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The Victim

By Trudy Wischemann Last week, with its terrible news about Lindsay’s functional bankruptcy, was a mixture of pain and relief for me. It was horrible realizing that the fiscal shenanigans we’ve been tracking since 2009 have continued and are worse than I imagined. It was wonderful having someone else finally finger the culprits and reveal […]

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Sweet Civic Sobriety

By Trudy Wischemann Last week’s Sun-Gazette carried an important news article about the City of Lindsay: we are functionally bankrupt. The article was fine, but if you want to truly understand how we got that way, listen to “The Paper Trail,” the podcast of this paper’s publisher, Reggie Ellis, and editor, Paul Myers (www.papertrailpod.com.) The […]

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The Golden Egg

By Trudy Wischemann There’s a phrase from one of Aesop’s Fables that has become part of our American lexicon, shorthand for making a really big, stupid mistake, one motivated by greed. The phrase warns against killing the goose that laid the golden egg. I’m afraid the City of Lindsay is about to make that mistake.  […]

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Better Place

By Trudy Wischemann “He’s in a better place now,” my sweetiepot said automatically when I told him I’m missing our cat, Bubba. “No he’s not,” I said just as automatically, since I buried him in the cold ground after having him put down. I understand the hopefulness of the idea, but I think more often […]

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Dear Remnants

By Trudy Wischemann A week ago last Sunday I had the privilege of delivering the message at Lindsay United Methodist Church. Our new pastor, Vai Heimoana, who also serves Exeter UMC, had a busy week ahead and asked me to take up some of the slack. It gave me an opportunity to explore a topic […]

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Potters Field

By Trudy Wischemann I went to Potters Field last Wednesday to attend the mass burial for Tulare County’s unclaimed dead. I didn’t know why I felt called to go, but the urge was as solid as the Sierra.  Founded in 1964, Potters Field is a blank piece of land surrounded by a black chain link […]

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Non-Essential

By Trudy Wischemann If you listen to public radio or watch public TV, all week long you’ve heard stories of the 800,000 people whose jobs and/or paychecks have been temporarily taken from them. They work for the federal government, and because our congress is so hog-tied by our president, the money to pay them is […]

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Taking Inventory

By Trudy Wischemann “Only floss the ones you want to keep” was a strange, but effective warning from a poster my friend Pam saw on a trip to the dentist 40 years ago and remembered to relate to me. I never forgot it, and it has made me a slightly more avid flosser over the […]

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Notes from Home: Lightkeepers in Lame Duck Season

By Trudy Wischemann Here we are, the morning after. The Babe made his successful journey from the womb to the World; the shards of wrapping paper are still lurking. The frankincense and myrrh have been set aside for safekeeping while Joseph and Mary try to figure out their next move; avid holiday shoppers are taking […]

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Dreamless Sleep – Dreamless Sleep

By Trudy Wischemann Sunday night, thinking of Bethlehem, the song “O Little Town…” began to play in my mind. The lyrics began to want attention, so I went online to learn their history. The song was written by an Episcopalian pastor, Phillips Brooks, for his Sunday school classes after he made a Christmas pilgrimage to […]

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