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Rice inspiration
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This dish is inspired by two rice dishes: pilaf and maqluba. In a pilaf, the rice is sauteed to lightly toast the grains and then steamed in a flavorful broth, along with aromatics such as onion, garlic and spices such as cumin and coriander. more
The power of stories
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I recently experienced the power of stories in two very distinct ways. The first was by reading a novel that was informative, opening my eyes to the very different life of one character and making me more empathetic to what many people endure. more
A metaphor made manifest
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Last Wednesday I was either teaching or in a meeting every hour from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. My 4 p.m. meeting was a half-hour telephone call, and then as I drove home I got a call from someone who had missed my 2 p.m. Zoom meeting.  more
Stop talking
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Please stop talking! My high school science teacher explained in detail how a fly carries small particles from everything it lands on and probably was just sitting on roadkill before landing on our soda cans. I'm still freaked out about it 30 years later! more
Honoring our veterans
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On Friday, Nov. 11, our country, which includes the citizens of this country, will observe Veterans Day. So why this big national holiday and celebration? It is meant to honor those who have served in the military, at all levels, to defend and protect us from foreign foes.  more
Crossing party lines
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“I’m a staunch Republican but I’m gonna vote for Laura Kelly in the upcoming election.” So said a local small businessman a couple of weeks back. more
Next Tuesday, voters, please remember that Democrats will never run out of excuses for criminals. more
What the election means
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If, as expected, Republicans win back one or both houses of Congress in the midterm elections, the most significant impact could well be summed up in two words: judges and subpoenas.   more
On March 2, 2021, when he had been president less than two months, Joe Biden met with a group of liberal historians in the White House East Room. The subject was Biden's "determination to be one of the most consequential presidents" in U.S. history, according to an account in Axios. more
The apple tree
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No tree is more iconic than the apple tree. These beautiful shapely trees with their big red fruits are common in backyards and orchards, not only in the U.S. but also across the world. more
Squirrels and rabbits and fish, oh my!
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Here’s a recollection by 1964 PHS graduate Nancy Keller Kincaid about childhood hunting and fishing trips with her father and some strip pit swimming advice from her grandfather. — J.T.K.  more
As voters prepare to head to the polls, I want to once again bring awareness that in Kansas we have an ability to vote for sheriff, but do not have a constitutional right to do so. more
Politics has no place in the courtroom
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Among the questions on the Kansas ballot on Nov. 8 will be whether to retain certain Kansas Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and local District Court judges on the bench. more
Folk tales with Pittsburg roots
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The Randolph name is intertwined with the early history of Pittsburg Public Library. more
Good fat for the holidays
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The holidays are approaching, and cheese and charcuterie boards are a great way to entertain. Look to France for inspiration and add duck rillettes to your charcuterie board.  more
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Listen, there’s an unusually important election happening right now. more
Positive signs
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Across the street from our house is an Indian Sign Tree. Native Americans would bend over young trees to hold the position and point travelers toward water or a trail. more
For the past year or more I have been taking note of how people are walking along the roadways here in Southeast Kansas and probably in Missouri as well. more
So you want to live forever
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You can remember someone who is no longer living but whose life has had an effect on you. Their existence has continued after death. To me, this is just the plain truth. more
The wit and wisdom of Will
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I love satire. Although usually humorous, its main purpose is constructive social criticism — the use of wit to lampoon particular individuals, groups and issues.   more
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