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Imagine a husband going to his wife with a grand scheme to get his family out of the financial trouble they’re in. Out-of-control spending and too much debt has made a mess of their lives, and his wife has been asking him for years to scale down spending and cut back excesses. Unfortunately,…

Live music has always been part of my life. Growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, like other kids my age, I took piano lessons. My parents were certain that an inept piano teacher was the reason I didn’t become a virtuoso; they dismissed the idea that playing piano simply wasn’t my forte.

"For me, the passengers of Flight 73 represent what I believe about the United States — that when we are challenged and work together, we can overcome the odds and save the future of this great country for our children’s children and generations to come," Doug Fink writes.

"Mayor Marlin skillfully worked the NAACP's 10 Shared Principles into the policy, demonstrating collaboration on problem solving with community organizations and finally addressing de-escalation," the NAACP's Minnie Pearson writes. "This all bodes well for building mutual respect and trust between communities of color and the Urbana Police Department."

My daughter had recently moved into a new home, and I was doing Dad duty by pulling weeds in her backyard when suddenly I heard a women’s voice call, “Yoo-hoo, over here!”

"As a child, you think of all the things you want to become — I wanted to be a soldier, a gymnast, a tap dancer, a cop, an artist and a teacher, among a few other careers. Sometimes, you choose your career. Sometimes, God does it for you, and you’ve just got to listen."