Perspectives

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There’s a lot of research that shows exposure to sunshine makes for a happier mood. This suggests that the return of spring changes a lot of lives for the better.

Researchers use terms like “subjective well-being” or “life satisfaction” to measure the ineffable construct of happiness, and some interesting findings have turned up regarding what actually does contribute to a person’s happiness.

Another View Of The Farm Bureau

May 3, 2017

Recently, a commenter on this radio station questioned where the loyalties of Farm Bureau lie. As a lifelong farmer who became a DeKalb County Farm Bureau member in 1970, I’d like to offer some of my perspectives.

Farm Bureau represents family farmers: 97 percent of the farms in Illinois are family-owned and operated. Farm Bureau represents all sizes and all kinds of family farmers regarding issues of local, regional, national and international significance.

Planning Ahead Can Be A Gift

May 2, 2017

I think about dying often now that I’m on the other side 60, the year my mother died. Since I’m one of these people who likes to get things done ahead of time, I want to clean out some clutter, decide who gets what, and see a lawyer to get our estate figured out.

I remember well how my parents’ lawyer told my brother and me that he had encouraged our father to get his things in order, but my dad didn’t. He died and left my brother and me with an estate in common, and a memory of my mother’s warning, “Don’t let your brother cheat you.”

What's Right For Rockford?

May 1, 2017

Should Rockfordians swap their mayoral form of government for the city manager form?

It depends … It depends on who we are.
 

If Rockford has a relatively homogeneous population, then perhaps it fits the city manager model. City managers are trained technical and managerial experts. They fit well a city with no major ethnic or socioeconomic divisions.

Different Things To Different People

Apr 28, 2017

“Are you happy??

That’s not a simple question. Not for me.

I give my safe answer: “Yeah. Sure.” The real answer is: “I don’t know.”

How can anyone not know? You’re either happy or you’re not. My answer to that is the same, “I don’t know.”

I guess that’s why I collect articles and motivational posters that say things like: “Happiness is a warm puppy.” (Thank you, Charles Schulz.)

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