Fran Ostendorf
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Somehow, throughout the years, our house has become the gathering place for my extended family. Nobody else actually lives in this area. But they all end up at my door. We started out small … My siblings for the High Holy Days when they … more
Like it or not, we are a people of the world. World events affect us. Sure, we live in a state with its share of newsmaking events.  But this week I’m looking to national and international events that are – and should be – the subject of … more
Several of my recent columns have involved the weather. It’s been a tough winter. And the relentless snow and cold and its accompanying ice aren’t letting up yet, so bear with me. The flower show last weekend was a little breath of … more
I spent a number of years working from my home office. On snowy mornings, I could get up, walk into another room and never worry about who was going to clear the driveway or how I was going to get down the street. No such thing as cabin fever or … more
As you read this column, we’ll be on the other side of what the National Weather Service predicted could be a “storm of historic proportions.” For most of us, that really didn’t happen, did it? On Sunday, a blizzard was predicted for … more
We are a community of diverse viewpoints. I see that on a daily basis. Democrat, Republican, Right, Left, Liberal, Conservative, Zionist and everything in between. I would venture to guess that if you are taking the time to read this … more
As we turn the calendar from December to January and move on to 2015, is change on your mind? Are you thinking about making a few resolutions? We live in a world that mixes secular with religious. So if you made your resolutions before the … more
I wasn’t fortunate enough to have known Lila Sapinsley. But I wish I had. Certainly the tributes that I’ve heard in the last week have painted a picture of a strong advocate for women, a caring mentor for girls and a wonderful member of our … more
After all the cooking and eating and visiting with family during the Thanksgiving holiday, I returned to the office to tackle the to-do lists. But, I realized that my thoughts are still turning to food. Why? Suddenly, I’m receiving – and hearing … more
At some point in the last couple of weeks, someone called our office asking, “Do Jews celebrate Thanksgiving?” I found this question surprising. Remember the fuss last year over Thanksgivukkah when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fell at the same … more
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