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"An eight-person table stiffed me, so I only made $5 in tips." Our son is a server at a diner-style restaurant. On a recent night, he only had two tables during his shift and only made five dollars in tips. more
Hearts & Books
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Last week I observed children picking out boxes of Valentines to exchange with their schoolmates and it took me back to grade school. Remember the excitement of those days before Feb. 14 — decorating your “mailbox” at school that sat on your desk, just waiting to be filled with a flurry of small white envelopes? more
The necessity of virtue
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Last month, Father Isaac Achi was burned alive in his rectory by militants in Kafin-Koro, Nigeria. Another priest there, Father Collins Omeh, who was shot in the back but escaped. Before Achi insisted that Omeh flee, the two priests heard each other's Confessions. more
What is Man?
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I’ve been hearing about ChatGPT since early December. Someone I know well who works in the university writing center was very upset about it and wrote to me about it. I’d never heard of it.  more
Memories of the Gay Parita
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Isn’t it interesting how a single event can “trigger” your memory? That happened to me this past week when I learned that there was to be an auction at the Gay Parita in Carona, Kansas, last Sunday.  more
Your plants need a balanced ‘diet’ too
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Now is the right time to prep for a spring garden, and one important step is making sure your soil is fertile enough to grow plants. Plants have a set of nutrients that they need in order to survive. These necessary nutrients are known as macronutrients and micronutrients. more
Assessing calf vigor
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In human medicine, newborns undergo an APGAR test following birth. APGAR stands for appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration. This test evaluates the baby’s tolerance of the birthing process and assesses vitality outside the womb. more
“Prepping for Recession: Controlling Crop and Livestock Cash Flows” will be hosted by K-State Research and Extension — Wildcat District at the Southeast Research Center in Parsons, Kansas on Feb. 16, 2023 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.   more
County home rule needs reform
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Later this month, on Feb. 23, the City of Pittsburg will host the “Spruce Up Pittsburg Community Conversation.” Prompted by Pittsburg Mayor Dr. Ron Seglie’s contention that Pittsburg is “atrociously messy,” the event will be a brainstorming session of sorts to come up with an action plan for cleaning up the city.  more
Time for a priorities reset
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"Tell me what I need to hear. Tell me that I'm not forgotten. Right now I need a little hope. I need to know that I'm not alone." — Sidewalk Prophets  more
I found the following quotes in my “column Ideas” folder under the title “An Old Farmer's Advice.” I’m not sure where they came from — likely one of my readers sent them along.  more
A terrifying trend
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Hena Khan was raised in the Washington suburbs, the daughter of immigrants from Pakistan, and she describes the experience this way: "When I was growing up, it was really more about feeling invisible and not thinking my culture mattered." more
Republicans have long said the Hunter Biden laptop scandal is really a Joe Biden story. Now, it looks like the Joe Biden classified documents scandal is also a Hunter Biden story. Two Biden scandals are merging into one.  more
George Santos embraces 'storytelling'
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Lots of politicians have been caught burnishing their resumes, but recently, one of our elected representatives has come under fire for telling some real whoppers. And no, I'm not talking about George Santos.  more
Leslie Mayer of Hutchinson is convinced the Lyon County Attorney’s Office withheld evidence that would have helped her late son Travis avoid at least some of the 56 months in prison he served after being found guilty of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer at a 2017 trial.  more
Life beyond football
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MONTREAL — Maurice Richard. Saul Bellow. Mordecai Richler. William Shatner. Oscar Peterson. Colleen Dewhurst. Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Leonard Cohen. Mario Lemieux. Since its founding as a missionary colony 380 years ago, this city has had many standout figures. But perhaps the greatest contemporary hero in Montreal is known for what he didn't do. more
Last night, I imagined myself as a boiled frog. Laptop in my lap at 8:30 p.m., I highlighted text from one page, copied it and pasted it onto another page. Over and over. Cut. Copy. Paste. Onto the next page.  more
Muskrat trapping near Arma
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In this excerpt from his memoir, “Frogdancer,” Arma native Frank Jeler Jr. describes the art of trapping muskrat in Southeast Kansas as a 14-year-old. — J.T.K.  more
So here’s the thing. Google really wants to read your mind. With just a few innocuous, seemingly unrelated words, Google is desperate to provide people with exactly the web content they are looking for. Fast. Like, instantaneously. It’s not perfect, not yet. But it’s good. Scary good.  more
I probably shouldn’t admit this in print, especially knowing the director will read it, but there are days I feel like I could do my job in my sleep. more
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