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Sleeping Bear Dunes
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On our recent FCE bus trip to Michigan, we had the opportunity to enjoy a wonder of nature, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near Empire, Michigan.  more
Things you don’t hear anymore
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I can’t remember now who emailed me THINGS YOU DON'T HEAR ANY MORE, but it sure gave me flashbacks and started me recollecting other old quotes.   more
The reminder, every time they drive down the street, of how high gasoline prices are. The delays in home construction and renovation because of supply-chain disruptions. The hike in the cost of a summertime respite at the lake. more
Can abortion save Democrats?
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After the Supreme Court reversed the Roe decision and ended a national right to abortion, President Biden quickly seized the political opening. more
DeSantis overtakes Trump in New Hampshire
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National polls show former President Donald Trump with a commanding lead over all other Republicans for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. more
Safety tips for celebrating July 4th
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Gathering with family and friends to celebrate Independence Day is a longtime tradition.  Doing so safely is key to making the holiday enjoyable and memorable. more
The following is the fifth excerpt from “FROM POVERTY TO PRESTIGE, the Autobiography of Laurence Paul Wilson – A history of people, places and events in southeastern Kansas and west central Missouri in the 1900s by an Afro-American.” — J.T.K.  more
Grab & Go
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It’s a busy time of year for many, and sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to stop and look for library books. more
Nothing says summer more than a platter of ribs hot off the grill. more
National Train Museum
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One of the stops on the Neosho County FCE this month was a visit to the National Train Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. more
Mending fence
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“Something there is that doesn’t like a wall,” is what Robert Frost wrote in his poem “Mending Wall.”  more
Bear market… for now
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Our current bear market started on Jan. 3 when the S&P 500 Index hit a high. It’s 5½ months old, which makes it older than 6 out of 8 other bear markets in the last forty years.   more
Do you think you know spit?
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As assistant coach for my son’s Little League baseball team thirty years ago I took over when the head coach had to be gone for a week. more
A clear and present danger
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Michael Luttig is an orthodox conservative and loyal Republican, appointed to the federal bench by President Bush 41 and often mentioned as a possible Supreme Court nominee. more
Have you been following the court case Biden v. Texas? It's not in the headlines every day, but court filings in the case are giving us the best picture yet of what the Biden administration is doing on the U.S.-Mexico border. more
The following is the fourth excerpt from “FROM POVERTY TO PRESTIGE, the Autobiography of Laurence Paul Wilson – A history of people, places and events in southeastern Kansas and west central Missouri in the 1900s by an Afro-American.” more
A healthy home at any age
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June is National Healthy Homes Month and there are low cost strategies to make sure your home is healthy for all. more
Whittling without breaking it
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Whittling a stick is therapeutic. I spent a lot of time as a boy whittling down a stick with my trusty Old Timer knife. more
Summer rerun
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Back in my youth, summer meant Wednesday afternoon matinees at the Fox, city band concerts at the Band Dome in Lincoln Park, homemade ice cream on Sunday afternoons, and reruns of favorite TV shows. more
Summer is all about grilling, which means everyone should have a go-to marinade up their sleeve for soaking and basting their favorite grillables. more
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