Steven V. Roberts

When Christine Blasey Ford accused Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault, Joe Biden told reporters: "For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you've got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she's talking about is real – whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it's been made worse or better over time."

Harriette Cole

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have contributed to a number of charities over the years. I feel good about that, because I want to support causes that I believe in. But I am uncertain as to what I can give right now that I have been laid off from my job. I am single, and I live on my own. I have no idea when I will get another job. I feel horrible that I cannot be generous right now, but I worry that if I continue to pledge to the 10 charities that I normally give money to that I won’t have enough for myself. What should I do? — Dry Well

Friend stuck in middle wants reconciliation

DEAR HARRIETTE: Two of my friends have been at a standoff for years, and I’m sick of it. I told each of them that I think it’s time to resolve their disagreement. Whatever they do, I don’t want to have to listen to them talking about each other’s faults anymore. It’s like they are stuck in the past, back when they hurt each other’s feelings, and they can’t let go of that.

Harriette Cole

DEAR HARRIETTE: My son is 6 years old, and he recently started calling me by my first name. I am old-fashioned: I want him to call me Mommy. It’s like one day he woke up and realized my name isn’t actually “Mommy,” and he went around the house chanting it. The more I protest, the more he says my name. What should I do? I want to teach him to have good manners.

Did you know that people who read an average of 3.5 hours per week can live up to two years longer than those who don’t? If you don’t already love reading, that seems like a pretty good reason to start. The research published in the Journal of Social Science and Medicine found that this advantage applied regardless of other factors such as gender and economic status.

Brittain finishes training program

Brett W. Brittain, CIC, CRM attended the CIC Commercial Multiline Institute through the Massachusetts Independent Insurance Agents Association April 22-23 and successfully completed the annual continuing education requirement of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors and Certified Risk Managers International.

Services are pending for Laverne E. Thomas, 85, of Clinton.

It may seem odd, but we think something that is being promoted in California and Michigan has merit right here in Clinton. It is starting school early this year – like in July.

Sublime in the surreal

Surreal is a word people have been using a lot in the last month or so, under the new coronavirus reality. The word can be used to touch upon the terrifying and the life-endangering, as well as the merely inconvenient.