Facebook’s misfortunes inspire schadenfreude

“Schadenfreude,” a German word commonly understood as taking pleasure in someone else’s misfortune, has no equivalent in the English language.

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  • What a difference one word can make

    August 16th, 2018
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    Oops, what a difference one word can make — especially when it is left out.

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    Make room in your life for swamp milkweed

    August 9th, 2018
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    And you think you have picky eaters at your house. Consider, if you will, the monarch butterfly, which has nothing but milkweed for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a milkweed chaser on the side.

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    Norwalk group does good deed each week

    July 27th, 2018
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    If America’s motto was “Do Something Good for Another Person” instead of “Make America Great Again,” how would that manifest itself?

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    Let them drink Coke?

    July 20th, 2018
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    Living here in the Coulee Region, it’s sometimes hard to take water seriously.

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    What will future generations think of this era?

    July 12th, 2018
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    With the average length of marriages in the United States estimated at eight years, I thought arriving at 50 was worth acknowledging.

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  • Do our current events require ‘A Modest Proposal’?

    June 21st, 2018
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    True confession: For years, I often put my two daughters on the curb in front of the newspaper office with a sign, “Free, take one.”

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    A local newspaper meets its end

    June 15th, 2018
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    The voice at the other end of the phone made an offer that caught me by surprise.

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    Who were the Odd Fellows?

    June 6th, 2018
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    Of all the old photos of our communities that come our way, this must be one of the most intriguing. Just take a look at those costumes. Can you believe their wives let them leave the house dressed like that?

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    Act 67 changes how we control development

    May 24th, 2018
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    Few things are uglier than battles over zoning issues, and last week’s OntarioVillage Board meeting over a proposed group home in the Kickapoo Heights subdivision was no exception.

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    N-O-W School District puts on great Community Night

    May 10th, 2018
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    Hats off to the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District staff and everyone else for the great job Friday at Community Night.

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    Many deserve credit for Ontario Community Hall celebration

    May 3rd, 2018
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    Back in my little-kid days, my folks would drag me to every wedding dance in Monroe’s Turner Hall, where they discovered to their everlasting dismay that I, this Swiss-German girl, not only came with two left feet, but also thought “beat” was something you pickle and put on a relish tray.

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