Woodpecker Identification 101

A variety of woodpeckers visit Angelkeep on a constant basis. Others not so much. The seldom seen red-headed woodpecker brings about great Angelkeep jubilation when...

Earbuds everywhere on recent stroll through college campus

Observation. It’s a reporter’s bread and butter. One of the first lessons any good reporter learns at journalism school is to always observe what’s around you...

Observations of a substitute teacher

For the past six months I have had the learning experience of substitute school teaching. From preschool through high school, from one day to...

I’m tired of this. It’s mid-April. When will it be warm?

Allow me this afternoon to add my voice to the growing complaints about the weather. I do so understanding the wisdom of the quote attributed...

A few questions for state-level candidates

While recently reading the opinion pages of the Fort Wayne newspaper, I was startled to learn of the significant excess revenue received by Allen County civil...

Making lemonade out of potholes

What a deal. Among the editorial cartoons I get, Gary Varvel, who works out of the Indianapolis Star, sent one last week about the proliferation...

I was born to talk. And I have a face for...

It’s strange that I make my living as a writer, considering I have always preferred speaking to writing. All my life, or at least as...

A rat-mazing tale

Heigh ho the derry-o, the rat takes the cheese. Truth be told, he only found the hard casing from some excellent honest-to-gosh, real from...

Terra Brantley is using her story to teach, inspire others

About 130 women filled the dining hall but you could have heard a pin drop. Terra Brantley, 54, is known perhaps in equal parts for...

2,400-mile road trip to sunny south Florida

It’s always enjoyable to make a short trip in the middle of what still feels like an Indiana winter to spend some time in...