together.