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Let’s go to the Kansas State Fair!
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I was growing up I heard about the state fair but I thought it was in Topeka, Kansas. That was where my parents went one time on a bus and they brought my sister and me a souvenir from the fair.  more
Big drop
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"That was a big drop!" I was in the truck with my dad as he was backing our boat into the river at the Blunk's boat ramp. The passenger side back tire went off the concrete boat ramp and landed hard. more
Losing our stiff upper lip
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This morning I suddenly began to cry while watching and listening to Hilary Hahn play a Sibelius violin concerto on a YouTube video.  more
The most important decision
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It is an adage I repeat often during after-class gatherings at off-campus watering holes: Who you marry is the most important decision you ever make in your life. more
The Democrats’ filibuster scheme
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Vice President Kamala Harris appeared in a pre-taped interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" last weekend. As is often the case with her interviews, Harris said a few awkward, ill-informed or downright odd things. more
Grafting is the act of combining plant parts from two different individuals so that they form a new individual plant. more
K-State Research and Extension’s Wildcat District’s first annual Maker’s Fair and Extension Expo will be held this Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Southeast Research Center in Parsons. more
Private bare sleeves, part 2
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 Today’s column is the second excerpt from a chapter of former Pittsburger Dick Shaw’s memoir titled “Tales from the Professor: Life is a Hoot!” more
Sheet pan soup
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The late summer season yields bushels of produce, namely sweet peppers, corn and tomatoes. At the same time, the cooler air invites warming layers and soups. more
Be the one to save a life this year
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What seems to transcend age, gender, socio-economic, and educational levels? Suicide does just that. more
A life long-lived
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Anyone who knows me at all well will not be surprised that I got little reading done this past weekend. more
A grain of sand held at arm’s length
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How do you love God?  Christians are taught to love God with all your might and to love your neighbor as yourself. more
Historic Christ Church
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When my husband and I go to visit my sister and family in Virginia, she is always trying to make sure I get to visit someplace new, usually a historical place. more
Just do something
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“Dad, will you help me change out my headlights?” My son is just days away from his birthday and getting his driver’s license. more
Arcing toward the hoop in the trees
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I haven’t been able to visit Assumption Abbey for some time because of Covid and the resulting closure of the guesthouse, but I go there a lot in my mind. more
Long live the queen!
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"Many religions have festivals which celebrate light overcoming darkness ... They seem to speak to every culture, and appeal to people of all faiths, and of none."  more
When the going gets tough, the clever go fishing. Few pastimes connect a person to the natural world like standing in a free-flowing stream casting for smallmouth or trout. more
Harriet Hageman: How I beat Liz Cheney
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Harriet Hageman is the environmental lawyer who defeated incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney by a landslide in Wyoming's much-watched Republican House primary. more
We would like to thank Angela Meyer and the Little Balkans Days Committee, the Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department, the sponsors, and all volunteers for an outstanding Little Balkans Days Celebration!   more
A bruschetta trifecta
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Don't underestimate the open-faced sandwich. As simple as they may sound, these topless sandwiches are often a refreshing and decorative reflection of the season and their cuisine. more
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