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"I’m fun, fluffy … but not a fox!"
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*Writer's Note-This is a two part series of  the Japanese dogs my husband and I own, the Shiba and Akita, respectively.* Our dog, Sukoshi, has stolen my heart. He is a two-year-old Shiba … more
Kansas State Fair memories
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Back years ago when my sister and I were in 4-H we would sometimes hear the mention of the Kansas State Fair in Hutchison.  We never sent any exhibits to the state fair but one year, when my … more
Local ties
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Throughout the years, I have learned that the most successful programs feature local speakers and/or topics.   People tend to relate more to speakers from the area or who know regional history. … more
Cooking for one or two
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Perhaps you have heard and then again, maybe you haven’t heard of an organization called Family Community Education.   When the program first started back in the ‘30s and ‘40s, … more
Why is ‘Suits’ the show of the summer?
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I love television as much as I love music and movies. I am a 1980s kid, born and raised on MTV, “Alf,” and “Who Shot Jr?” Television, as a self-described “indoor … more
Little Balkans Quilt Show wraps up strong
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Chairperson Brandee Switzer has announced this year’s winners in the 35th annual Little Balkans Quilt Show, held Friday and Saturday at Memorial Auditorium. A total of … more
Mark your calendars
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Once I started kindergarten, Labor Day marked the beginning of a new school year so in my mind, January 1st was superfluous.   Why would a new year start in the middle of the school year?   … more
Have a Pepsi day
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We take so much in our lives for granted.   Not only family and friends, but much more. For instance, I think we all enjoy a cold, frosty, sparkling soda, especially when it is extra warm. … more
Melancholy songs and collective trauma
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Miley Cyrus came out with a new song on Friday called "When I Was Young." It has struck a nerve with listeners. I now teach music and art appreciation and we started "Karoke Fridays." A few … more
Ready or gnocch
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — As a part of Little Balkans Days, the Lincoln Center served as the host for this year’s Little Balkans Pasta School held Wednesday evening.   Taught by Angela … more
Get thready
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Fiber artist Debbie Hurt Walker demonstrated the steps needed to sew embroidery on felt on Tuesday as part of Little Balkans Days with the event free for passport holders. more
Read a past getaway
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One of my favorite activities during Little Balkans Day has always been the Quilt Show.   I don’t quilt—that’s the other Carole Robb in town, John’s wife (& she has … more
PITTSBURG, Kan. — In celebration of Little Balkans Days starting this week, the public is invited to view fiber artist Debbie Hurt Walker’s display at Root Coffeehouse in Pittsburg. … more
Little Balkans Quilt Guild preps for show
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — As the annual Little Balkans Days celebration approaches, the Little Balkans Quilt Guild prepares for its biggest weekend of the year. Members of the guild spent Saturday … more
Chilling out
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I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve had my fill of this blasted “heat dome”.   I keep telling myself it could be worse but by how much?   A 120-degree heat … more
Doniphan County and Troy, Kansas
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I wonder how many reading this column can claim to have been born and raised in Kansas and perhaps even lived in Kansas all your life?  I know I have.  But then I have a question for … more
Back-to-School 
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As I move forward into a new phase of my life, I began looking back on my 26-year career as a Special Education teacher. So much has changed in education since starting my career in 1997. I still … more
Blessed relief
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Not only am I reveling in the delightful below-average temperatures, I’m also rejoicing that my book drought has also been broken.   I guess all it took was to admit to my problem of not … more
Gen Con
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Last week my husband and I celebrated 25 years of the marriage journey. We decided to treat ourselves to GenCon in Indianapolis, Indiana.  GenCon is a name that has been with the gaming … more
Happy book lovers day!
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I’m not sure who declared Aug. 9 as Book Lovers Day, but why not celebrate reading and literature? And shouldn’t it be celebrated it every day?   Come to the library to get one of … more
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