From The Editor

In Praise of Artists

I got to know Randy Evans, who served as a medic during the Vietnam War, at a time when I was doing newspaper work in Illinois. The war had been concluded for years when I met him, but it lived…

Getting Strong Now … Won’t Be Long Now

You might recognize the reference in the headline. It’s a lyric from “Gonna Fly Now,” the power anthem accompanying a montage of Rocky Balboa training for his big fight against Apollo Creed in the 1977 movie “Rocky.” I’ve been working…

Parenting, the Second Time Around

In general, I’m an optimistic person who tries to look on the bright side of things. But there are times (usually in the wee hours) when my mind wanders into dark places with those “what if” scenarios. My kids are…

The Star Makers

Within the space occupied by the Young Actors Theatre crowd, Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale was a rock star. Local boy made good. Shining example of what could happen if you did your time in the chorus of “Anything Goes” or…

Hear the Peanut. Be the Peanut.

Usually, I’m bad about remembering jokes, but there are a few — usually pretty corny — that stick with me. Here’s one of my favorites: A guy is sitting at a bar by himself when, all of a sudden, he…