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Harvard Psychologist, Mahzarin Banaji coined the term “thumbprint of my culture.” She and many others have studied implicit bias. These are biases we all have and use without conscious awareness. Our brain works fast to make decisions constantly and develop mental shortcuts. These shortcuts …

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As a lifelong Republican and former county party chairman, I resonated positively to the plans that Donald Trump outlined for his first four years.

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The Supreme Court reviewed three court cases where the employers terminated employees because the employees were homosexual or transgender.

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According to BBB’s most recent investigation, released Wednesday, sweepstakes scammers continue to be a persistent problem. Older adults have been especially hard-hit by these scams, and the BBB is warning of the tactics scammers use to con people out of their money using fake prizes.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way consumers approach shopping. Forbes found that online retailers’ year-over-year revenue was up 68 percent in mid-April, and February saw an increase in online shopping typically only seen on Cyber Monday, according to QuantumMetric.

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As more states and municipalities make masks mandatory in public settings, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Better Business Bureau have issued a warning about flyers or cards stating that the owner is exempt from wearing face masks.

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David Kessler, an expert on grief, described three ways people respond to a crisis. There are those who panic, unsure of what to do or how to cope; those moving along with guidance they’ve been given; and those who want others to calm down and get back to business as usual.

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The corner at the intersection of I and 10th streets in La Porte is probably best known for the activities that reportedly occurred in the Andrew house.

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Living through, or even observing these moral, economic and health crises continue to unfold is taking an emotional toll. We have three choices in response to a crisis. We can fight, take flight or freeze. We can move in with high energy and take control; we can move away, going about our bu…

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Never in a million years would I think that my small town would take part in something so big. On June 5, La Porte played host to a protest in response to the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man whose death sparked national outrage.

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Believe or not, the kids of yesteryear had plenty of pastimes to occupy their downtime – many had rules which were made up at the time and the rules changed regularly, depending on the participants.

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David Rock, Ph.D., coined the acronym SCARF which stands for status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and fairness. These are the five domains that influence us emotionally, much of the time as a threat. Leaders can mitigate the impact of SCARF threats by creating some SCARF rewards.

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Just recently, one of the “regulars” at the Oasis Ballroom in Michigan City passed away – Martha Keserich Vance, known to most as Martha Nash. I thank Patty Nocek of the La Porte County Health Department for sharing Martha’s obituary. Martha sang regularly at the Oasis Ballroom in Michigan C…

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Just recently, one of the “regulars” at the Oasis Ballroom in Michigan City passed away – Martha Keserich-Vance, known to most as Martha Nash.

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Ever since the special section on Page 2 of The La Porte County Herald-Argus showing a historical photo of a La Porte County through current issues entitled Remember When have been published, I have clipped and pasted in yearly binders the published copy of a photo provided by staff at the L…

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Ask any middle schooler their feelings about school on a normal day in the middle of the school year, you might hear something like, “I don’t wanna go to school,” or “I’m tired of school; I wanna stay home.” Fast forward to the end of March 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic, and you are…

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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act amends the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and establishes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act both effective April 2, 2020, until Dec. 31, 2020. The bill basically amends the employers’ threshold from 50 or more employees to fewer than 500 emplo…

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Chick season is here. And if you are like me it will take every ounce of your willpower to go to any feed store and not walk out with some cute little chicks. While chicks are super adorable, they also do require a bit more care when they are little.

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Although there have been numerous tragedies in La Crosse, there have been good things happen also – one was that La Crosse had a doctor who cared for its residents for so many years.

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Although there have been numerous tragedies in La Crosse, there have been good things there too – one was a doctor who cared for its residents for many years. His name was Dr. David Daniel Oak and in 1948 he had practiced medicine in La Crosse for 38 years.

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Some stress is good, even required to elicit activity. Too much stress is bad leading to feeling overwhelmed. Amy Arnsten, Neurobiology and Psychology Professor at Yale University, calls this the “Goldilocks of the brain.” Stress must be just right to achieve peak performance. This sweet spo…

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About 40 years ago a successful local realtor by the name of Marjorie Gondeck was in charge of the sale of a building at 809 Franklin St., Michigan City, when she was inspired by her passion and hobby of collecting trinkets and treasures. They found a home in this vacant space and her dreams…

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This month my class was assigned to write an essay or poem to honor Black History Month. I chose to write a poem. I also chose to write about more than one person and to honor many civil rights activists in my poem. I liked this project a lot because it gave me a chance to write about my eth…

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It is amazing how a mild winter day is enough to make me believe that spring is next week instead of next month and have me completely convinced that it is time to start the garden.

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Back in the days when American dads were building fallout shelters in their basements and backyards, I always wondered where we would put our garbage during a thermonuclear war.

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When Dr. Sam said to me, “You’ve got the colon of a man half your age,” it was hard to keep from beaming. This must be how a mother feels when a complete stranger tells her how beautiful her new baby is.

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I’m not sure about you, but my yard is a big pile of muck currently. Sure, there is snow covering it which helps to make it not look quite as awful, but I know that underneath all that it’s a gardening mess.

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“Who do you think will win Iowa?” I asked Stan as he replaced the starter on my old beater. Stan watches all those cable TV shows about politics all day long at his garage, so I knew he’d have an informed opinion. It’s a well-known fact that the more TV you watch, the smarter you become.

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Indiana became a state in 1816 and Michigan City celebrated its 100th birthday with a Centennial Homecoming on Aug. 21-26, 1916. Continuous vaudeville was offered every day of the event at various “platforms” (locations). A six-episode pageant entitled “The Spirit of the Dunes” was offered o…

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I was at somewhat of a loss for what to write for this piece. So I decided to go with a topic that has been the center of more than a few (heated) classroom debates.