| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Playwright Anton Chekhov famously said that a gun should never be displayed onstage without a reason. If it is seen in the first act, he advised, it ought to go off by the third.
In other words, writers should not clutter a narrative with distractions...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 5:27 AM
SOUTH BEND - Just 11 days after Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, a small bank opened in South Bend.
Then, it was known as First National Bank of South Bend. Today, it is known as 1st Source Bank.
Though it has grown to about 76...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 1:05 AM
Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.
Spoon, silver plate, Gerber baby face, marked "Winthrop," c. 1940, 4...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 12:50 PM
Actor Rob Lowe has LIT-ruh-lee no qualms about having ties to Bill O'Reilly.
The 49-year-old actor stars as worshiped Democratic president John F. Kennedy in National Geographic's "Killing Kennedy," based on the book from the Fox News anchor. Lowe,...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Mingling with the likes of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Sojourner Truth and President Abraham Lincoln helps teach Civil War buffs and the uninitiated alike a sense of history and community, said participants in the largest Civil War reenactment in Northern...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Somerset resident Capt. Gratian Yatsevitch (USAR ret.) walked Wednesday pensively on Howe Avenue in Gettysburg.
One hundred and fifty years ago that was his great-grandfather’s encampment on the bloody battlefield. Yatsevitch is a direct...
| Jun 30, 2013
VICKSBURG, Miss. — The Siege of Vicksburg was all about the Mississippi River. Whoever controlled Vicksburg controlled the river, and whoever controlled the river was going to win the Civil War.
"Vicksburg is the key," said President Lincoln....
| Jun 25, 2013
| 10:20 AM
As Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia marched north through the Shenandoah Valley toward Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, news of a different, distant campaign reached the Lehigh Valley in the summer of 1863.
The Allentown Democrat of June 10, 1863...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 3:57 PM
I was led quite by accident last week to peruse a pair of highly absorbing memoirs.
That's the nice thing about being retired. You have time to indulge your reading passions, from selections on the latest bestseller lists to enduring works you've long...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 10:31 PM
The Changi Museum in Singapore is dedicated to exposing the horrors the Singaporean people experienced under the Japanese military during World War II. When Japanese people visit this museum, they are often overcome with grief and shame.
For many, if...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 5:45 PM
This isn't the first time that I've written about my grandchildren, but I just couldn't resist creating one more verbal montage of things that they have said in various public situations.
As they get older, of course, the sayings won't be considered...