Daily Advocate- RSS OPINION Feed http://dailyadvocate.com/section/OPINION http://dailyadvocate.com/section/OPINION Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:41:51 EST 1800 48 years…here we come http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152860129/48-yearshere-we-come This coming Friday, I reach another milestone in life — I begin my 48th year with The Daily Advocate.Where all that time went is a puzzle to me. Yet, it's probably one of... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 03:56:21 EST Darke County Wellness Challenge http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152970984/Darke-County-Wellness-Challenge I have never been a competitive person, or at least I have never described myself in a competitive manner. I prefer to avoid the stress of competition and instead ask the question “Can't we all just get along?” So when I began to... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:21:21 EST Roll out the red carpet http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152939566/Roll-out-the-red-carpet One of our society's most-watched and most-talked about annual events is “Oscar night” honoring movie excellence. Whether we love or hate the televised proceedings, most Americans have an opinion about multiple aspects of the Academy... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:06:23 EST Exercise and eating right http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152936102/Exercise-and-eating-right Well, we are now in the middle of April. It was a long winter and many of us stayed inside, ate more and exercised less. Now is the time to pay the consequences. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:26:22 EST Daniel steps in as classroom teacher http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152947811/Daniel-steps-in-as-classroom-teacher Dear friends, Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:01:21 EST An open letter to citizens http://dailyadvocate.com/news/letters/152923396/An-open-letter-to-citizens An open letter to the citizens of Greenville, Darke County, Ohio, political leaders of the state of Ohio, and the federal government of the United States of America: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:16:21 EST Planting season begins http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152886187/Planting-season-begins The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra-la!Well, folks, I have to tell you that those flowers have to be planted sometime. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:26:21 EST A trip back home http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152839334/A-trip-back-home Having seen some of the picture of me since my return, I think I needed to see it:) I was completely take aback by the number of people who read the column. I truly need to thank you again for the opportunity to connect with those people from my past... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:06:21 EST Spring gardening tips http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152880239/Spring-gardening-tips Spring Gardening TipsGardeners anxiously await the arrival of spring and the gardening season. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:46:21 EST The ASAP imperative http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152898963/The-ASAP-imperative Our home can be—and often is—a place of tranquility, especially when the amigos are concentrating deeply on whatever's displayed in front of them on an electronic device. It can also be a haven filled with laughter and joy, empathy... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:11:23 EST Support local Backpack program http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152875222/Support-local-Backpack-program The local backpack program is continuing to provide nourishment for children who need food supplies for week ends. You can help the local group by purchasing gift cards to multiple local businesses. These businesses in turn give a percent of the money... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:16:21 EST Arcanum strong http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152854699/Arcanum-strong This past week our community pulled together and supported a local family in a big way! Arcanum you should be very proud of yourselves, and a big thank you goes to organizers Carey Cates and Mandy Flatter for pulling off the fundraiser for Justin... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:01:21 EST Another family member gone http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152746326/Another-family-member-gone Another change in our family structure took place last weekend when my mother's only surviving sibling, Miriam VanScoyk passed.Her son-in-law, Scott, informed me that he and my mother... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:31:21 EST A people person http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152839820/A-people-person Being in business has afforded me the pleasure of meeting many people in a given day. When that number is multiplied by six days a week, 52 weeks a year for nearly 20 years the people and their stories add up. Also volunteering in various venues has... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 03:21:21 EST Making a difference http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152816374/Making-a-difference Researchers are now saying that the arts can benefit our physical health, boosting our immune systems and offering an anti-inflammatory effect that helps protect the body from heart disease, autoimmune conditions, and other chronic illnesses, and also... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 02:26:21 EST Compassion for MRDD http://dailyadvocate.com/news/letters/152821737/Compassion-for-MRDD Editor: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 17:06:22 EST Back around the house http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152768004/Back-around-the-house Easter has always been a joyous but hectic time around our house. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 02:41:21 EST Spring break comes to an end http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152753652/Spring-break-comes-to-an-end Spring breaks have ended and it is time to head into the last lap of this academic year at schools across the state. It will be a little more difficult for concentration as birds beckon and leaves dress the trees for outdoor life. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 15:26:23 EST Spring activities http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152745376/Spring-activities The Arcanum High School Drama Department is proud to present “The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt.or….Always Wash Your Long Johns 'Cause it Makes a Lotta Cents” by Tim Kelly and is produced with special arrangement with Pioneer... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 12:01:21 EST Springtime really welcomed http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/152627093/Springtime-really-welcomed It has been a good week leading into Easter.I have my car back, and I played a pretty successful, or so I thought, April Fool's joke on a co-worker. Plus, the weather hasn't been... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 06:41:21 EST