Erle and Phyllis (Pauli) Bergstrom of Junction City celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 26.

Wesley and Sheryl (Preston) Wheeler will celebrate their 50th anniversary June 28.

We’re living in a time of incredible change. The COVID-19 pandemic, #Black Lives Matter Movement, census, and presidential election are making 2020 a year for the history books. All of these things have coalesced, forcing Americans to take stock of what’s important and how to move forward.

“Beowulf” is a wonderful, old epic and one of too few examples of literature written in Old English. Experts don’t know when it was composed or by whom, but they believe it to have been written around the year 1000. It’s the tale of a Scandinavian hero who makes a sea journey to the hall of …

The inimitable C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. (…) (For) those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” I would not be…

Evelyn Keller will celebrate her 100th birthday this month.

In his introduction to “A Prayer for Owen Meany” for the regular print Modern Library edition, author John Irving says that “I may one day write a better first sentence to a novel than that of ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ but I doubt it.” The story begins, “I am doomed to remember a boy with a …

Amanda Dillon and Andrew Reader announce their engagement.

For the last couple of months, I have been working from home. It took me a week or two to realize I would need to take a more active role in establishing a new work-life balance. In normal times, this balance can be difficult enough, but is largely determined just by the physical separation …

With the fate of children’s camps, activities and spaces up in the air, or outright canceled, this summer because of coronavirus concerns, parents may be wondering how to keep their young ones engaged and active. Creativity may be warranted in some cases, but the situation could provide fami…

This summer will be very different for all of us, especially for our children. Unlike years past, we are not marking the end of a season with graduations, summer parties and vacations. Our usual camps, clubs and programs have been canceled. All of this uncertainty is leading many families, e…

By the end of the 1970s and into the early 1980s, the new genres of rock music such as techno pop, punk, glam rock and disco were supplanting the classic rock bands, and particularly their lead guitar players. It seemed as though it just wasn’t cool anymore to be a lead guitarist. Then Stevi…

Harold Weller will celebrate his 90th birthday June 7.

Jim and Linda Brandenburg of Riley will celebrate their 50th anniversary on June 7.

From pitches to plants. From hardballs to hibiscus. From the strike zone to the root zone. Those phrases are a way of describing the transition made by a Major League Baseball player who, with his daughter, has developed one of the leading plant nurseries in the nation.

Even all these years later, Cleion Morton, principal at Northview Elementary School, remembers the day her father took her out to a peony patch on their farm outside Junction City and leveled with her about who they were and what that meant for her future.

“Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving” is a highly engaging series of short, 4-to-10 page pieces about famous, and some not-so-famous, people whom the authors believed deserve to be better known. This is a delightful read that will educate and entertain you as you are stuck at home.