Unlike “active wear,” baggy blue jeans and sports jerseys give a guy, or gal, the relaxed fit needed to down that next bag of tortilla chips. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

Look Out Chubby Folks! Here Comes Active Wear!

By: John Carlson— If you are a chubby person like me, you are probably alarmed by the latest fashion trend. The big new thing is “active wear.” Active wear is that sort of sleek, colorful, sporty apparel that clings to your body like an extra epidermal layer. It shows off…

Gordon Carlson is pictured as a 17-year-old Navy recruit in 1943. Injured two years later in the battle for Okinawa, he earned a Purple Heart.

A Day to Memorialize Those Who Gave All

By: John Carlson— It was an accidental find, of sorts. In the process of moving my 90-year-old father into a nursing home recently, my sister Patty came upon a Purple Heart – the medal that honors those Americans injured in combat – pristinely packaged and shining splendidly, tucked away in…

Bob Gillum and his grandson, Kade Oliver, share a love of baseball. Photo by: John Carlson

Wheelchair Doesn’t Stop This Kid’s Coach

By: John Carlson— MUNCIE – Standing before you with a worn ball glove on his left hand, a baseball in his right and a flop of brown hair falling across his forehead from under a ball cap, Kade Oliver looks like the 14-year-old kid that he is. But when he’s…