Harriette offers her readers new year’s wishes

DEAR READERS: Happy New Year! Welcome to 2023. In some ways, it feels like it was a blink ago that we entered 2022. I began last year with COVID-19 and had to put all my plans on pause. I had been so excited about the projects I was about to embark upon and got stopped in my tracks.

Life and your surroundings are what you make it

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine posted something written by a friend of his on Facebook. This is what she had to say: 'I've been contemplating what I really miss in life. Why do I feel this empty space?

Keep a light burning in Ukraine

Here's a New Year's resolution: Support Ukraine. Stop Putin. Kyiv needs all the essential weapons of war – tanks and missiles, howitzers and drones. But it also needs less obvious weapons, from diesel-powered generators to long-lasting lightbulbs.

There’s gold in them thar religious hillbillies

It didn't surprise me when, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, Father Thomas Joseph White began telling me that while he enjoyed touring with his band the Hillbilly Thomists, which consists of musical friars, he enjoys writing more. When not playing banjo in Nashville, White is rector of the Angelicum in Rome; the school's most famous alumnus is Pope John Paul II. His latest book is an authoritative study of the Holy Trinity.

Sickly visitor had no right to stick around

DEAR HARRIETTE: A friend came by to visit me the other day, and the whole time she was coughing. It was strange, given how hyper-vigilant everybody got about wearing masks during the height of the COVID epidemic. When I looked at her funny after she kept on coughing, she assured me that she doesn't have COVID. To me, that doesn't mean you should continue to cough all over people.

Dear Editor, The December 24 edition of the Clinton Daily News reports the intention of AllianceHealth to transfer Clinton hospital patient records, including radiographs, to a facility in Durant, Oklahoma.