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Columns

  • Looking forward to ‘looking back’

    Looking Back has been one of the most popular features of The Springfield Sun since I came on board last September. It’s the first thing most people want to talk to me about when they find out I’m a Sun reporter.

    My response is always the same: “Thank Connie Michalski.”

  • The many faces of co-ed softball

    This past weekend, I had the privilege of playing in a co-ed softball tournament in Lebanon; I remember because I still can’t walk without soreness bolting through both legs.

    The tournament was a fundraiser for John Stuart and Ann-Caitlin Mattingly’s daughter, Emma. I went to high school with both of Emma’s parents and I can say that they’re more than deserving of the tremendous support shown to their family on Saturday.

  • Climate change: no longer “if”

    During summer breaks my last two years in college, I sold cemetery property door to door in Houston, Texas. One of my favorite sales pitches was the line, “It’s not a matter of if, but when and where and under what circumstances you will need cemetery property.”

  • ‘Jesus wept’

    “Jesus wept.”
    - John 11:35

    This past week was a bad week.

    In one, a young family that I wrote about once lost their ten-year-old daughter after a long and painful illness. In another, a young man who is a friend of my son, lost his father unexpectedly. He and his two siblings had lost their mother a couple of years earlier.

    What can you do when good people suffer such heart-breaking tragedies?

  • Rock climbing adventure

    “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”
    - William Feather

    You know, when I was young and single, I got to do a lot of interesting adventures.

    I joined the U.S. Navy at 17 and saw a lot of ocean and Europe in the process. I even watched us collide with another ship and nearly sink it.

    I drove a motorcycle from Kentucky to Daytona Beach when I was 19 on my learner’s permit.

  • ‘This dream was not for sale’

    Even if you’re not a horse racing fan, you’ve got to love the story of how this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, California Chrome, fulfilled the dream of his owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin. It’s a story that inspires us to dream big and take the necessary steps to give dreams a chance of being realized.

  • A letter to Natalie

    Dear Natalie,
    I just wanted to introduce myself to you and set the ground rules for our new relationship. You may only be a month old, but I figure it’s never too early to get things off on the right foot.

    First off, I am your Grandpaw. I have staked out that name. It’s mine.

    You can call your other grandfather whatever you like except Grandpaw. I have a few suggestions, such as Gramps, Grandad, Granddaddy, grand pappy, Granpop or Bobo.

    But remember, I am your one and only Grandpaw.

  • The victory of staying with it

    The year was 1965. We — my mother, dad, and older brother, Mark — had just finished supper.

    That’s when Eric called to speak to Mark.

  • Capitalism vs. Government

    Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell.
    - Unknown Author

    I hold three college degrees, including a Master of Business Administration. My specialty is accounting, with 25 years of experience in the area. I’ve worked for the government, a non-profit, and for the past 20 years at a manufacturing company.

  • All alone

    You know, it’s a really crazy, fast-paced world we live in. It’s so fast paced that we frequently get on each other’s nerves, and the resulting stress makes you just want to run away.

    You ever feel that way?

    You ever wish you could be on some deserted island or off in some faraway mountains? Go where no one was and you had nothing you had to do? If so, then you might enjoy a couple of stories I have, and the answer might be surprising.