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Nursing dreams broken in a Texas court

On a recent morning in Austin, the resilient Erma Wilson, 45, dressed in her certified nursing assistant’s gear, was heading for her job, which she likes. It is not, however, the job she has aspired to for 36 years, since at age 9 she decided she wanted to become a registered nurse. That ...

Why did they have to chose Mother’s Day weekend?

Irony doesn’t begin to explain why pro-choice activists chose Mother’s Day weekend to picket the homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts, who appear ready to overturn Roe v. Wade. In an age when there appear to be fewer consequences for violating moral or ...

Be careful making assumptions about people

Lessons learned can stay with us for our entire lives. Some years ago, I was with my youngest son, Gregory, who was picking out a tux for his senior prom. (Gregory now has two of his four children in college). A young man came running over to me saying, “Mr. Kozera, Mr. Kozera!” I had no ...

Gardening anxiety as time slips away

I’m starting to feel that sense of panic. What if I wait too long? What if I start too soon? What if I can’t make time to get the job done? Now, what could I be referring to? It’s the annual planting of my garden, of course. During each of the past three years, my husband, Mike, ...

Coal Mining: A Solution to Enhance Safety

The space in my Dayton newspaper devoted to the recent deaths of coal miners in southern Poland was quite small, but it screamed at me and demanded my attention. I continued to use my search engine to keep updated on the death toll of miners and rescue workers. As I went online day after day, I ...

The mothers and women who inspire us

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s the perfect time to show how much we appreciate our mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, god mothers, mothers-in-law, big sisters who acted as caregivers, babysitters who helped to raise us or any maternal figure who had a great impact on our ...