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Fun. I have always had the understanding that fun was something that a person didn’t have to learn. If someone was forcing you to have fun a certain way then they were in the wrong. But now … more
How was your Memorial Day weekend?  For many in Oakland it was filled with alumni activities and the annual Memorial Day Service in the cemetery and Veterans BBQ.  For me, it was an … more
I was having a conversation with my son the other day. I asked him why he has been so down on himself lately. He looked at me like he had no idea what I was talking about. I gave him some … more
Panic.  I felt it.  I could see it on the faces of those who felt it on my behalf.  Panic is really the only way to describe the situation.  Unless of course, you can find the … more
Anyone that has read my column before knows that my family and I are really into camping. And this last weekend we started off the season like we do every year, with our annual pilgrimage to … more
I know everyone has had this same problem. No matter how much time you think you have, it never seems like enough. It never fails for me. The moment I think I have all my things planned out and I … more
For those old enough to remember the Lone Ranger television program, remember the question often asked at the end of the program – “Who was that masked man?”  Clayton Moore, … more
I don’t think anyone can dispute the fact that video games are a staple in most households in today’s world. When I was a kid my son’s age, home video games were a rich … more
There is no doubt that the cost of living continues to climb.  While incomes don’t always meet those increases, many households have resorted to working multiple jobs to try and make ends … more
I have decided I am going to give up being the newspaper correspondent for Decatur.  We won't be around much this summer, so it will be hard to do a good job getting things in the paper.  … more
Over this last weekend, we had a family movie night. We watched an animated film about a smartphone trying to take over the world. I am not going to go into too much detail about the movie, but we … more
  Oakland is looking at a big multi-million dollar project.  No one wants to spend that kind of money on something as simple as tap water. That is, until it’s not there. It is a … more
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