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The Center of our Concerns
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The way we center our lives is different now than it was when I was growing up. I got to thinking of this when I was out mowing.  more
May was a bit overdramatic
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There was a basketball player at my high school who was overdramatic. Anytime an opposing player even brushed up against him he would yell in pain and grab his arm. more
Mothers are the backbone of our country
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It was great receiving the lifetime achievement award from the National Football Foundation. I appreciate the newspaper covering it.  more
Driving Miss Terre
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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson  more
Any parent who has a child playing sports has a story like this.  more
Time management and where to start
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We all have the same amount of time in a day, it is limited, and we cannot do everything! Are you like me, trying several things, buying all the planners and organizing tools for better time management?  more
Real estate is a commodity, as is wine
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Real estate is a commodity, as is wine. A wealthy collector might give $1 million for a particular bottle. However, wine makers don’t raise prices across the board, because that high figure was only in that collector’s mind. more
Evil in Texas
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I truly believe that the children who were murdered in Texas are now in a better place. Pray for us that we might be as well, and that we do better by the innocents still among us.  more
Milk money, pigeons, and mayo sandwiches
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This week we return to Ben George’s memoir and his early days in Frontenac. — J.T.K.  more
The little boats ‘never faltered’
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I’m an Anglophile. I like the people, the countryside, their sense of history. And they like tea. A lot. In fact, tea helped get them through World War II. more
A food and sore muscle memory
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I swore I was going to eat a little less meat. I guess I shouldn't swear. A spontaneous invitation to visit friends in the Tetons threw a wrench into my plans. more
‘We don’t know where to start’
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I want you to have everything you need to get the retirement you’ve been dreaming about. I have been able to help my clients become well prepared for what happens when they stop working.   more
Spoons, knives, boiled eggs, and beans
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Consider the spoon. I will wait a moment while you get yourself to thinking spoon-shaped thoughts. more
This is a special time of year
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As my husband and I were driving to several cemeteries here in Southeast Kansas for our annual Memorial Day visit, where we have many family members and friends buried, we enjoyed the rich countryside.  more
On the mend...
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On Mother’s Day, Linda got cards, flowers, phone calls, texts, candy... and COVID-19.   more
Thoughts for Memorial Day 
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For nearly 40 years, my father served as a Methodist minister in Montana and across much of eastern Kansas. From Great Falls to Fort Scott to Topeka to Emporia to Pittsburg, he rebuilt and revived a dozen congregations until he retired in 2007 from the Frontenac and Opolis Methodist churches.   more
The wizard behind the curtain
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Donald Trump tried to purge two Georgia Republicans for committing one unpardonable sin: standing up to the former president and telling the truth, that he lost the state to Joe Biden by more than 11,000 votes.  more
In the days after Russia attacked Ukraine, there was a lot of talk among Republicans that Vladimir Putin would not have invaded had Donald Trump still been president. more
This week continues Laurence Wilson’s memoir with his school and pedaling papers experiences in Girard. — J.T.K   more
The right of women to have access to a legal abortion is a very contentious and divisive issue.  more
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