Helen Bale

Columnist outwits death rumor

Editor’s note: Journal editor emeritus Helen Bale wrote this column Monday after the Journal received a false report that Bale had died. Oh no! Oh no! Oh no! There is an errone ...

Columnist Helen Bale has inspiring attitude, humor

I just want to say how much we’ve enjoyed Helen Bale’s column over the years. We can relate to her adventures with “oh no” as we also adopted a similar feline. She’s a pi ...

Through Irish Eyes: Great friends make life even more wonderful

What is friendship? This question was posed in a holiday message from Barbara Covich, who has been a friend for upwards of 30 years. I first met her husband Jug, when he was princi ...

Tales of cats, kids and Christmas, too

It has been quite a combination at our house this year, not always a peaceful one. With the cats the excitement began some months ago when our resident feline, Oh No!, discovered ...

Through Irish Eyes: Without Christ there would be no Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere I go; the storefronts glisten — or is it glitter? — with the promise of things to come (from Mom or Dad of course). To ...

Through Irish Eyes: Giving thanks for a great caregiver

November 2008 — we are halfway through, with Thanksgiving straight ahead. As usual this time of year I try to recognize what I am most thankful for. There are so many things, b ...

Through Irish Eyes: Life is a gift to be enjoyed

Life should be enjoyed, not endured. This I firmly believe, for life itself is a precious gift from God. And when the end of earthly life comes, as it must for us all, we are fort ...

Through Irish Eyes: Living with cat full of surprises

Cats — a television promo tells me they are relaxing to play with, especially for those of us in our golden years. Unfortunately, Oh No!, my resident feline, does not agree, nor ...

Beloved Journal editor emeritus bids readers farewell

Hail and Farewell! This probably will be one of the last columns that I write. I have no fear of death and have a confident faith as a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Churc ...

Through Irish Eyes: Animals do the craziest things

Animals — are some smarter than humans, or even smarter than some other animals? Can they predict tragedy? There are differing points of view, of course. Many believe if yo ...