Written by Bailey Kaufman Tuesday, 30 October 2012 14:26Four years ago, if someone would have told me that I would be playing tennis my junior and senior year of high school, I would have laughed and said,“No way!” Back then, I was sure that nothing could keep me from playing volleyball. But I was wrong.
Rewind to the beginning of my sports career. I grew up watching my cousins play volleyball; so naturally, I decided to join the middle school team in seventh grade.
For the first game, I got to start on seventh grade varsity. I was ecstatic...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 06 November 2012 15:26I learned a new word this week: gerontophobia. It means the fear of getting old.
With my 60th birthday only a few weeks away, I was thinking about the fact I am no “spring chicken.” Instead of focusing on the negatives, though, I decided to look at all the positives.
For example, I have chalked up almost six decades of experience, strength and optimism, which hopefully can be useful to my family and maybe others.
Randy and I are also grateful for our three children.?We realize that whatever they choose to do as adults is out of our control, and yet we will always love them and be proud of them.
Looking back on our child-rearing days, I think we did the best we could, with few regrets. For us, it was important to know we gave as...
Written by David Vogal Tuesday, 05 February 2013 13:55You know your humanities education is paying off when you choose your Super Bowl team based on the literary icon it brings to mind.
We were on our way to a small party last Sunday: wife Hanna laden with little smokies, chili cheese tots, popcorn chicken and brownies, me with “The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” in hand.
The thick collection of classic horror has a menacing black raven—the night’s mascot—printed right on the cover, and with, “It’s now or nevermore,” my battle cry of the evening I cheered the Ravens on to their narrow victory.
I’m not really a football fan, but you can’t lose with the humanities on your side.
A humanities education, of course, involves a broad understanding of...
Written by Shelley Plett Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:52“Stop torturing yourself, man! ...Live in the now!” —Garth from Wayne’s World
Risking ridicule and pointing fingers in my own household (kids can be cruel), I continue to slip into yoga comas regularly.
That may not be a welcome sales pitch for the practice, but trust me when I say I mean that in a good way.
I’m not certain what people envision when they hear the word yoga. Some might imagine a bald creature with big ears and a robe. That would be Yoda. Not the same.
Others might see a bald man with a balloon belly sitting cross-legged. That’s Buddha. Not relevant for my purposes.
Admitting upfront that I do it for fun, flexibility and health excuses me from backing up any kind of medical claims or warnings. But...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:49Canceling tours is
My office just finished notifying hundreds of Kansans that their requests to visit the White House have been declined. The White House has informed Congress that as of March 9, White House tours are cancelled indefinitely due to sequestration.
Every spring and summer, thousands of students, families, veterans and other tour groups travel to our nation’s capital to enjoy all of the history and sights our capital city has to offer. To arbitrarily deny access to a taxpayer-funded, historical building, such as the White House, is seemingly political and clearly cynical.
Sequestration has impacted every branch of government. Like the White House, my office is facing cuts to our...
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