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Commentary: Where the heart is

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Commentary: Where the heart is

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – This holiday will be a quiet one. When our children were small, my wife and I would bundle them up for Thanksgiving. We often traveled east, starting out at either my sister’s place in upstate New York, where my birth family would gather, or in northwest Connecticut, where my […]

Commentary: An attitude of gratitude

Commentary: An attitude of gratitude

By Luke Messer TheStatehouseFile.com Happy Thanksgiving! As I reflect on the true meaning of the holiday, I am often reminded of a first-grade Thanksgiving play that my daughter Ava participated in a few years back.  All of the songs and costumes were great, but my favorite was a song called, “Let’s Have a Gratitude Attitude.”  […]

Commentary: Thanksgiving, shelter in a troubled world

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Commentary: Thanksgiving, shelter in a troubled world

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – That, too, was a troubled Thanksgiving. It was 1968. I was an elementary school student. America was at war in Vietnam. Every night on the evening news, we saw footage of the war, listened to the body counts and wondered if the killing ever would end. We had moved […]

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State urges safe holiday decorating

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After the effects of the turkey coma have worn off, many Hoosier will go straight into holiday mode, decking the halls with Christmas trees, holly and décor galore. The Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to keep safety in mind when decorating. According to the department, most house fires […]

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Commentary: Thanksgiving, a warm place in a cold world

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It looked like a lonely Thanksgiving. It was a long time ago, in the late 1980s or early 1990s. I was far from home, in a small town in Northern Arizona working on a freelance project, a young writer trying to tell a story and make a buck. I […]

Commentary: A man who made others better

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Commentary: A man who made others better

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The call came on a Thanksgiving Day. Harvey Jacobs had died. Harvey made my career. He taught me much of what I know about writing, about editing and about teaching. He plucked me out of a small town and a small college and, for nearly 20 years, pushed me […]