September 3, 2014

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On the Other Hand
What a difference … PDF Print
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00 PM

Ten years ago this month I was biting my nails and agonizing over my son’s high school graduation. Several weeks before, I had accompanied Cameron to school to meet with teachers and figure out what was needed to put a high school diploma in his hand.

As we moved from room to room, the list kept getting longer. I was starting to believe that even though my son had been going to school, it was for some other reason than to obtain knowledge.

List in hand we went home and the law was laid down: “You will do nothing but work on what has to be done to get a diploma.”

In the six months leading up to his point, all heck had broken loose. The second Cameron turned 18 he packed his car and moved in with another senior friend and I began a morning ritual of going to their house and pounding on the door because school had called and Cameron was a no-show.

Needless to say, those few months were filled with frustration, anger and bewilderment that my child could make so many bad choices, some more than once.

He moved back home and then a different mantra began. It seemed all I kept saying was, “All you do is eat and sleep. Get up and do something — anything!” There was little we agreed on and more contention than ever.

Well done, Chrisley PDF Print
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00 PM

Many of us have friends that represent different aspects of ourselves. Some are a compliment to our own way of thinking and some have the opposite or contrary opinion.

I find that my best friend is a little of both. How boring would it be if you always agreed with one another? We have argued and told each other we are silly or stupid or closed-minded and yet still have remained fast friends. She has been my friend for more years than we care to count because then we would realize how old we are.

We often get together on Saturday afternoons for a movie. We talk about things that have happened to us during the week, the people we have come in contact with and those we share a mutual relationship with.

So now we have found a new obsession. I can’t explain it and I won’t even try.

“Chrisley Knows Best.” Last Saturday we re-watched the first three episodes and enjoyed them just as much as the first time.

If you haven’t seen it, the first season finale is already here and gone so you’ll have to catch reruns. The new reality show on USA is about Todd Chrisley, a self-made multi-millionaire and his family: a wife, five children and two grandchildren and his mother who lives with a woman she took in because she needed a place to stay.

I know, I know. I Googled him, too! Gasp! All is not what it appears on a “reality” TV show. I don’t care. I love to listen to him talk. He has fun Todd-isms and his parenting skills are off the hook. He does not play around.

His oldest two children, a daughter and son, no longer live in the Chrisley household. The daughter married without her parents’ blessing and the son got into trouble with a married woman, was sent away to do missionary work, returned and now has a daughter of his own. He lives with Todd’s mother (70) and her friend (80).

Let me lay out a few of my favorite scenes. Scene 1: Todd has asked the children to put away their cell phones for a weekend celebration of his mother’s birthday. As you can imagine, they act like he wants to cut their arms off! The middle boy sneaks his phone on the boat and when Todd finds it, he looks at the screen, says, “Hey, you’ve got five missed calls,” and throws it at his son who is in the lake swimming. Bye, bye phone.

On the Other Hand — Things are finally looking up PDF Print
Friday, May 02, 2014 8:53 PM

I’m sure everyone has heard the fantastic news about Lakeview Farms making a commitment to Delphos and bringing its Bristol, Wisconsin, operations here.

President Gene Graves is a quiet hero. He looked at his options and saw a win-win for everyone. He believes in Delphos, he believes in the local workforce and he believes his business will thrive here. His faith in his company, Delphos and our people might just save us all in the end.

On the Other Hand — You get to decide where money comes from to fix budget PDF Print
Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:28 PM

I’ve been to all the meetings, I’ve been looking at the financials for months and I still come to the same conclusion: I am voting yes on the city’s .25-percent income tax on May 6. It is 25 cents on every $100 of earned income from a city resident. That’s $125 for someone who makes $50,000 a year.

If you had the stack of financials I have sitting before me, you would see there really is no painless way out of this hole the city is in without it. There’s been a lot of finger-pointing and blaming going around but ultimately, we are here and we need to work to fix it. It’s going to take “all” of us.

Dance dad extraordinaire PDF Print
Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:00 PM

We are welcoming another writer to the family this month. My brother-in-law Tim has been fortunate enough to find someone to publish his book “All In: My Amazing Journey as a Dance Dad.”

Tim is the father of Lotus, our little dancer.

A little known fact about Tim is he was once a professional bowler. He was really good at it but it wasn’t his true passion so he moved on. He’s familiar with the feeling of doing something because you do it well, not because you love it.

When he met our little Lotus, he quickly became enamored. Who wouldn’t? She is awesome.

He slid into the role of father with ease. He was there for the right reasons and he was in for the long haul. We all embraced him because he made Lotus and her mother happy. After all, isn’t that what we all want?


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