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When in doubt, ask a librarian
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It was 30 years(!) ago this week that I began working at the Pittsburg Public Library. Having previously worked as a bookseller, I didn’t think there would be much of a learning curve. more
Take up and read
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The words of the Bible — the biblical idiom — are the glue that holds good literature together. This is true even in popular music.  more
History of popcorn
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We are now entering the month of fall and along with that comes treats associated with the fall season. One of those is popcorn.  more
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Our crazy dog was barking at a "dragon." What she thought was a dragon was actually a John Deere tractor with the forks attachment on the front-end loader that I'd parked in the yard while she was in the garage. more
MyPlate your meal
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Do you have a favorite go-to meal? If so, does this meal include all the MyPlate food groups? An even better question might first be, what are the five MyPlate food groups?   more
A panel of medical experts recently recommended for the first time that doctors screen all adult patients under 65 for anxiety.   more
The crime issue returns
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This New York Times headline captures an important inflection point in the current political campaign: "G.O.P. Redoubles Efforts to Tie Democrats to High Crime Rates."  more
If history is any guide, Democrats do not have a chance — not even a small a chance — of keeping control of the House in the midterm elections. But the question is: Is history any guide?   more
Here’s the next excerpt from “FROM POVERTY TO PRESTIGE, the Autobiography of Laurence Paul Wilson.” In this one, he reflects on being a student at KSTC in Pittsburg. — J.T.K.  more
On behalf of the Kansas Supreme Court, I am pleased to invite the people in communities near Parsons to join the court for a special session Monday evening, Oct. 3.   more
Soup’s on!
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Seasonable temperatures are finally upon us, which means it’s time to make soup, stew, and all kinds of autumnal foods we’ve not had for months. more
It's officially autumn, so wave farewell to summer, wrap yourself in something cozy, and make some meatballs. more
Listen carefully at the most storied corner in Canada, right here where Atwater Avenue meets Saint-Catherine Street. more
Elizabeth II, queen for 25,550 days
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We have on our kitchen windowsill a small, solar-powered figurine of Queen Elizabeth II holding a purse in the crook of her left arm. more
Not all Latinos are liberal
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The New York Times put it starkly. A recent poll with Siena College shows Democrats "faring far worse than they have in the past with Hispanic voters." more
Much of the nation's political and commentary class had a near-nervous breakdown when 48 Venezuelans who had crossed illegally into the United States arrived at the Martha's Vineyard Airport, not far from the summer homes of some of the country's wealthiest and best-connected people. more
Here’s the next excerpt from “FROM POVERTY TO PRESTIGE, the Autobiography of Laurence Paul Wilson.” In this one, he moves on from Girard High School to KSTC. — J.T.K.  more
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As we commemorate Banned Books Week, here is a list of titles recently added to our shelves — books that are available for everyone to read.   more
Get your jam on with this sheet pan dinner
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Sheet pan dinners are hardly a new trend, but the method is consistently revelatory. more
Of weathermen and Queen Elizabeth II
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I liked going to Safeway when I was a little boy because they had automatic doors. They were like magic. They open even though you don’t touch them. I still think they were pretty cool.  more
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