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 By Lise Ott    Opinion    January 26, 2017

Guest editorial

People of Odessa, we have reached a turning point. Well, perhaps I should say that we have reached an intersection. It’s up to this community, not just a few people, to decide which way to go. Each...

 
 By Lise Ott    News    August 18, 2016

Deutschesfest: Not just for a few of us

It’s that time of year again. Certain people involved with Deutschesfest start getting that “deer in the headlights” look. Especially if they’re in charge of a venue, and are afraid that...

 
 By Lise Ott    News    March 24, 2016

"Best Bench" competition

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce would like to introduce the “Best Bench” competition. Many of the benches that line our downtown streets are in dire need of repair and maintenance. The “Best...

 
 By Lise Ott    Opinion    December 10, 2015

Do you hear what I hear?

I have had the privilege (and great pleasure) of being allowed to participate in the community Christmas cantata this year. I haven’t been able to sing with a group for several years now and had...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    September 11, 2014

Guest Editorial

A friend of mine recently shared this story: When asked if he would be willing to volunteer for a shift in the Deutsches Fest Biergarten, a local resident reportedly asked where the money made at the...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    July 3, 2014

Guest Editorial

This past Sunday afternoon, from 1 o'clock to 3, I served as host at the Odessa Historisches museum. Well, I would have served as host if anyone had come to visit. But they did not. I probably should...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    January 16, 2014

Advice from a Small Town Girl

By LISE OTT Happy New Year! I'm a bit behind the times, as we're already into double-digit January dates. Fortunately, the temperatures have also been double-digit and without minus signs. But the...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    December 12, 2013

Advice from a Small Town Girl

By LISE OTT I just returned from the Odessa Clinic, where it took about 90 seconds to get my flu shot. I'm a big believer in flu shots these days, when it seems any little respiratory bug can knock...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    December 5, 2013

Advice from a Small Town Girl

The annual Quilt Club Christmas Dinner was held last night. This event has been going on for more years than I've lived here, and for those of us with the quilting bug, it's a lot of fun. Not to...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    November 28, 2013

Advice from a Small Town Girl

I've been thinking about Christmas lately. That's right. Not even Thanksgiving yet, and I'm thinking about Christmas. This is so unlike me. All I can do is claim that this uncharacteristic behavior...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    November 21, 2013

Advice from a Small Town Girl

I have to confess that I can hardly wait for November to be over. I know that the end of November means we are ever closer to the cold and dark of winter, but I don't care. Because if I see one more...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    November 14, 2013

Advice from a Small Town Girl

I'm a fan of the old songs. Not too old, mind you - if you get back much more than 100 years, you'll lose my attention. But there's something about the songs of my parents' generation that grabs me...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    November 7, 2013

Advice from a Small Town Girl

Because even though you might be reading this on Thursday, I'm writing it Monday, while spending time in the company of women. And dogs. And trees. I may not be my usual wordy self, because I'm...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    October 24, 2013

Advice from a Small Town Girl

I feel very silly admitting this, but here goes: I honestly didn't anticipate just how much being a business owner would affect my outlook. Don't worry, friends, my political outlook hasn't changed....

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    October 17, 2013

Advice from a Small Town Girl

Is your house all decorated for Halloween? Mine is. In fact, I’m thinking of charging admission to what could possibly be the scariest haunted house in the state. Cobwebs drape from nearly every cor...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    October 10, 2013

The quality of leadership

I've been contemplating the quality of leadership recently, not least because of the mess in Washington, D. C. What really inspired me to try writing about it, though, was our quilt club business meet...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    October 3, 2013

Advice from a Small Town Girl

I’ve been thinking about fear lately. Not the deer-in-the-headlights kind of fear. That kind of fear would be something of a relief. The kind of fear I’ve been thinking about is that sneaky, lurki...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    September 26, 2013

Advice from a Small Town Girl

I really don't want to write this particular column. As much as I don't want to, however, since I'm in the habit of over-sharing, I will. Thursday evening, just as we were all getting ready for...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    September 18, 2013

Guest Editorial

By this time next week, Deutschesfest will be over, and a lot of hardworking volunteers will be able to step back and heave a sigh of relief. For a little while, anyway. We need to make it known that...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    September 12, 2013

Advice from a small town girl

It's Tuesday morning. I have an appointment with a dental hygienist at 9 o'clock. The Chamber of Commerce meets at noon. Want to guess which appointment I dread the most? I'll give you a hint - it's...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    September 5, 2013

Advice from a small-town girl

Today is Labor Day, so of course I’ve spent it laboring. I’ve moved a few hundred bolts of fabric. Some of them more than once, since I don’t really have a plan. Now I’m tired. Even though...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    August 29, 2013

Advice from a small town girl

Oops. I didn’t get around to writing a column last week. It was probably because I was out sweeping the cobwebs off the storefront. Or maybe washing my feet. At any rate, time got away from me. My a...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    August 15, 2013

Advice from a small town girl

I just got back from a short stay in my home town. I’m pretty sure I should have stayed longer, but I ran away. I usually do. My dad fell last week, and the results weren’t particularly pretty....

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    August 8, 2013

Advice from a small town girl

Recently, someone asked me to address (in this column) the issue of bringing more visitors to Odessa to shop in our retail establishments. Believe me, it’s not a topic foreign to me. Or to anyone...

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion    August 1, 2013

Advice from a small town girl

This past Sunday, I spent much of the day outdoors, trying to reclaim what little there is of a vegetable garden. Which got me to thinking about how much trouble I have managing my time. Which, in...

 

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