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I am perennially asked whether I do or do not “believe” in autism. I suspect that on most occasions, it’s a test. Nonetheless, it’s a fair question that usually takes this form: “I know you don’t believe in ADHD; but do you believe in autism?”

n several occasions over the last six months or so, our 12-year-old son has told us he’s been thinking about suicide. Apparently, he’s been the target of a couple of school bullies and sometimes feels like life is too much. We’ve talked to him, tried to help him express his feelings, and tri…

Several months ago I wrote a column about things that annoyed me. Some readers responded by calling me a grump. Others wondered why the list was so short. To validate both sentiments, here are a few things I forgot …

The Rev. Dr. Albert D. Tyson III served as the Presiding Elder of the North District of the Chicago Annual Conference in the Fourth Episcopal District and as the President of the Connectional Presiding Elders' Council of the AME (African Methodist Episcopal)  Church.

Q: We have two married daughters, one of whom is adopted. The biological daughter has two children who, we recently discovered, have been told that it is wrong to call our adopted daughter “aunt so-and-so” because she is not really family. Nor, according to our biological daughter and son-in…

Cities often tout their low cost of living as a tool for attracting new residents. On the face of it, that would make sense. After all, who wouldn’t like to pay less for the things they buy; home, auto, food and recreation? Who would not wish to move to an adjacent neighborhood and pay less …

All folks — with perhaps the exception of the most extreme — have some concern for our environment. Today’s column addresses a few bits of news about the environment — along with my comments (this is the Opinion page, you know!).

A few days back, I forgot our anniversary — our 39th. I remembered the first 38, so I’m still feeling good about my record. I want to explain how this happened. Our anniversary was Friday, June 14, but we had planned to go to the Italian Fest downtown the next day and also spend a few hours …

The recording group Brownstone has a song called, “If You Love Me.” The lyrics of this song capture the singers’ need for their significant other to actively display their true desire to be in a relationship. These lyrics also signify, for someone who truly wants what they say they want, tha…

It’s a sunny day, in fact it’s a bit humid and makes it feel like summer a couple weeks early. Each season comes with its blessings, but also things to work with. Whether we grump over the heat or fuss over all the extra clothes it takes to keep five little ones warm during the winter month,…

Whenever I visited Phyllis Baskerville’s toy museum in Fortville, I was mesmerized by the endless array of toys, dolls, board games, records, lunchboxes and old magazines, each one in mint condition, and all impeccably displayed. She could talk non-stop — and often did — about any toy you ex…

Q: Our 14-year-old (he’s going into the ninth grade at a public high school) has taken up with a bunch of kids that we don’t exactly approve of. They have reputations as troublemakers and at least one has already been arrested for shoplifting and had to do some community service. The irony i…

If you could see me at the moment, you would probably laugh out loud. 

When children were raised, reared, or simply brought up, they were emancipated “on time.” Upon high school graduation, children went to college, into the military, or became employed. Some, like my wife and me, got married before they could vote. Those were the days when young people still w…

Editor's Note: I really liked this column from Gloria, because she accurately illustrates the wide spectrum of views within the Amish church. On one end are the most conservative, Nebraska Amish, who don’t really live in Nebraska, and the Swartzentruber Amish, with the New Order Amish Fellow…

Julie Jargon is a reporter with the Wall Street Journal. Heretofore, she has written about food companies like Starbucks and McDonalds. As of April 2, however, Ms. Jargon is writing a WSJ column titled “Family and Tech,” described as dealing with “the impact of technology on family life.”

I’ve always been terrible at saying goodbye. It must be some kind of Midwestern thing, where we all stand by the door, drawing out the conversation until we can no longer postpone the inevitable.

Ah, this spring weather gets me going. I can't wait to start planting the garden. Daniel plowed our garden plot a couple days ago in hopes to have it dry out faster. Digging deeper by plowing also helps some of those buried nutrients to get closer to the surface where the plants will take be…

Life can be so demanding. There are so many challenges always coming our way. There are so many competing issues seeking “equal time” from us. The time comes when we simply have to take time to “center” on just what really is important in our life and what is not as urgent as it seems.

For one of my last recipes to give to you all, I’m going to share one that first appeared in Heartland Magazine back in 2017.

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