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The cesspool trap and outhouse pranks
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This excerpt from “Frogdancer,” Arma native Frank Jeler Jr.’s memoir, calls to mind sanitary facilities used here in the Little Balkans back in the day as well as a bit of folk architecture.   more
How NOT to deal with difficult customers
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I once knew of a freelance web developer named Frank Jonen. He earned his 15 minutes of fame after he highjacked a customer's website and posted an open letter explaining that this (now former) customer owed him a lot of money. Since the customer refused to pay, Jonen replaced the site's regularly scheduled content with his own.  more
A mother’s tale of hardship and triumph
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Have you ever been on a roller coaster and felt like your stomach was falling out of your body? That's the closest Gina can get to describing what it was like to see her unborn son, Jeremiah, on a sonogram for the first time. She was 17 and living with her grandmother. more
The folly of the criminal mind
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People who focus upon the motives of alleged killers like Bryan Kohberger, the Ph.D. candidate arrested for slaughtering four college students in Moscow, Idaho, are missing the point. Defective specimens like him don't have motives that any sane person would recognize. more
Mark your calendars
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There’s one aspect to my job that’s taken a back seat since 2020 (for obvious reasons) and that is programming. I admit I prefer selecting books for the collection and getting them into the hands of readers because, well, planning a program is just harder. more
Life after 60
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Death is an odd thing. Or, I should say, the knowledge of Death is an odd thing. Death comes to all of us with mathematical certainty. I know that I am going to die. But the time of our demise is a mystery until it is a done thing. more
As expected
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I think Valentine's Day is a marketing scam. It sets expectations that are hard to beat. I love my wife and still can't believe she went out with me, let alone is still married to me after 26 years, but Valentine's is tough. It comes with expectations. more
Artist Birger Sandzen
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I find it interesting the sights and sounds we store in our minds without even realizing it. We may not realize it but we all do. more
People on a parallel way
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“The passion for truth is silenced by answers which have the weight of undisputed authority.” — Paul Tillich  more
In his short time serving as Pittsburg mayor, Dr. Ron Seglie has already distinguished himself as an innovator.   more
On politics, religion and football
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Some things you just don't talk about when you're new to town. I mean, IF you want to make friends. Politics and religion — especially when combined — can ruin your chances faster than an offhand comparison between Jeff Gordon and Dale Junior at Darlington.  more
The price of pride
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Kevin McCarthy finally claimed the House speakership after 15 embarrassing ballots, but it was a hollow and hazardous victory. By caving to the demands of his own party's hardliners, he obtained the title, but diminished its value. more
Hunting in Kansas
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This excerpt from “Frogdancer,” Arma native Frank Jeler Jr’s memoir, speaks to the affection of learning to hunt with his dad as well as  experiences that brought heartbreak and anxiety. — J.T.K.  more
New rate structure simplifies advertising
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Figuring out, budgeting for, and applying advertising rates is a full-time job. The various options, restrictions, specials, combos and deals can be mind-boggling — and that’s just for the sales rep!  more
Strategic or survival mode?
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With any new year, there are grand plans for improving health, calling important relatives more often, and so on. However, is there a plan behind that goal? The same can be asked of your operational goals. The best way to develop a plan to reach your goals is to figure out your operation’s baseline. Where is it now?  more
Reading resolutions
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There’s something about turning the calendar over to a new year that propels people to believe they also need to turn over a new leaf that will (possibly) lead to positive changes in their lives. Well, that’s all well and good but let’s face it, how long does that last?   more
January is for slow-cooking
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It's a slow-cooking time of year, which calls for a meal like this: an aromatic pot of braised short ribs, blanketed in a richly fortified sauce, exuding warmth and comfort. more
A matter of interpretation
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Interpretation is a craft that mostly goes unnoticed, but if there is no interpretation, art can’t be art.  more
Bumpy dirt roads
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“There’s a bumpy dirt road before you get to the paved road.” Rough dirt roads were part of my everyday life while growing up in the country. To get about anywhere, you first had to navigate a bumpy road before getting to the good one. more
The Bloody Benders
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My husband and I usually go out for breakfast following our Sunday Church services and this past Sunday was no different. Because we had several places we needed to go while in Parsons, we decided to eat breakfast at the restaurant across the road from the service station plaza just south of highway 400.   more
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