Can Anyone Unlearn Hatred?

One month ago today, on a cloudy, overcast Sunday afternoon, I stepped through a cast iron gate proclaiming the words, “Arbeit Macht Frei.” Work sets you free — that’s what it means in English — but if we’ve learned anything from history, library books, museum displays and yes, even the internet, we know the people…
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Don’t Say It, Not THAT Word!

Have you ever been so scared you couldn’t scream? Have you been terrified to the point the only sound coming from your mouth is a measly raspy gasp? Well, that’s what happened to me Thursday night. I was minding my own business, reading a book from the comfort of my Lazy Boy recliner, when out…
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A Foundation Rooted In Friendship

It was sometime late last year — after the election and before Christmas — that Ute, a correspondent for the Hohenloher Tagblatt in Crailsheim, inquired about the Worthington contingent traveling to the sister city in the summer of 2017. “Are you coming?” she asked. It’s the 70th anniversary of the Worthington-Crailsheim sister city partnership. “You’re…
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A Creepy Doll And A Singing Santa

She’s over 40 years old, with big brown eyes, a light pink dress and arms and legs that only turn at the shoulder and hip. He’s a new addition down on the farm, standing 5 feet tall with a painted-on beard, a rounded belly and wire-rimmed spectacles. What do they have in common? Both are…
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Love Thy Neighbor

I was sitting in my backyard the other night feeling a little lost. The past week was a rough one, and for the first time in days, I felt like the weight of the world had finally been lifted. I turned off the computer, left the phone in the house and sat with my feet…
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