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Husbands, time to plan your annual spousal performance review
 This column is for husbands only. I can cite no study, of course, but I’d still claim that first sentence is virtually guaranteed to swell the readership of this week’s column among wives – and maybe even more among ex-wives. Given their commitment curve, the line could even draw a few millennial readers. They likely would...

Posted: 2 days ago

This column is for husbands only. I can cite no study, of course, but I’d still claim that first sentence is virtually guaranteed to swell the readership of this week’s column among wives – and maybe even more among ex-wives. Given their commitment curve, the line could even draw a few millennial readers. They likely would...
Springfield resident finds comfort playing piano
 Her memory isn’t what she’d like it to be. Her glasses don’t seem to work as well as they once did. And there are those pains that arrive with the cold fronts. At age 92, none of that prevents Irene Davenport from having a following. They find her at four places in Oakwood Village: The dining room of the care center, where...

Posted: 9 days ago

Her memory isn’t what she’d like it to be. Her glasses don’t seem to work as well as they once did. And there are those pains that arrive with the cold fronts. At age 92, none of that prevents Irene Davenport from having a following. They find her at four places in Oakwood Village: The dining room of the care center, where...
Stafford: Here are my predictions for the New Year
 With my column scheduled to appear today, a day on which our minds turn to predictions for a New Year, I figured it was time to do a little poking around about doomsday cult legend, astrologist and numerologist Nostradamus. Roughly translated, Nostradamus means Dude of Notre Dame, and is the Latinized name by which Michel de Nostradame, the...

Posted: 16 days ago

With my column scheduled to appear today, a day on which our minds turn to predictions for a New Year, I figured it was time to do a little poking around about doomsday cult legend, astrologist and numerologist Nostradamus. Roughly translated, Nostradamus means Dude of Notre Dame, and is the Latinized name by which Michel de Nostradame, the...
Stafford: Learn how to pull off a Christmas shopping miracle
 During most of the calendar year, when it comes to shopping, my wife is our household’s commander-in-chief. During the Christmas season, she is our Vladimir Putin. Nothing can happen without her being aware of it. And that, frankly, is the way it should be. With moderate supervision, support and a large crayon with which to circle items...

Posted: 23 days ago

During most of the calendar year, when it comes to shopping, my wife is our household’s commander-in-chief. During the Christmas season, she is our Vladimir Putin. Nothing can happen without her being aware of it. And that, frankly, is the way it should be. With moderate supervision, support and a large crayon with which to circle items...
Springfield taxidermist retires from storied career
 The rattler under the chair. The spider in the air. The salmon in the pipeline. The buffalo that terrorized Catawba. The dead lion at the front door. The alligator behind the stove. As someone who first dabbled in taxidermy at age 11, 81-year-old Bob Anderson knows better than anyone that it’s a laborious and taxing undertaking. RELATED...

Posted: 30 days ago

The rattler under the chair. The spider in the air. The salmon in the pipeline. The buffalo that terrorized Catawba. The dead lion at the front door. The alligator behind the stove. As someone who first dabbled in taxidermy at age 11, 81-year-old Bob Anderson knows better than anyone that it’s a laborious and taxing undertaking. RELATED...
Stafford: Updated takes on classic Christmas carols
 Come, they told him, Ta-rum-pum-pum, pump. You are the president, Ta-rum-pum-pum, pump. Next White House resident, Ta-rum-pum-pum, pump. For once be pleasant Ta-rum-pum-pum, pump Rum-pum-pum, pump Rum-pum-pum, pump. Welcome to the annual Christmas carol column. More carols in a moment, but first, this breaking news. RELATED: Stafford: Nothing...

3:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Come, they told him, Ta-rum-pum-pum, pump. You are the president, Ta-rum-pum-pum, pump. Next White House resident, Ta-rum-pum-pum, pump. For once be pleasant Ta-rum-pum-pum, pump Rum-pum-pum, pump Rum-pum-pum, pump. Welcome to the annual Christmas carol column. More carols in a moment, but first, this breaking news. RELATED: Stafford: Nothing...
Stafford: Never-ending presidential election drags on
 I’m 62 now. As best I can remember, the current presidential campaign started when I was 4, maybe 5. I place its beginning sometime around the birthday when I held a clothespin to my forehead and, leaning over, tried to drop it in the mouth of the glass milk bottle that sat on the basement floor. That was shortly after the day my parents...

5:14 PM Saturday, Sep. 24, 2016

I’m 62 now. As best I can remember, the current presidential campaign started when I was 4, maybe 5. I place its beginning sometime around the birthday when I held a clothespin to my forehead and, leaning over, tried to drop it in the mouth of the glass milk bottle that sat on the basement floor. That was shortly after the day my parents...
Springfield partnership shows promise for heroin-addicted moms, babies
 In 2015, the number of babies who went through methadone-aided withdrawal in the Birthing Center at Springfield Regional Medical Center doubled to 14. Through the end of August this year, that number stood at six — five of whom were in treatment to lower their dependency when they gave birth. The changes are largely the result of a...

8:00 PM Saturday, Sep. 10, 2016

In 2015, the number of babies who went through methadone-aided withdrawal in the Birthing Center at Springfield Regional Medical Center doubled to 14. Through the end of August this year, that number stood at six — five of whom were in treatment to lower their dependency when they gave birth. The changes are largely the result of a...
Springfield therapist: Moms who get clean ‘superheroes’
 When she felt solid in her own recovery, Kathy Maddy decided to dedicate her future to helping others to reclaim their lives as she had reclaimed hers. But, deep in her being, the McKinley Hall therapist knew there was one group of addicts she could never work with: Women who used drugs during their pregnancies. Maddy now calls some of those...

4:00 PM Saturday, Sep. 10, 2016

When she felt solid in her own recovery, Kathy Maddy decided to dedicate her future to helping others to reclaim their lives as she had reclaimed hers. But, deep in her being, the McKinley Hall therapist knew there was one group of addicts she could never work with: Women who used drugs during their pregnancies. Maddy now calls some of those...
Recovering Springfield heroin addicts piece lives together again
 By the time they’re ready to endure a withdraw from heroin, addicts have lost so many possessions, burned so many bridges and spent so many endless days sacrificing everything to the altar of addiction that they’ve grown uncomfortably numb. Then during and right after withdrawal, things turn painful, said recovering addict Erin...

10:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 03, 2016

By the time they’re ready to endure a withdraw from heroin, addicts have lost so many possessions, burned so many bridges and spent so many endless days sacrificing everything to the altar of addiction that they’ve grown uncomfortably numb. Then during and right after withdrawal, things turn painful, said recovering addict Erin...
Vivitrol helped Springfield woman break longtime addiction
 For 15 years, Jody Arnold’s most constant relationship was with opioids. She’d smoked weed and done other drugs since high school, finishing up her senior year with countless acid trips as she followed the Grateful Dead. All that led to her becoming a daily crack smoker and then IV heroin user, at least when she wasn’t in...

2:00 PM Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

For 15 years, Jody Arnold’s most constant relationship was with opioids. She’d smoked weed and done other drugs since high school, finishing up her senior year with countless acid trips as she followed the Grateful Dead. All that led to her becoming a daily crack smoker and then IV heroin user, at least when she wasn’t in...
Springfield clinic sees cautious hope in fight against heroin
 In the midst of an out-of-control heroin-fentanyl epidemic that killed twice as many as Clark Countians last year as the year before, McKinley Hall CEO Wendy Doolittle isn’t beginning to claim victory. But she does say that the “huge difference” she’s seen during the past year in clients treated with Vivitrol &mdash...

12:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

In the midst of an out-of-control heroin-fentanyl epidemic that killed twice as many as Clark Countians last year as the year before, McKinley Hall CEO Wendy Doolittle isn’t beginning to claim victory. But she does say that the “huge difference” she’s seen during the past year in clients treated with Vivitrol &mdash...
Stafford: Washington traffic likely to blame for political gridlock

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

I’ll know to look for it from now on. But the first time I spotted the sign along the right side of Connecticut Avenue saying “Use Two Lanes,” I was in the third of six lanes and had just avoided going grill-to-grill with a car headed in the opposite direction. As I slipped back into the safer second lane and narrowly avoided...
Stafford: Learning to appreciate life-long learning
 Many are taken aback by the idea of alternate universes. As regular readers of this column are well aware, I’ve been spending time in and out of my own alternate universe for years. Compared with the ones science fiction writers envision, mine isn’t particularly exciting. It’s more cluttered with what my wife calls &ldquo...

10:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

Many are taken aback by the idea of alternate universes. As regular readers of this column are well aware, I’ve been spending time in and out of my own alternate universe for years. Compared with the ones science fiction writers envision, mine isn’t particularly exciting. It’s more cluttered with what my wife calls &ldquo...
Stafford: Historic North Hampton building home to new bakery
 In recent history, too many of the stops out-of-towners have made along Ohio 41 in this village were involuntary and left a bad taste in their mouths. Since the beginning of April, Shari Donnelly and Barb Carlson have worked long hours at their “It’s Your Party” bakery to change that attitude one muffin, cookie, crumb bar...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 30, 2016

In recent history, too many of the stops out-of-towners have made along Ohio 41 in this village were involuntary and left a bad taste in their mouths. Since the beginning of April, Shari Donnelly and Barb Carlson have worked long hours at their “It’s Your Party” bakery to change that attitude one muffin, cookie, crumb bar...
Stafford: ‘OK, bad boy, bring it on’
 There is that moment when you know it’s inevitable. You’re going to be sick to your stomach, and nothing can prevent it. It’s only a matter of time. And you decide you’d just as soon get it over with. When that moment of clarity arrives for me — particularly if I’m in a fevered state — I apparently...

2:00 PM Saturday, Jul. 23, 2016

There is that moment when you know it’s inevitable. You’re going to be sick to your stomach, and nothing can prevent it. It’s only a matter of time. And you decide you’d just as soon get it over with. When that moment of clarity arrives for me — particularly if I’m in a fevered state — I apparently...
Springfield barber retires after memorable career
 His grades were good enough. But when Tom Schilling graduated from Northeastern High School in 1964 he knew one important thing: He did not want to go to college. He did, however, have an idea. During the 11 years his family lived on a farm outside South Vienna and the remainder of his youth when they lived in town, he had noticed that barbers...

6:00 PM Saturday, Jul. 16, 2016

His grades were good enough. But when Tom Schilling graduated from Northeastern High School in 1964 he knew one important thing: He did not want to go to college. He did, however, have an idea. During the 11 years his family lived on a farm outside South Vienna and the remainder of his youth when they lived in town, he had noticed that barbers...
Stafford: Triggered memories important to savor
 Running out for a pack of cigarettes isn’t always a humanitarian mission. But after 30 years of burning them, Brenda has cut down from a pack a day to a pack a week. So on the Fourth, when a lack of nicotine started jangling her nerves the way the firecrackers send dogs and cats under the bed to hide, Denny and I headed out the storm...

7:00 PM Saturday, Jul. 09, 2016

Running out for a pack of cigarettes isn’t always a humanitarian mission. But after 30 years of burning them, Brenda has cut down from a pack a day to a pack a week. So on the Fourth, when a lack of nicotine started jangling her nerves the way the firecrackers send dogs and cats under the bed to hide, Denny and I headed out the storm...
Springfield native worked on Newport Aquarium’s new seahorse exhibit
 As a child, Laurel Johnson called the aquarium in her Springfield home and another across town at her Granny’s house “Fish TV.” When she asked to watch it, either her mother, Kim Jackson, or Granny, the late Evelyn Heil, would turn on the light in their aquariums, and the child would be tuned in for hours. Now 31 and a marine...

3:00 PM Sunday, Jul. 03, 2016

As a child, Laurel Johnson called the aquarium in her Springfield home and another across town at her Granny’s house “Fish TV.” When she asked to watch it, either her mother, Kim Jackson, or Granny, the late Evelyn Heil, would turn on the light in their aquariums, and the child would be tuned in for hours. Now 31 and a marine...
Big wedding anniversary has hoodwinked feel

4:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016

Singling out anything as the best of its kind is a time-honored way to stir up a fight. In this age of social media, it is the most reliable way to lure friends who practice daily meditation into online exchanges of the sort that take place before mixed martial arts title bouts. (Think Gandhi vs. Buddha, Fight of the Millennia.) To avoid...
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