Storm Lake Pilot Tribune blogs Recent blogs from the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune newspaper in Storm Lake, Iowa en-us Storm Lake football, a family thing (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) The feeling at the Storm Lake football game was unlike anything I’ve ever felt at a football game before. Yes, my sample size is a little limited in that regard, but sometimes you can just feel an energy when you walk into a stadium. You can just sense that something big is going to happen one way or another. After the final horn sounded, a celebration was on, one of the many celebrations for sports fans over the weekend. For the first time in school history the Storm Lake... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:41:44 -0500 Protest vs. arson (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) There’s a way to express yourself, and there’s a way not to. The recent arson fires at Dakota Access Pipeline construction areas accomplish nothing, except to unfairly blemish the efforts of thoughtful people who are peacefully protesting. People doing this are vandals, not activists, and they deserve to be caught and prosecuted, hopefully before they wind up hurting someone. The groups leading real protests, with concern to protect water sources, natural... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:06:22 -0500 HGTV: Stop me before I watch again (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) As addictions go, mine’s pretty benign, albeit plenty frustrating. It’s HGTV. I can’t stop myself. And I need to HGTVent. I have no idea why I watch this channel. Every show is pretty much the same thing, as near as I can tell. The host or hosts appear to be beautiful models, perfectly dressed, the fur-trimmed females made up as though they have just left the makeup counter at Younkers, the men in trim-cut GQ cover checkered shirts and sports jackets with just the... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:15:17 -0500 Politics as usual (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) Name calling, arrests, fist fights – that’s just the mild stuff that has happened at political campaign rallies this past year. Given what I know about the history of American political elections, I chuckle a bit when I hear folks say there’s never been anything like these events in history. Go back a bit, and there’s so much political dirt, you could start a garden. The 1968 Democratic National Convention brought forth physical confrontations between protesters... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:13:55 -0500 Drug test bitterness backfires (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) If people are poor, or jobless, they must certainly be drug addicts, right? Let’s GET them, right? Instead of helping them become employable so they can contribute to the tax base, let’s demonize and humiliate them if we can, right? Who cares if the children of slackers go hungry, right? Oh, I know. If we have to be drug tested to get our jobs, let’s make everyone pee in cups before they can get food stamps! That’ll teach ‘em. It almost sounds like a real... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:15:50 -0500 In appreciation of truckers and local business (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) One of the more interesting aspects of living here in northwest Iowa is hearing about the history of different businesses that have come and gone. Midbell Music, J.C. Penney, plus existing businesses that move in and out of buildings downtown, and beyond, all have had some sort of retail history around these parts. Seemingly, as sure as the sun rises in the east in the morning, mainstay businesses like HyVee, Fairway, and Walmart are just expected to be there, open when they say they are open,... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:07:14 -0500 My last column (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) This will be my last week writing for the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune. Next week I will return to industry, working in the electrical division of Evapco in Lakeview. If money is the root of all evil, then a career in journalism is a short cut to sainthood, but I am ready to renew my acquaintance with the devil. I learned electronics in the Navy, and that training has been paying the bills ever since. I have been very lucky all my life, and my tenure here has been an extension of that... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:49:39 -0500 All about Storm Lake football (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) There are varying degrees to define success on a particular week. Sometimes success doesn't always show up after the final whistle on the scoreboard. The success that we see from our local high school teams, and our college teams, can be measured by the week to week improvement that we see from them. Success that can be transferred to the next game, to practice to build up to a better understanding of what went right or what went wrong. For the Storm Lake Tornadoes, success has been defined... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:33:56 -0500 Should Trump tape turn vote? (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) What kind of locker rooms does Donald Trump hang out in, I wonder? I'm not here to tell you how to vote, that's your business. Besides, nothing anyone reads here is going to change anyone's mind any more than all those crazy Facebook memes are going to change anyone's mind. Everyone needs to make that decision on their own. I hope the election is decided on the issues facing our country, and past private comments, no matter how ugly and immature they may be, are not the greatest of those... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:40:40 -0500 When tech goes South (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) We all know the story behind tech -- great when it works for us, then we curse the day we ever bought the stuff when it crashes. And isn't it the truth that when tech goes out, it takes other tech as collateral damage. I should have known I was in for a week of wonderful, weird electronic glitching when little things started to pop up with my laptop. Of course, timing is everything when it comes to Murphy's Law, as I was trying to call up my music production program for a student to work on... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:39:54 -0500 ISU's high flyer president (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) The big fuss over Iowa State University President Steven Leath's use of ISU-owned airplanes should indeed raise concern - not about planes, really, but about what the role of our higher education leaders is becoming. Leath has been left trying to defend himself repeatedly in recent weeks over the airplane fiasco, which one would suspect leaves little time for leadership of an academic institution. Information has slowly leaked about about Leath's use of the university's planes for a... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:38:30 -0500 Listening, or screwing around (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) Look, I was a college student once, sort of, and I did plenty of college student things that I wouldn't necessarily care to share with you today. (Primarily because the statute of limitations might not yet be up on a few of them.) So I'm going to make this suggestion in the kindest and gentlest way possible, fully aware that I could be speaking just as well to my goofy 19-year-old self as I am to students today. Buena Vista University could use a class is listening. This week, I sat in... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:17:47 -0500 Women in leadership (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) With the most decisive presidential election in recent U.S. History fast approaching, it's easy to overlook a few milestones, due to the polarizing natures of both candidates. Let's put attitudes and biases aside for a second to consider how long it's taken us as a nation, to even get a female presidential candidate, of a major party, into the mix? Try 240 years, and when it comes to history, Americans seem to the shortest memories, and the narrowest scope to view a global history in which... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:16:41 -0500 What we learned: Week five (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) Hey, hey sorry about the lack of a column last week, but we're back this week ready to dive into the world of high school football. Week five showed us a lot about our area teams, I feel. It showed us that some of them have gone through a murderer's row of scheduling while others are beginning to separate from the pack in a huge way. As customary, we'll begin with Storm Lake. Excuse me, I mean number eight in the state of Iowa Storm Lake Tornadoes. For what seems to be the first time in... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:55:47 -0500 A new reason to love Fridays (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) Let's see, I have two ideas to write about here. Politics or football. Football or politics. Ooh, tough decision. Ha - who am I kidding?? *Crumples sheet of political notes.* Who wouldn't rather talk about football in Storm Lake right now? Deflategate not withstanding, football is a lot more honest. Besides, I'm talking high school football. Come on, Storm Lake going from 3-6 a year ago to 5-0 to date and top ten rated this season? Best start in almost 40 years? Pretty remarkable... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:07:16 -0500 The Fair Wasn't Won on Salad (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) You know, I'm sure there are reasons other than food for going to fairs, I just can't think of any at the moment. Fair food has become a fetish unto itself, with things beyond your wildest fevered imagination impaled upon a stick. Seriously, they will deep fat fry anything they can get their hands on. Keep an eye on grandma. The Iowa State Fair, I'm told, had 200 food booths this year, including 70 different varieties of foods on a stick and 20 different types of corn dogs. Where... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:05:24 -0500 What I don't know (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) I'm sitting at home, fighting off some upper respiratory virus, and hoping I can get back to work soon. I've got a birthday coming up, and really, it's no big deal, but I made a little deal with myself that every birthday, I would try to change one thing in my life that I thought needed changing. Not for self- congratulatory reasons, but more of an awareness thing to get better as I get older, and clean some stuff up. Given the way stuff works in our world, I think that it's OK To admit that... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:02:50 -0500 OA-BCIG: forgot to ask the kids (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) Age and maturity do not necessarily go hand in hand. A lot of times - a whole lot of times in fact - young people react to a changing world much better than their parents, grandparents and the people who are supposed to be in charge do. While society still fitfully grapples with issues like diversity, same-sex marriage and the fact that selfies are indeed a form of global communication, teenagers usually get it first. They figure out how to get along and look past differences, and make it... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:08:21 -0500 Trump (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) I apologize for talking politics here, a place where you usually see birds and boats, but I have to make a few comments. Monday I covered a visit by Ruben Gallego, who is a congressman from Arizona here to support Hillary. Trouble is, he didn't support Hillary at all, he just tore down Trump. And most of the bad things people say about Trump actually can be taken as compliments. People complain that politicians use negative adds too much, so Trump supporters (and probably a bunch of... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:06:48 -0500 A good start on housing (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) Last night, the Storm Lake City Council held a study session on housing issues in the City, hoping to spur development of all forms of housing. Needless to say, you don't solve a problem as complex and far-reaching as Storm Lake's housing shortage in an hour, but you do have to start somewhere. This is how good, representative government works. Hashing your needs out openly, in a public setting, and admitting when you don't have all the answers. It's one thing to write an issue on top of... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:39:05 -0500 An education in reality (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) People have been asking Storm Lake School District administrators why a food bank has been started inside the high school. "Hey, you're supposed to be educating kids," they complain. That sound they hear is the point, whizzing over their heads. They are teaching kids, for gosh sake. Teaching them to be good human beings, and that might even be more important (*gasp*) in the long run than standardized test math scores. I'm still waiting to use algebra II in real life, but what I... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:37:23 -0500 A useless society? (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) Well, I was going to delve into the Colin Kaepernick/national anthem debate, but something else caught my eye when I was having lunch earlier today, flipping through the news on my Flipboard app. Book writer, and Bill Gates approved (didn't know their was such a thing) historian Yuval Harai says, via his new book "Homo Sapiens: A Brief History Of Tomorrow," that the human race is losing out to robots. Folks will be useless and won't know what to study for degrees or training, due to robots... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:36:48 -0500 Fake guns, condos, cheap books (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) This should almost go without saying, but fake guns can get you into real trouble, real fast. Consider the case from a few days ago in Storm Lake. Two teenage girls are feuding, one is walking home from sports practice at night when a vehicle comes rolling up on her - scary enough for a 15-year-old alone at night. Then her protagonist pops out of the sunroom, spouts some threats and pulls a handgun on the kid. Luckily, things went no further. The vehicle fled, and after police got wind of... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:59:38 -0500 Government shutdown gets personal (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) I have been obsessive/compulsive about working out since I was about 19 years old, when I quit smoking and tried to make amends. In 2010, after Jane got a gold medal from the President's Fitness program, she inspired me to keep track of my physical activity at their online site. You get a point for each calorie you burn (more or less.) Within a year or so, I earned a bronze award (about 25,00 points) a silver (about 50,000) and a gold award (about 100,000.) By that time, I had become... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:58:54 -0500 What we learned: Week three (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) Sometimes the big play is all a team needs to change momentum. Whether it be specials teams, defense or offense, all a team needs is that one spark, that one change in momentum. This past Friday night we learned that special teams are quite special indeed. The Storm Lake Tornadoes were out gained by nearly 30 yards, and yet won by 35 points. How does this exactly happen? Let us take a deeper look at the game for the moment. Storm Lake didn't force any turnovers. The offense couldn't get the... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:33:42 -0500 About mentors (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) During the recent Iowa/Iowa State football game (sorry, Dana), the announcing crew brought up a graphic on former Iowa coach Hayden Fry's coaching staff from 1983, and his subsequent coaching tree, which has gone on to even greater success (again, sorry Dana). Kirk Ferentz, Carl Jackson, Don Patterson, Bob Stoops, Bill Snyder, Dan McCarney, Barry Alvarez, to name a few -- take this group, and start counting won/loss records, national championships won, bowl games won with their respective... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:40:22 -0500 On the trail of pipeline payback (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) If the Bakken Pipeline planners were wise - about something other than making a maximum of profit, that is - they might have considered doing something to make their project more palatable to the people who will live with it. Let the imagination wander a bit. The Bakken... bike trail? What incentive does Iowa have to accept this project? Sure, farmers who agreed to have the pipeline cross their land get a little easement money, the state pockets some taxes, some towns get a little very... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:39:42 -0500 15 years; what has changed? that'president? (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) It hardly seems possible, but 15 uneasy years have gone by since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Imagine, the incoming class of freshmen in our local high schools will be the first to view this historic tragedy as something that exists only in history books, something that happened before they were born. I haven't heard of any events in the area to mark the anniversary, and I suppose that is understandable. It is not a particularly happy date to remind ourselves of over and over, or a... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:36:18 -0500 No oar, Mr. Niceguy (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) James and Patricia Hampton came over for a game of pool Monday night, and before we went inside they were admiring Hunky Dory, who sat in the yard on her trailer. The oarlock blocks are made of pinewood, with a coat of epoxy that gives them a golden hue, the dark streaks of grain creating a tiger striped look. James said, "Those oarlocks are awesome," and I basked in the glory of being mistaken for an artist. Turns out, that will be the last compliment those blocks ever get. Tuesday... Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:40:14 -0500 Start in the Heart (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) Everybody works, everybody makes money, everybody wins, right? Work is life, life is work, we keep working just to keep living, or so it goes. Social class? Nowadays, it's anybody's guess. After getting back from a recent trip, I've gotten some new light on some old insights. Sitting in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, waiting for our flight to leave for Omaha, I'm doing my old schtick of people watching, which I find endlessly fascinating in a major airhub. The Chinese... Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:39:16 -0500 The Rape of Justice (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) This is going to sound ridiculous, but Brock Turner, the sexual assailant who was just released after serving an outrageously short sentence, may be our means to finally drive a stake through the heart of rape culture. I know how this sounds. How could a rape case ever yield anything positive? Hear me out. I'll bet you've seen Brock Turner's face on your social media feed, and you may well have angrily passed it on. You've probably seen footage of Turner strolling out to freedom and... Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:38:14 -0500 Is summer slipping away? (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) One of my goals this summer was to spend more time swimming in the lake. In May or June I jumped in once, but the wind was blowing and I took a mouthful of water when a wave broke over my head. I've heard bad things about drinking the lake water, but all it did to me was make me hack and cough for a while. Even distilled water would have done that, but the experience did cool my jets a little. My only other swim came a couple of weekends ago- while my brother-in-law was in town, Jane and I... Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:36:04 -0500 What we learned: Week two (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) Another week of high school football has been entered into the record books. Our area teams went 4-1 this week, and the one loss was due to two of them playing against one another. College football also got underway. The Storm Lake Tornadoes went on the road to face the Pocahontas Area Indians, and left Friday night with a 28-0 victory over the 2A school. The Tornado defense stepped up big time against the Indians and controlled most of the game. In the third quarter, the Indians held the... Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:05:57 -0500 BVRMC development impresses (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) Twenty-six million dollars sounds like an awful lot of money, doesn't it? That's how much rookie quarterback Carson Wentz makes, and how much Blake Shelton is paid for doing a season of "The Voice." That much would almost buy you a Ferrari American Spyder automobile or rare "Inverted Jenny" 1918 stamp. It would buy a nifty house on the beach in Malibu, two blimps, or mometarily pay off nearly .002 percent of the national debt. And that's the price tag for the new addition at Buena Vista... Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:36:44 -0500 Open letter to a quarterback (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) So, Colin Kaepernick, you're sitting out the national anthem. You seem proud of yourself. In fact, your butt, or location of same, seems to be the biggest story in the country this week. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he says. How ironic can you get? By disrespecting it, Mr. Kaepernick, you've gone and proven just how fundamentally great America is. That flag, and the nation it stands for, is... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:23:44 -0500 Nostalgia in politics (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) Every political season, politicians tug at our heartstrings, as well as our heads, to get our vote in any manner given. I haven't heard the terms so much these days, but growing up, folks identified with being either a "Kennedy Democrat", "Reagan Republican", or, God forbid, having 'Nixon-like' tendencies (you would want to shred that label, trust me). It was group identification, like belonging to a gang, adult rec league, or a religious order. Affiliation is important so we can cling to a... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:22:42 -0500 What we learned: Week one (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) The first week of prep football is in the record books. Our five area teams went 2-3 on Friday night. There were plenty of lessons to be learned from the first week of football. After going through the statistics and other game notes, this is what we learned from the first week. Storm Lake, if they can keep their offense balanced like this, will be a tough out for anyone on the season. The Tornadoes ripped through Cherokee on Friday night showing a great balance of the run and pass game. The... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:08:34 -0500 One Bad Bird (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) So long, smirky Herky. Your days are numbered, dear mascot. In a politically-correct, kinder and gentler society, you are one angry bird. We can't have that. Thank goodness for University of Iowa Professor of Pediatric Medicine Resmiye Oral, a voice of reason in the sea of testosterone that is college football. Oral is making news this week by conducting an email campaign to rid Hawkeyeland of its fierce tiger hawk (what a fascinating mating experience your parents must have had) and... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:38:07 -0500 How social media impacts sports and sports coverage (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) Social media is a wonderful tool. It connects all of us around the county, state, country and world. We can find something in common with another person who lives in Mexico or Canada. We can find a fan of the same sports team who might live right down the street and you never would've known it. Social media is a connecting tool for sports fans to talk amongst each other through games. Facebook has a new feature I've noticed where they will put a score of your favorite teams on the right side... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:52:05 -0500 Ramen noodles and Iowa Regents (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) While a whole lot of college students in Iowa will be living off Ramen Noodles and trying to make care packages from home last until Christmas break, the Board of Regents office looks to be living pretty high on the hog. Why do you care? Because, every dollar that Iowa taxpayers spend to support the Regents desk-jockeys is a dollar that doesn't go into the classroom to teach the doctors, scientists, educators, etc. of tomorrow. Every parent writing out a check to help their student at... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:23:30 -0500 The first year (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) Monday, a year ago, August 22, this paper carried a photo of a garter snake someone had killed in Scout Park, along with a caption suggesting there was no need to kill snakes. It was my first appearance in The Pilot Tribune, so this week is my one year anniversary as a writer for the paper. My experience has been the first year of any job is the most frustrating, and it's all downhill from day 366 on. The most frustrating job I can remember was working "the line" in Patuxent river,... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:22:53 -0500 "My daughter's life can be an inspiration to many and they may just not know it yet!" Chapter 2 (Above the Din by Chris Eral) The Nectar of the HummingBird 1st Grade: Paige starts her first grade year with the same pixie cut but a bit longer. She was still wearing pinks and purples, and once in awhile would let me put a pretty clip in her out grown banks. Her teacher this year is a very loving and caring person, and I knew she would have a great year academically. The only thing that bothered me about her first grade year was that kids started calling her a boy, and I would correct them every time. The thing with... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:02:20 -0500 Good relationships (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) Let me say right up front: relationships, if you want to keep them going, are work, and commitment. Right, Captain Obvious, so what gives? Sometimes, you get to a point in life where you stand up, look around, and see who's left on your battlefield, and it could be surprising. This Red's Apple Ale hit me smack in the back of the head this past weekend -- long time band buddy of mine came down from Wisconsin for four days, played our semi-annual gig at Lake Avenue Lounge (thank you, Curt),... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:49:48 -0500 Skimpy Olympics (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) The Washington Post asked about women athletes at the Rio Olympics, "Why do they have to look like showgirls?" The Metro News goes a step further, calling it the "Ogling Olympics." The skimpy outfits of the Games are hardly a surprise. After all, you have 10,000 of the fittest people on earth concentrated for a short time in a small area, seeking what for most will be their one shot at fame. They are not likely to be shy about it. Aside from the fact that 42,000 condoms were handed out in... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:49:03 -0500 Dorm Living 101 (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) Vaina Bista University Freshman Orientation; Fall, 2016 Hidy ho, freshpersons. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to campus - the home of the Fightin' Wallabees. I hope you will have an excellent four years - and in your case, you there in the Nebraska Cornhuskers t-shirt, perhaps 12.5 years - here at our fine university. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Trevor, your RA, which stands for Residence Advisor. No, the A DOES NOT also stand for that particular body orifice, young... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:47:10 -0500 'Taken to Church' (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) 'Taken to church' is an expression that gets thrown around a lot in many different ways, but at the end of the day, it usually means we get ourselves lifted up into a higher spiritual platform through another means -- preachin', music, or both. After our recent trip to Denver, and notably a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, both my wife and I were lifted up, brothers and sisters, to the sounds given to us by the North Mississippi All Stars, the legends that are Los Lobos,... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:45:09 -0500 Part 1 of "My daughter's life can be an inspiration to many and they just may not know it yet!" (Above the Din by Chris Eral) 5 years old: I go away for the weekend as my brother has back surgery. I left Paige home with her dad and older cousin. Paige has long curly locks at this age, and the locks frame her face so perfectly. I come home on Sunday, and get my stuff put away. I go to Paige's room, in which she is hiding. I found this to be weird because she is usually very happy to see me. I take one look at her and yell for her dad, who mind you is also scared. Paige decided to play barber while mommy wasn't home.... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:18:17 -0500 How to be an Armchair Quarterback (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) Sometimes we all think we could run our favorite football team better than the coaches that get paid to do so. Please note that this does not apply to the high school level. High school sports are meant to be fun. College and professional football coaches can make a lot of mind boggling decisions in the heat of the moment. Remember the Super Bowl a couple of years ago when Pete Carroll had Russell Wilson throw at the one yard line instead of handing it off to a running back who had the... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:46:48 -0500 A very good journey (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) For someone who sort of makes a living putting words together, I'm amazed at how pathetic I am at expressing any sort of feelings at all. Maybe it is all these years of punching away at a computer keyboard, telling someone else's stories, but when it comes time to actually take a pen in hand to write a personal letter, these days, I've got nothing. Can't think of a thing to say or a way to say it. My two children were born two years and ten days apart, so each year I find myself writing... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:03:07 -0500 Seasons creep along (The Voice of Reason by Chip Hubert - Pilot Reporter) It has been pretty hot this week, but the winds of change are blowing. Friday morning it was still dark outside as I took the dogs into the yard a little after five. In the cool, clear morning air, I saw Orion lying low against the eastern horizon - his first appearance of the year. A huge constellation, Orion has two bright stars at his feet, two bright stars over his head, and the signature three dimmer stars in a straight line making his belt - the only place in the sky with three stars... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:01:51 -0500