For the last month, virtually everywhere I go and everything I do reminds me of my dear friend who passed away five years ago tomorrow.
6:33 PM Dec 22, 2013
The ground is frozen. The north winds are blowing. The trees, the shrubs and the flowers have gone into dormancy. There’s no getting around it – digging in the dirt is done for at least the next couple of months.
3:36 PM Dec 22, 2013
President Lincoln received a very important gift on Christmas Eve in 1864.
3:14 PM Dec 22, 2013
 
(Here's a guest post by Chicago writer Lynda Barckert, a native of Birmingham in Florence Township in Erie County. Hope everyone's local college kids had an easier time getting home than she did -- Tom)
 
10:02 PM Dec 21, 2013

Here is my annual "best books of the year" blog post, in which I ask some of my favorite people, including authors and pundits, which books particularly impressed them in the past year.

10:40 AM Dec 21, 2013
With U.S. military action in foreign lands becoming an almost common occurrence, what, exactly, might be our interests in these remote regions?
3:39 PM Dec 20, 2013

The following real estate transactions were the highest for the week ending Dec. 14, in Erie, Ottawa and Huron counties.

12:00 PM Dec 20, 2013
‘How to be your own health care advocate’
 
11:02 PM Dec 19, 2013
Are you ready to urge the sun to return to the sky?
 
3:00 PM Dec 19, 2013

A tradition that started with a small child on Santa's lap in 1980 has transformed into two grown men with children of their own smiling from Santa's lap.

2:57 PM Dec 19, 2013

You know how police states get started.

9:30 AM Dec 19, 2013

Attorney Dean Henry says he's not making a fuss. 

"I'm not complaining, Matt,” he told me in a recent email.

Really? It sure feels that way. 

5:41 AM Dec 19, 2013
Last Saturday’s “Blast from the Past” was courtesy of the Chinese when they landed on the moon with their first unmanned lunar probe shortly after 9 p.m. Beijing time.
8:26 PM Dec 18, 2013

The holiday season has always been a magical time for me. The twinkling lights, the silence of a snowy night and of course, visiting Santa.

4:27 PM Dec 17, 2013
Does everyone remember this favorite song the way I do, as follows?
 
“You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and NIXON, Comet and CUBIT, and Donder and Blitzen, But do you recall…The most famous reindeer of all?
3:00 PM Dec 17, 2013