Full disclosure: I’ll admit I’m an older white guy and because of my life experiences have precious little to offer in the discourse underway about racial equality. Like many of you, I am trying to make sense of the changing times and adapt while remaining true to who I am.

Sunday is Father’s Day, a time to remember and honor the paterfamilias, father, the head of the household, pop, dad -- whatever his moniker at your house, Sunday is the day to pause and appreciate his contributions to who you are as a person.

Let us all take a moment to not be so serious and laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine. Unless a doctor has advised you to take real medication, then by all means please continue taking that and this column can be a kind of

I hope you are enjoying summer and some respite from the cares of coronavirus and the national uproar for social justice after the death of George Floyd last month in Minneapolis.

Well, there certainly isn’t much going on in the world right now to write about. But I guess I’ll have to give it a try.

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

It’s once again graduation season. The school year is coming to a formal close and even though this year has been far from normal, the rites of passage are once again upon us.

Before last week, I knew nothing about the NC Dinos. But thanks to the global pandemic they are my new favorite Korean baseball team.

As we begin to come out from lock downs and seek to resume daily activities, I have been listening to varying viewpoints about next steps our society should take.

First off, Sunday is the 106th Mother’s Day. So, call your mom or any mom in your life.

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” - Abraham Lincoln

The perfect bowl of brussels sprouts is always paired with butter and heavy salt and peppering.

As we enter the second month of being on lockdown, there are signs that the extraordinary steps we have taken to isolate ourselves from the coronavirus are working. Rates of infection and death are down from the projections and flattening the curve worked.

We had some lovely spring weather awhile back and y’know how every spring there seems to be an abundance of birds out and about.

Many of us have recently developed a renewed appreciation for the outdoors as we have found ways to keep our bodies active and minds calm during these unprecedented times. Despite all the uncertainty that we are facing, spring is still on our doorsteps, bringing with it the hope of greener t…

“And the sign said ‘Long-haired freaky people need not apply’” - lyric “Signs” by Five Man Electrical Band.

By several indications, it appears social distancing is helping to flatten the curve with the coronavirus. We should all be happy about this, but being socially distant to many may seem like the cure is worse than the disease, which is, of course, totally wrong.

This is another in the Richie Bros. Gang series, where I tell a funny story from years ago.

Sunday is Easter, a time of celebration and renewal for Christians who mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God. It’s one of the most sacred days on the Christian calendar and affirms the faith of followers of the promise of eternal life.

What a different world we’re in since our last article. Due to COVID-19, Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County will temporarily suspend most services. These include giving rides, cutting, stacking and delivering firewood and picking up and delivering furniture. Our hope is this will not be…

During this time of COVID-19, I have decided against running photos of empty shelves and instead deciding to continue reporting the news and not attempting to sensationalize the events around us.

Last week I noticed a trio of ducks: two male and one female, have returned to our neighborhood. It’s a sure sign of spring and something I always look forward to each year.

Social distancing is a little easier when your nearest neighbor is a mile down the road and there are fewer community centers or public playgrounds for all of us to easily congregate. But rural Wisconsin communities like ours are not immune from the spread of coronavirus.

In the coming weeks, Wisconsinites will face some of the most difficult times in recent memory. I wanted to point out some of the steps that are being taken to help Wisconsin residents and businesses, and highlight some resources for the coming weeks.

I worked as a produce clerk at a large grocery store for three years and it was horrible. Let me tell you something, some people have no respect for those workers.

The staff of all of our newspapers are working very hard to deliver accurate information to you on this COVID-19 pandemic.

There have been numerous studies about the health benefits of sunshine. Just 15 minutes a day in the sun gives the average person their daily dose of Vitamin D.

COVID-19 has reached pandemic levels in the United States. It is time to live with caution and develop new and renew healthy practices at home, at work, in schools in medical centers and senior care facilities. People are frightened, herd buying is taking place at food stores primarily for b…

In ancient Rome, it was murderers, thieves and adulterers that competed in the Roman Games or what we may call today – combat sports.

The 2020 election cycle is in full swing and with its return, you can be sure that many other things will follow.

There is an addiction in our society that no one is talking about. We have an addiction to the super mini-computers we keep in our pockets (most of the time just inches away from our reproduction organs).

Even though we had our coldest night of the winter last week, signs are favorable for warmer weather. The sun is rising sooner in the morning and setting after we come home from work. You can feel it in the air, springtime is coming.

“The question arises at this point, why are there so many black sheep in journalism? Why so many ‘fakes?’ Why is the epidemic of ‘yellow journalism’ so prevalent? This phrase is applied to newspapers which delight in sensations, crime, scandal, smut, funny pictures, caricatures and malicious…

Last week, we visited about politics. I figured I would push the envelope a bit more this week to get some serious buzz from a controversial topic.

Since when do Americans take a day off of work for anything?

The first votes in the nomination process that will determine the names on the ballot for the presidential election in November happened this week.

The Richie boys grew up outside of Milwaukee and we very well could have been a gang in the early 2000s. We ran roughshod over the suburbs for many years.

“So the sun shines on his funeral just the same as on a birth, the way it shines on everything that happens here on Earth.” lyric, “Enough to be on your way” by James Taylor

“In the year 3535 / Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies / Everything you think, do and say / Is in the pill you took today” lyric, “In the Year 2525” Zagar and Evans, 1969

Well, we are on the back side of January now. February and Ground Hog’s Day are coming up, the days are getting longer and we can now dare to dream of spring.

All is right in the world. The Green Bay Packers are playing on Sunday for a chance to play in the Super Bowl and the Minnesota Vikings season is over.