Joan Oliver, Shaw Local

Joan Oliver

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Recent articles by Joan:

Oliver: Former music nerd makes peace with folly of younger self’s expectations

Somewhere along the line, I stopped being the music nerd I once was. My younger self would be appalled. → Read More

Oliver: Lessons from Alaska could help in preparations for our own winter

During the warmer months, winter often is the furthest thing from our minds. Yet, "winter is coming." → Read More

Oliver: Parents can help keep students’ love of learning burning brightly

Parents, you can play a big role in how excited your children remain about learning and going back to school. → Read More

Oliver: Balancing the present with the past and the future proves key to coping

For caregivers like me, it’s also important to keep the past, the present and the future in balance. → Read More

Registration ongoing for Rock Falls and Sterling garage sales

Registration is due May 1; late fees added to participants May 2-5. → Read More

Oliver: Athletes at Olympic Winter Games can teach us all some life lessons

Some storylines have struck me as I have been watching the Winter Olympics being held in China. → Read More

Oliver: Don’t put off routine health screenings until that someday never comes

It's easy to put off those recommended health screenings. However, waiting could mean bigger problems later on. → Read More

Oliver: If my father had lived to 100, what would he have to say about today?

On Monday, my father would have turned 100. What would he have had to say about the events since his death in 1987? → Read More

Oliver: Here’s the story of a very good girl who lived a long, happy life

This is the story of Harriet Oliver, whose story ended after more than 19 years of laughter and love. → Read More

Oliver: Terrorist attacks of 20 years ago left their mark on nation, each of us

The Sept. 11 attack left their mark on not only the nation, but on each of us as individuals. → Read More

Oliver: Wearing a mask isn’t fun, but it’s better than prolonging the pandemic

Is mask-wearing a lot of fun? No. But it sure does beat contributing to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Oliver: Sweet reminder of Mom keeps silent vigil for all to see on Zoom

If you're ever on Zoom with me, perhaps you'll notice my mother's stuffed bear over one of my shoulders. → Read More

Oliver: Some of us won’t relax until vaccinations bring us to ‘herd immunity’

We're still a long way from the "herd immunity" for COVID-19 that would mean we're really through with the pandemic. → Read More

Oliver: McHenry County Garden Walk sure to plant seeds of inspiration

This year’s McHenry County Garden Walk is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 10. → Read More

Oliver: Caregiving, like motherhood, can be a lot like managing chaos

Caregiving can be a lot like motherhood. It's a great responsibility to be in charge of another human being. Still, despite all efforts, unexpected things happen. → Read More

Oliver: Anxiety over COVID-19 vaccination proves worse than process itself

Although the process wasn't exactly smooth, getting a vaccination for Tony and me turned out to be easier than dealing with fears about the process. → Read More

Oliver: Money Smart Week can give us tools for challenging times, beyond

This year, Money Smart Week, which was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, is being held virtually. → Read More

Oliver: What happens when one’s rights butt up against being a good neighbor?

A recent social media post spurred reflection about the intersection of one's rights and the need to be a good neighbor. → Read More

Oliver: Annual facts, figures surrounding Alzheimer’s disease paint grim picture

Despite what it feels like, caregivers for those with Alzheimer's disease are not alone in their struggle. → Read More

Oliver: Let’s hope we learned something during our past year of pandemic

So it's been a year since we started this period of pandemic. Have we learned anything? Is the one-year mark a magic bullet making this whole challenge disappear? → Read More