Category: Ward Degler

Opinon: DST: Here we go again

So, now I’m getting up an hour earlier. Well, not really. I’m still getting up at the same time I always have. But the clocks have changed. Daylight Savings Time strikes again. The only...

Column: Enjoying our mini vacations

My wife Jeanne and I have been talking about taking a vacation for more than a year now. Somehow, however, it has never gotten past the talking phase. Many reasons, I guess. Mostly, “lacka.”...

Column: Remembering my first knife

I received my first pocketknife when I was 6 years old. We didn’t call it a pocket knife, though. According to my dad, who gave it to me for Christmas that year, it was...

Column: Requiem for the necktie

It started with my first professional job as a newspaper reporter. And it continued throughout most of my career: Attire at work was coat and tie. There was a routine to it back then,...

Column: Summer tasks are still waiting

If I was where I should be in the grand scheme of getting things done, I’d be hauling out my leaf rakes about now and checking them for autumn readiness. I’d have the gardens...

Column: Americans are still American

Let’s talk about our country the way we remember it. Back when folks were openly patriotic and proud to be Americans. Everybody kept an eye out for their neighbors’ needs back then, helped in...

Column: OktoberFest: Germany or Zionsville?

If you want to find out what an authentic Oktoberfest celebration is really like, you have two options. The first is drop whatever you are doing and make immediate plane reservations for Frankfurt, Germany....

Column: Watch pockets hang in there

I have at least a dozen pairs of blue jeans. Some date back to the last ice age and for some reason have shrunk so much in the waist I can’t zip them up....

Column: Why yellow jackets?

I seldom question God’s wisdom. But seriously, Lord, why yellow jackets? Some folks mistakenly call them bees, but they are actually wasps — and wasps of the worst kind. Yellow jackets are anti-social, mean-spirited...