Thursday, November 15, 2018

Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you?

By Melissa Martin - Contributing Columnist Humans love stuff—all kinds of stuff. Small, medium, large. We love different sizes of stuff. We just love our stuff! But, do you own your possessions or do your possessions...

Filibusters are frivolous fanfare

By Melissa Martin - Contributing Columnist American filibusters—What! Why grown men and women in the U.S. government would engage in such blabbermouth antics is beyond me. The word ‘filibuster’ is derived from the Spanish word ‘filibusteros.’...

Dear younger self

By Melissa Martin - Contributing Columnist If you could send a letter back through time to your younger self, what would the letter say? That’s the question author Ellyn Spragin asked in her 2003 book, What I...

Expecting teens to talk and tell

Melissa Martin - Contributing Columnist There is a “don’t talk and tell” pact among teenagers. Young people are extremely loyal to each other and that is a strength; however it becomes a weakness when friends...

Protecting children from sexual predators

Melissa Martin - Contributing Columnist Finding out one’s child is a victim of sexual child abuse is a parent’s horrific nightmare. And finding out the sexual perpetrator is someone known by the family is devastating. “Research...

I want it now! Instant gratification

By Contributing Columnist - Melissa Martin “Daddy, I want an Oompa Loompa now!” is the phrase one of the children shouted in the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Instant gratification screams, “I want it and I...

Laughter Benefits

By Melissa Martin - Contributing Columnist Giggles, a 1966 toy by Ideal, was my favorite childhood doll. When you opened and closed her arms, infectious giggling gushed out. We giggled together. Some say love is the...

The conversation begins…

I’ve spent three days trying to write this article. I transcribed the quotes. I started the first paragraph. I deleted it. Started it again. Deleted it. Moved to the middle. Started it. Deleted it...

Sheriff and Prosecutor discuss Gallia CPR

Submitted by Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin and Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren Addiction and crime are two roads that parallel each other and intersect way too often for a lot of people. In...

Helping You Age Better – Random Acts of Kindness

  Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director, Area Agency on Aging District 7 February 2018 Monthly Column It’s February – the month for Valentine’s Day – and although the expression of love during this time is often shown...