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Old school life skills
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On Wednesday I found myself on the Frontenac High School gymnasium floor looking up at 200 junior high students and their teachers. Oh the verve, the energy, the adolescent joy juice in the air!   more
Wounding the court’s credibility
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The Supreme Court has confirmed that a draft opinion, joined by at least five justices, argues that court decisions legalizing abortion since 1973 were "egregiously wrong" and "must be overruled." more
Biden’s transgender decree
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One way to shut down debate on a contentious subject is to declare that there is no debate on the subject. more
Whether you are experienced in food preservation or just starting, Kansas State University food scientist Karen Blakeslee recommends refreshing and expanding your knowledge base before you begin.   more
The Sacred Heart Days (1958-1964)
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This week Ben George describes his new neighborhood, the perks at Sacred Heart Grade School, and playing team basketball. — J.T.K.  more
Bill offers protections for those affected
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On April 30, several community members from Pittsburg met in Pritchett Pavilion with the intention to bring awareness to domestic and sexual abuse.  more
Demystifying the artichoke
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For many, the artichoke is confounding. While considered a delicacy in Mediterranean and Californian cuisine, for the uninitiated, figuring out how to unearth its prized heart can be a mystery.  more
Road tripping
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Marci Penner, Wendee Rowe, and the Kansas Sampler Foundation have been on my radar for around 25 years — almost as long as I’ve been working at the library. more
Early railroad history
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When you are going down the highway and the flashing lights come on, a red and white striped bar lowers across the road ahead of you and you hear bells ringing and sometimes you hear the blast of a train whistle. more
Nobody likes Negative Nellie
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We all have a Negative Nellie in our circle and they can be difficult to be around. They are negative and pessimistic about everything. more
A taste of fried chicken fidelity
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A couple weeks ago my nephew Kirk, who was back in town from Washington, D.C., invited Linda and me out to eat fried chicken with him and his mother, Terre.  more
One was gracious, the other garrulous. One was severe, the other soft. One was rail-thin; the other carried a spare tire around his waist. more
Call it the dictator's paradox: By demonstrating weakness, you affirm the Big Man's power. By groveling, you gain standing. more
Time to audit Twitter censorship
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New Twitter owner Elon Musk is vowing to reform the social media platform. Many, many conservatives hope Musk succeeds. more
SEKCAP plans Day of Community Action
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May is Community Action Month and staff at Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEKCAP) are getting ready to celebrate. more
This week I’m returning to Ben George’s memoir with his recollections of ‘vacations’ in Girard and his family’s move to the Republic of Frontenac — J.T.K. more
After the last two years of pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty takes a toll on our well-being. more
Even hummus enjoys a makeover
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In the contrarian spirit of fixing something when it is not broken, this recipe gives the ever-popular hummus a makeover. more
This Just In
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Listed below are some of the library’s latest arrivals; call and reserve your next read!   more
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Are you a good listener? Good listening actually takes work and practice.  more
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