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Root causes, discernment and acceptance
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As you might expect, I got varied responses to my column on the August 2 dilemma.  more
Apple Delight
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The following recipe is featured in the Little Balkans Days Cookbook, which is available now for $20 at littlebalkansfestival.com. more
Congratulations to Meryl Carver-Allmond
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In the corporate world a leader’s success is often rewarded with a bonus, but in the field of education rewards for teachers come when former students achieve success and make an impact in their chosen careers.  more
86,852 new IRS employees
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You've probably heard Republicans say the Inflation Reduction Act — the massive spending bill just passed by Senate Democrats — includes provisions to hire 87,000 new IRS agents. more
I want to thank Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, and Jon Tester.  Not on behalf of me, but on behalf of Bruce Darley and others like him.  more
I worked periodically for Mrs. Mertz and her daughter Fay. They were white. I can think of no more distasteful job than to stand and pump water eight hours straight on a Saturday.  more
Thank you to all who helped me
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I would just like to extend my appreciation and deepest gratitude to all who helped me with my friend, Willie Collins, who passed away at my apartment on Centennial Drive, July 5, 2022.   more
The book biz
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Before my life in the library, I worked in a bookstore. Not as glamorous as it sounds but it was excellent training for a future reference librarian. more
Skewered morsels of meat make for delicious finger food, especially when they are cooked on the grill. more
On taking a more active part in the Pandemic
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Last Saturday morning at 5 a.m., I awoke to the sounds of my better half throwing up. more
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As one gets older it isn’t uncommon for memories to dart back to the past, often to things that happened while growing up. That happened to me this past week.   more
Better than it looks
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My 1976 Monte Carlo was a lead sled. The paint was flaking off behind the doors. more
Fowler rendezvous at Old Kinderhook
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As I was preparing to join the Fowler herd in donning a commemorative T-Shirt and gathering at the reunion taking place this weekend at Old Kinderhook on Lake of the Ozarks, I came across some UK slang words.  more
A truly historic breakthrough
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83 is a pretty impressive number. That's the percentage of Americans who favor empowering the federal government to negotiate prices with drugmakers. more
The Washington fantasy world
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An odd atmosphere has descended on Washington, D.C. more
First Impressions: How others see Arma
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It is difficult to view our own communities in the same way that outsiders see them. more
Thank you for making our forum possible
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On behalf of the residents of our beloved city, I would like to publicly thank all the persons who made our forum, Aug. 2, 2022: Day of Decision, become a reality. more
Radio, TV and Music Days
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No doubt Terry Bartlow’s recollections about the early days of TV and radio will tweak the memories of many reading this. Enjoy.  — J.T.K.  more
The big chill
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Once again, we’re in the midst of a Heat Advisory, which means one must remember to stay hydrated, avoid outdoor activities, and get to the library early in the day to pick up a few books. more
A soup to beat the heat
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Gazpacho is a warm-weather soup. In other words, it's a cold, slurpy, thirst-quenching soup, spiked with chile heat to make you sweat and, hence, cool you down in the summer heat. more
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