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Springfield man’s love of archaeology keeps growing
 Before Gary Linn uttered the word “gobsmacked” across the table from me, I’d only heard it from the lips two kinds of people: Brits and American fans of the Premier League soccer. Although most of us Yanks tend to view Great Britain as the land of tea and crumpets, in the Upstairs, Downstairs world of British society, gobsmacked...

Posted: 6 days ago

Before Gary Linn uttered the word “gobsmacked” across the table from me, I’d only heard it from the lips two kinds of people: Brits and American fans of the Premier League soccer. Although most of us Yanks tend to view Great Britain as the land of tea and crumpets, in the Upstairs, Downstairs world of British society, gobsmacked...
COMMENTARY: Security question surpasses expectations
 I’ve decided to launch a new career in cyber security. It was a talent and a skill set I thought I lacked until about two weeks ago. Just then, our checking account was hemorrhaging like public confidence in the Trump-Pelosi administration, and my dear wife asked me to get online and find out how much was in my business account. MORE...

Posted: 13 days ago

I’ve decided to launch a new career in cyber security. It was a talent and a skill set I thought I lacked until about two weeks ago. Just then, our checking account was hemorrhaging like public confidence in the Trump-Pelosi administration, and my dear wife asked me to get online and find out how much was in my business account. MORE...
Stafford: Immigrant family, sponsors make long awaited connection
 Second of a two-part column She’s now married and goes by Ravynna (ruh-VEE-nuh). But she was Ravy, which rhymes with savvy, when her Cambodian family arrived in Springfield on April 2, 1982. What happened when she turned 4 on April 6 explains why from the two years of “wonderful, wonderful carefree time” spent in Springfield...

Posted: 21 days ago

Second of a two-part column She’s now married and goes by Ravynna (ruh-VEE-nuh). But she was Ravy, which rhymes with savvy, when her Cambodian family arrived in Springfield on April 2, 1982. What happened when she turned 4 on April 6 explains why from the two years of “wonderful, wonderful carefree time” spent in Springfield...
Commentary: Springfield sponsors anticipate reunion with immigrant family
 First of a two-part column Tears deliver messages from a place beyond words. And those shed since last spring in Whitehall, Mich., Seattle and Springfield have spoken to a distance beyond measure - the distance between an abrupt severing of close relations and, once the hurt had dulled, a reunion longingly hoped for after two years grew to...

Posted: 27 days ago

First of a two-part column Tears deliver messages from a place beyond words. And those shed since last spring in Whitehall, Mich., Seattle and Springfield have spoken to a distance beyond measure - the distance between an abrupt severing of close relations and, once the hurt had dulled, a reunion longingly hoped for after two years grew to...
Commentary: The things I thought when my first child turned 40
 Our daughter was born on a New Year’s Eve of 1978 in what then was Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Hospital. My editor at the time, who early in the pregnancy, said “It’s good to know you’re not firing blanks,” added some other fatherly words of wisdom at the time of the birth. In his high strung style, he said...

3:00 PM Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019

Our daughter was born on a New Year’s Eve of 1978 in what then was Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Hospital. My editor at the time, who early in the pregnancy, said “It’s good to know you’re not firing blanks,” added some other fatherly words of wisdom at the time of the birth. In his high strung style, he said...
Springfield man supports nation’s emergency shelter system
 Sometimes he works from his girlfriend’s home in Louisville. Other times he’s at the Red Cross office in Springfield. On Jan. 3, Mike Schulsinger opened his laptop on the high, round table in the atrium in Clark County’s Main Library beneath a sign that reads “This Area Under Video Surveillance.” In a way, Schulsinger...

5:00 PM Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019

Sometimes he works from his girlfriend’s home in Louisville. Other times he’s at the Red Cross office in Springfield. On Jan. 3, Mike Schulsinger opened his laptop on the high, round table in the atrium in Clark County’s Main Library beneath a sign that reads “This Area Under Video Surveillance.” In a way, Schulsinger...
Longtime nurse says Springfield blood donors in good hands
 The job was close to home and offered a mother with young children a key benefit: weekends and holidays off. So in April of 1975, 26-year-old Beryl Boggess left St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Dayton, where she’d both graduated from nursing school and worked for seven years, with a simple plan. She’d bide her time working...

11:00 AM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

The job was close to home and offered a mother with young children a key benefit: weekends and holidays off. So in April of 1975, 26-year-old Beryl Boggess left St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Dayton, where she’d both graduated from nursing school and worked for seven years, with a simple plan. She’d bide her time working...
Springfield family carries on mission work in South Africa
 When Marshall Grant, Jr., returned from two-and-a-half weeks in South Africa in 2003, he was so smitten by the country’s beauty, “He talked about it like he did a woman,” said Malaka Grant, who married him soon after. In addition to the country’s natural beauty, “I really like culture, I really like learning...

5:00 PM Sunday, Jan. 06, 2019

When Marshall Grant, Jr., returned from two-and-a-half weeks in South Africa in 2003, he was so smitten by the country’s beauty, “He talked about it like he did a woman,” said Malaka Grant, who married him soon after. In addition to the country’s natural beauty, “I really like culture, I really like learning...
COMMENTARY: Tom Stafford’s annual Christmas Carols remake
 He remains cooped up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London like a Santa in a snug pair of Spanx. But that hasn’t stopped Julian Assange from leaking. And what he leaked this time is bigger than the dope on Hillary’s emails. He leaked the list. THE LIST. I’m talking about the one the Deep State provides each year that contains...

3:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

He remains cooped up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London like a Santa in a snug pair of Spanx. But that hasn’t stopped Julian Assange from leaking. And what he leaked this time is bigger than the dope on Hillary’s emails. He leaked the list. THE LIST. I’m talking about the one the Deep State provides each year that contains...
COMMENTARY: Reflections on life in the stopped lane
 As I slowed to a stop in the left turn lane on westbound North Street at Bechtle Avenue, the driver’s side window rolled down on the van to my right. It would be a moment before a scene that seemed snatched from a Game of Thrones unfolded. Because of the angle between our cars, I was unable to see the queen’s full face. But, in...

5:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 09, 2018

As I slowed to a stop in the left turn lane on westbound North Street at Bechtle Avenue, the driver’s side window rolled down on the van to my right. It would be a moment before a scene that seemed snatched from a Game of Thrones unfolded. Because of the angle between our cars, I was unable to see the queen’s full face. But, in...
Stafford: Quest to be healthy lands local man in waters of Alcatraz
 The story of how Steve Neely found himself in a wet suit battling the currents between Alcatraz Island and San Francisco’s Aquatic Park on Oct. 17 goes back a year and a half to a day when he and Charlie Patterson shared a table at a Springfield Rotary Club function. Neither was as rotund as a rotunda. But both agreed it was time to...

7:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 01, 2018

The story of how Steve Neely found himself in a wet suit battling the currents between Alcatraz Island and San Francisco’s Aquatic Park on Oct. 17 goes back a year and a half to a day when he and Charlie Patterson shared a table at a Springfield Rotary Club function. Neither was as rotund as a rotunda. But both agreed it was time to...
Commentary: In world of artificial intelligence, I’ll be simply out of luck
 It’s time for counseling again. This time group counseling. Because while my relationship problem once was limited to the one woman who lives inside the self-checkout machine in the grocery I most often go to, it’s now spread to almost every woman inside every self-checkout machine I find. MORE FROM STAFFORD Stafford: ‘I&rsquo...

7:00 PM Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018

It’s time for counseling again. This time group counseling. Because while my relationship problem once was limited to the one woman who lives inside the self-checkout machine in the grocery I most often go to, it’s now spread to almost every woman inside every self-checkout machine I find. MORE FROM STAFFORD Stafford: ‘I&rsquo...
Commentary: Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate the humor, serenity of our bounty
 I look at Thanksgiving in two parts. First, Thursday will be the day on which we begin to make weighty decisions. A day on which we begin face the fats of life: the turkey, the mashed potatoes, the candied yams, the chicken-and-noodles, the ham and the green beans topped with toasted onions and infused with condensed cream of mushroom soup...

7:00 PM Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

I look at Thanksgiving in two parts. First, Thursday will be the day on which we begin to make weighty decisions. A day on which we begin face the fats of life: the turkey, the mashed potatoes, the candied yams, the chicken-and-noodles, the ham and the green beans topped with toasted onions and infused with condensed cream of mushroom soup...
Stafford: Longtime friends, teachers created unforgettable moments for students
 Ardath Dellapina may have reason to worry. The collected antics her late husband, Richard, and the late Tom Wiegel have the potential to consign both to the balcony of history occupied by Muppet elders Waldorf and Statler. One wonders, for instance, what words passed between them the day Mr. Wiegel answered Mr. Dellapina’s call for...

5:00 PM Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

Ardath Dellapina may have reason to worry. The collected antics her late husband, Richard, and the late Tom Wiegel have the potential to consign both to the balcony of history occupied by Muppet elders Waldorf and Statler. One wonders, for instance, what words passed between them the day Mr. Wiegel answered Mr. Dellapina’s call for...
Commentary: In 1887, the grim harvest of the Reaper King
 Writer’s Note: An invitation from Kevin Rose of the Turner Foundation to participate in a recent Pecha Kucha event with the theme of time travel took me back to two fascinating weeks in Springfield history. Finding new details that involved my dual interests in history and journalism, I decided to share what I found in today’s...

3:00 PM Sunday, Nov. 04, 2018

Writer’s Note: An invitation from Kevin Rose of the Turner Foundation to participate in a recent Pecha Kucha event with the theme of time travel took me back to two fascinating weeks in Springfield history. Finding new details that involved my dual interests in history and journalism, I decided to share what I found in today’s...
Stafford: Former Wittenberg president spins book of ghost tales
 Those who know William A. Kinnison may find it as odd as Ichabod Crane that the 11th president of Wittenberg University - the very same sober man who has written a two-volume history of the college - has now published a third albeit slender volume on it titled America’s Most Haunted Campus. Those who attend his lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday...

6:00 PM Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Those who know William A. Kinnison may find it as odd as Ichabod Crane that the 11th president of Wittenberg University - the very same sober man who has written a two-volume history of the college - has now published a third albeit slender volume on it titled America’s Most Haunted Campus. Those who attend his lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday...
Stafford: Author and his Marines were in the service of angels
 This is the second of a two-part column about No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor, 1992 Enon High School graduate Christian Bussler’s memoir of three tours of duty in Iraq with a Marine Mortuary Affairs unit. Bussler will discuss his book at a 6 p.m. Nov. 7 program in the main Clark County Library. At the beginning of his third tour of...

6:00 PM Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

This is the second of a two-part column about No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor, 1992 Enon High School graduate Christian Bussler’s memoir of three tours of duty in Iraq with a Marine Mortuary Affairs unit. Bussler will discuss his book at a 6 p.m. Nov. 7 program in the main Clark County Library. At the beginning of his third tour of...
Stafford: How Greenon grad, U.S. Marine spent three tours of duty in Iraq
 This is the first installment of a two-part review of ”No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor”, a memoir of three tours of duty in Iraq written by 1992 Greenon High School graduate and retired U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Christian Bussler. In December of 2002, Christian Bussler was delivering holiday mail along Springfield’s Arlington...

5:00 PM Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

This is the first installment of a two-part review of ”No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor”, a memoir of three tours of duty in Iraq written by 1992 Greenon High School graduate and retired U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Christian Bussler. In December of 2002, Christian Bussler was delivering holiday mail along Springfield’s Arlington...
Stafford: A lesson in senior discounts (and not the usual kind)
 His words were balled up into a sentence the way fingers ball up into a fist. It was a verbal punch, to be sure — a quick, clean jab. It also turned out to be stiff enough that I half-thought my always even-tempered friend was being rude to me. Belatedly realizing what was coming, my eyes found his mouth as he spoke the final word,...

11:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 07, 2018

His words were balled up into a sentence the way fingers ball up into a fist. It was a verbal punch, to be sure — a quick, clean jab. It also turned out to be stiff enough that I half-thought my always even-tempered friend was being rude to me. Belatedly realizing what was coming, my eyes found his mouth as he spoke the final word,...
Stafford: As the Springfield Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 75th season, let’s look back at its history
 “Orchestral music is not for everybody, so … organizations are in need of finding multiple ways for increasing their funds in order to sustain life …. One example of how a cultural art maintained existence in a small city for a long period of time is the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.” Julie Hale in her Dec. 16...

3:00 PM Saturday, Sep. 29, 2018

“Orchestral music is not for everybody, so … organizations are in need of finding multiple ways for increasing their funds in order to sustain life …. One example of how a cultural art maintained existence in a small city for a long period of time is the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.” Julie Hale in her Dec. 16...
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