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 By Lise Ott    News

"Quilts for Vets" supplied by Odessa's own quilters

By LISE OTT In 2017, JoEllen Wollman and I made a pledge to present every veteran in Odessa with a quilt. It may take us a few years, but we are well on our way. Seven quilts were... — Updated 11/19/2018 Full story

 
 By Lise Ott    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/25/2017

 
 By Lise Ott    News

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... — Updated 8/17/2016

 
 By Lise Ott    News

"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... — Updated 3/25/2016

 
 By Lise Ott    Opinion

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... — Updated 12/10/2015

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 9/10/2014

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 7/2/2014

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/15/2014

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 12/11/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 12/4/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 11/27/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 11/21/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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'... — Updated 11/13/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 11/6/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 10/23/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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 fr... — Updated 10/16/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 10/9/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 10/2/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 9/25/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 9/18/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 9/12/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 9/5/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 8/28/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 8/14/2013

 
 By LISE OTT    Opinion

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... — Updated 8/8/2013

 

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