Category: Horizons

Allure of Paris grows with time

In June, I embarked on a 12-day tour of Europe with a group from the high school. We spent the first two days of the trip exploring the wonderful city of Lon­don. To read about my adventures there, check out my previous column. From London, we boarded a Eurostar train that took us under the English Channel and straight to […]

Read more ›

London experience was a royal treat

“My feet hurt and I’m tired, but I’m in London and I’m loving every second!” My first journal entry from my trip to Europe last month pretty much says it all. My first international adventure wasn’t without setbacks or swollen feet, but it was an adventure that I will never forget. The adventure began in the Wichita airport. It was […]

Read more ›

London experience a royal treat

“My feet hurt and I’m tired, but I’m in London and I’m loving every second!” My first journal entry from my trip to Europe last month pretty much says it all. My first international adventure wasn’t without setbacks or swollen feet, but it was an adventure that I will never forget. The adventure began in the Wichita airport. It was […]

Read more ›

Seeing ourselves in ‘The Middle’ of it

Recently, my family and I have become devoted fans of “The Middle.” If you’re not familiar with the ABC sitcom, “The Middle” is a show about the adventures and misadventures of the Hecks, a middle-class family living in the middle of the country. Sounds a lot like most of the families around here, right? It’s not very often that a […]

Read more ›

Lessons from first college year

Six macroeconomics and philosophy classes. Four geology and news writing classes. Four finals. Nine­teen days. That’s it. That’s all I have left of my first year of college. While it’s scary to look back at how fast the time went, I can’t say I’m disappointed my freshman year is coming to a close. It’s been a crazy, stressful, emotional and […]

Read more ›

Excitement grows as European trip nears

Anti­cipation and excitement are two of the best and, in some situations, worst feelings a person can experience. I’ve been consumed by both since September, when I signed up for a 12-day trip to Europe with the high school. I am so unbelievably excited to go overseas for the first time, and each day the trip creeps closer, I reach […]

Read more ›

Our words reveal to others our character

Not many things have the power of life and death, the power to make a person feel as good as a member of the royal family or as bad as a “cotton-headed ninny muggins,” as Buddy the Elf would say. But words do, and, sadly, we often use them so carelessly. Maybe since I’m a writer, I’ve always cared a […]

Read more ›

Hard to get past writer’s block

Once again I’ve put off writing my column until the very last minute. Usually, I get really inspired the night before it’s due and somehow pull out a decent article. When I sat down with my laptop yesterday evening, I was expecting the same thing. It is now 7 a.m. on the morning this column is due and I’m still […]

Read more ›

Feelings don’t define the season

This year, I have caught myself thinking or saying, “It doesn’t feel like Christmastime,” a lot. But every time the thought crosses my mind, I begin to wonder what it even means. What is Christmastime supposed to feel like? It is easy to visualize what Christmas looks like: Christmas trees, twinkling lights and family gatherings. It smells like cinnamon apples […]

Read more ›

Simple memories are now treasurers

It was a normal Saturday afternoon. My dad and uncles were at my grandparents’ house, building a new deck. My mom and sister were at hair appointments and my grandma was at work. I had just driven home for the weekend and decided to go straight to my grandpa and grandma’s house. After sitting outside for a while to catch […]

Read more ›