Portman: 2020 in review

Portman: 2020 in review

I think we are all ready for 2020 to be over. It’s been a tough year. The health care and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have c...

December 28th, 2020 |  


Portman: Why I voted for Amy Coney Barrett

Portman: Why I voted for Amy Coney Barrett

This week, I was proud to vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. She is an impressive person and a distinguished legal...

October 27th, 2020 |  


What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

Adults, are you looking for a creative way to welcome autumn? Stop by the library this week and pick up a free “Take & Make Craft: Fall Leaf...

September 18th, 2020 |  



Novel by retired educator addresses question of racial injustice

Novel by retired educator addresses question of racial injustice

If you’re white and privileged, what is your responsibility when you witness racial injustice?I have clearly benefited from white privilege. I d...

September 7th, 2020 |  


Lining your driveway with trees

Lining your driveway with trees

Those of us with long driveways often fantasize about having a stately planting of matching driveway trees on both sides, forming a shady “tunne...

July 7th, 2020 |  


What good does protesting do?

“Don’t people know these protests are destroying our Nation?!” “Yeah! And for what? Nothing!”Think about that for a mome...

July 7th, 2020 |  


Hydrangeas — Choosing the right one

Hydrangeas — Choosing the right one

For a long-lived display of huge showy blooms, few plant families can top the diverse Hydrangea. Every year we see new Hydrangea varieties introduced,...

June 2nd, 2020 |  


Set the people free

The vast majority of the legal citizens in this country have bowed down and kissed the ring of the elite, power-obsessed politicians, and un-elected b...

June 2nd, 2020 |  


Corner of Hope: Gratitude during difficult times

Corner of Hope: Gratitude during difficult times

Gratitude. Perspective. Hope. These are three simple words with relatively simple definitions. However, each one of these words has a powerful impact ...

April 13th, 2020 |  


Waiting for the sun to return

Waiting for the sun to return

An enormous box arrived at our house. It was filled with food and cleaning supplies and, yes, toilet paper. I feel guilty. But the truth is, these sup...

March 24th, 2020 |