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Pittsburg Arts District is a win-win
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This fall, Pittsburg officially established an arts district. Some residents have probably not heard about this. One reason for that may be that people often pay more attention to bad news than good news, and there is no downside to speak of in designating such a district.  more
A compromise and a blessing
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What's more important? A political issue or a practical achievement?  more
The coming war over Hunter Biden
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Republican lawmakers will take control of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3. That means that, among many other things, they will take control of the House's investigative committees and subcommittees. more
Christmas on the plains – 1913
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The following was sent to me by Neil Sowards. His mother, Genevieve Sharp Sowards was born in Kansas on June 29, 1903. In 1913, her parents homesteaded for a year in eastern Colorado. Neil sent a marvelous recollection by his mother of their first Christmas there. — J.T.K.   more
Going to Georgia
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Claudia is a truck driver in Georgia. She is running transportation logistics on a movie being filmed here. The movie, "Possum Trot," is a true story about the foster care and adoption of Black children who suffered unspeakable trauma in their young lives. more
Who gets grandma’s yellow pie plate?
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We will all be gathering with family again soon. Do you have that one item in your family that everyone knows about? Maybe it’s something that cherishes a lot of memories for many. Who gets grandma’s yellow pie plate or grandpa’s gun when they down size or are gone?   more
A candlelit tradition
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If you celebrate Christmas, when do you get your tree? We wait until the week before Christmas to get ours. It's important that our tree is fresh and not dry for the holiday, because we celebrate Christmas Danish-style: by lighting live candles on the branches. more
Jesus in Seoul
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We went to church in Seoul this morning. We went to the Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral, though none of us in my group is Catholic. It was within walking distance; it had a service in English; so we went there.  more
Better than I remembered
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“We had a fountain under our wedding cake?” A few days ago, on our 26th anniversary, we watched our wedding video for the first time in 20 years and were surprised by a lot of it. more
Christmas is just around the corner
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Christmas is just around the corner and my we are busy! Christmas luncheons, dinners, writing Christmas cards, baking those special holiday favorites that have become family traditions and of course we can’t forget last minute shopping and then gift wrapping and the list just goes on and on. more
It is not every day, every decade, or for many communities, ever, that an incredibly generous benefactor steps forward to donate millions of dollars to build a new public library. In Frontenac, however, that is exactly what happened in late 2019.  more
BE Just. Kind. Humble.
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I was consulting in my office with a woman from Parsons a couple weeks back who observed, “I see you have one of those signs in your yard that says, ‘BE Just. Kind. Humble.’ What’s that all about?”  more
Paradigm shift
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When I first became a news reporter, circa 1982, there were rules for news writing as sacrosanct as a period at the end of a sentence. When I eventually studied journalism professionally (I was a late-comer to grad school), those rules hadn’t much changed.   more
Fifty plus one equals a lot
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What does 50 plus one equal? A lot more than 51. The clear victory by Sen. Raphael Warnock in Georgia's runoff election — which gives Democrats 51 seats in the Senate that convenes in January — has enormous practical, political and psychological implications. more
Donald Trump’s political death wish
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What is former President Donald Trump thinking? more
Come on and speak up
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I am still waiting to see a letter to the editor from our U.S. congressmen condemning Trump’s comment about the “termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.” more
The wonder of Wheeler's on Broadway
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This week’s story by Ben George tapped directly into memories of cars, airplanes, ships, etc. as well as balsa wood for crafting your own imaginative constructions — Wheeler’s Arts & Hobbycrafts at 604 N. Broadway in Pittsburg.  more
How to control last minute spending
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The number one concept in all budgeting is plan, plan, and plan. Plan for the expected, plan for the unexpected. Plan for the grocery store trip, plan for back-to-school shopping, and of course plan for the Christmas season.   more
Examples for Advent
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On Thanksgiving Day, a Catholic priest from Nigeria was praising God for the opportunity to be in the United States. At a Catholic church in lower Manhattan, hidden in between courthouses and the New York Police Department headquarters, the Nigerian priest told us about his seminary classmate of his who is missing and assumed dead and about a village of Christians recently wiped out by Islamic terrorists in his home country. more
A sweet baking tradition
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The holiday season is full of traditions. Traditions bring pleasure and reassurance. They give us something to look forward to, and in times of difficulty or uncertainty, traditions root and comfort us. more
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