Daily Advocate- RSS OPINION Feed http://dailyadvocate.com/section/OPINION http://dailyadvocate.com/section/OPINION Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:56:17 EST 1800 Has spring sprung? http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152578541/Has-spring-sprung There are so many sayings related to spring weather such as; “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb,” “April Fools,” “April showers bring May flowers.” Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:01:22 EST Gloria serves up Amish Wedding Salad http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152564470/Gloria-serves-up-Amish-Wedding-Salad Dear friends both far and wide:Would you join me for a moment as I step back several years and relive some of the most treasured memories of my life? Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:16:24 EST Roots and Wings http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152575003/Roots-and-Wings Darke County Center for the Arts' officials chose “Roots and Wings” as their theme for this soon-ending season of presentations, but roots and wings could also define the ongoing legacy of DCCA's Arts In Education... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:36:21 EST Wants and needs how to know the difference http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152553917/Wants-and-needs-how-to-know-the-difference Our lives are so busy. Sometimes it feels like it is impossible to keep up with all the places we have to be and things that we have to do. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:46:21 EST Back around the house http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152503641/Back-around-the-house Officially I retired last June. One thing I quickly learned is that at first you sleep a lot. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:51:22 EST Fifty years of possibilities http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152498627/Fifty-years-of-possibilities Gravel crunched beneath my feet as I walked down the lane. My two sisters walked along side of me probably ignoring me as usual. The bridge creaked as the big, yellow bus drove over it. The door was cranked open by Lewis Kinnison, and I took my first... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 01:31:21 EST Easter, spring lift spirits http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152489842/Easter-spring-lift-spirits Easter and spring gives us a lift of the spirit. Spring popped in last week with wetness and grey skies, but it was sandwiched between bright sunny days and warming temperatures. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:36:21 EST Words you don’t want to hear http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152511498/Words-you-dont-want-to-hear I feel like I've been on a bad streak lately: Ticklish situations at work that demand answers I can't find and involve transitions I dread; children at home who (1) desperately need to unleash months' worth of pent up energy yet lack... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:56:22 EST March Madness http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152489870/March-Madness The Arcanum Early Learning Center has started preparations for the 2015-16 school year. There will be an informational meeting for families who are new to the Arcanum Early Learning Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the AELC. Families will have the... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:41:22 EST Pet peeves are interesting annoyances http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152362517/Pet-peeves-are-interesting-annoyances A pet peeve is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to himself or herself, to a greater degree than others may find it. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:41:22 EST Wow, what a performance! http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152434146/Wow-what-a-performance Darke County Center for the Arts' current Arts In Education season ended with a bang last week when Scrap Arts Music presented their “Educational Concert” to area junior high students! The curtains at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 02:56:22 EST Sunshine Laws ensure government transparency http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion/152420808/Sunshine-Laws-ensure-government-transparency Government functions best for the people it serves when it operates openly. Ohio's Sunshine Laws enable citizens to see how their government works. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:36:21 EST Freedom through discipline http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152457476/Freedom-through-discipline It seems to fly in the face of logic, but self-discipline creates freedom, just as following rules creates freedom. As children growing up our parents had house rules which we were obligated to follow. Those rules were not placed upon us to limit our... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:31:22 EST Smart phones and smart people http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152421665/Smart-phones-and-smart-people I recently purchased a new Smart phone. This is my second Smart phone in two years and it is amazing how many things have changed in that time period. I still have the Android program and I am real happy with it, but there are so many more options and... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:21:24 EST St. Mary’s News http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152362444/St.-Marys-News I have a picture of a lion and one of a lamb that I use when I set up the classroom calendar for March. We like to test out the old proverb about March coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb or vice versa. So every year my class decides whether... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:01:21 EST Feel it in my bones http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152410729/Feel-it-in-my-bones I feel it in my bones, this call of the woods. The birds scolding the invaders of their sanctuary. Spring shoots climbing from under the fall and winter blanket that warmed the earth beneath the snowfall. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:36:22 EST Resurrection Garden for Easter http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152369919/Resurrection-Garden-for-Easter Last Easter I staged a beautiful garden scene on the altar at First Presbyterian Church to represent Resurrection Easter.This year I want to do a miniature version of the garden with our great-grandkids. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:26:21 EST Back Around the House II http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152405209/Back-Around-the-House-II Last July my husband looked at the calendar and said, “One more year and we can retire.”My instant reply, “Whoa, where do you get this 'we' stuff?” Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:36:23 EST District championship near http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152362356/District-championship-near The Tri-Village boys basketball program rolls on, chalking up the district championship this week. The team plays Tuesday night in the regionals. The red, white and blue looked strong, confident and deserving of the unblemished record they carry into... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 03:46:22 EST When I fail, Part II http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152380776/When-I-fail-Part-II Last week I wrote briefly about my recent spate of failures and the role that work and home stress played in their genesis. I concluded by observing that stress, while an understandable contributing factor, does not and must never excuse my... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:41:22 EST