Fran Ostendorf
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I am surrounded by smart people who are never at a loss for words. Friends, family members, colleagues are all capable speakers with lots of valuable things to say. I, on the other hand, start … more
We have so much going on in our community! As many of you have noticed, there’s often too much for our small staff to cover. And lately there’s been so many interesting events that you, … more
Next year, I may volunteer to be the poster child for the “Get your flu shot” campaign.  This was supposed to be my long-planned spring-break staycation. I was taking a week … more
I recently celebrated a milestone birthday. Those who know me personally know  which one it is.  For those of you who don’t, you’ll just have to guess as I’m not revealing which milestone I’ve achieved. Suffice it to … more
A recent conversation between adult members of my family made me realize the impact of camp on multiple generations. The conversation went something like this: Question: Why didn’t I go to Jewish camp? Answer: Nobody ever considered … more
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the weather again. But this time, the topic centers on what a mild winter we’ve had so far. One year ago, I was writing this column from my home office. The weather was awful; the snow piling up. A … more
Recently, I’ve been asked many questions about letters to the editor and contributors’ columns (op-eds). We love when our readers take enough interest in our content to write to us. We also love getting feedback, and we value the diverse … more
For as long as I can remember, wherever I have lived, there have been bird feeders in my backyard. My current home is no exception. Backyard birds have always been a source of endless fascination. You start to recognize their songs and their … more
For more than 30 years, at this time of year, my husband and I have traveled to visit his family in Chicago. It hasn’t mattered where we’ve lived, what our work or financial state. I’ve been pregnant; children have been sick. We’ve gone. The … more
When I was working at daily newspapers, we used to have an unspoken competition to see who would write the first “ ‘Tis the season’ ” headline. Trite and predictable, nonetheless, in a headline writer’s world it was one of those … more
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