Fran Ostendorf
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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
I’m not easily impressed. Call me a cynic; maybe that’s the traditional journalist in me. It takes a lot for me to say, “Wow, that’s impressive,” let alone be inspired. However, I was truly inspired last week when I saw the list of … more
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