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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
The circus
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Last week I indicated that this week I would give you a glimpse into the circus that would eventually become known as “The Greatest Show On Earth.” However, that didn’t happen … more
Aging gracefully?
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My friend and I like to discuss which celebrities are aging well and who are not. Paul Rudd still looks like a young lad in his 30s, but is 54 years old.  Jennifer Aniston — Rachel of … more
A taste for books
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It was a dry July … and I’m not talking just about the lack of precipitation. I’ve definitely suffered from a lack of good books, the kind that just grab me from the first page and … more
Baraboo, Wisconsin and Circus World
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I have decided that the generation of people 40 and over have done our young people a big disservice. We don’t talk enough about how things were when we were growing up or what special things … more
We need to talk about "Barbenheimer"
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First, as a cinephile, I love the excitement and enthusiasm that the whole "Barbenheimer" phenomenon brought back to cinema and what we all needed: An event.  Back in the 2000s, the "Lord … more
Danish Soup
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In a splendid reflection of cultural priorities, count on the Danes to assign a bowl of soup as a measure of linguistic ability. For us well-intentioned yet decidedly non-Danish spouses and friends … more
DEAR ABBY: My 40-year-old daughter has never grown up. Until recently, she relied on her grandmother to make ends meet. Her grandmother passed away, and now I'm all she has. After she was fired from … more
A taste for books
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I’m in the midst of the summer doldrums—it’s too hot to cook or be outside or to do much of anything except read.   And to top it off, it’s been difficult to find a book … more
Blue Bird of Happiness
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When I was a little girl growing up there was a picture on the living room wall at my aunt and uncle’s home that fascinated me. It was the picture of a young girl, sitting on on a garden bench … more
Return of Rock
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My good friend and I have been to hundreds of concerts since 1996 when we became friends in college. We have seen everyone from Jack White to The Gaslight Anthem and the still popular Foo … more
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