Does a Well-Known Pain Killer Kill Empathy?

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s thoughts and feelings from his or her point of view rather than from one’s own. It is a crucial force for building friendship, unity and good will in human relationships and important for developing emotional intelligence. In recent years some neuroscientists have advanced the concept of mirror neurons,…

US Highway 218 Ends Here

It’s always puzzled my why US Highway 218 ends at the intersection of US Highway 14 and Steele County Highway 45 along the southern edge of Owatonna. The highway comes up to Owatonna from the south, joins Highway 14, heads west for about one mile and then ends. It would seem to make more sense…

A Passion for Sewing Machines

On a recent road trip we got to see part of Cindy Peters’ collection of antique sewing machines. Clearly this woman had a passion for these old machines and we wish we had been able to get to know her before she died. These are some of the very first electric sewing machines.   Most…

New Research on the Benefits of Play

As one who takes playing with my grandchildren very seriously, I was glad to see new research supporting the importance of play in the development of children. Research conducted by Olga Jarrett, a professor emeritus at Georgia State University, shows the importance of recess. Dr. Jarrett draws on her experiences as a mother, civil rights…