Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Easter full of joy even if you don’t find any eggs ]]> Lead story image

The wonder of the Easter period surely is a prize we can claim if we wish. It lights my memory lamp and helps me remember where I have been and think about where I am going — and how to get there. Take a fun thing like an egg hunt and the sounds of joy. These are not trivial events. Joy is part of the theme and I believe that there is a touch of theology in egg hunts. I remember a hunt in Odon’s nice park, a few miles from our farm place. I was an intrepid hunter and … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:07:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26907557-452/vertrees-easter-full-of-joy-even-if-you-dont-find-any-eggs.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26907557-452/vertrees-easter-full-of-joy-even-if-you-dont-find-any-eggs.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: ‘March’ Madness and other sports oddities ]]> Lead story image

Elizabeth Barrett’s poems were all three-pointers, home runs, touchdowns. Pick one. I think of her when I look hard at the American sportsworld. She wrote a poem to the guy she loved: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Robert Browning was a lucky man. Imagine this: Neither of them had ever seen a tattoed basketball player. So, how am I confused when I look at our sports stuff? Let me count some of the ways. Here we are in April, and March Madness, as the roundball tournament is called, is still dribbling along. It will end … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:08:08 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26596161-452/vertrees-march-madness-and-other-sports-oddities.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26596161-452/vertrees-march-madness-and-other-sports-oddities.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Speak no evil of others; there’s no taking it back ]]> Lead story image

You might figure that a 46-year-old guy would know better than to fly a kite in a thunderstorm. But I reckon we should be glad Ben Franklin did it back there in 1752. He made a shocking discovery that helped change the way people lived. Some other guys who tried it did not live to tell their stories — they really got shocked. Maybe Ben was lucky, but for sure he was awfully smart. His picture is on a $100 bill, I think, but I don’t deal in anything bigger than a twenty. Anyway, Ben left us more than the … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:03:22 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26438555-452/vertrees-speak-no-evil-of-others-theres-no-taking-it-back.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26438555-452/vertrees-speak-no-evil-of-others-theres-no-taking-it-back.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Fear of snakes only rational, he hissed ]]> Lead story image

I stand solid as a rock on this: I’m agin sins committed by other people, all potholes, long sermons, guns in schools, baseball in cold weather. I am slow to anger, usually quick to forgive and only modestly humble. But I am not quite ready to forgive the people responsible for the photo on page 22 of last Sunday’s paper. I refer to the place where I spent a long un-illustrious career. In a story about the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore there was this scary picture of the eastern massasauga, also known, pardon the expression, as a SNAKE. I reckon … ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:03:22 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26307930-452/vertrees-fear-of-snakes-only-rational-he-hissed.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26307930-452/vertrees-fear-of-snakes-only-rational-he-hissed.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Movies blur lines between reel life, real life ]]> Lead story image

We went to a movie house last year, or maybe it was the year before, and saw a show about a British king who stuttered. He got over it, which was a nice turn. We stumbled up a bunch of steps and found a sea of empty seats. It was not a busy day. I see that some show places have closed because there were not enough busy days. It was there on that historic afternoon that I learned what a “tub of popcorn” is. People walked in with those tubs and other eatables and I wondered if they planned … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:24:29 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26022676-452/vertrees-movies-blur-lines-between-reel-life-real-life.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26022676-452/vertrees-movies-blur-lines-between-reel-life-real-life.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Inspiration — whether you need it or not ]]> Lead story image

I am afraid to doze off during the Sunday sermon — I might miss something good. Our minister keeps me awake, almost all of the time. Last Sunday she repeatedly emphasized that none of us is perfect and may never be. We all need help — that is the theological truth we are supposed to accept. And we should never give up. There was a lot more, but that was the gist of the message. Part of a stirring triad that hit me in the heart last Sunday. Maybe it all was just a coincidence, but it seemed like more … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:29:04 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25847721-452/vertrees-inspiration-whether-you-need-it-or-not.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25847721-452/vertrees-inspiration-whether-you-need-it-or-not.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Facing our need to feed ]]> Lead story image

I cannot define “caloric conundrum” but I believe I see one in the way we Americans and food come together. Or don’t ever meet. This smiling woman says in an ad that she has lost more than 80 pounds. She may find it. Maybe not. But the fattening of America makes it likely. Anyway, the way we eat and don’t eat is a real puzzle. Americans throw away about 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S., about 20 pounds per person every month. I read that in the Christian Science Monitor, so it surely is true. Chew on … ]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:24:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25423981-452/vertrees-facing-our-need-to-feed.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25423981-452/vertrees-facing-our-need-to-feed.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Searching for theological truths at Valparaiso University ]]> Lead story image

Plato, Socrates, guys like them who did not waste time watching the Cubs, sat around a lot, just talking about theology. That’s what I heard, anyway. But the absolute answers that folks like me can grasp are still out there waiting to be discovered, and explained. Leading young folks in the search for theological truths surely is a high calling. Prof. Fred Niedner does that at Valparaiso University. He suggests that this endless quest involves down-to-earth issues that are often overlooked. Like how mankind, you know, WE, and critters differ — we can dream and sing and play because we … ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:17:03 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25261265-452/vertrees-searching-for-theological-truths-at-valparaiso-university.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25261265-452/vertrees-searching-for-theological-truths-at-valparaiso-university.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Political meddling fails to add up for education ]]> Lead story image

A lot of what I needed to know about education I learned from my very first teachers, some parental participation and very little politics. I don’t understand what is happening in Indianapolis but an area educator blames a “goofy formula” for the way schools have been graded by the state. He probably is right. Politics clashes with education. Our public instruction chief got elected from “the wrong party” and the other guys don’t like her. Some fun. It is too much for my simple brain power. In my early school days township trustees were the bosses and two of my … ]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:24:29 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25115605-452/vertrees-political-meddling-fails-to-add-up-for-education.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25115605-452/vertrees-political-meddling-fails-to-add-up-for-education.html <![CDATA[ Lifelong comradeship helps keep us buoyant ]]> Lead story image

Max, my old college friend (the college is old too), reminds me that we are in the 92nd lap of life’s big race — that includes Carl my dorm roommate. This is not a contest. No losers in this one. I think the first one of us to reach the finish line will shout “Come on, brothers, I will wait!” We move a bit slower now, but time just keeps on its schedule. Carl gave history a new heartbeat in his long teaching career in Kokomo. He made a difference. I remember him in college class lectures, pretending to be … ]]> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:25:09 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24994909-452/lifelong-comradeshiphelps-keep-us-buoyant.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24994909-452/lifelong-comradeshiphelps-keep-us-buoyant.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Dance is like life, keep reaching ]]> Lead story image

I have never been to the Land of Snow or the Kingdom of Sweets except in a state of subtle somnolence, caught up in the sound of music. In my euphoria I watched and heard the Nutcracker Prince and a girl named Claire being entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy and pals — I think they were doing what was called a grand pas de deux. It was lots more energetic and mysterious than even a square dance. Later we were treated to a pas de trois — you know, a dance by three. I am up on this stuff. … ]]> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:24:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24726580-452/vertrees-dance-is-like-life-keep-reaching.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24726580-452/vertrees-dance-is-like-life-keep-reaching.html <![CDATA[ Washington hucksters dishing out a dose of bad medicine ]]> Lead story image

Some of our people in Washington remind me of the medicine show folks who wooed small town America in the 1930s. They claim that their medicine will make us better than we are, and they do it without a whiff of disclaimers. They may believe it. Say it isn’t so! One of those shows came to my town and set up behind the barbershop, which I thought was funny because you could get clipped in the barbershop for only a quarter. The medicine show elixirs cost more, but they did come with entertainment. That helped the medicine go down. Some … ]]> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 06:18:18 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24170131-452/washington-hucksters-dishing-out-a-dose-of-bad-medicine.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24170131-452/washington-hucksters-dishing-out-a-dose-of-bad-medicine.html <![CDATA[ Carrol Vertrees: Old sayings resonate on the porch ]]> Lead story image

In the smug, convenient conclusion that my advanced age deserves a lot of respect, I feel free to spend a lot of time on my porch pondering the meaning of life. Like I wonder what this anonymous fellow (or lady) meant by, “If you make a mess, clean it up.” Does it mean that I should mop and do menial stuff? Probably it goes deeper than that, but I do not want to act in haste. I usually come back to this from Yogi Berra: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Pithy sayings don’t all … ]]> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:17:46 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/22647871-452/carrol-vertrees-old-sayings-resonate-on-the-porch.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/22647871-452/carrol-vertrees-old-sayings-resonate-on-the-porch.html <![CDATA[ Taking a bus into the past ]]> Lead story image

When I was matriculating or whatever it is that I did in school, I came and went via a wonderful invention called a school bus. Big, bouncy vehicles, cold in winter and a bit warm in the spring. Only one kid, as I remember, had access to a car — he lived close enough to walk, which he usually did. His name was Charles Edsel Ross — his dad was co-owner of the Ford garage in beautiful downtown Elnora. Edsel was an old Ford name. Charles Edsel was a better product than the Edsel car, and he lasted a lot … ]]> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 23:34:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/20905817-452/story.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/20905817-452/story.html <![CDATA[ ‘Taps’ sounds for dwindling vets ]]> Lead story image

Seventy years ago, they sent the world’s biggest ship to haul me across the Atlantic. I would have gone in a smaller boat, probably, but this made me and thousands of other scared young men feel proud. We were bound for a war. Homesick. Seasick. I got even sicker when the British mess hall opened — an aroma like no other. I wondered if they were on our side. It was a fast four-day voyage — no convoys for us — to a place called the Firth of Clyde, a docking place in Scotland. It was too cold for kilts … ]]> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:00:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24599014-452/taps-sounds-for-dwindling-vets.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24599014-452/taps-sounds-for-dwindling-vets.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Sing from the heart and you’ll always be in the right key ]]> Lead story image

A lot of what I needed to know about singing I learned when I was about 4 years old, back in our friendly farmhouse. My dad sang and played guitar. My mom sang and played the piano. I listened and discovered that singing was easy. You just listen and then sing. Or, just sing without listening to anybody except yourself. But let us be truthful about this. Some of us were lucky when the gene fellow handed them out — we have pleasant singing voices, but that doesn’t make us musicians. That reality hit me the other day when my … ]]> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:25:16 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24332197-452/vertrees-sing-from-the-heart-and-youll-always-be-in-the-right-key.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24332197-452/vertrees-sing-from-the-heart-and-youll-always-be-in-the-right-key.html <![CDATA[ Taking a bus into the past ]]> Lead story image

When I was matriculating or whatever it is that I did in school, I came and went via a wonderful invention called a school bus. Big, bouncy vehicles, cold in winter and a bit warm in the spring. Only one kid, as I remember, had access to a car — he lived close enough to walk, which he usually did. His name was Charles Edsel Ross — his dad was co-owner of the Ford garage in beautiful downtown Elnora. Edsel was an old Ford name. Charles Edsel was a better product than the Edsel car, and he lasted a lot … ]]> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:20:20 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/20837074-452/taking-a-bus-into-the-past.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/20837074-452/taking-a-bus-into-the-past.html <![CDATA[ Apply some barnyard residue to sore place ]]> Lead story image

I have been to a self-healing service and I feel just swell. Tired, but recovering nicely. No, I was not in a religious setting, nor in a doctor’s waiting room. I was by a window early in the morning, with a mug of coffee and a glazed doughnut (medicine from heaven) bird watching and poring over two big pages of disclaimers. It was OK for several minutes until I read this: “Don’t take this if you are breast feeding.” That rattled me. I skipped over some other advice, feeling healed so well that I forgot why I was reading this … ]]> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 06:19:31 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/23886705-452/apply-some-barnyard-residue-to-sore-place.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/23886705-452/apply-some-barnyard-residue-to-sore-place.html